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Showing 6/14/2019 to 1/25/2019

Partisan battle heats up over whether new CT budget is balanced

HARTFORD, Conn. — The partisan battle over the new state budget heated up Thursday. Minority Republicans continued to argue... (Read more)

6 / 14 / 2019

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House adopts $43B budget, Senate approval expected Tuesday

The House of Representatives approved a new state budget late Tuesday that averts a major projected deficit without increasing... (Read more)

6 / 4 / 2019

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CT Senate endorses plan requiring schools to teach African American, Latino history

Connecticut schools will be required to offer a course in  African American, Puerto Rican and Latino history by 2022... (Read more)

6 / 1 / 2019

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Minimum wage hike will cost $202K in 2023-24 Norwalk budget

Updated, 9:31 a.m.: Budget impact figures revised to show cumulative yearly cost of hike.  Added information about Summer Youth... (Read more)

5 / 29 / 2019

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Norwalk Dems seek to persuade public on toll issue

NORWALK, Conn. – You need to defend the facts when it comes to tolls, State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137)... (Read more)

5 / 20 / 2019

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CT Senate sends $15 minimum wage bill to Lamont

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s minimum-wage workers will see their hourly wages rise from $10.10 to $15 over the next... (Read more)

5 / 18 / 2019

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Duff, Dems slam Republicans, tout education funding

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: Clarification, correction due to an editing error: Press release said $1.5 million. 9:30 a.m.: Correction, funding increase... (Read more)

5 / 7 / 2019

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Fairfield County urged to take action on climate change

NORWALK, Conn. – Local votes are having statewide effects, according to a group of environmentalists. “People’s grassroots organizing and... (Read more)

5 / 6 / 2019

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Opinion: Tolling plan is in trouble

Gov. Ned Lamont’s tolling plan is in trouble.  I knew it last weekend when I got a call from... (Read more)

4 / 15 / 2019

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State legislators opine on pot, tolls, budget at Norwalk forum

NORWALK, Conn. – Tolls, economic development and recreational marijuana were among the topics covered by area legislators last week... (Read more)

4 / 15 / 2019

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Dalio foundation announces major investment in CT schools

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont announced a plan Friday to invest $300 million in private and public dollars... (Read more)

4 / 6 / 2019

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Lamont promises to reconsider Walk Bridge replacement plans

Updated 2:15 p.m.: Additional information on bridge height. 11:14 a.m.: Added statement confirming bridge length, and photo.  9:30 a.m.: According... (Read more)

4 / 4 / 2019

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Opinion: Is Connecticut at a tipping point?

Taxes are a necessary evil. They are the cost of running our government.  However, raising taxes too much ultimately... (Read more)

3 / 24 / 2019

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Is CT’s slow growth a sign of something worse?

A recent report showing the state grew far fewer jobs in 2018 than originally anticipated is only the tip... (Read more)

3 / 23 / 2019

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Norwalk state legislators talk taxes, tolls, school regionalization

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Democratic legislators talked sales taxes to support municipalities, tolls, school district regionalization and cost-saving measures at a forum... (Read more)

3 / 18 / 2019

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Opinion: Taxing and spending at the same time – a new role for school districts?

House Bill 7319, An Act Concerning Fiscal Independence of School Districts, was introduced by the Planning and Development Committee... (Read more)

3 / 12 / 2019

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State plastic bag ban proposals now include new wrinkle: taxes

Jeff Wieser remembers how, as a newly elected member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting nearly a dozen years... (Read more)

3 / 3 / 2019

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Opponents of school regionalization descend on Capitol

When Scott Lawrence and his wife moved to Connecticut ten years ago, they chose to settle in Wilton —... (Read more)

3 / 2 / 2019

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Norwalk considers state proposal to re-install tolls

NORWALK, Conn. — Tolls were a topic, Tuesday in Norwalk. The informational forum at the Norwalk Inn offered information... (Read more)

2 / 28 / 2019

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Pension debt stands between Lamont and fiscal stability for CT

In the context of the state budget, the pension fund for teachers is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla. The annual... (Read more)

2 / 17 / 2019

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Opinion: Realistic CT budget must address fixed costs, sales tax reform

My fellow residents, friends and neighbors, First, thanks for allowing me the opportunity to govern this great state. It... (Read more)

2 / 12 / 2019

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Lawmakers seek to curb youth access to e-cigarettes, tobacco

Connecticut lawmakers are sounding the alarm on teen vaping and tobacco use with a wave of legislation that would... (Read more)

2 / 10 / 2019

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Census expert warns Norwalkers: mobilize to ensure accurate count

NORWALK, Conn. – If a “perfect storm” derails the 2020 Census, Congress won’t be reapportioned and there will be far-reaching... (Read more)

2 / 4 / 2019

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Opinion: Constructive dialogue needed to find best practices

State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) represents part of Norwalk and New Canaan.  On Jan. 25 Dathan expressed opposition to... (Read more)

2 / 3 / 2019

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Stone and Manafort’s road from CT to the Mueller probe

Norwalk native Roger Stone and New Britain native Paul Manafort share a love of fine clothes, both cut their... (Read more)

2 / 2 / 2019

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Duff, Dathan and Haskell talk school consolidation proposals

Updated, 9:28 a.m.: Copy edits, revised headline NORWALK, Conn. – Bob Duff does not have an opinion on the... (Read more)

2 / 1 / 2019

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Norwalk BoE not crazy about Duff bill to let mayors choose BoE chair

Updated, 1:56 p.m.: copy edit; 8:51 a.m., 8:17 a.m.: Copy edits, information added NORWALK, Conn. – There are more... (Read more)

1 / 31 / 2019

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Uninsured up nationwide; CT ACA enrollments dip

New polling from Gallup shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans inched up last year, but there’s no evidence... (Read more)

1 / 26 / 2019

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Norwalk political news: Bill seeks to help injured officers; Melendez goes statewide; Flynn aims at Blumenthal

Updated, 9:34 p.m.: More information. 7:47 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup of Norwalk political news:... (Read more)

1 / 25 / 2019

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Norwalk’s state legislators get to work

Updated, 3:26 p.m: More information; 7:32 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – State legislators from Norwalk are targeting dyslexia,... (Read more)

1 / 25 / 2019

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