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Showing 4/15/2019 to 12/16/2018

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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Norwalk political notes: Shutdown help, Lavielle moving up

Updated, 8:24 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk political announcements for you: Dathan leads food drive for... (Read more)

1 / 22 / 2019

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Opinion: Norwalk Bridge replacement project need not be a boondoggle

Ned Lamont is off to a solid start in attempting to reduce cynicism about our state’s ability to use... (Read more)

1 / 20 / 2019

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Lamont, legislators announce agreement to help federal workers

Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders announced Friday they have reached a bipartisan agreement to vote Tuesday on emergency... (Read more)

1 / 19 / 2019

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Norwalk political notes: Lamont, Tracey, state reps and federal workers

Updated, 8:51 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk announcements for you: Lamont visits Tracey to help Dalio... (Read more)

1 / 17 / 2019

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CT House GOP vows to be a check on Democrats’ spending

Connecticut House Republicans pledged Tuesday to remain focused on reforms to shrink state spending in 2019, saying initiatives to... (Read more)

1 / 8 / 2019

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CT ballot access laws deprive voters of choice

There is much discussion right now about making it easier for Connecticut residents to vote; proposals center around no-excuse... (Read more)

1 / 6 / 2019

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Opinion: Connecticut should create a public bank

There’s no such thing as a panacea to Connecticut’s budgetary woes, but there could be something close: a public... (Read more)

12 / 23 / 2018

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Look beyond graduation rates for the story of education opportunity

Americans like to tout the importance of a high school diploma, but research reported in the CT Mirror recently... (Read more)

12 / 16 / 2018

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