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Showing 7/27/2021 to 3/17/2021

Unprecedented surplus in new CT budget may be even larger than legislators thought

When lawmakers adopted a new, two-year state budget in early June, some observers blinked at the unprecedented, $2.3 billion... (Read more)

7 / 27 / 2021

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More children are being vaccinated, but rate of COVID cases continues to climb in Connecticut

More than 50 percent of Connecticut’s population between the ages of 12 and 15 have now been vaccinated, according... (Read more)

7 / 22 / 2021

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Crime as political campaign fodder; misinformation, too.

From all appearances it seems that crime politics have returned to center stage in our state for the first... (Read more)

7 / 18 / 2021

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Lamont’s final tally: 235 bills signed, four vetoed

Gov. Ned Lamont has vetoed three more bills,  including a measure that would have conveyed property in Wolcott for... (Read more)

7 / 16 / 2021

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Lamont’s emergency powers extended through September

The General Assembly voted Wednesday for a 44-word resolution extending Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers through Sept. 30, making... (Read more)

7 / 16 / 2021

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Adapting to an uncertain climate future, Connecticut auditions new forests

At 9:30 on a morning in late May, it was already hot and promising to get hotter as a... (Read more)

6 / 30 / 2021

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House, Senate tensions evident in budget implementer bill

House deletes Duff’s data privacy measure The General Assembly concluded its special session Thursday with passage of a budget... (Read more)

6 / 18 / 2021

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On 50th anniversary of war on drugs, Connecticut legalizes marijuana

The Senate voted 16-11 Thursday for final passage of a bill legalizing the production, sale and adult use of recreational marijuana... (Read more)

6 / 18 / 2021

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New CT budget has an unprecedented built-in surplus of $2.3 billion

State poised to make historic deposit to mitigate massive long-term pension debt Question: When was the last time a... (Read more)

6 / 10 / 2021

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CT bottle deposits could go from nickel to a dime

Increase is element of bipartisan overhaul of 1978 anti-litter bill The Senate voted 33-1 Wednesday night to overhaul Connecticut’s... (Read more)

6 / 3 / 2021

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Children with psychiatric needs are overwhelming hospital emergency departments in CT

The night before 11-year-old Ella was admitted to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in early May, her father Sean thought... (Read more)

5 / 30 / 2021

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CT legislators underwhelmed with housing reform bill that passes House

Towns can vote to opt out of key requirements Contentious legislation aimed at tackling Connecticut’s dubious distinction of being one of... (Read more)

5 / 21 / 2021

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Democrats predict swift adoption of next CT budget

Insist Lamont and lawmakers must compromise on tax reform issues With state tax receipts booming and billions of federal... (Read more)

5 / 20 / 2021

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Senate Democrats vote to strengthen hand of public unions

The bill is a counterweight to the Supreme Court opinion issued three years ago in Janus v. AFSCME. Senate... (Read more)

5 / 17 / 2021

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Pfizer COVID vaccine approved for children 12 to 15. Here’s what you need to know.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds,... (Read more)

5 / 12 / 2021

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CT is first state to vaccinate half of adults against COVID

Connecticut became the first state Monday to fully vaccinate at least half its adult population against the novel coronavirus,... (Read more)

5 / 5 / 2021

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Financial penalties ordered for Eversource, UI for storm Isaias response

Decision reduces utilities’ ability to recoup costs Eversource and United Illuminating failed to fully prepare for and respond to... (Read more)

4 / 29 / 2021

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Clinics across Connecticut to start taking walk-ups for COVID vaccine

Dozens of vaccine providers across Connecticut will offer walk-up appointments for COVID-19 shots beginning Tuesday. More than 50 sites... (Read more)

4 / 27 / 2021

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Lamont says his plan for $6B in federal pandemic relief will transform CT

The largest child care expansion in state history, summer learning camps for nearly 100,000 students, huge investments in worker... (Read more)

4 / 23 / 2021

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CT Deputy Commissioner explains new regional plan to cut emissions

NORWALK, Conn. — What is the new Transportation and Climate Initiative that Connecticut has signed on to be a... (Read more)

4 / 15 / 2021

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Food could hold the key to fixing the state’s waste disposal problems

Food waste is a fact of life. Also a fact is that it’s smelly, wet and heavy. It makes... (Read more)

4 / 14 / 2021

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Vaccine clinics canceled across CT, Norwalk pauses J&J usage

Connecticut’s public health department on Tuesday urged medical providers to halt use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine... (Read more)

4 / 13 / 2021

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Nearly three quarters of eligible CT residents expected to be vaccinated by end of April

Officials are not tracking how many people receive ‘accelerated access’ to vaccine State officials expect nearly three quarters of... (Read more)

4 / 7 / 2021

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Wall Street agency gives CT its first bond rating upgrade in 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, a Wall Street credit rating agency has formally upgraded its rating of... (Read more)

3 / 31 / 2021

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State outlines medical conditions for priority access to COVID vaccine; clinics planned for high school students

Priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine will be extended, beginning Thursday, to people with sickle cell disease or Down... (Read more)

3 / 30 / 2021

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Is Connecticut’s outdated recycling system in line for an overhaul?

The conveyors at the Willimantic Waste Paper Company snake under, over and around each other – resembling a cross... (Read more)

3 / 28 / 2021

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CT revenues shoot upward once again

Connecticut’s tax revenue engine continues to hum, leaving the state poised — regardless of the coronavirus pandemic — to... (Read more)

3 / 27 / 2021

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GOP shows frustration over governor’s powers, comments on vaccine hesitancy

The House Republican minority lashed out Thursday at Democratic lawmakers over a one-month extension of Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency... (Read more)

3 / 27 / 2021

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Sen. Chris Murphy steps carefully as border politics ripple north

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy mildly faulted the Biden administration’s care of the growing numbers of child asylum seekers at... (Read more)

3 / 24 / 2021

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House approves bill delaying changes to police deadly force rules

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would delay changes mandating when police can use deadly force. “We... (Read more)

3 / 17 / 2021

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