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From a city tax to a casino on every corner, Connecticut wants your money

From enabling city’s to institute a sales tax to more casinos, that seems to be the way Connecticut Democratic lawmakers want to handle the state’s latest budget crisis.  There is no talk of making a systemic change in how state government operates, just more ways to tap the taxpayers out of money. And Connecticut is…

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Prioritizing Connecticut’s transportation needs

Connecticut lawmakers, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, have put transportation in the forefront of their agenda this legislative session.  But are they prioritizing the projects? In this podcast, Suzanne Bates, policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, discusses the think tank’s latest research paper on Connecticut’s transportation needs.  In some cases the approach…

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From Sikorsky to minimum wage are our Connecticut politicians on another planet?

From rumors of UTC’s spin-off of Sikorsky Aircraft, to the latest move by politicians to raise the minimum wage, you have to wonder if our Connecticut politicians are from another planet. You listen to their comments and you ask yourself do they really believe what they are saying or are they so beholden to the…

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Daily Caller’s Nick Givas talks legalizing marijuana, Hillary and Reagan

Nick Givas of the Daily Caller returns to talk about why Republicans should get on the bandwagon in favor of legalizing marijuana.  He calls a joint proposal by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and two Democratic senators, Sen. Kirsten Gillbrand, NY, and Sen. Cory Booker, NJ to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, as a first step….

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Q-Poll shows Fox News leads the way, while podcasting enjoys tremendous growth

On this podcast, I talk about a new Quinnipiac University poll that has the main stream media stunned.  Fox News leads the way – by far -as the USA’s most trusted news source.  The margin is so side, the Q-poll had to go into some depth to explain it. We also see the rise of…

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Connecticut Democrats’ bill attacks “Big Oil,” but they back struggling golf-TV venture

In our Monday podcast, I explain how Connecticut Democrats are backing a bill that would mandate the state treasurer divest Connecticut investments in companies that deal with fossil fuels.  The bill, HB 5733, is entitled “An Act Requiring The State Treasurer To Divest State Funds From Fossil Fuel Companies.” Introduced by State Representative Mary Muchinsky,…

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Yankee Institute offers plan to solve Connecticut’s budget crisis

With Connecticut facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, explains to host Dan Lovallo, Yankee Institute’s plan to solve the crisis.  The solution is outlined in Yankee Institute’s policy paper “Crowding Out What Matters.” LINK TO “CROWDING OUT WHAT MATTERS” STORY

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Connecticut Democrats push $15 per hour minimum wage and crackdown on SNAP possible

Connecticut Democrats on the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees committee are continuing to push a hike in the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, even though they heralded a $10.10 minimum wage – which will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2017 – as a step that would move many off the poverty list. As…

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Bill would expand union membership of government employees in Connecticut

A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees committee would expand union membership of government employees in Connecticut.  SB 984 would enable employees in the legislature’s “non-partisan” offices, such as the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research to join a government union.  The bill is entitled “An Act…

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Tension at CT State Police over Vance removal and bill could pay fast food workers $15 per hour

There is apparently a division at the Connecticut State Police between the rank-and-file and management over the reassignment of longtime, popular spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance to the traffic division.  Just one day after the Connecticut State Police Captains and Lieutenants Union issued a stinging rebuke of Commissioner Dora Schriro’s leadership of the department in…

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Governor’s budget chief admits being ‘liberal Democrat’ at weird hearing

Benjamin Barnes, the budget chief for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, admitted he was a ‘liberal Democrat,’ during wide ranging testimony on Thursday, about the governor’s new budget.  At a hearing before the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee, Barnes stated the governor’s much-criticized-budget (deemed to be out of balance by the state treasurer from the…

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