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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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Sen. Boucher starts on line petition opposing tolls

Connecticut state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26th, has started an online petition opposing tolls in Connecticut.  The effort has ramped up as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation committee holds hearings on the toll proposal Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building.  Sen. Boucher is the state Senate’s ranking member on the Transportation Committee. Sen. Boucher also talked…

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Not even Democrats like Malloy’s budget

Not even fellow Democrats like Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget.  The muted criticism and lack of praise are testimony on how his new budget proposal was accepted by members of his own party. 65th District State Rep. and Deputy House Majority Leader Michelle Cook, for example, was caught off guard when Malloy’s budget called…

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Malloy’s Republican budget

Connecticut’s erstwhile Democratic governor announced his new two-year budget on Wednesday, and you can make the case it sounded more like a Republican budget.  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a cut in the sales tax, elimination of the business entity tax, and a leaner state government by leaving 300 to 400 state jobs unfilled. If…

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Leaders need wake up call for Connecticut’s aging population

Connecticut’s population is aging at an alarming rate, according to a study by the Commission on Aging.  The numbers are stark, the website ctbythenumbers.info reports. Between 2010 and 2040, people age 65 and older will grow by 57 percent, population wise in Connecticut.  That compares to 2 percent growth for people age 20 to 64…

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Sgt. Brian M. Ohler explains how U.S. can defeat ISIS

In this latest podcast, Sgt. Brian M. Ohler explains how the United States can defeat ISIS.  Sgt. Ohler ran for the Connecticut state house, during last fall’s election as the Republican Party candidate in the 64th District. He served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a four time recipient of the…

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Sen. Frantz concerned with Gallup job survey ranking Connecticut last

State Sen. Scott Frantz, R-36,  is concerned with a Gallup job survey ranking Connecticut last in the nation in job creation in 2014.  Connecticut has continuously ranked in the last 10 states but now it has hit rock bottom.  We talk about this on the podcast with Sen. Frantz. We also discuss transportation and Gov….

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Bet on Malloy proposing tolls when he delivers address next week

When Connecticut Republican Party leaders delivered their proposed transportation improvement plan on Tuesday, they might as well have been talking to four walls.  That’s because the plan did not include tolls, something I predict Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will insist upon, when he delivers his budget address on February 18.

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