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Ken Dixon

Librarians and their fans see “red”

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    HARTFORD – About 200 librarians and their supporters this afternoon rallied in the Capitol to fight for $2.3 million that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget would take from state libraries. In particular, the red-clad citizen lobbyists, during an afternoon full-court-press, want $1 million returned to continue the popular inter-library loan program called ConnectiCard. […] [Read More]
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Elections Enforcement rejects Dems

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  The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Tuesday turned down a request by lawyers for the Democratic State Central Committee who were attempting to head off an active SEEC investigation into the use of the Dems’ federal-elections account for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s November victory over Tom Foley. The Democrats had asked for a declaratory […] [Read More]
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Finance Committee approves $1K fines for dry cleaners

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The tax-writing committee of the General Assembly this morning approved legislation that would hit dry cleaners with fines of $1,000 for failing to register annually and pay 1 percent of their revenues into the fund set up to clean up contaminated properties. It heads to the House. There are more than 600 dry cleaners and the […] [Read More]
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Flags at half staff for Lincoln’s murder

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One hundred and 50 years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Washington, Gov. Malloy has ordered state flags to be displayed at half-staff in accordance with a National Day of Remembrance. President Barack Obama has ordered that U.S. flags fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.       [Read More]
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House joins Senate in slapping Board of Regents

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  HARTFORD – The Board of Regents for Higher Education would have to seek approval from the General Assembly before the closure of any college or state university campuses, under legislation approved in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill, which was initially proposed as a response to an announced closure of the Meriden […] [Read More]
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House approves first-in-the-nation student Bill of Rights

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An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights unanimously passed the House of Representatives this afternoon. If approved in the Senate and signed by the governor, the state would become the first to create a student-loan ombudsman to help students and parents while keeping an eye on loan companies. “Connecticut has the chance to […] [Read More]
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CCM marches on the Capitol to maintain state aid

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today brought in local executives from throughout the state to lobby for continued state aid. The organization also released a survey of towns and cities. Here are some findings from the 61 towns and cities that responded, from a CCM release: “Required increases in municipal labor and employee benefit […] [Read More]
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Malloy asks nursing-homes union to hold off on job action

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  This from SEIU 1199 New England, after Gov. Dannel Malloy asked workers to stay on the job after strike votes at statewide nursing homes, including Stamford and Trumbull:   “We have received a request from the Governor’s Office to postpone our impending nursing home strike.  We appreciate the outreach of his office and discussed […] [Read More]
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