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CT VOICES FOR CHILDREN CALLS FOR BALANCED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING IMPACT OF RECESSION ON STATE BUDGET

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Proposes Revenue Alternatives to Governor’s Damaging Cut Connecticut Voices for Children, a research-based policy think tank, today responded to a news release from Governor Jodi Rell criticizing the organization’s call for a balanced approach to solving the state’s budget problems that does not rely entirely on budget cuts to health care, education, child care and […] [Read More]
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Bush Administration Political Prosecution Overturned

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On Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned famed trial attorney Paul Minor’s three convictions for bribery. Minor’s prosecution represents one of the most egregious abuses by the Bush Department of Justice. It is widely reported that the prosecution was launched on orders of Karl Rove and the White House after pressure from the […] [Read More]
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Juvenile Justice Reform Appears On Track In CT Despite Rell

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Juvenile Justice advocates are urging state legislators to continue reforms to benefit vulnerable youth. They urged legislators to hold firm on commitments to get young people out of adult prisons and to advance on reforms that would enhance prevention, decrease racial disparity and improve school attendance and graduation rates. The Legislature will consider Governor M. […] [Read More]
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Health care spending spurs economic growth

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As the national discussion of health care focuses on costs, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that it might be more accurate to think of health care spending as an investment that can spur economic growth. The study also shows that government projections of health care costs and financing may be unduly […] [Read More]
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Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and The New Democrats

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The approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of its financial regulatory overhaul bill, H.R. 4173, including the creation of a strong consumer regulator, is a step in the right direction. But more must be done to protect American homes and savings and prevent the big banks and Wall Street from dragging the nation into […] [Read More]
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Toxic Chemical bisphenol A Still Not Banned By FDA

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Environmental health advocates hope that U.S. FDA will make its promised announcement about health hazards of bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic sex hormone linked to cancer, behavioral changes, reproductive harm and other illnesses, in time for Christmas. Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, staff scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council: “Just as you rely on your doctor for […] [Read More]
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Bill Gates, Rockefellers: Raise Our Estate Taxes

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As Congress prepares for the holiday recess, a group of wealthy individuals are calling on the Senate to act before the break to strengthen the Federal Estate Tax. The individuals are William H. Gates, Sr., Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, John C. Bogle, founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group. and […] [Read More]
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Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts Target Services for Children

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The Governor’s proposed deficit mitigation plan for Fiscal Year 2010 (released 11/24/09) targets children: $73.96 million of the proposed cuts are to education, child care, health care and other basic state services children need. The plan proposes an additional $47.88 million in cuts to municipalities’ K-12 education funding. A total of $121.84 million in cuts […] [Read More]
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Health Reform Is Deficit Neutral

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by Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget We are closer than ever before to passing fiscally responsible health reform legislation. So it’s not a surprise that the most reflexively and ideologically partisan commentators are lashing out. Today, it’s the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. For an economist, the irony is […] [Read More]
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Jon’s Health Tips – Latest Research

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No revolutionary new health research reported in the last few weeks ( except maybe involving beer – see below) confirming health activities I already pursue. Most comprehensive and compelling was a Vitamin D research summary: On issues ranging from the health of your immune system to prevention of heart disease and even vulnerability to influenza, […] [Read More]
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