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9 million adults joined ranks of uninsured due to job loss in 2010

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An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. The survey paints a bleak picture for the 43 million adults under age 65 who reported that they or their […] [Read More]
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Interesting 3/17

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1. Connecticut’s achievement gap not just an inner city issue By Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report Three entire grade-levels: That was the size of the gap between Connecticut’s low-income students and their more affluent peers on the fourth- and eighth-grade NAEP reading tests in 2009. By this measure, Connecticut ranked dead-last out of all 50 […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Earns “F” in Annual Report of Transparency in Government Spending

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Connecticut got an “F” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to Following the Money 2011: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the second annual report of its kind by the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG). Included with the report is an interactive online tool that […] [Read More]
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National report spotlights criminal justice reform in Connecticut

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More than 20 states in the United States have changed or are considering changes to their policies around trying kids as adults according to a new report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005-2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System, released by the Campaign for Youth Justice. The report praised Connecticut’s Raise the Age […] [Read More]
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Interesting 3/16

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1. Paid Sick Days Good For Business, Employees By LOUIS LISTA The Hartford Courant Earlier this year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and voiced his support for legislation requiring large businesses in Connecticut to provide employees with a few paid sick days a year. The CBIA, the state’s main […] [Read More]
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Republican Senators Poo-poo Nuclear Safety Concerns

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Unbelievable – Democrats want to cut Social Security benefits

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The Obama administration has been a huge disappointment to many liberals, but this is a new low – they want to cut Social Security benefits: Social Security reform is splitting President Obama’s economic and political advisers. Obama is being pulled in opposite directions by those whose priorities are fiscal and those whose No. 1 concern […] [Read More]
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Is Means Testing an Effective Way to Reduce the Cost of Social Security?

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New report examines the effects of various types of means tests for Social Security Means testing, or reducing Social Security payments to affluent beneficiaries, has been touted as an effective way to reduce the cost of the program. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) examines the feasibility of several […] [Read More]
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Interesting 3/15

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1. Terror Law: Can’t Anyone Here Play This Game? Nearly a decade on from the ash and rubble, the three branches of government still have not found the legal and political equilibrium that would result in an honorable (not to mention legally viable) adjudication of the men of Gitmo. Federal lawmakers gleefully allowed the Bush […] [Read More]
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Fukushima Complicates Nuclear Expansion Worldwide (Good!)

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The damage to three nuclear power plants in Japan will renew debate worldwide, prompting a new look at needed levels of safety and redundancy, says University of Maryland energy policy expert Nathan Hultman. “The events at Fukushima Daiichi 1, 2 and 3 will complicate planning for nuclear expansion for the coming years in all countries,” […] [Read More]
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