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Himes votes against partisan spending bill

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Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted against a piecemeal, partisan spending bill that would eliminate access to reproductive rights for many women while increasing defense spending. The bill authorizes non-defense spending for one week and defense spending for the remainder of the fiscal year. “We can’t run the government week-by-week any longer—we need a complete […] [Read More]
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Money Matters

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I wish it didn’t, but in this case it’s not his, and it shows incredible early support. From Chris Murphy: Powered by 1,600 contributors – 1,100 of which gave $100 or less – we surpassed all of our fundraising goals for the first 10 weeks of the campaign for U.S. Senate. When we file our […] [Read More]
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Progressives think that advocating fiscal constraint makes them appear responsible.

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Truer words were never spoken: Beyond Austerity by William Mitchell in The Nation With some well-known exceptions (for example, Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman and William Greider), progressives think that advocating fiscal constraint makes them appear responsible. What they fail to see is that their economic stance largely undermines their capacity to pursue enlightened social and […] [Read More]
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The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit Draws Praise Across the Political Spectrum

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Complete report The federal Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax credit for low- and moderate-income working families, has been widely hailed for its success in increasing work and lowering welfare receipt, reducing poverty, and making the tax code fairer. President Ronald Reagan called the EITC “the best antipoverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation […] [Read More]
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New Research: Paid Sick Leave Legislation Not Costly For Businesses

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A new study, “Paid Sick Days: Measuring the Small Costs for Connecticut Businesses,” was released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan Washington DC think tank to examine the cost to businesses of providing paid sick days. Their research found that the cost to businesses of a paid sick leave policy is minimal — […] [Read More]
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Dopiest Constitutional Amendment of All Time?

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Well worth reading the whole thing for the gory details an great links: Today, all 47 Senate Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. Presumably, this is the amendment that Republicans plan to demand as their price for increasing the federal debt limit. Of course, simply refusing the raise the debt limit […] [Read More]
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In Case You Missed It

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Please notice the date on yesterday’s post. [Read More]
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CT GOP CHANGES ITS TUNE

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Leaves Divisive Social Issues and Overheated Political Rhetoric Behind In the face of a looming deficit and a challenging economic climate, the Connecticut Republicans have decided to focus on finding real solutions to our state’s most pressing problems. Ending a pattern of exclusively launching personal attacks on our governor and relying on divisive and worn-out […] [Read More]
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