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Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

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As Committee Vote Nears, Campaign to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Turns up the Heat In anticipation of today’s scheduled vote in the Finance Committee, this weekend, the campaign to close corporate tax loopholes in Connecticut turned up the heat. Communications Workers of America – District 1 launched a new TV ad, saying some of the […] [Read More]
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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Asks for Help to Win YouTube Contest, End Social Security Discrimination

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Lesbian Alien Video Raises Awareness About Discrimination Against America’s Same-Sex Couples A popular online video about a lesbian alien who is denied Social Security benefits after the death of her partner of 25 years is a finalist in YouTube’s 4th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. If it wins, the video—selected by popular vote— will be […] [Read More]
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CT Students, While Ranking High Nationally, Fail to Make Progress

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4th Graders Make No Progress, Disadvantaged Students Continue To Lag Monumentally Results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show Connecticut’s Grade 8 proficiency rates in reading increased by six percentage points when compared to the 2007 results. In the case of fourth grade, the percentage of students reaching proficiency is not significantly […] [Read More]
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SuBy Needs 10 Years of Litigation Experience?

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Ryan McKeen, who raised the whole issue of Susan Bysiewicz’s experience in the first place, has an interesting take on the key phrase in the relevant law: by Ryan McKeen For the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that the statute specifying the qualifications for attorney general is constitutional. Here’s the relevant text […] [Read More]
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New Federal Clean Car Standards Follow CA, CT Legislation

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Yesterday the Obama administration announced new standards for automobile fuel economy and global warming emissions. These new federal standards are based on the “clean cars program” developed by California and adopted by 13 other states, including Connecticut. Connecticut adopted the clean car standards in 2004 with passage of its Clean Cars Law. In the late […] [Read More]
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WellPoint Tells Investors It Will Game Health Reform Law to Reap More Profit

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WellPoint, parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, has sent an electronic message to investors describing how it would simply re-label administrative costs as “medical care” in response to the new health reform law. The message follows revelations that WellPoint also intentionally padded already huge premium increases in California, just in case regulators demanded reductions. (WellPoint […] [Read More]
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Republican Senators to US Public: !*@#* You

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The National Flood Insurance Program expired for the second time this year, leaving scores of American homeowners in limbo. The flood program lapsed Sunday night after the U.S. Senate adjourned without taking action on a bill, HR 4851, that would have extended the flood program and other federal programs. Congress does not reconvene until April […] [Read More]
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New Consumer Protection Rules: Overdraft and Gift Cards

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New Federal Reserve rules give debit and ATM card users additional options regarding overdrafts. In the coming months, banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions must offer you the ability to make decisions about overdrafts for transactions made with your debit or ATM cards. Expect your bank to send you an explanation about how it […] [Read More]
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