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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Some Fairfield County Republicans back Jackson

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It was a party line, Democrat versus Republican vote in the Senate, but when the House of Representatives Wednesday night backed spending $291 million to bring Jackson Labs to Connecticut, eight members of the GOP joined the Democrats in saying, “Welcome.” And five of them were from Fairfield County – Reps. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, Terrie […] [Read More]
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Who will speak for the mice?

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At the start of Wednesday’s debate in the state Senate on spending $291 million to bring Jackson Laboratories to Connecticut, Sen. Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford, made a blunt remark about the mice used by the non-profit that could trouble animal lovers. Jackson is on the cutting edge of something called “personalized medicine” and, according to […] [Read More]
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Maybe legislators should stop fooling around with the buttons…

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Sharp-eyed Hearst colleague Ken Dixon reports on his blog that state officials want to spend $800,000 on new electronic voting boards for the House of Representatives. Maybe lawmakers should consider extending the life of the equipment by not changing their votes as often as they do. Our report from 2007, when a couple of GOP […] [Read More]
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Will parched throats silence state courtrooms?

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Last week we reported on cuts to some Judicial Branch employees’ hours in order to help balance the budget. Now we’ve learned the Judicial Branch has decided to terminate a contract for bottled water with Stamford-based Nestle Waters North America. According to the internal memo, executive branch agencies don’t have this perk and court officials believe it’s time […] [Read More]
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Malloy gives technical school proponents reasons to be hopeful

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There were times over the past year when it appeared to supporters of the state’s vocational technical high schools that Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy did not appreciate the system’s value. He does now. [Read More]
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HP kills touch pads, so of course CT government may buy some for state employees

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Schools around the United States are beginning to use iPads in the classroom, including here in Connecticut. These recent reports got me wondering whether our state government – infamously behind the eight ball when it comes to technology – has yet embraced the iPad. No.  But according to the Department of Administrative Services, Connecticut officials may […] [Read More]
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Cafero gives Jackson Labs suit an earful

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In the below photo, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk discusses his concerns about Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $291 million deal to bring Jackson Laboratories to Connecticut. Cafero’s speaking to a lab exec outside a hearing room of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford as Malloy Chief of Staff Tim Bannon looks on. The conversation […] [Read More]
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Does CT have staff to expedite development/biz permits?

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That’s the question Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, asked during today’s hearing on Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s package of job creation policies. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that, according to the Malloy administration, the business owners the governor met during his summer jobs tour complained about the state’s regulatory environment and how […] [Read More]
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Malloy, DECD Commish defend proposal for “First Five” II

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Republicans are raising concerns about Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s $291 million effort to lure renowned genetics researcher Jackson Labs to Connecticut. The liberal Working Families Party is traveling around the state protesting outside companies which have received state subsidies to create new jobs and not created those new jobs. Questions have been raised about the […] [Read More]
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Working Families targets Diageo’s tax credits, but company didn’t get all the $$$

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The Connecticut Working Families Party’s ongoing statewide corporate guilt trip was supposed to make a stop this afternoon at Diageo North America in Norwalk, complete with stand-ins for the beverage-maker’s Captain Morgan and Johnny Walker brands. But the event – part of the party’s recent efforts to highlight state businesses (Pez Candy, The Hartford) that have received taxpayer subsidies and […] [Read More]
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