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Connecticut looks to cut taxes after years of fiscal strife

Feb. 08, 2023 15:39 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly a decade after Connecticut was infamously described as being in a “permanent state of fiscal crisis," struggling year after year to balance deficit-ridden budgets, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday proposed the state's first income tax reduction in nearly 30...

Gun, high-capacity magazine found inside Connecticut school

Feb. 08, 2023 11:00 AM EST

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager was jailed on numerous charges Wednesday after a fight in school led to the discovery of a gun and a high-capacity magazine hidden in a classroom closet. The 18-year-old student was first charged with assault and disorderly conduct on...

Newton has triple-double, No. 21 UConn tops No. 10 Marquette

Feb. 07, 2023 22:44 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn appears to have its mojo back. Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and Tristen Newton recorded his second triple-double of the season as No. 21 Connecticut ran away from No. 10 Marquette 87-72 on Tuesday night. Newton had 12 points, 12...

Supporters make a push for paid family leave in Maine

Feb. 07, 2023 17:21 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Paid Family Leave Coalition on Tuesday launched a renewed push for a paid family and medical leave benefit as the Democratic-controlled Legislature takes up the issue. Maine Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, and Rep. Kristen Cloutier, D-Lewiston,...

Newspapers dying? Ralph Nader's giving birth to one

Feb. 07, 2023 12:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 88, Ralph Nader believes his neighbors in northwest Connecticut are tired of electronics and miss the feel of holding a newspaper to read about their town. So at a time that local newspapers are dying at an alarming rate, the longtime activist is helping give...

Lamont's budget to include permanent income tax rate cuts

Feb. 06, 2023 17:48 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday his new two-year budget plan will include the state's first personal income tax rate reduction since 1996, one of several tax relief proposals he will officially unveil to the General Assembly on Wednesday. The...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 03, 2023 19:37 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. February 1, 2023. Editorial: Help for ex-prisoners benefits everyone Connecticut has made significant strides in criminal justice reform in the past decade, with the clearest example the closure of prisons due to falling inmate populations....

Panel: Connecticut needs safeguards for agency algorithms

Feb. 02, 2023 17:10 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut needs safeguards on state government's use of artificial intelligence including algorithms at child welfare and other agencies to prevent discrimination and increase transparency, an advisory panel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Thursday. ...

Bill Clinton back at White House to push paid family leave

Feb. 02, 2023 16:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three decades after Bill Clinton signed the nation’s family and medical leave law, he was back at the White House on Thursday to hold forth on what it’s meant to the country, unspooling his trademark blend of storytelling and wonkiness. The 42nd president, now...

Democratic-backed Connecticut bill would ban 'Latinx' term

Feb. 01, 2023 20:57 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut has proposed that the state follow Arkansas' lead and ban the term “Latinx” from official government documents, calling it offensive to Spanish speakers. The word is used as a gender-neutral alternative to...