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Connecticut lawmakers approved some late changes early Tuesday morning to the new Democratic state budget that had drawn criticism from major state employers because of its tax increases on businesses and others.

"We did hear the voices of those who had some concerns," said Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven.

But members of the General Assembly's minority Republicans seemed unimpressed by the 11th hour revisions, negotiated over the past several weeks by the legislature's majority Democratic leaders and Democrat Gov. Dannel P Malloy's administration.

Connecticut consumers will see a change in their next monthly electric bill statement. Starting in July, consumers who use third-party suppliers for their electricity will receive bills that include the rates of their supplier and the standard rate offered by the state’s two largest utilities, Eversource and United Illuminating.

Elin Swanson Katz, the state’s Consumer Counsel, said the redesign will help consumers compare rates and get the best deal possible.

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If you love hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, Connecticut is a great place to be. But, for residents of many of Connecticut's cities, there's not an easy way to hike or bike out of town without miles of very unnatural landscape.

Across the state, that may change soon. The next state budget contains more than $10 million to build new trails. Governor Dannel Malloy says that'll encourage people to move away from cars and toward alternate forms of transportation.

Book Review: Doctored

Jun 23, 2015

“Doctored,” meaning restored to good condition, comes from the world of medicine, though it’s commonly used today to mean being made impure, in order to trick or deceive, as in “doctoring the evidence.” In his new medical memoir, Doctored, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist who directs the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, plays on both senses of the word.

Hartford Hospital and fifteen other medical centers in Connecticut said Wednesday they’re going to lay off more than 400 employees over the next few weeks.

The parent company of the hospitals blamed them on a combination of tax increases and funding cuts to Medicaid in the budget lawmakers sent to Governor Dannel Malloy.

This week, Yale-New Haven Hospital also said it would close clinics in Branford and East Haven in response to the budget

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