Property tax on Colleges and Hospitals
6:28 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Speaker Sharkey supports local property tax on colleges and hospitals

The Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives said on Wednesday he’s in favor of allowing municipalities to tax college and hospital properties. Such institutions are currently exempt from local property taxes because they are non-profits.

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Campaigning against "Insider Trading 2.0"
5:47 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Schneiderman takes another swing at high speed traders

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (file, 2013)
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took aim at high speed stock  traders again Wednesday. He announced what he called an "agreement" with a newswire service to stop giving information to high speed stock traders before traditional traders. This is the latest in Schneiderman's campaign against what he calls "insider trading 2.0 "

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Book Review
8:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

A Thousand Hills to Heaven

A book about an American who moves to Rwanada to help the nation improve the economy and health care has lessons about recovery and sustainability. It also has lessons about opening a restaurant in Kigali.

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Liberty vs Health
8:24 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21

Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner, says raising the tobacco age will keep youth from smoking
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County has increased the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old.  The bill, passed Tuesday evening, was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.

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E.U. trade negotiations to address cheese names
7:02 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Would you buy feta if they couldn't call it feta?

Cows like this one produce milk for feta cheese at Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Would a cheese by any other name smell as… stinky? It turns out that’s a question that U.S. trade negotiators are facing. And U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is pressing for them to keep feta: “feta.” Murphy says in current trade negotiations, Europe wants to ensure feta cheese produced in Connecticut couldn’t be called that because it’s produced in the U.S. The same holds true for other cheeses named after European places.

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how to talk to lawmakers
6:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Activists learn how to lobby in Hartford

Some Connecticut residents concerned about social justice issues were at the state Capitol in Hartford  to learn about how to lobby their lawmakers. The activists are concerned about several bills being considered in the legislature this year.

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Lost by one vote
6:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NY Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

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Bill scales back utility tree trimming
6:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bill to roll-back aggressive tree trimming by Conn. utilities passes key legislative committee

A bill that would force electric utilities in Connecticut to roll back an aggressive tree trimming program received the approval of a key state legislative committee on Tuesday. There’s been some recent public outcry against aggressive tree trimming by the utilities.

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Senate votes 30-29 against the measure
11:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dream Act dies in NY State Senate

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.

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Bill would allow fatal drugs for terminally ill
7:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Conn. legislators hear emotional testimony for and against aid-in-dying bill

Sara Meyers, who has ALS, testified in favor of the bill
Credit CT-N

The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature is heard emotional testimony on Monday on legislation that would allow terminally ill people in the state to be prescribed life ending drugs. If the bill were to pass, adult patients who are considered mentally competent and are told by two doctors that they have less than six months to live, would be able to get the life ending drugs. Terminally ill people testified in favor of the bill, and some with disabilities testified against it.

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