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Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

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Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

By Tribuna Staff

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that this year’s flu virus has thus far been particularly severe among people aged 65 and older, with that age group accounting for 70 percent of all patients who have been hospitalized with influenza. In addition, the DPH reported a steep increase in the number of Connecticut…

Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

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Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

By Ryan V. Stewart

On January 23, the Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership (DPCP), in cooperation with the United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC), hosted an event focusing on the effects of familial financial hardship, and associated stress, on the health and development of young children. Titled “Community Report Out,” the conference was held in the Community Room of…

Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

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Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on January 17 that the state is providing students in Connecticut’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the state constitution mandates.  The 4-3 decision probably draws to a close a 12-year legal saga in which a group of mayors, teachers, school board members and parents teamed up to sue the state,…

Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

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Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas 

After being asked by the governor’s budget office to recommend places to cut state education spending, Connecticut’s top school officials have decided reductions are not possible.  “We respectfully stated that we are unable to reduce further,” Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell told the State Board of Education, which then unanimously approved responding that cuts are not possible.  The education…

Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

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Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

By Keith M. Phaneuf | December 14, 2017

With partisan feuding providing the final push on December 14, the state legislature now will come into session between Christmas and New Year’s Day to reverse an unpopular cut to a social services program for poor seniors and the disabled. The Senate Democratic Caucus submitted the final signatures needed Thursday to force a special session…

Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

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Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

By Ana Radelat | ctmirror.org

On December 2, the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the Senate, the bill was approved on a 51-49 largely party…

Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

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Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

By Daniel Trock

A recently published study revealed that the U.S. foster care system is showing a worrying disconnect between the number of youths in the system and the number of available homes. In some areas of the foster care system, Connecticut has experienced improvements, but the need for more foster homes continues to be a problem.  The…

Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

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Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used his line-item veto to reject a new taxing arrangement on hospitals, but signed into law the bulk of a new, two-year state budget negotiated without direct input from his administration. The governor signed a $41.3 billion, biennial plan that closes major projected deficits while boosting taxes close to $500 million…