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  • Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    12/16/2017 5:51:05 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut has the most underfunded pension system in the nation, amassing more than $127.7 billion in liabilities.. The study entitled Unaccountable and Unaffordable showed Connecticut’s pension system dropping below Illinois and Kentucky when its pension liabilities were calculated with a “risk-free” discount rate equal to the rate of a U.S. Treasury bond. Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability rose from $99.2 billion in ALEC’s 2016 study to $127.7 billion in 2017, leaving the pension system only 19 percent funded. The debt from the public pensions amounts to $35,721 per person in Connecticut, the second highest per capita debt in the nation behind...
  • Report: 27 Facilities Using Hazardous Chemicals Pose Risk To Thousands Of Low-Income Neighbors (CT)

    12/15/2017 11:21:02 AM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    here are 27 facilities in Connecticut that use such large quantities of hazardous chemicals that they are required to submit disaster response plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 170,000 people—roughly 5 percent of the state’s population—live within a mile of these facilities, risking exposure to a leak, explosion or adverse health effects. Low-income people and children of color under the age of 12 are more likely than their white counterparts to live in these “fenceline” communities, according to a report by the Center for Effective Government. In its report “Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race and...
  • Republicans reach deal on tax cuts with key farm benefits

    12/13/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 19 replies
    agri-pulse.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Philip Brasher
    Congressional Republicans say they reached agreement on a final tax bill that will provide a new 20-percent deduction for pass-through income from farms and small businesses. The agreement, which the House and Senate are expected to take up early next week, also calls for doubling the estate tax exemption and will include key expensing provisions that farm groups sought to preserve and expand, lawmakers said. They said the agreement also would allow deduction of state and local taxes, including income and property taxes, up to $10,000, a concession to lawmakers in high-tax states that could also benefit farmers. Senate Agriculture...
  • Inmates to Turn Guns from Buyback Program Into Gardening Tools

    12/12/2017 11:30:30 AM PST · by Puppage · 40 replies
    The New Haven Police Department will be buying back guns Saturday and those guns will be transformed into gardening tools, with help from inmates, and provided to schools to harvest vegetables. Once people turn guns in for gift cards, officers will destroy those guns “under the tutelage of a local and renowned sculptor,” Gar Waterman, police said. Volunteer members of Connecticut’s prison inmate population will receive the destroyed weapons and Warden Jose Feliciano and staff from the Connecticut Department of Corrections will oversee them as inmates forge the pieces into gardening tools. Some of the tools will then be donated...
  • Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing Man Off Bridge: PD

    12/12/2017 9:24:53 AM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    nbc connecticut ^ | December 12, 2017 | nbc
    Shelton police say a man was seriously injured after being thrown off the Derby Shelton Bridge when he tried to intervene during an argument between a couple. According to police, Rottjer and Hannum were having an argument while walking over the bridge. The victim, identified as a 30-year-old man from Monroe, got involved to ask of Hannum was ok, then tried to walk away. Police claim that’s when Rottjer and his friend, Dorso, got into a physical fight with the victim. Investigators said that Rottjer intentionally threw the victim over the bridge during the fight. Rottjer, Dorso and Hannum then...
  • Jury Rules Against Fired Professor who Espoused Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory

    12/11/2017 11:46:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/12 | Paula McMahon,
    Jurors took just three hours on Monday to rule against a controversial blogger who claimed he was fired from a tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University in retaliation for his conspiracy theorist blogging about the Sandy Hook massacre. James Tracy alleged that FAU violated his First Amendment rights to free speech. He wanted to be reinstated to his former position, with back pay and an unspecified amount of damages. FAU officials say they never censored Tracy or prevented him from expressing his opinions. They say he was fired after repeatedly and intentionally refusing to file mandatory disclosure forms that require...
  • State Drops Case Against Wintrich, White House Correspondent, In UConn Tussle

    12/11/2017 11:54:14 AM PST · by x1stcav · 21 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/11/17 | David Owens and Russell Blair
    The state Monday dropped the breach of peace case against Lucian Wintrich, a White House correspondent for conservative website Gateway Pundit, in connection to a tussle at a speech he was to deliver at UConn last month. He was present at court but did not appear before a judge. His lawyer, Norm Pattis, met with Tolland State’s Attorney Matthew Gedansky. Later, Pattis said the state recognized Wintrich was retrieving notes that were stolen from him when the incident happened “I obviously think its wonderful that finally the system corrected itself,” said Wintrich in brief comments outside of court. “We don’t...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOON,EST,WTIC AM,December 11-15,2017

    12/11/2017 6:03:44 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 11, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And WELCOME!
  • Native American student group accuses Polynesian dance group of ‘appropriating Hawaiian [tr]

    12/05/2017 7:26:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 61 replies
    College Fix ^ | December 5, 2017 | Daniel Payne
    An “all-female Polynesian dance group” at Yale University stands accused of “appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture,” with a campus Native American student organization demanding that the dance group disban.
  • UConn changes speaker rules after conservative speech ruckus

    12/04/2017 8:34:01 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    The University of Connecticut has issued new guidelines for speakers and campus events after an altercation at a speech by a conservative commentator titled “It’s OK To Be White.” UConn President Susan Herbst said Monday in a campus-wide email that events or other programming will not be allowed if the school determines the individual involved represents a “danger to our community.” Herbst says speaker Lucian Wintrich had no criminal history, but UConn was “disturbed” to learn that an individual who traveled with him has at least one arrest for a “violent offense.” A young woman appeared to take paperwork off...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,December 4-8,2017

    12/04/2017 7:10:03 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 4, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Four Democrats Eyeing Governor's Office (CT)Meet For Public Forum (Unicorns, hate, jealousy)

    12/04/2017 3:51:15 AM PST · by raybbr · 16 replies
    Courant.com ^ | 1272/2017 | Rebecca Lurye
    Voters had their first opportunity Saturday to hear where four of the Democrats running or considering a run for governor in 2018 fall on some of the most pressing issues facing the state. For two hours, they spoke to a fullauditorium at Fair Haven School on economic inequality, the state’s over-reliance on the financial industry, police and criminal justice reform and sanctuary cities. The event, dubbed “the People’s Symposium,’’ featured Dan Drew, the Middletown mayor who is running to replace outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and three potential candidates who have formed exploratory committees: Dita Bhargava, a former official with...
  • Once invincible, ESPN cuts staff amid subscriber losses

    11/29/2017 1:07:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 29, 2017 | By AIMEE PICCHI
    Cord-cutting is taking a toll on ESPN, once thought untouchable given its lock on sports coverage. The cable-television network today said it's cutting 150 jobs. Employees who are affected will receive severance, a 2017 bonus and continuing health benefits and outplacement services, the company said. ESPN wasn't the only media company to announce layoffs Wednesday, with BuzzFeed announcing layoffs affecting 8 percent of its workforce and a restructuring of its U.S. business team later. "The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 27-December 1, 2017

    11/27/2017 5:58:08 AM PST · by Biggirl
    The EIB Network ^ | November 27, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!
  • Bridgeport cops tangle over letter of the law

    11/23/2017 12:28:45 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 14 replies
    CT Post ^ | November 20, 2017 | Brian Lockhart
    BRIDGEPORT — Six letters emblazoned on the back of a jacket could be a matter of life and death for the men and women who safeguard Connecticut’s largest city. That is how Sgt. Chris Robinson feels about having “POLICE” printed on outerwear worn by Bridgeport’s Finest. Robinson was suspended with pay last week for publicly criticizing Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez’s Nov. 13 memorandum forbidding cops from advertising their profession on their clothing. “We are the police, are we not? Yet then why are we now attempting to disguise or even go to such measures and means to hide it...
  • States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions

    11/20/2017 4:42:05 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 323 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | 18 Nov 17 | AP Staff
    The percentage of federal individual income tax filers claiming a deduction for state and local taxes paid in 2015, ranked by state: 1. Maryland: 45.7 percent 2. Connecticut: 41.3 percent 3. New Jersey: 41.2 percent 4. Virginia: 37.3 percent 5. Massachusetts: 36.9 percent 6. Oregon: 36.0 percent 7. Utah: 35.3 percent 8. Minnesota: 34.7 percent 9. New York: 34.5 percent 10. California: 34.4 percent 11. Georgia: 32.8 percent 12. Rhode Island: 32.8 percent 13. Colorado: 32.5 percent 14. Delaware: 31.6 percent 15. Illinois: 31.3 percent 16. Wisconsin: 31.0 percent 17. New Hampshire: 30.9 percent 18. Washington: 29.9 percent 19. Iowa:...
  • New York City to Begin Putting 'Absent Reserve' Teachers Back in Classrooms. But Who Are They?

    11/19/2017 1:48:45 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Education Week ^ | October 27, 2017 | Liana Loewus
    Hundreds of New York City teachers who'd lost their full-time positions but stayed on the payroll will be headed back to classrooms within the next few weeks. About a third of those teachers, it turns out, have faced legal or disciplinary charges. The city's education department announced this summer that schools that hadn't filled all their teaching positions by Oct. 15 would be assigned educators from the "absent teacher reserve" pool. According to a spokesman at the New York City Department of Education, the "matches" between teachers and schools are being made now, and those teachers will go into schools...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 20-24,2017

    11/20/2017 8:11:52 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | November 20, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Trump Goes After Phony Vietnam Hero Senator Blumenthal for Remarks about SCOUTUS Pick Gorsuch

    02/09/2017 8:11:07 AM PST · by davikkm · 33 replies
    Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) faked his Vietnam War service and lied about being the captain of the Harvard Swim Team. Connecticut voters elected him to the US Senate anyway. On Wednesday Blumenthal told reporters Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told him that President Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” https://youtu.be/E0h2qKE69Jg
  • Trump hits Blumenthal for Gorsuch comment claims, Vietnam 'lie'

    02/09/2017 6:18:45 AM PST · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-9-2017 | FoxNews
    President Trump on Thursday struck back at Sen. Richard Blumenthal a day after the Connecticut Democrat leaked alleged details of a conversation he had with Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Blumenthal on Wednesday told reporters that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said previous comments made by Trump about a federal judge were “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” “Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” Trump tweeted. ------- The supposed comments from Gorsuch to Blumenthal came in response to Trump’s tweet calling a federal judge a “so-called...