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Prospect of Roe v. Wade repeal puts abortion issue in CT campaigns

By Mark Pazniokas
Democrats committed to reproductive rights fear a repeal of Roe while welcoming the jolt of passion it could inject into midterm elections.
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Prospect of Roe v. Wade repeal puts abortion issue in CT campaigns

By Mark Pazniokas — Democrats committed to reproductive rights fear a repeal of Roe while welcoming the jolt of passion it could inject into midterm elections.


Three extensive bills targeting children’s mental health win final passage

By Jenna Carlesso — Passage of the bills was a first step toward confronting what experts have called an escalating crisis in Connecticut and elsewhere.


Senate adopts ‘humane’ budget that cuts taxes, looks beyond pandemic

By Keith M. Phaneuf — The Senate voted 24-12, largely along party lines, to adopt the package, which now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont, who is expected to sign it.


Legislature OKs Medicaid for undocumented children 12 and younger

By Jenna Carlesso — A more ambitious bill that would have opened the program to those 18 and younger, regardless of their immigration status, failed in committee.


Analysts: CT could cut taxes $1 billion more within federal rules

By Keith M. Phaneuf — Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly said an estimate from the Office of Fiscal Analysis vindicates the GOP's calls for bigger tax cuts.


Forecast says CT’s ‘fiscal cliff’ will be gone when pandemic aid expires

By Keith M. Phaneuf — New projections show state finances will be in the black even after federal pandemic relief is gone in 2025.


General Assembly approves raises for lawmakers, statewide officers

By Mark Pazniokas — Lawmakers' base pay would go from $28,000 to $40,000, and salaries of most statewide officers would match the pay of Superior Court judges.


State trooper who shot Mubarak Soulemane makes first court appearance

By Dave Altimari — Outside court, Mubarak Soulemane's family vowed not to be intimidated by the large police presence at Trooper Brian North's brief appearance.


CT lawmakers set to pass reforms to troubled school construction program

By Andrew Brown — The reforms come as a federal investigation of the program under its former director, Kosta Diamantis, is underway.


Budget bill closes loophole that let hospitals end services without state OK

By Katy Golvala — Long-term hospital suspensions aren't currently regulated under state law. The state budget bill could change that.

CT Viewpoints: Opinions From Around The State


Connecticut needs EV charger installation done right

By Bill Finch and Paul Wessel — A nationally-developed training program for licensed electricians will ensure Connecticut gets what we pay for: safe, reliable, quality electric vehicle charging.


Accountability for algorithms: Moving CT’s government to transparency

By Sruthi Venkatachalam — As state and federal governments increasingly use algorithms that affect our lives, people should know where algorithms are used and be able to evaluate their efficacy and biases.


Talking about mental health is the difficult first step

By Jeff Palma — We’re so used to being told that discussions of mental health must be private that we may not even recognize the censoring that is occurring.


Freedom has never been free, and our tribalism and inequality is costing us

By Charles Ericson — A huge problem is that the ugly implications of America's mess and their root causes are not generally recognized or understood by our people.

CT Mirror's Long Story Short Podcast


PODCAST: Erica Phillips on the high cost of health care for small businesses

CT Mirror's Economic Development reporter Erica Phillips tells host Ebong Udoma what's being done to curb the costs of health insurance premiums.


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