| Jan 20, 2015
| 8:02 PM
Most of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday drew enthusiastic support from Connecticut Democrats and the state's congressional delegation, especially his aggressive calls for free community college education, middle class tax cuts,...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 3:09 AM
HARTFORD — More than three years after Connecticut passed the nation's first state law mandating paid sick days, advocates are pressing for a sweeping expansion of the landmark legislation.
"We were the first and now we have the worst law in the...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:45 PM
President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:55 PM
President Obama plans to sign a memorandum ordering that federal employees have access to at least six weeks of paid leave when a new child arrives in their family, while also urging Congress to extend greater family leave benefits to their own workers...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 3:02 PM
MERIDEN — Connecticut's U.S. senators are trying to put public pressure on the Centers for Disease Control to buy flu vaccines from a local drug company, escalating Sen. Richard Blumenthal's private lobbying.
The senators sent a letter to the CDC...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 6:43 AM
Next year, seniors with private Medicare Advantage insurance policies whose doctors leave their plan may be able to leave, too, under a new Medicare rule.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversee Medicare Advantage programs, will...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 11:20 AM
Raising chickens in the U.S.A., sending them to China to be cut up and packaged, then shipping them back to this country to sell in school cafeterias doesn’t appear to be happening, likely to happen in the future, or even remotely profitable.
| Dec 8, 2014
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The massive defense authorization bill that's making its way through Congress is an early Christmas present for Connecticut's defense contractors, containing billions of dollars for submarines, helicopters and other weaponry made by...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 3:11 PM
A "quiet consensus" is building in the General Assembly, writes Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, to grant retirement benefits to four-term state Sen. Andrew Maynard should he be unable to serve his constituents when the legislature convenes in January....
| Nov 20, 2014
| 10:19 AM
June 14, 2013, was a happier time for Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. They dashed away from the Capitol along with fellow Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., to be honored by the National Partnership for Women and...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:49 PM
President Barack Obama's decision to take executive actions to protect almost 5 million people who live in fear of deportation because they are undocumented immigrants met with some enthusiasm in Connecticut among immigrants and their supporters Thursday,...