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New Tools to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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A new digital application released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health called NORA, which is a Naloxone and Overdose Response Application to help combat the ongoing opioid epidemic.

The NORA app is designed to help save lives when confronted with an opioid overdose by educating residents on how to administer naloxone and using GPS data to find nearby locations to obtain the medication. The app, which is free for all users, functions through the web browser of most smartphones.

The Department

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Roadwork on I-95 in Waterford and New London

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that there will be lane closures on Southbound and Northbound sides of I-95 in New London and Waterford starting this coming Monday, April 29th to allow for nighttime bridge maintenance.

 

Work on the Vauxhall Street Extension Overpass is scheduled to occur between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from Monday, April 29th through Friday, May 24, 2019. The lane closures will take place between Exit 84 and Exit 82 on I-95 Southbound and Exit 82

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Connecticut’s Tax Freedom Day is April 25

Posted on April 25, 2019 by admin


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Once again, Connecticut’s tax burden is among the highest of any state in the nation. Residents in our state need to work longer than residents in 45 other states to pay their state, local and federal tax bills.

Tax Freedom Day is the day each year when the average citizen has earned enough to pay their combined local, state and federal tax bills. National Tax Freedom Day is on April 16!

This year, according to The Tax Foundation, Connecticut’s Tax Freedom Day is April 25, which means we’re tied

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Toll Opposition is About People, Not Politics

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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Letter to the Editor from Senators Paul Formica and Heather Somers and Representatives Devin Carney, Holly Cheeseman, Mike France, Kathleen McCarty, and Jesse MacLachlan.

Connecticut needs to take bold action to fix our transportation system. Better transportation is a key to economic development, job growth and better quality of life.

At the same time, residents are struggling. They have been asked to pay increasingly more in taxes while services have been cut. The state keeps taking more, and providing less.

Connecticut has to change. Creating a new way to tax people through tolls is not the answer. Connecticut needs to prioritize.

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Conservative Caucus Proposes Alternative to State-Run Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – As bills to provide paid Family and Medical Leave advance through the committee process, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus proposed an alternative that would provide coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory and onerous new payroll tax.

Current paid family and medical leave proposals would mandate employers offer up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to their employees. To fund the program, virtually all employees would be compelled to pay one-half of one per cent of their earnings into a new FMLA fund, whether they take the leave or not.

As a more affordable alternative, the Conservative Caucus model would have the Insurance Department develop a voluntary free-market plan which it would make available to both employees and employers. This alternative would allow workers to qualify for paid family and medical leave while treating such leave as an employment benefit, not a state mandate. Instead of a mandate, employers would be empowered to offer the benefit to employees as they do other types of insurance. It would further empower employees to purchase such coverage if they found it beneficial to their family circumstances.

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