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The bill passed 74-70 after more than six hours of debate. Eight Democratic lawmakers joined Republicans in voting against the budget.
Democratic lawmakers in the House said the $19.76 billion budget that closes a nearly $1 billion deficit is unpleasant, but necessary in order to deal with a sluggish economy and lagging revenues.
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It was reported to The Middletown Insider that 13th Dist. rep, Matt Lesser did not vote on this bill.  Given there are 151 districts, six others failed to take a stand, allowing this bill to pass.
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Jepsen and eight other attorneys general have asked the leaders of MasterCard, Visa, Discover Financial Services, Bank of America, Capital One, Citigroup, American Express and JPMorgan Chase to expedite efforts to bring chip-and-PIN technology to all credit cards as soon as possible. The technology is widely considered a more secure method of processing credit and debit card transactions, compared with traditional magnetic-stripe cards.
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UNH Assist. Prof. Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo highlights some data - Missouri in 2007 repealed the law that required licensing for handgun purchases. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University analyzed what happened. While in Connecticut, there was a 40 percent drop in gun homicides, Missouri has experienced a 25 percent increase in gun homicides.
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“It would be totally irresponsible to give it to 187 legislators tomorrow,” Fasano said.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with Democratic legislative leaders for more than an hour behind closed doors Tuesday night.
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Susan Bigelow suggests we should remember the workers through the holidays:
“The holiday season is usually a bright spot, a way for us to distract ourselves from the torrent of misery we see in our lives and in the news. But for retail workers, the holidays mean long hours, time away from family even on Thanksgiving, and exhaustion. It also means overtime pay for many, although because wages are still so low this extra holiday work is necessary just to make ends meet.”
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Terry Cowgill suggests Malloy took a small political risk advocating for refugees in Connecticut:
"If, after he assents to taking the refugees, even one of them is involved in an a serious attack, Malloy will have big problems. Not only will there be casualties to deal with, but his political career could be finished after his term as governor is up in 2018 ... But that likelihood is pretty remote since it appears the fear of Syrian refugee involvement in terrorism is largely unfounded."
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