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Gov. Ned Lamont and members of the Connecticut National Guard.
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Lamont To Nursing Home Union: You Have CT's Last And Best Offer

Gov. Ned Lamont put the state’s largest health care workers’ union on notice Tuesday evening that he’d made his last and best financial offer to avert a strike threatened for Friday. The governor’s chief of staff, Paul Mounds Jr., also used a virtual news conference to challenge SEIU District 1199 New England and more than three dozen congregate care facilities to remain at the bargaining table and hammer out a deal.

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Fearing For Their Pensions, Union Workers See Hope In Federal Aid

Before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Broadway, Bill Whitaker drove every week from his home in Connecticut to New York City, where he performed in “Phantom of the Opera” as a bass trombonist. This was Whitaker’s main gig for 19 years, but he had many others.

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A health worker tries to adjust the oxygen mask of a patient at the BKC jumbo field hospital, one of the largest COVID-19 facilities in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 6, 2021.
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As a second COVID wave rages through India, the country’s healthcare system finds itself unable to keep up with demand. Without sufficient hospital beds, equipment and, more importantly, oxygen, India has put out a call for help world wide. And some members of the Indian diaspora in Connecticut are answering. 

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The extended income tax deadline is coming up next Monday, May 17. Tax filers this year will have to grapple with pandemic-related complexities like how to handle those federal stimulus payments. Accountant Angel Li of Glastonbury-based firm FML says the only slightly confusing scenario here is if those stimulus payments never came. Speaking on All Things Considered, Li also gave advice on the tax implications of 2020 unemployment payments, as well as how to take advantage of the new federal child tax credit.

Lamont To Nursing Home Union: You Have CT's Last And Best Offer

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Gov. Ned Lamont and members of the Connecticut National Guard.
Cloe Poisson / CTMirror.org

Gov. Ned Lamont put the state’s largest health care workers’ union on notice Tuesday evening that he’d made his last and best financial offer to avert a strike threatened for Friday.

The governor’s chief of staff, Paul Mounds Jr., also used a virtual news conference to challenge SEIU District 1199 New England and more than three dozen congregate care facilities to remain at the bargaining table and hammer out a deal.

The country’s first large-scale offshore wind project has cleared its final significant regulatory hurdle, bringing the long-anticipated U.S. offshore wind revolution one step closer to reality.

Updated May 11, 2021 at 7:14 PM ET

The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday held a contentious markup of legislation to revamp the nation's voting and campaign finance rules, laying bare the deep partisan divide over how elections should be run.

A series of party-line votes on amendments made clear there is little ground for compromise, and the bill's fate is very much in doubt in the upper chamber.

Workers At 6 More CT Nursing Homes Say They Are Prepared To Strike

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A protester with healthcare union SEIU 1199NE is handcuffed at a protest earlier this spring. Protestors planned to sit in the building lobby to ask for better treatment of healthcare workers, including better wages and health insurance.
Yehyun Kim / CTMirror.org

The state and its largest healthcare workers union continued their game of brinksmanship Monday as Connecticut inched closer to a major strike involving nursing and group homes.

While SEIU District 1199 New England added six more nursing homes to the potential strike, lifting the tally to 39, the Senate leader of the legislature’s budget-writing panel announced plans to funnel hundreds of millions of new state and federal dollars into related healthcare programs in the next budget cycle.

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Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, Idaho's unemployment rate has been hovering around 3%. In the capital city, Boise, for-hire signs are posted at grocery stores and restaurants — and at Pete Amador's home health care agency.

His latest ad even offers a thousand-dollar signing bonus. Amador could easily hire 50 more people right now, if they would apply. There is a long waitlist of elderly clients.

"People are calling hourly asking for help," he says.

Davon-Marie Grimmer has been struggling to get help for more than year for her cousin, Kent Clark. Sometimes, when he calls from prison, he asks to speak with relatives who are no longer alive. Sometimes, he forgets the name of his cellmate.

"As far as I know, he hasn't received any medical attention for the dementia, and he's just so vulnerable in there," Grimmer said. "He's 66 years old. He can't take care of himself."

In 2018, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan sat next to his friend and ally Rep. Elise Stefanik and predicted a bright future for the New York Republican.

"This is the future of the Republican Party, the future of our country — people like Elise," Ryan told CBS.

With Stefanik poised to become the newest member of the House GOP leadership team, his statement seems a prescient one.

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That recycling you put out each week in the blue bin may not be going where you think it is. Because of contamination in curbside bins, the city of Hartford is now redirecting most of its recycling to a nearby incinerator, which means tons and tons of recyclable materials are going to waste while the city spends about $30,000 a month trying to deal with the problem.

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