Firefighters have begun making unscheduled stops on their way back from calls to the firehouse with business owners, stopping at summer camp, playing pick-up games with teenagers. Their goal is to educate the community about their work and become a more familiar sight between emergencies.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin is pushing for a budget vote by month's end and he has asked House Democrats to reserve July 27 as a possible date. Both Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford said they do not have the votes in their 79-member caucus to raise the income tax.
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Connecticut’s association of cities and towns said it supports the lawsuit initiative. “Any time our municipal leaders want to take a real leadership role on a topic that that deeply impacts their community, we are going to be supportive of their effort,” said Joe DeLong, executive director of CCM. “These mayors are dealing with it right on the front lines.”
More than 160,000 have obtained health coverage under the ACA, but some would have been able to obtain coverage elsewhere. Those covered are people who, according to the researchers, had no other options. Nearly half are minorities,including 23 percent who are Latino and 14 percent who are black.