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CTTalking Podcast, by Dan Lovallo
19 minutes | Apr 8, 2015
156: Universal paid family and sick leave, restaurants failing and more
Host Dan Lovallo talks about a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly that would mandate payroll deductions to underwrite paid family and sick leave. ?He also talks about restaurants failing and the bid in the state to keep the millennials from remaining and not moving out of state.?
19 minutes | Apr 1, 2015
155: From a city tax to a casino on every corner
From enabling city's to institute a sales tax to more casinos, that seems to be the way Connecticut Democratic lawmakers want to handle the state's latest budget crisis. ?There is no talk of making a systemic change in how state government operates, just more ways to tap the taxpayers out of more money. ?We discuss all of this and more in this podcast.
20 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
154: Prioritizing Connecticut's transportation needs
Suzanne Bates of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy joins Dan Lovallo to talk about how Connecticut should be prioritizing its transportation policy. ?She says the focus on more rail is not the answer to fixing its infrastructure.
14 minutes | Mar 12, 2015
153: From minimum wage to Sikorsky are our politicians on the same planet?
Host Dan Lovallo wonders if our politicians are on the same planet, after hearing their comments about minimum wage, Sikorsky, education funding and more.
22 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
152: Daily Caller's Nick Givas talks legalizing pot, Hillary and Reagan
Should the Republicans stand on the side of legalizing marijuana. ?Nick Givas of the Daily Caller talks about Sen. Rand Paul's proposal to legalize pot for medicinal purposes, as a first step. ?He also talks with host Dan Lovallo about Hillary Clinton's disasterous news conference and the story on which he is working, regarding who most resembles Ronald Reagan in the prospective presidential field.
16 minutes | Mar 10, 2015
151: Q-Poll shows Fox leads the way and podcasting on the rise
A Quinnipiac University poll shows most Americans list Fox News as the USA's most trusted news source. ?Host Dan Lovallo notes that result has perplexed many in the main stream media. The new media is also on the rise, according to a new Edison survey. ?Podcasting has shown exceptional growth. ?Dan dissects the numbers.
13 minutes | Mar 8, 2015
150: CT-Dems attack 'big oil' while backing failed TV venture
In his Monday commentary, host Dan Lovallo explains how Connecticut Democrats are backing a bill that would mandate the state treasurer divest Connecticut's investments in companies that deal with fossil fuels. ?At the same time, they have been supportive of an initiative of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's, that among other things funneled state money into a losing, golf television venture, whose employees had ties to the administration.
18 minutes | Mar 5, 2015
149: Tech guru Lon Seidman talks Net Neutrality
With the FCC's narrow 3-2 vote, instituting Net Neutrality, there could be a different Internet universe on the horizon. ?What does this all mean. ?Tech expert Lon Seidman of lon.tv?sorts it all out for host Dan Lovallo.
19 minutes | Mar 4, 2015
148: How to solve Connecticut's budget crisis
With Connecticut facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, tells host Dan Lovallo Yankee Institute's recommendation for solving Connecticut's budget crisis.
19 minutes | Mar 3, 2015
147: Connecticut Democrats push $15 per hour minimum wage and SNAP crackdown
Connecticut Democrats are taking a backdoor route to try and impose on owners of franchises a mandate to pay employees a $15 per hour minimum wage. ?Host Dan Lovallo goes into detail to outline the bill that's presented as an "Act Concerning Workers' Wages At Large Corporations." ? There is also a move by U.S. House Republicans to curtail the food stamp program. ?Dan goes into detail on that effort as well.
12 minutes | Mar 2, 2015
146: Bill would unionize government employees in Connecticut
Two bills before a Connecticut General Assembly committee would move to expand union membership for government employees. ?Also, the effort continues to add tolls in Connecticut, this time with the federal government's help.?
18 minutes | Mar 1, 2015
145: Tension at Connecticut State Police and labor bill could mean more money for fast food employees
There is obviously a divided Connecticut State Police force over the ouster of longtime spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. ?The Connecticut State Police Union, which represents the department's rank-and-file, moved to distance itself from a press release from the Connecticut State Police Captains and Lieutenants Union, which criticised Vance's reassignment to head the traffic division.? And a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee, could raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for some fast food workers, if it passes the legislature and is signed into law. ?A public hearing on the bill is Thursday.?
13 minutes | Feb 26, 2015
144: Governor's budget chief admits to being 'liberal Democrat'
Benjamin Barnes, the budget chief for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, admitted he was a 'liberal Democrat,' during wide ranging testimony on Thursday, about the governor's new budget. ?At a hearing before the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Barnes stated the governor's much-criticized-budget (deemed to be out of balance by the state treasurer from the governor's own party) was essentially the legislature's problem now. When asked why hospitals were being taxed, Barnes answered: "Why do you rob banks? That's where the money is." He also predicted we are "due for another recession." ?He stood by Malloy's tax hike of 2011, saying it did not harm the state's recovery, despite critics who claim it did.?
20 minutes | Feb 25, 2015
143: CT-Sen. Rob Kane says Malloy budget riddled with gimmicks
Connecticut Sen. Rob Kane, R-32nd Watertown, skewers Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget in this podcast. ?Sen. Kane calls the budget out of balance and riddled with gimmicks. Sen. Kane is the leading Republican member and ranking member of the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee.
17 minutes | Feb 24, 2015
142: Reporter Neil Vigdor discusses Gov. Malloy's budget
Neil Vigdor, statewide political reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media, including the Connecticut Post, discusses the budget proposal of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with Dan Lovallo.
18 minutes | Feb 23, 2015
141: Sen. Boucher starts online petition opposing tolls in Connecticut
Connecticut state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26th, has started an online petition opposing tolls in Connecticut. ?The effort has ramped up as the Connecticut General Assembly's Transportation Committee holds hearings on the toll proposal Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building. ?Sen. Boucher is the state Senate's ranking member on the Transportation Committee. Sen. Boucher also talked about Gov. Malloy's budget proposal.
8 minutes | Feb 22, 2015
140: To pay or not to pay Waterbury pensions
A pension snafu by the city of Waterbury has left those on the receiving end in a bind. ?Due to an error, Paula Keegan was overpaid $82,000 in pension money, as the widow of a husband who was a longtime city police detective. On the other side of the coin, Darlene Ricci was underpaid $161,129, as the widow of police captain Michael Ricci. ?Making matters worse, Ricci filed for bankruptcy last year. Now the city is attempting to determine how to resolve both cases.?
13 minutes | Feb 19, 2015
139: Not even Democrats like Malloy's budget
Not even fellow Democrats like Connecticut Gov.Dannel P. Malloy's budget. ?The muted criticism and lack of praise are testimony on how his new budget proposal was accepted by members of his own party. In reality, however, the governor had no other choice. ?Connecticut's dire budget straits, due in large part to the governor's first budget in 2011, has placed the state in this budgetary strait jacket. Dan Lovallo dissects all of this in his podcast.
16 minutes | Feb 18, 2015
138: Malloy's Republican budget
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a two-term Democrat, released his new budget on Wednesday and it sounded a lot like a Republican budget. ?Lowering the sales tax, eliminating the business entity tax and leaving hundreds of state jobs unfilled were all part of the plan, yet the Republicans opposed most of it. ?How come? Dan Lovallo dissects the budget in the podcast.?
17 minutes | Feb 17, 2015
137: Leaders need wake up call for Connecticut's aging population
Connecticut's population is aging at an alarming rate, according to a study?by the Commission on Aging. ? The numbers are stark, the website ctbythenumbers.info?reports.? Between 2010 and 2040, people age 65 and older will grow by 57 percent, population wise in Connecticut. ?That compares to 2 percent growth for people age 20 to 64 in the same time frame. The report outlines what steps Connecticut needs to undertake to address its aging population. ?In the podcast, however, Dan Lovallo points out the state needs to also address the disconcerting issue of a dwindling 20 to 64 age group.
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