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    Two weeks before Connecticut’s 2020 legislative session begins, lawmakers are still debating tolls

    Two weeks before Connecticut’s 2020 legislative session begins, lawmakers are still debating tolls

    Tolls or no tolls: it's the seemingly endless Connecticut argument, right up there leaving or staying in the state.

    Well, some sort of end is coming: the 2020 legislative session convenes on Feb. 5. If left unsettled, the toll debate risks being lost in the white-out of sports betting, vaping, recreational marijuana, the budget and other likely issues up for discussion.

    Capitol bureau chief Christopher Keating talks about transportation's last gasp on the latest podcast.

    • 18 min
    A new poll shows Connecticut residents favor Biden among Democratic presidential candidates

    A new poll shows Connecticut residents favor Biden among Democratic presidential candidates

    Michael Vigeant (GreatBlue Research) and Lesley DeNardis, Ph.D. (Sacred Heart University) discuss a new Hartford Courant/Sacred Heart University poll.

    • 12 min
    The business entity tax vanished on Jan. 1, but you’ll have to pay more for dry cleaning and parking

    The business entity tax vanished on Jan. 1, but you’ll have to pay more for dry cleaning and parking

    You might have parked in a metered parking space to pick up your dry cleaning (you want to look good when you meet your new interior designer).

    Hopefully, you also just snagged some new safety goggles, for when all that dust is flying around your house.

    Time to peek at your bank account: yikes.

    On Jan. 1, a new wave of taxes, fees and laws took effect in Connecticut. We're not talking break-the-bank amounts, but for many Connecticut residents, every dollar matters.

    Content editor Russell Blair talks new Jan. 1 taxes and fees on the latest podcast.

    • 22 min
    From Gov. Lamont's inauguration to pop-up newsroom events, here are our best podcast clips of 2019

    From Gov. Lamont's inauguration to pop-up newsroom events, here are our best podcast clips of 2019

    We covered a lot of ground in 2019.

    The government shutdown. The seemingly endless toll debate. The Stop and Shop strike, opioid epidemic, the hottest month in Connecticut history, PFAS chemical spills ... on and on.

    Along the way, we set up microphones in bars, restaurants, breweries and markets, places like Tangiers International Market, Story and Soil Coffee, Spectra Wired, the Bushnell Park Beer Garden, Know Good Market, Hanging Hill Brewing Company and the short-lived Royal nightclub, and interviewed as many people as we could find.

    For the final podcast of the year, we put together clips featuring some of the folks we interviewed. Thanks for listening to Capitol Watch.

    • 25 min
    Billions of dollars from Washington are budgeted for Connecticut's defense industry. Here's why.

    Billions of dollars from Washington are budgeted for Connecticut's defense industry. Here's why.

    Connecticut’s defense industry will likely receive a sizable chunk of the $738 billion defense spending bill winding its way through Congress, and that means high-paying jobs.

    Reporter Stephen Singer talks helicopters, jet engines and submarines on the latest Capitol Watch podcast.

    • 17 min
    Gov. Ned Lamont wants a special session on tolls, restaurant wages and more. Here's what that means.

    Gov. Ned Lamont wants a special session on tolls, restaurant wages and more. Here's what that means.

    Highway tolls, restaurant workers’ wages and more could be voted on in a special session between now and the end of December, if Gov. Ned Lamont gets his way.

    Lamont wants to convene a special legislative session on four contentious issues, and he believes he can go four for four. Capitol bureau chief Christopher Keating weighs in on the latest podcast.

    • 25 min

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