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Gov. Weicker was right about one thing

Twenty-five years ago Gov. Lowell Weicker vetoed a state budget. In his veto message, he got one thing right. “We will not set employment levels and then drum up programs to make work,” he said. To this day, Connecticut doesn’t set priorities. We start with state...

Connecticut loses jobs for third month in a row

The Connecticut Department of Labor released Thursday job numbers for September showing a loss of 5,200 non-farm jobs in the state.

“Connecticut saw job losses in September for the third month in a row and our three month average of total non-farm jobs saw its first decline this year,” Andy Condon, director of the DOL Office of Research, said in a statement.

Management company “improperly approved” higher rents for Section 8 housing in Hartford

Renters using Section 8 housing vouchers were allegedly charged higher rents than unassisted renters in Hartford, according to an action filed in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut.

The action claimed that Imagineers LLC which administers Hartford’s Section 8 housing voucher program, “improperly approved” housing assistance for monthly rental payments which were higher than “comparable unassisted units.”

Personal care assistants claim union dues are deducted without authorization

The Department of Social Services confirmed that it is “looking into” claims that personal care assistants employed through private non-profit agencies are having union dues deducted from their paychecks without authorization.

Karen Hansen of Community Allied Resources, the company which administers paychecks for PCAs paid for by agencies like the DSS, also confirmed that “we have had calls indicating this kind of thing.”

Federal relief money lost on state housing projects in “difficult neighborhoods”

A federal audit criticized Connecticut housing officials for failing to finish a number of projects supported with $25 million in grant money, with one official blaming “difficult neighborhoods” for the failures.

The state of Connecticut was given $25 million in funds to purchase and rehabilitate houses and buildings that were abandoned or foreclosed during the housing market collapse. However the audit cited instances where work was never completed and properties were left abandoned and falling down.

Connecticut business says unemployment appeals not worth time and effort

Wendy Traub of Hemlock Directional Boring – a construction company that specializes in underground utility pipe installation, says small businesses like Hemlock simply do not have the time to commit to appeals when there is little chance of success – regardless of whether or not the employee quit, was fired or laid off.

“I would say 98 percent of the time – I don’t want to say it was a joke – but no matter what evidence we could present, the labor board said they are going to get it.”

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