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U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect Connecticut credit card law

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned Wednesday a New York law that prevented businesses from charging an extra fee for credit card purchases. The ruling could affect a nearly identical law in Connecticut.

Merchants in Connecticut and nine other states can only offer customers a “discount” for using cash but can not charge a “surcharge” for using a credit card.

Governor’s budget may price towns out of the resident state trooper program

An often over-looked part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget would transfer the full cost of resident state troopers onto the small towns that utilize them, an increasing the towns’ contribution by 30 percent since 2014.

Fifty-four towns in Connecticut utilize the resident state trooper program, which enables a state trooper to serve as the top law enforcement officer in a town.

Connecticut loses 1,600 jobs in February, blames the weather

The private sector saw a loss of 1,500 jobs, which DOL said may be attributed to poor weather. “Much of the job declines in February came from industries that can be weather affected and it should be noted that that the survey reference week occurred during a particularly cold and snowy period.”

Connecticut lawmakers consider payroll tax to fund family medical leave

Two bills that would tax workers in Connecticut to fund paid time off for family medical needs are working through the legislature, yet the proposals don’t say what the tax rate will be.

Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 6212 would create a state trust fund into which employees would pay a percentage of their income and be guaranteed 12 weeks of leave with pay up to $1,000 per week.

Connecticut bill threatens to force government reporting on the causes you support

As American politics becomes increasingly divisive and at times violent, two bills threaten to force nonprofits that take issue positions to report the names of their supporters or members to the state government.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, an employee of the powerful government union AFSCME, introduced one of the bills. The government administration and elections committee introduced a second proposal.

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