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Justice for abused pets, McMahon back in business, toll opposition top weekend news

January 28, 2019

Animal advocates are praising “Desmond’s Law,” which has helped to stiffen penalties for those accused of abusing their pets. It’s been a rude welcome for a new state senator who has been the target of toll protestors in her first month in office. Here are other stories you may have missed this weekend:

Animal advocates help to bring justice for abused cats and dogs

Cats and dogs in Connecticut have been scalded with hot liquid, kicked to death, left shivering outside in the cold, and even killed as revenge following romantic break-ups. These are a few examples of the claims police have made against people charged with animal cruelty. Now “Desmond’s Law,” in honor of a dog whose owner, Alex Wullaert, beat and strangled him to death in 2012, has helped to increase penalties for animal abuse in the state.

Without hype, McMahon’s SBA goes about business

Linda McMahon is back in business. The Small Business Administration chief had been radio silent during the 35-day federal government shutdown. The closure of SBA hit the small business and contractor community hard, especially in Connecticut. According to SBA data, 342,443 Connecticut small businesses employ 735,788 people — about half of the state’s total employment.

New state senator an early target of protest

Alexandra Bergstein was sworn in this month as a state senator representing Greenwich, and parts of Stamford and New Canaan, and she’s already a prime target of sign-carrying protestors. Bergstein held a series of “public discussions” in her communities last week about improving the local business climate, but most of those who attended wanted to instead rail on the senator for her controversial highway toll proposal.

Dan Haar: The Whack-a-Mole problem in Looney’s tax reform plan

Columnist Dan Haar analyzes Connecticut’s tax reform, specifically Sen. Martin Looney’s proposal to end municipalities’ ability to tax vehicles and allow homeowners and businesses to reduce their real estate assessments.

Tong vows to keep taking fight to Purdue Pharma

Connecticut is pushing ahead with its lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, under new Attorney General William Tong. But the recent dismissal of Bridgeport’s lawsuit against the maker of OxyContin shows litigation against the Stamford company does not guarantee a favorable verdict.

Connecticut private schools face shrinking enrollments

The Wooster School in Danbury, which is phasing out its lower school, is the latest private school in the state grappling with a shrinking student population. Private school enrollments and the number of independent schools in the state has dropped in recent years, in large part because of the decline in the birth rate and wealthy families leaving Connecticut.

Violations, fines pile up due to backlog for public information

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, a Connecticut agency that includes the State Police, is racking up violations and fines due to a nearly two-year backlog in responding to public information requests.

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