The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Friday, December 18, 2015
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HOLLY TURNER (Political strategist and COO of "Stampede Consulting") HOUSE OKs $700-BILLION-DOLLAR TAX CUT PACKAGE DESPITE DEFICIT CONCERNS The House approved a nearly $700 billion tax cut package Thursday and prepared to vote on a trillion-dollar spending plan to round out the year's business, despite grumbling from fiscal watchdogs over the impact to the deficit. The so-called "tax extenders" bill passed on a 318-109 vote. The legislation, together with a spending bill set for a vote Friday, stands as House Speaker Paul Ryan's first big legislative test since taking the gavel. While the process has gone more smoothly than some of his predecessor's budget battles, Ryan faced consternation from both sides of the aisle over the package. Democrats were disappointed they were unable to extract more concessions during the process, particularly after Republicans won a long-sought measure to lift the oil export ban in the spending bill. But conservatives had their own set of complaints. While many Republicans back extending key tax breaks, some were uneasy over the sheer size of the tax-and-spending package. Some were angry over the number of riders attached, and others were angry that certain riders weren't attached - specifically to defund Planned Parenthood and tighten Syrian refugee screening. And on the sidelines, fiscal watchdog groups were furious over the impact to the deficit.

Arts Across Connecticut with DOUG EVANS Doug called in to talk about the ongoing drama with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra,plays going on in the Warner Theater and Ragtime coming to the Palace Theater in Waterbury in January.

ANDY CONDON (Director of the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research) GOOD NEWS FOR CONNECTICUT'S JOB PICTURE After nearly six years of fits and starts, Connecticut’s job recovery hit a significant benchmark in November as the state added 5,100 jobs, giving the private sector a full recovery from the job losses of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate remained at 5.1 percent. The monthly jobs report released Wednesday by the state Department of Labor, which is based on separate surveys of households and employers, gave the state non-agricultural growth of 26,800 jobs in 2015. “Job growth in November was broad-based and noteworthy after two months of declines,” said Andy Condon, the DOL's director of research. “Private sector job growth reached a landmark, recovering the losses seen in the 2008 to 2010 recession.” The private sector now has entered an expansionary phase, with 113,400 new jobs compared to the 111,600 jobs lost in recession.

Dr. DAVID SHAPIRO (Trauma surgeon at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center) The 7th Annual Gun BuyBack will be held this Saturday, December 19th, at Community Renewal Team here in Hartford. Dr. Shapiro will talk about the importance of this event from a health point of view.

Fox News Radio's EBEN BROWN (Live from Miami) DISNEY PROPERTIES AND SEAWORLD INSTALL METAL DETECTORS Major theme parks are installing metal detectors for the holiday season, reflecting heightened security nationwide following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., and other incidents of gun violence. SeaWorld and Universal Orlando confirmed that visitors now have to pass through metal detectors to enter the parks. Walt Disney World spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler confirmed that Disney's Orlando parks will also be using new safety protocols. “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate."

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