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As President Obama and Congressional leaders continue to battle over the federal budget, namely what government programs to cut and what taxes to increase, a new computer game gives you the chance to set spending priorities for the federal government.   Players of Budget Hero quickly discover how difficult it is to achieve their policy objectives while keeping the government from going broke.

Earlier this week, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill (SB 193) making Connecticut the first state in the nation to require certain businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees. The new law seeks to address a potentially serious public health issue - when confronted with the possibility or losing pay or possibly their job, many employees come to work even when sick. 

Yesterday, opponents of Ohio's recently-passed collective bargaining law marched through the streets of Columbus to deliver almost 1.3 million signatures, more than enough they say to put a repeal question on the November ballot.  

State officials exchange ideas and learn from experts at CSG regional issue meetings. Officials from all three branches of government, private sector partners and CSG staff meet to interact and share solutions in these one-of-a-kind meetings.  The regional meetings kick off in mid-July in Memphis and Indianapolis, followed by Honolulu and Halifax, Nova Scotia in late July / early August.  

Yesterday, Connecticut lawmakers gave final approval to a bill (SB 1014) that will make the possession by an adult of up to one-half ounce of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia a civil infraction, punishable by a $150 fine. Violators will no longer be subject to jail time and will not receive a criminal record. Currently, it is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine.