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Harriet Jones

Reporter/Editor

Harriet Jones reports on all aspects of the business world for WNPR. She's covered such diverse issues as the threat to close Connecticut's submarine base, the sub prime mortgage crisis and the impact of casinos on the state.

In 2011, she created WNPR's Small Business Project as a way to tell stories about the companies that make up 90 percent of our economy, but often get overlooked in the media.

She is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on Connecticut's 2010 floods.

Harriet joined WNPR in October 2000 as Morning Edition producer and reporter. Born in Scotland, she worked for the BBC for much of her early career.

She was news director at Scotland's largest commercial radio station, ScotFM, and was lucky enough to cover that country's two biggest political events in 300 years - the referendum which delivered a new parliament, and the subsequent elections.

She has also taught broadcasting for the BBC at some of their international schools in Eastern Europe, delivering courses to journalists in Romania, Albania and Bosnia.

Harriet lives in Stonington with her husband, Bob Statchen, and their three children.

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Economic development officials must grapple in coming months with the implications, should one of the state’s most iconic companies decide to move its headquarters out of Connecticut. 

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Health insurer Aetna has confirmed that it is in talks to move its headquarters out of Connecticut. But the company said it has no final destination yet. Nor has it said definitively what might happen to the thousands of employees currently based in the state. 

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East Hartford officials want Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit the town’s school system, after she made controversial comments last week criticizing its standards. DeVos accused East Hartford High School of being what she termed a “dangerous daycare,” citing one of its former students. 

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The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would close the state’s fiscal deficit for this year. The unanimously approved measure plugs a $317 million hole, mostly by drawing on the state’s rainy day fund.

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Advocates for the state's low income families say budget proposals to cut the earned income tax credit, or EITC, will have a negative effect on the economy and make the tax code less fair. 

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Thursday he might veto legislation aimed at providing more price transparency over prescription drugs. 

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The state Senate in Connecticut has approved a new satellite casino to be built in East Windsor by a joint partnership of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The measure passed 24-12 early Wednesday morning, marking a big step in a potential expansion of gambling in the state. 

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There's been a lot of focus lately on how revisions to federal health insurance laws may affect people on state exchanges like the one in Connecticut. But in fact, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act won’t just alter the landscape for consumers on the exchanges -- it’s certain to have a big impact on employer plans too. 

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Homeowners whose houses are suffering from crumbling foundations say their plight must not be forgotten in the midst of the state's budget crisis. About 500 homes, mostly in the east of the state have been identified as suffering from the problem, which stems from a corrosive mineral mixed into the concrete. But tens of thousands of homes may eventually be affected. 

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Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is calling out Republicans for the secrecy surrounding the crafting of legislation reforming health care. And he condemned the Trump administration for what he said is an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

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Connecticut lost jobs in April, according to the latest report from the state Department of Labor. And the state’s unemployment rate ticked upward 0.1 percent to 4.9 percent. The state shed 1,500 jobs in the month.

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President Donald Trump’s speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday was closely parsed by the world’s media, as the president continues to face scrutiny over a series of White House scandals. 

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President Donald Trump will be in Connecticut for the first time since his election, as he addresses graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy is proposing additional major cuts to state spending in Connecticut as he addresses a widening budget deficit projected for next year. The biggest losers this time around appear to be municipalities: state aid to towns and cities is cut by $600 million. 

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One of the major ratings agencies has downgraded Connecticut’s general obligation bonds, making it more expensive for the state to borrow money. Fitch Ratings downgraded the state from A+ to AA-. 

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