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While announcing Dianna Wentzell as the state's next education commissioner Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made clear he was looking for a teacher — a qualification his first controversial commissioner did not have.
WASHINGTON — While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut's House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts. Rep. Elizabeth Esty brought in the most money during the first quarter of 2015, but Rep. Jim Himes had the most cash on hand.
After being spared the state budget axe again and again since the Great Recession, leaders of Connecticut’s cities and towns are fearful their perfect track record may be at risk. Though they suffer no major cuts in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed new budget, municipal leaders see legislators – who are scrambling to plug other holes in the governor’s plan – eyeing the $3.2 billion municipal aid package hungrily.
Would binding arbitration or a "cooling-off period" help to avert the protracted contract disputes that can lead hospitals and insurers to threaten to sever ties, worrying patients? Or would they simply add more burdens to negotiations that usually get settled by the deadline?
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy would give “angel” investors a new federal tax break and is also co-sponsoring another bill introduced Thursday that would erase a barrier between those investors and start-up companies that need their money. Continue Reading →
The Mirror’s budget tracking tool is designed to help you follow along as the governor and legislators try to build a spending and tax plan for the upcoming two fiscal years. This week, we’re adding the proposed tax and fee hikes in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget to the list of cuts Malloy has proposed to areas including health care, social services, municipal aid, public safety, arts and culture, job training programs, libraries and prisons. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Although he has yet to announce his political intentions, Sen. Richard Blumenthal raised more than $1.2 million in campaign cash this year — a sign he's mounting a race for re-election. Continue Reading →
A legislative hearing on a renewed proposal to legalize keno raised old concerns Wednesday about expanding gambling in restaurants, bars and convenience stores and new ones about profit-sharing and technology. Continue Reading →
Heeding pressure from the state Capitol, the community college programs in Meriden will remain open after all, the college system's president announced Wednesday. But he said he's depending on the state to fund the campuses. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — While they had reservations about some provisions of the bill, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined an overwhelming majority in the U.S. Senate to approve a bill preventing a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees for doctors. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants to expand a program that allows U.S. companies to hire workers with specialized skills, but after allegations of abuses the senator also wants the program investigated. Continue Reading →
Concern is mounting that the requirements of a state law boosting educational standards for staff at state-funded child care centers are not achievable — and with a July 1 deadline fast-approaching, early childhood educators are scrambling for solutions to draw in qualified teachers. Continue Reading →
In a clear show of displeasure with the leader of the state's system of community colleges and regional state universities, the state House of Representatives voted 86 to 56 Tuesday to block the system from closing a campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →
This tool is intended to be an easy way to track some of the biggest proposed state budget cuts and tax increases as the process unfolds. When legislators come up with their own budget, we’ll update our chart to reflect which of the governor’s proposals legislators adopted, changed or eliminated. And we’ll update it to show which proposals made it into the final budget and which got left out. Continue Reading →
The state Senate Tuesday unanimously passed a bill making the services of special sexual assault nurses available at the University of Connecticut infirmary in Storrs. The nurses are trained to administer sexual assault forensic (SAF) exams to collect evidence in sexual assault cases. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — After the White House reluctantly withdrew its objections, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy voted for a bill Tuesday that would give Congress a say in any agreement with Iran over its nuclear power program. The bill also bridges a disagreement between Murphy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal over the role Congress should play on an Iran deal. Continue Reading →