Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned legislative leaders in overnight budget talks against using a sales-tax increase for municipal aid, saying he sees the tax as a likely funding source for his ambitious transportation initiative, sources said Thursday.
Connecticut business leaders warned Thursday that a controversial corporation tax change under consideration for the next state budget could have a profound and immediate impact on the state’s job market.
The Senate voted Thursday to do away with the requirement that every high school junior take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the controversial exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Instead, every student would take either the SAT or ACT college-entrance exam. But not everyone is convinced it's a good idea.
Thirty percent of the 47 judges Malloy has nominated to the Superior Court since taking office in 2011 have been minorities, twice the percentage of those named by his two immediate predecessors. His latest group of nominees is up for confirmation by the General Assembly. Continue Reading →
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders negotiate the next state budget behind closed doors, Republican legislators tried late Wednesday to refocus attention on their plan to seek concessions from state employees. Continue Reading →
Expanded workers’ compensation coverage for police and firefighters, one of the most heavily lobbied issues of the 2015 session, is likely to die from inaction in the House of Representatives, legislative leaders said Wednesday. Continue Reading →
The House of Representatives voted 144 to 1 Wednesday for final passage of legislation banning electric retailers from offering variable-rate contracts to residential customers. The governor intends to sign the bill. Continue Reading →
Despite a Senate Democratic plan to pump $700 million in sales tax receipts into communities over the next two years to relieve property taxpayers, municipal leaders took aim Wednesday at another of the caucus’s key initiatives: a mandated expansion of workers’ compensation for police and fire-fighters. Continue Reading →
Along with sponsor AARP, The Connecticut Mirror hosted its fourth Google Hangout of the 2015 Connecticut Legislative session to discuss variable rates and the fixed-rate cap with third-party electric retailers. Continue Reading →
Schools nationally and in Connecticut are becoming safer as student violence continues to decline. Meanwhile, schools are ramping up measures to protect themselves from outside threats in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Continue Reading →
Connecticut’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.3 percent in April because of a 1,500-job increase in government-sector employment, while the private sector posted a net loss of 300 jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday. Continue Reading →
A compromise proposal that passed the Senate last week would extend workers' compensation benefits to police who experience mental health problems stemming from responding to a death caused by a person, but not those related to handling fatal car accidents. Mental health professionals say the distinction might make sense politically, but it makes little sense medically. Continue Reading →
Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf discuss the state budget and its effect on Connecticut cities and towns with Matthew B. Galligan, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities president and South Windsor town manager. Continue Reading →
Connecticut homegrown breweries served as the backdrops for discussion of pressing state issues as part of The Connecticut Mirror's first “Policy Pairings" series. Watch the panel discussions in their entirety. Continue Reading →