Advocates hope CT’s transportation woes will spur spending

Putnam bridge

While transportation advocates offered further evidence Tuesday that Connecticut’s aging, congested transportation system is weakening the economy, they remained uncertain whether that would translate into greater state investment in the problem. A new report from a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group concluded congestion and aging infrastructure cost Connecticut residents in urban areas between $2,050 and $2,236 per year. Continue Reading →

CSCU President: Savings needed from faculty

Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, at his first first finance committee meeting.

CSCU President Mark Ojakian pushed back Monday against faculty allegations that the college system is "under assault" by his adminstration. "We are not looking to destroy public higher education," the governor's former chief of staff said during a lengthy interview on WNPR. "We are not looking to minimize the contribution of faculty on the campuses. We have to achieve some savings, and we will look to do that together." Facing a major budget shortfall, officials of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities angered faculty when they asked unionized staff for unprecedented concessions. Continue Reading →