WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney, both members of armed services committees in Congress, say they are open to requiring young women to sign up for the draft. The issue has come under debate after two senior military officials said they supported extending the draft to women.
State Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. and his role as the sole authority over how Connecticut reimburses the wrongly incarcerated faces questions at the State Capitol after his award of $16.8 million last month to four former members of a New Haven street gang, the Island Brothers. Are the standards clear? And should his awards be subject to review?
Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget axe and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his proposed state budget. But the Democratic governor wants a $52.9 million cut on funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state.
Updated Feb. 5 at 4:10 p.m.
The Department of Children and Families faced intense scrutiny from state legislators Thursday morning for not identifying a number of high-risk child abuse cases, and several top officials acknowledged the department's shortcomings and described steps that have been taken to improve.
WASHINGTON – Days after President Obama said he’d ask Congress to boost funds to fight opioid and heroin addiction, Rep. Joe Courtney introduced a bill that would seek $600 million in emergency funds to pay for both drug enforcement and treatment.
The latest reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show that Sen. Richard Blumenthal ended 2015 with nearly $4 million in his campaign account. Supporters of conservative commentator Larry Kudlow have established a “testing the waters” PAC called “Jobs for Connecticut.” Continue Reading →
Last year, Connecticut Democrats joined the ranks of state parties ending a tradition of honoring Jefferson and Jackson at their annual fundraising dinner. They finally settled on a new name Wednesday: Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner. Continue Reading →
When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed 2012 as "The Year of Education Reform," superintendents, teachers union leaders and school board members joined forces to tie teacher evaluations to test scores and student and parent surveys. But the results of the evaluations have been shrouded in secrecy ever since, and now key supporters say the system has some serious shortcomings. On Thursday, during a meeting at the State Department of Education, officials will consider scrapping parts of the system. Some of the evaluation program's shortcomings surfaced recently when the Attorney General's Office offered the results of evaluations from the last two years as evidence in the ongoing trial challenging the adequacy of the state's school funding. The evaluation data were introduced as proof that the state's chronically failing schools are overwhelmingly filled with great teachers. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cast himself Wednesday in his sixth State of the State address as a vigorous agent of change, not the stolid defender of an entrenched administration wobbling under the weight of bad polling, dwindling revenues and growing debt. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a $19.87 billion budget Wednesday that cuts most state agencies and previously approved municipal aid, and potentially eliminates "thousands" of jobs, while avoiding tax hikes to close a nearly $570 million deficit. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new plan to cut agency budgets almost 6 percent relies heavily on cutting labor costs. His critics say it can't be done by downsizing staffing alone, but also requires concessions. And labor union leaders decry both approaches. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget calls for cutting funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment, hospitals, community health centers, school-based health clinics, asthma treatment, respite programs for those who care for people with dementia – and more. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — A key House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would allow the National Park Service to move forward on plans to build the Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget would transfer the responsibility for health care, retirement and other fringe benefit costs for thousands of employees to the state's public colleges and universities – a move college leaders have warned will probably result in a lot of red ink in their budgets. Continue Reading →
The House of Representatives saluted a departed colleague, Terry Backer, and welcomed his successor, Joe Gresko, on the opening day of the legislature’s session Wednesday. Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, returned amid questions about his ability to serve. Continue Reading →
The state's largest public college system has paid a professor with multiple criminal convictions $60,409 in exchange for his resignation and dismissal of all pending legal complaints against the Board of Regents. Continue Reading →
The secretary of the state’s office conceded Wednesday it erred in granting an authorization that flouted state law and allowed the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation to assert Tuesday night it could attempt to develop a casino in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
It's opening day of the Connecticut General Assembly's three-month session. If you can't tell the players without a program, if you want a little history of an institution that has dramatically changed in the past 50 years, this is your quick guide to the session – with links to bios and contact information on every lawmaker and constitutional officer. Play ball. Continue Reading →