A lobbying war between Connecticut’s taxi industry and Uber Technologies, whose ride-sharing service is the epitome of a “disruptive technology” and the evolving “sharing economy,” is about to emerge from the shadows in Hartford. One of the State Capitol’s untold lobbying stories is how the taxi industry nearly drove Uber off Connecticut’s roads last year, only to see Uber rebound politically on the session’s last day after hiring Brown Rudnick, a lobbying firm run by a former House speaker, Thomas D. Ritter of Hartford.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has struggled for two months to avoid the political embarrassment of being forced to craft a formal budget deficit closure plan, could soon be out of time. If nonpartisan analysts are right – and if Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo agrees – the deficit is at least $50 million worse than the governor reported last week.
Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.4 percent in December, buoyed by 4,800 new jobs created during the holiday shopping season, the state Labor Department reported Monday. The state closed 2014 with 26,700 jobs gained, up from the 18,400 positions added in 2013. Connecticut now has regained 96,300, or 80.9 percent, of the 119,100 jobs lost during the last recession.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered the closure of Connecticut’s highways, cancelled state-employee shifts and generally admonished anyone from trying to travel until a fierce winter storm subsides Wednesday.
Mirror reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar, discuss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's upcoming budget proposal, big deficit projections, and whether a legal "lockbox" can ensure transportation investments will actually grow. Behind The Numbers is sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled more than $31.5 million in spending cuts Friday in his second round of emergency budget reductions, with social services, public colleges and universities and state court system again taking the heaviest hits. A shortfall of at least $89 million remains to be addressed. Continue Reading →
Answering a dare and a double dare to sit and talk about deficit projections, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, each accompanied by fiscal advisers, dined in a public cafeteria Friday, surrounded by a tight circle of aides, reporters, photographers and cops. Continue Reading →
Nelba Márquez-Greene’s family experienced a high-profile trauma when her daughter, Ana, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But before that, she understood trauma as a mental health professional. She says we need to do a better job at recognizing and responding when children need help. The last in a series of four. Continue Reading →
The partisan debate over Connecticut’s growing budget deficit, which featured three days’ worth of verbal jabs and taunts by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican legislative leaders, will close the week Friday with all parties – having lunch. Continue Reading →
From providing mental health care at the supermarket to training pediatricians in infant mental health, some in health care and social services are trying to apply the lessons of brain science and development to improve children's health and well-being. The third of four in a series. Continue Reading →
Fifty-one years after Lyndon Johnson declared “unconditional war” on poverty in his first State of the Union, anti-poverty workers allowed themselves a small celebration Wednesday, cheering an assertion that Connecticut is on the verge of eliminating chronic and veterans’ homelessness. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Mayors is part carnival, part money chase and part serious networking. It has drawn a baker’s dozen of Connecticut mayors and selectmen this year, all of them with money on their minds. Continue Reading →