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.
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.
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 →
WASHINGTON — While millions of Americans visit the beach, mountains or relatives this Memorial Day weekend, Rep. John Larson has packed his bags to go to Cuba. Larson, D-1st District, will join the stream of lawmakers who have traveled to Havana since President Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba late last year. Continue Reading →
The Senate voted 25 to 11 early Friday for legislation expanding workers’ compensation for police and firefighters, overcoming complaints that the new unfunded mandates would be financially ruinous to cities and towns in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
The state Senate Thursday night passed an expansive bill aimed at influencing the state’s fast-changing health care landscape, a measure driven largely by the Senate leaders’ concerns about large hospital systems gaining too much market power and driving up costs. But a key House Democrat said that's unlikely to be the final version. Continue Reading →