Updated at 10:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress late Wednesday reached final agreement on a massive spending bill that will boost spending on both defense and domestic programs and also make a number of policy changes, including some to federal gun laws. But the nation’s “Dreamers” are among the losers.
The Trump administration declined Wednesday to confirm or deny Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj’s account that he rejected an offer after the 2016 election to return to his native Albania as the ambassador from the United States. Lumaj only entertained questions about the offer if they were submitted in writing.
The two bills that would establish an individual mandate in Connecticut failed to make it out of committee, but Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney said Wednesday he would consider reviving the proposal by offering an amendment to other legislation.
The General Assembly voted Wednesday to approve a contract that will raise wages, provide workers’ compensation and increase holiday pay for thousands of private-sector, personal-care assistants who are directly employed by their elderly and disabled clients, but paid through state and federal programs. Continue Reading →
Shortly after the governor imposed $58 million in midyear cuts to state education aid for 130 communities last November, the state informed superintendents their districts would lose even more state funding if they coped by cutting their own budgets by more than the administration has determined the law allows. Continue Reading →
“We know that if we can avoid exposing young adults who have committed less serious crimes to the adult criminal justice system, the less likely they are to reoffend or ultimately become incarcerated,” Malloy said. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell on Tuesday helped congressional Democrats push back against President Donald Trump’s school safety initiatives, including proposals to arm teachers and review Obama-era policies that encouraged educators to consider alternatives to detention and expulsion. Continue Reading →
It’s going to snow Wednesday. One of the angles that may be covered is the impact of snow removal on the state budget. TV reporters periodically ask Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about the snow budget. This line of questioning seldom fails to either annoy or amuse the governor, depending on his mood. On Tuesday, it seemed to do both . Continue Reading →
A bipartisan coalition of Connecticut lawmakers and the governor voiced support Tuesday for a proposed contract that will raise wages, provide workers’ compensation and increase training programs for about 8,500 home-care workers. The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the contract Wednesday. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Universities across the United States spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year lobbying in Washington, including the University of Connecticut and Yale. A main reason: They are in a tight competition for a dwindling pot of federal research money. Continue Reading →
Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Communist Albania about 30 years ago, said Monday night that he rejected an offer from the Trump administration to return to Albania as the U.S. ambassador. Continue Reading →
WEST HARTFORD — With touches of humor and humility, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resumed campaigning for governor Monday night, telling Republicans he was ready for the rigors of a statewide campaign after suffering a seizure Thursday night. His audience included four GOP rivals, one of them a physician who tended to him after his collapse, Prasad Srinivasan. Continue Reading →
NEW BRITAIN — Mayor Erin Stewart’s late entrance into the crowded race for governor Monday challenges Connecticut Republicans to embrace a socially liberal millennial who has won three races in this racially diverse and overwhelmingly Democratic city, alternately impressing audiences as fresh, engaging and at times irreverent. Continue Reading →