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Senate unanimously passes sweeping energy bill

The Senate today unanimously passed and sent to the House a complex, bipartisan energy bill that creates a new energy department and changes how the state regulates and procures electricity in the hopes of lowering the highest electric rates in the continental United States. An initiative of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the new Department of […]

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Lawmakers to end utility surcharge, but keep $40M collected so far

State legislators were expected to vote today on a bill that would cancel a controversial surcharge on residential and business utility bills without returning about $40 million already collected from Connecticut Light & Power Co. customers since January. The provision in an omnibus policy bill designed to help implement the $40.11 billion biennial budget adopted […]

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Legislature hoping third try will be the charm in RttT competition

With the announcement of a new pot of federal Race to the Top education grants, state legislators are hoping a series of initiatives including tracking student outcomes, consolidating early education programs and providing funding for teachers to earn degrees will bring success after two failures. The state Senate passed the bills last week; the House […]

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Senate passes SustiNet compromise bill

A compromise bill on the proposed SustiNet state-run insurance plan passed the Senate 22 to 14 Monday, clearing the way for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature. SustiNet supporters cheered and hugged in the hall outside the Senate chamber after the vote, despite warnings from Republicans that the bill did not resemble the universal health care […]

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Malloy signs into law bill scrapping college requirement for substitute teachers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill that requires substitute teachers to just have a high school diploma to be hired, scrapping the requirement that every teacher have a bachelor’s degree. “We’ve heard from a lot of districts [the requirement is] causing a burden on them,” Rep. Andy Fleischmann, D-West Hartford and co-chairman of […]

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State Education Board Chairman ‘hopeful’ nomination for next education commissioner not far off

After pushing back the application deadline because of a less-then-appealing pool of candidates for the state’s top education job, State Board of Education Chairman Allan Taylor said they have since received several more applications. “There are some encouraging signs,” he said Monday, declining to name individual applicants that have him so encouraged. “There is definitely more […]

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Pratt officials come to Washington–but not to lobby against GE provision

Top executives from Pratt & Whitney made the trek from Hartford to Washington on Monday, in part to brief defense reporters on the status of the company’s Joint Strike Fighter engine-the F135. During the 2-hour session at a swanky Washington club, Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt’s military engines division, downplayed the effort by Pratt’s rival, […]