In a six-hour session Monday, Connecticut lawmakers discussed a lot of good ideas on how to improve transportation in the state; but, as is often the case lately, money is an issue.Rant & Rail, the Mirror’s transportation blog by Neena Satija, has some thoughts on the problem.
Washington — As the debate on gun control intensifies in Congress, expectations of big changes in the nation’s gun laws are diminishing. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Carolyn Maloney D-N.Y., Scott Rigell, R-Va., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., unveiled a bill that would make “straw” gun purchases — buying a […]
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pledged to avoid new taxes and preserve education reforms, the legislature’s top Republicans charged Tuesday that the governor’s new budget dramatically expands the state’s hefty credit card balance. Besides refinancing debt from the last recession and borrowing to prop up municipal aid and support the conversion to Generally Accepted Accounting […]
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continued his budget preview tour Tuesday, sharing his plan to boost the state’s major education grant to cities and towns by $152.3 million over the next two fiscal years, with nearly all the increase earmarked for low-achieving districts.But Malloy, who will propose his new biennial budget to the General Assembly Wednesday, hinted […]
With the apparent consent of the Malloy administration and in the face of concerns by teachers and the school systems that employ them, the state panel responsible for creating a new grading system for teachers is recommending a slower rollout of its plan. The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council determined Monday that the collective anxiety among […]
“When I had cancer, I got cards and flowers,” Karen Kangas’ sign reads. “When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I got no cards and a pink slip.” It’s part of an exhibit aimed at reframing the stigma people with mental illness face as discrimination.
This is the second of two parts examining the Stamford sewage treatment plant’s long history of problems and their causes, the financial implications for local residents and environmental consequences for the entire state. Part I is available here. Stamford — On a Wednesday evening in December, an overwhelmingly unpleasant smell wafted over the parking lot […]
A breakdown of the $1.2 billion Special Transportation Fund — which is sometimes used for things other than transportation. Connecticut’s lawmakers have a lot of ideas on how to improve transportation in the state. And I mean a LOT of ideas. They were talked about for nearly six hours at a meeting and public hearing […]
The new technology system the Department of Social Services is installing will have web services, “edocuments” and “telephony” — an interactive voice response service through the phone. DSS clients will be able to do online applications and prescreen themselves. In addition, the new system will do away with the need for one caseworker to handle […]
Three bills have been filed by state legislators seeking to limit the role violent video games have on children. Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, is proposing that arcades and other for-profit businesses prohibit minors from using “violent point-and-shoot video” games. Rep. DebraLee Hovey, whose district includes Newtown, is proposing a new 10 percent sales tax […]
Like many Connecticut moviegoers, at least those who are politically minded, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was surprised to see two members of the state’s House delegation depicted as voting to uphold slavery in Steven Spielberg’s well-received movie, “Lincoln.” “I could not believe my own eyes and ears,” Courtney wrote in a letter to Spielberg. […]
Leaders of a national right-to-die lobbying group came to Connecticut Tuesday to urge lawmakers to approve a bill to legalize assisted suicide for patients with a terminal illness. During a news conference in the Capitol complex, Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, and local supporters, said similar laws have passed in Oregon, Washington […]