Ok, they didn’t take a knee. It’s hard to get more than 100 legislators to make a huddle. But Geno Auriemma, still delivered a pep talk Wednesday, showing a more serious side as he addressed the Connecticut House of Representatives on the topic of “tough decisions.”
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff hopes to release by the end of the week his bill to drastically rewrite how public schools are funded and to reroute more funding from neighborhood schools to charter schools. Release of the legislative language also would mean disclosure of the state aid each municipality would receive under Duff’s plan.
The legislature’s tax-writing panel is considering a measure that would repeal the sales tax exemption on goods and services sold to nonprofits — a provision that saves these entities more than $200 million per year.
WASHINGTON — The last time a president gave a commencement speech at the academy was in 2015, when former President Obama used the occasion to address the need for action on climate change.
Joe Visconti, who bolted the Republican Party to make an independent run for governor in 2014 and consequently was denied a seat as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2016, opened an unconventional campaign for governor Wednesday. He is skipping the GOP’s nominating convention and will petition for a direct primary.
Chris Mattei, a former federal prosecutor who helped send former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland back to prison, opened an exploratory campaign Wednesday, becoming the second Democrat in 24 hours to begin testing his viability in the open race for governor in 2018.
Politicians are human beings, of course, but we should be careful to avoid too much empathy. Political animals, after all, crave power most. If the choice is between doing the right thing and holding power, political animals choose the latter unless constituents force them, like good shepherds, to rethink their natural inclinations. Gov. Dannel Malloy is no exception.
Recently, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee approved Senate Bill No. 943, “An Act Concerning the Installation of Certain Solar Facilities on Productive Farmlands” that singles out the least-cost form of solar development by imposing a permitting process established for large-scale fossil fueled power plants. This bill penalizing solar development placed on farmland will jeopardize past and future energy solicitations intended to bring clean energy, low electricity prices, economic development and sound environmental policy to the state.
Teachers make a huge difference in the learning of students. We know this intuitively as well as empirically. When teachers have helped more students make greater academic progress, they have performed their duties better than teachers who did not help their students make progress. That’s why it’s so disturbing that Connecticut is poised to take a step backwards in its measurement of teacher impact.
WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its two-week recess next week it will have just days to approve a bill that would fund the federal budget and prevent a government shutdown that would affect a broad swath of Connecticut residents – from Head Start students to workers in the state’s defense industry.