This week, we’re going to give you a break and NOT talk — at all — about highway tolls in Connecticut. Nope. Not a bit. Instead, host John Dankosky invites in three CT Mirror reporters to talk about big issues they’re watching as the state legislative session gets underway.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas breaks down Gov. Lamont’s u-turn on affordable housing; Keith Phaneuf uses nightmarish analogies to explain the spending cap; and Jenna Carlesso tells us a “public option” for health care probably won’t happen.

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.