Gov. Ned Lamont made modernizing state government a priority. ReEmployCT, the new unemployment benefits and tax system, is part of that effort.
Jessica is CT Mirror's Emma Bowen Foundation general assignment reporter for the 2022 / 2023 academic year. She is currently a senior at Central Connecticut State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also works at her school’s newspaper, The Recorder, and peer mentored first-year undergraduates at Central. Jessica is a Connecticut native through and through.
Lamont extends public health emergency to ensure extra SNAP funds
The declaration means CT will continue to receive an extra $34 million through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program every month.
‘My heart dropped:’ Connecticut’s young adults shaken by reversal of Roe
Young people expressed dismay Friday at the erasure of the constitutional right to abortion, and fear for the future of this country.
Lamont and Webster Bank announce program for first-time home buyers
The “Time to Own” program is funded with $20 million that was allocated for home buyer assistance by the State Bond Commission in December.
No cases of monkeypox yet in CT, but experts urge vigilance
People should remain “humble” about what they know and don’t know about monkeypox, experts said at a Yale panel on Thursday.
Lamont announces $3M ‘Find Your Vibe’ summer tourism campaign
Gov. Ned Lamont hopes it will bolster Connecticut’s tourism sector, which saw a larger drop in employment than most other states at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Norwalk vigil, a call to end racism and racist violence
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, was among the speakers at Wednesday’s vigil who called for stronger national gun safety laws.
Bill making it easier for felons to get professional licenses passed by Senate
The measure is a result of a yearslong effort to ease the burdens the formerly incarcerated face after they serve their sentences.
Lamont offers support of bipartisan juvenile crime bill
The bill provides for graduated penalties for motor vehicle theft based on prior convictions, rather than on the value of the vehicle.
CT narrowly votes to advance bill inspired by Bridgeport police inaction
The bill was inspired by two high-profile cases in Bridgeport in which Black women died and police failed to quickly notify their families.
ACLU voices support for key criminal justice reforms
The ACLU is supporting bills this year that would end solitary confinement and prohibit the use of deceptive interrogation tactics in CT.
$3.7M grant announced for renovation of former Hartford factory
The former gold leaf factory at 60 Love Lane will house a number of small businesses and a branch of the Hartford Public Library.
CT lawmakers consider bills to ease burden of student debt
One of the bills lawmakers are considering would reimburse student loan debt for nonprofit employees working in health care or human services.
New Britain pilot program aims to reduce child trauma from violence
The program, billed as a long-term effort to reduce crime, will connect kids who have been exposed to trauma with treatment options.
Blumenthal applauds nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to high court
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson exemplifies the core values of the Democratic party.