Gov. Ned Lamont and the president of Webster Bank announced a new partnership Tuesday to provide interest-free loans to essential federal workers who are unable to receive unemployment assistance during the government shutdown, now entering its 25th day. The program, which is being supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, calls for Webster — and potentially […]
The Connecticut General Assembly’s Women’s Caucus chose its leaders Tuesday, leaving for another day the more difficult question of setting an agenda acceptable to a caucus with 37 Democrats and 24 Republicans, Twenty of the 61 members are in their first terms.
Donald E. Williams Jr., the former Senate president pro tem and current executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, was hospitalized over the weekend after a serious car accident, the union announced Tuesday.
State income tax revenues surged upward again Tuesday, but this time it was the middle class — not the wealthy — behind most of the gains. A new report from fiscal analysts projects overall revenues this fiscal year will surpass budgeted expectations by $464 million — an improvement of $204 million from a rosy revised […]
by Ana Radelat
WASHINGTON – Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating a former top FBI lawyer and possibly others in connection with media leaks from the agency's initial probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Durham's role in heading the leak investigation was revealed Tuesday, with the release of a letter to him from House Republicans seeking more information on his findings.
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Everyone lives in a house, apartment or some form of physical dwelling which has locks on all exterior doors and all the windows. Why is that necessary? Are the locks to prevent unwanted entry? Yes! Are the locks to prevent theft of one's possessions? Yes! Are the locks to prevent squatters from occupying the structure? Yes! Are the locks to create a sense of security and safety for the legal occupants? Yes! Do politicians have home security cameras and alarms in their homes in addition to window and door locks? I'd bet that the answer is YES.
by Greg Kraut
Any mechanic will tell you, don’t put gas in the engine until the engine is fixed. Connecticut’s economic engine is still broken, so why the rush to put “gas” in it, in the form of a $15 minimum wage, when it still needs fixing? I am all for a proper minimum wage that should be a peg of a local minimum to approximately 50 percent of the local median wage. That is where other advanced comparable OECD nations are currently. But jumping to $15 per hour would constrict economic growth.
by Bill Curry
In my life, our state has never been so well positioned to do great things, but our civic discourse is so muddied, few see it. Gov. Ned Lamont must help us see the opportunity. It derives of many factors, not all of them obvious, and Lamont may be the ideal leader to lift us out of our funk. His core strengths include an innate optimism well suited to the task. If not tricked by our fiscal crisis into thinking small, he can do great things. We’re one of just 14 states with a Democratic governor, senate and house, so partisan gridlock is impossible. A wave of new legislators brings an energy and idealism the capitol hasn’t seen in ages. Even our sour public mood may work to our advantage as change-hungry voters stand ready to punish resisters of reform. Here are four things Lamont can do:
by Jim Cameron
How bad has service gotten on Metro-North? Ask Chris Golier, a 40-something family-man from Fairfield who rides the train daily from Southport to Grand Central. “Commuting is a soul-sucking exercise,” he says. What used to be a 60-minute ride to and from NYC, now takes 75 minutes. And though slower than in years past, his trains are rarely on time… not the 88 percent on-time performance claimed by the railroad, but more like 37 percent.” How does he know? He kept a log.