Kurt Westby is retiring as state labor commissioner and will be succeeded by deputy, former state Sen. Danté Bartolomeo.
It’s Election Day in Connecticut. In the crucial battle for control of the state Senate, here is an overview of what to watch for in each of the nine most competitive races as the results come in tonight.
The battle for control of Connecticut’s state legislative chambers is in its final days. Here are the latest headlines in the Senate battleground districts.
If the GOP can gain four seats, it will turn a 21-15 Democratic advantage into a 19-17 Republican majority, giving them control of the chamber for the first time in 20 years.
Dozens of people gathered outside Connecticut Juvenile Training School Thursday to protest state layoffs that cut about one-third of the facility’s staff last weekend, creating what one union official called a “potentially life-threatening situation” for those still remaining.
State legislators have reached a compromise they hope will ease a dispute over transparency at the University of Connecticut Foundation. The foundation still would not be subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act, however.
Heeding pressure from the state Capitol, the community college programs in Meriden will remain open after all, the college system’s president announced Wednesday. But he said he’s depending on the state to fund the campuses.
The Senate moved swiftly Wednesday to stop a surprise plan to close a community college satellite campus in a district represented by the co-chair of the legislature’s committee on higher education. On a unanimous vote, the Senate stripped administrators of the right to close any campus without legislative approval.
As public protests mount against the unexpected announcement that Middlesex Community College’s Meriden campus will close this spring, students and the public can brace for many more sudden cuts at the state’s community colleges and four regional universities.
Connecticut Democrats maintained their majority in the state Senate in Tuesday’s elections, winning 21 of 36 seats. The Democrats also retained control of the House, but Republicans gained 10 seats.