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Towns told to make up for state education cuts

Shortly after the governor imposed $58 million in midyear cuts to state education aid for 130 communities last November, the state informed superintendents their districts would lose even more state funding if they coped by cutting their own budgets by more than the administration has determined the law allows.

Published on 21 March 2018 | 5:28 pm

Malloy pushes one more time to expand juvenile court jurisdiction

“We know that if we can avoid exposing young adults who have committed less serious crimes to the adult criminal justice system, the less likely they are to reoffend or ultimately become incarcerated,” Malloy said.

Published on 21 March 2018 | 12:07 am

CT schools chief takes aim at Trump safety proposals

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell on Tuesday helped congressional Democrats push back against President Donald Trump’s school safety initiatives, including proposals to arm teachers and review  Obama-era policies that encouraged educators to consider alternatives to detention and expulsion.

Published on 20 March 2018 | 10:58 pm

Malloy’s forecast calls for snow, followed by plowing

It's going to snow Wednesday. One of the angles that may be covered is the impact of snow removal on the state budget. TV reporters periodically ask Gov. Dannel P. Malloy about the snow budget. This line of questioning seldom fails to either annoy or amuse the governor, depending on his mood. On Tuesday, it seemed to do both .

Published on 20 March 2018 | 9:41 pm

Home-care contract wins bipartisan support ahead of vote

A bipartisan coalition of Connecticut lawmakers and the governor voiced support Tuesday for a proposed contract that will raise wages, provide workers’ compensation and increase training programs for about 8,500 home-care workers. The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the contract Wednesday.

Published on 20 March 2018 | 7:34 pm

CT colleges pay to play in Washington

WASHINGTON — Universities across the United States spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year lobbying in Washington, including the University of Connecticut and Yale. A main reason: They are in a tight competition for a dwindling pot of federal research money.

Published on 20 March 2018 | 4:36 pm

Lumaj says he could have been Trump ambassador to Albania

Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Communist Albania about 30 years ago, said Monday night that he rejected an offer from the Trump administration to return to Albania as the U.S. ambassador. 

Published on 20 March 2018 | 3:35 am

Back after seizure, Boughton tells GOP, ‘It’s all good now’

WEST HARTFORD — With touches of humor and humility, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resumed campaigning for governor Monday night, telling Republicans he was ready for the rigors of a statewide campaign after suffering a seizure Thursday night. His audience included four GOP rivals, one of them a physician who tended to him after his collapse, Prasad Srinivasan.

Published on 20 March 2018 | 3:14 am

Erin Stewart: ‘It’s time for my generation to step up’

NEW BRITAIN — Mayor Erin Stewart’s late entrance into the crowded race for governor Monday challenges Connecticut Republicans to embrace a socially liberal millennial who has won three races in this racially diverse and overwhelmingly Democratic city, alternately impressing audiences as fresh, engaging and at times irreverent.

Published on 19 March 2018 | 10:30 pm

An annoyed Malloy bears down on push for bump-stock ban

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday reiterated his disappointment over a legislative committee’s failure to vote Friday on his bill to prohibit the sale of bump stocks in Connecticut, but another legislative committee is set to take up similar legislation later this week.

Published on 19 March 2018 | 9:44 pm

New calls for Congress to protect Mueller may not result in action

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s twitter attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller are expected to renew debate on bills aimed at protecting Mueller that have lain dormant for months. But while there may be a lot of talk about the legislation, especially among chief promoters like Sen. Richard Blumenthal, whether there will be action is unclear.

Published on 19 March 2018 | 7:57 pm

How safe are CT students at school?

While much of the focus – and funding – has been directed at protecting students from another active shooter, data on Connecticut's public schools show no decline in a number of much more common safety issues schools face, such as fights and other physical confrontations. That lack of progress has fueled a debate over whether the state's push to reduce student suspensions and expulsions – and instead provide students with supports so they can stay in school – actually is working to make schools safer.

Published on 19 March 2018 | 9:00 am

Business community cautious with new fiscal stability plan for CT

Connecticut’s business leaders offered much praise but were more cautious with their support when it came to the recommendations of the state’s Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

Published on 19 March 2018 | 8:55 am

Guns, Russians, jobs, a porn star and politics

Hundreds of Connecticut high school students joined a nationwide demonstration demanding Congress and the president enact stricter gun control laws. It was the largest-- but by no means the only -- development last week that left President Donald Trump and his administration defending both his policies and his personal conduct.

Published on 18 March 2018 | 9:00 am

Economic commission co-chairs: ‘It’s about what’s good for Connecticut’

Webster Bank Chairman Jim Smith and Robert Patricelli, founder of several healthcare companies, are the co-chairmen of the state Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. In this Sunday Conversation they talk about the need for more civic engagement and their expectations about how Connecticut's government will respond to their sweeping recommendations on restructuring taxes and encouraging economic development.

Published on 18 March 2018 | 9:00 am

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