Malloy: “profit-driven attrition” may be slowing utility response to statewide outages

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, speaking during an early evening news conference Monday, said he believes that profit-driven attrition has no doubt thinned the ranks of line workers at CL&P and United Illuminating. Asked if he was concerned about such tactics now affecting the speed at which Connecticut recovers from the storm, Malloy answered in the […] [Read More]

Gov. Malloy announces business assistance in the wake of the flood

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Here’s the release from the governor: “Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith today announced a comprehensive business assistance program to help companies negatively impacted by Hurricane Irene. “This storm had a tremendous impact on residents and businesses alike.  As we move forward in our recovery efforts, […] [Read More]

Gov Malloy worried that with 15-to-20 percent of state supermarkets without power, city residents might be shut out

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The governor just told reporters that 15 to 20 percent of state supermarkets are without power. “I have directed the folks that I work with to assess the impact in urban areas in particular and if we find a disproportionate number of urban residents area being affected – in many cases those residents are less […] [Read More]

Goodnite Irene: Malloy in emergency nerve center declares emergency, tells state to prepare for the worse

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in advance of Hurricane Irene’s expected landfall in Connecticut Sunday, has declared an emergency, giving him additional powers, including ordering evacuations from low-lying areas and shutting down highways. “I think if I lived in a low-lying area that has ever been evacuated before, I would currently assume you would receive an […] [Read More]

Governor Malloy launches hurricane website

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Here’s the release from the governor’s office; “Governor Dannel P. Malloy today launched a website dedicated to keeping state residents up-to-date on Hurricane Irene, its potential track, and the work the state is doing to keep residents safe. All pertinent information will be posted online and can be accessed at ct.gov/irene. In addition, state agencies […] [Read More]

Auditors: Dpt of Public Utility Control supervisors let employee falsify work records to the tune of nearly $25K

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The Auditors of Public Accounts just issued a study of the DPUC and Office of Consumer Counsel. Here’s the tastiest piece of the report: Alleged Theft of Time and Falsification of Timesheets: Background: During the prior audited period, we investigated a complaint revealing that a DPUC employee was coming in for work late and leaving […] [Read More]

Hold the transparency! General Assembly and its Reapportionment Committee, doesn’t need the stinking imprimatur of the state Freedom of Information Act!

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  The Blogster just received a courtesy call from a functionary in the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research that stoked his ambient disgust with the General Assembly. Yesterday’s blog item about the Reapportionment Committee ignoring the state Freedom of Information Act in failing to post an agenda 24 hours before this afternoon’s meeting did not […] [Read More]

Malloy on union voting: this time “they’ve taken an active role in beating back the untruths.”

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The Blogster and a couple other reporters just greeted Gov. Dannel Malloy on his way into the Capitol, asking him how the union voting is going this time. “Clearly from the coverage, they’re doing a better job,” Malloy said, describing that unlike May and June, when 4 of the 15 unions scuttled the $1.6-billion concession […] [Read More]

Reapportionment Committee violates FOIA, fails to post agenda 24 hours before meeting

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The legislative Reapportionment Committee will meet tomorrow to continue – or start – its haggling over district lines for House, Senate and Congressional seats. The meeting is set for 2:30 in LOB Room 1-C. But the agenda hasn’t been posted and therefore the committee, made up of top lawmakers in the House and Senate, is […] [Read More]

DRS arrests Bethel man on tax-fraud charges that he stole $12K. Penalties could fetch 55 years in the slammer

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Here’s the release from the DRS: AGENTS ARREST BETHEL MAN FOR TAX FRAUD   Hartford — The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced the arrest of a Bethel man for his alleged attempts to steal state income tax refunds. If convicted, he could face up to 55 years in prison. On Thursday, August 11, DRS […] [Read More]