Monthly Archive for March, 2010

: March, 2010

Non-union state workers’ longevity pay safe … for now

Here’s the story from today’s Hearst newspapers about how lawmakers can’t seem to get it together when it comes to trying to cancel non-unionized state employees’ longevity payments, at least for

Rob Simmons courting GOP women

This morning former Congressman Rob Simmons’ campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination announced the formation of a 100-person statewide “Women for Simmons” coalition. It’s an interesting

You could cut the tension over health reform outside the Darien library with a scalpel

I got to experience a little slice of the national health reform debate outside of the Darien Public Library this afternoon. U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat from Greenwich who voted in favor of

Sleepy state Senate Dems call House Dems a bunch of chickens

Something tells me Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn and Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, can expect an angry phonecall from House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden today. Why?

Legislature considering tax breaks for hiring offenders – just in time to release 4,000 of them

Earlier this winter our newspapers wrote about a budget-driven decision to bring back controversial 45-day early release furloughs for prisoners. One of the complaints we heard at the time was that

Who’s going to phone Dan McCabe first today? McMahon or Simmons?

Former Stamford GOP Chairman Dan McCabe, delegate to the party convention in May, was one of the very few people in the audience tonight at Borders Books on High Ridge Road listening to author Irv

Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia finally endorses Senate candidate…

… and it’s Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. Moccia several weeks ago had been torn between McMahon and former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons, R-Norwalk. To read what he had to say then,

Cafero supportive of Rell’s filling judicial vacancies

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk has not always agreed with Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget choices, and he has accused the General Assembly’s Democratic majority of not taking

Will the General Assembly take up a deficit mitigation plan this week?

There’s a rumor legislative Democrats will vote this week on another plan to take a bite out of the current, 2009-10 fiscal year’s deficit. Following their appearance this morning in Stamford before

House Speaker Donovan and Minority Leader Cafero debate biz climate

I’m working on a report of this morning’s hour long panel discussion among legislative leaders, hosted in Stamford by the Business Council of Fairfield County. Just to give you a flavor of how the