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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Malloy gives technical school proponents reasons to be hopeful

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There were times over the past year when it appeared to supporters of the state’s vocational technical high schools that Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy did not appreciate the system’s value. He does now. [Read More]
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HP kills touch pads, so of course CT government may buy some for state employees

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Schools around the United States are beginning to use iPads in the classroom, including here in Connecticut. These recent reports got me wondering whether our state government – infamously behind the eight ball when it comes to technology – has yet embraced the iPad. No.  But according to the Department of Administrative Services, Connecticut officials may […] [Read More]
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Cafero gives Jackson Labs suit an earful

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In the below photo, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk discusses his concerns about Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $291 million deal to bring Jackson Laboratories to Connecticut. Cafero’s speaking to a lab exec outside a hearing room of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford as Malloy Chief of Staff Tim Bannon looks on. The conversation […] [Read More]
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Does CT have staff to expedite development/biz permits?

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That’s the question Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, asked during today’s hearing on Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s package of job creation policies. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that, according to the Malloy administration, the business owners the governor met during his summer jobs tour complained about the state’s regulatory environment and how […] [Read More]
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Malloy, DECD Commish defend proposal for “First Five” II

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Republicans are raising concerns about Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s $291 million effort to lure renowned genetics researcher Jackson Labs to Connecticut. The liberal Working Families Party is traveling around the state protesting outside companies which have received state subsidies to create new jobs and not created those new jobs. Questions have been raised about the […] [Read More]
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Working Families targets Diageo’s tax credits, but company didn’t get all the $$$

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The Connecticut Working Families Party’s ongoing statewide corporate guilt trip was supposed to make a stop this afternoon at Diageo North America in Norwalk, complete with stand-ins for the beverage-maker’s Captain Morgan and Johnny Walker brands. But the event – part of the party’s recent efforts to highlight state businesses (Pez Candy, The Hartford) that have received taxpayer subsidies and […] [Read More]
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With 227 state cops out of field, Malloy eyes civilianizing jobs

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Our story on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s efforts to take state cops from administrative posts and put them back on the road. The effort is praised by some, who argue state police should be out on patrol because they receive hazardous duty retirement benefits and a car. But it’s likely to further strain the governor’s relationship […] [Read More]
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Some retired state workers squeeze in one last longevity bonus, others lose out

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April and October are the months state employees with ten years or more on the job are rewarded with controversial longevity bonuses that can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, particularly for management/executives. Here’s our 2010 report on the history of the bonuses and here’s a summary by reporter Zachary Janowski of details of […] [Read More]
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Judicial Branch cuts staff hours, may slow civil, criminal cases

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When state employees in August held a second vote to ratify a $1.6 billion concessions package, they averted implementation of what political insiders and the press loved to refer to as the Plan B Doomsday budget of massive cuts and layoffs. But Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s deal with the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) did […] [Read More]
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Women. McMahon and Malloy hear them roar

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is courting the women’s vote, according to the Middletown Press and the Associated Press. Today Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s office announced that as part of the governor’s jobs tour he will meet tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Hartford with “women-owned businesses.” McMahon has more work to do courting females than […] [Read More]
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