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  • Finance Committee Backs Cap On Car Tax Rate

    Finance Committee Backs Cap On Car Tax Rate
    HARTFORD — A key legislative committee on Wednesday endorsed a sweeping plan to cap motor vehicle taxes, encourage regional cooperation among communities and hand over a portion of the sales tax to local governments. "I believe that this bill will...
  • Fundraiser Tuesday To Help Pay Donovan Debt

    Fundraiser Tuesday To Help Pay Donovan Debt
    Democrat Chris Donovan was once one of the most powerful politicians in Connecticut. As House Speaker, he held influence over numerous bills, particularly in the final days of the legislative session when the clock was running out. When he was running...
  • State Panel Urges Improvements For Bilingual Education

    To help improve the performance of students who are learning English, a panel has recommended a series of changes that include extending the number of years that students are eligible to stay in bilingual education from three school years to five. "The...
  • Commissioner Approved, Despite Complaints About Rikers Island Tenure

    Commissioner Approved, Despite Complaints About Rikers Island Tenure
    In the most controversial nomination of the year so far, the state House of Representatives approved Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's pick Tuesday as the commisssioner of public safety after lawmakers blasted her tenure overseeing the Rikers Island prison in New...
  • Public Safety Commissioner Wins Reappointment By Narrow Margin

    Public Safety Commissioner Wins Reappointment By Narrow Margin
    HARTFORD — Despite serious objections from legislators Tuesday, the state House of Representatives narrowly voted to approve Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's choice for public safety commisssioner. In a largely party line vote, the House approved the...
  • Enfield State Rep. Alexander Charged With DUI

    Enfield State Rep. Alexander Charged With DUI
    WINDSOR LOCKS — A state representative from Enfield was arrested early Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence, and the House speaker said the incident is serious enough he may lose his leadership responsibilities. Rep. David Alexander,...
  • Death Threats, Apology After Hartford State Rep. Parks In Handicapped Space

    HARTFORD - A state representative is catching heat after a photo of his BMW parked in a handicapped space outside a Dunkin' Donuts across from the State Capitol was widely circulated on social media over the weekend. After he posted an apology about the...
  • Legislator Apologizes After Photo Shows He Parked In Handicapped Space

    Legislator Apologizes After Photo Shows He Parked In Handicapped Space
    HARTFORD — A state representative is catching heat after a photo of his BMW parked in a handicapped space at a restaurant near the state Capitol was widely circulated on social media over the weekend. The photo was posted by Kevin Brookman on his...
  • Efforts Brewing To Bolster State's First-In-Nation Paid Sick Days Law

    Efforts Brewing To Bolster State's First-In-Nation Paid Sick Days Law
    HARTFORD — More than three years after Connecticut passed the nation's first state law mandating paid sick days, advocates are pressing for a sweeping expansion of the landmark legislation. "We were the first and now we have the worst law in the...
  • State Rep. Christine Rosati sworn in at capitol

    Freshman state Rep. Christine Rosati (D-44) has had a busy week. She's been getting used to the lay of the land in Hartford after getting sworn in on Jan. 7. It is the first time the 45-year-old has been elected to public office. She'll represent...
  • Flood of Outside Money Prompts Calls for Campaign Finance Reforms

    Flood of Outside Money Prompts Calls for Campaign Finance Reforms
    HARTFORD — Connecticut's candidates for governor spent close to $13 million in public campaign financing in this past election. Outside "independent" special interests spent an estimated $17 million on the same race, a fact critics say is proof...