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J Brendan Sharkey

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  • State Legislature Has Too Many Chiefs

    As former state Rep. Astrid T. Hanzalek noted in a recent op-ed piece in The Courant, the number and expense of leaders in the General Assembly has increased to the point that "you'd think the state was awash in extra money." Connecticut is not swimming...
  • Effort To Ban Weapon Used In Newtown Failed In 2001, But Lawmakers Seek New Gun Restrictions

    HARTFORD — Less than a week after the Newtown school massacre, state lawmakers are calling for sweeping new restrictions on guns and ammunition — while a key legislative leader says that the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in last Friday's...
  • Lawmaker's Comment Is Bad From Every Angle

    Lawmaker's Comment Is Bad From Every Angle
    There's a certain ambiguity in state Rep. Ernest Hewett's crude response to a teenage intern's testimony at a Feb. 20 budget hearing. But that ambiguity doesn't excuse what the New London Democrat said. The teenager, speaking on behalf of the...
  • Short-Term Judges Win Pension Lottery

    You are right to wonder why a hefty tax increase and claims to have gotten spending under control have not brought stable finances to state government. Sometimes a jarring example will help explain something as complex as Connecticut's troubled, growing...
  • Car Tax Is Wrong Battle For Regional Reformers

    Grand plans sometimes stumble on secondary issues. We hope this doesn't happen to the MORE Commission. The MORE Commission (for Municipal Opportunities & Regional Entities) is attempting to make the state and its towns run more efficiently and less...
  • Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery

    Malloy Says Shutdown Could Undercut Recovery
    HARTFORD — Spurred by the threat that a congressional showdown over Obamacare will shut down the federal government, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director asked heads of state agencies Tuesday for contingency plans by Oct. 1 on how to maintain...
  • Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation

    Malloy Signs Gun Control Bill, One Of Strictest In Nation
    HARTFORD — Flanked by family members of Newtown massacre victims and the legislative leaders who spent months trying to respond to their tragedy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a sweeping gun-control bill Thursday whose big provisions — such...
  • Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families

     Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up To Families
    A secretly drafted bill to block release of photos, tapes of 911 calls and death certificates related to the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre could be acted on in the General Assembly as early as the end of the week, officials said Wednesday....
  • Regionalism Panel Promises MORE For The Money

    Is it any wonder that Connecticut is considered a high-cost state? We have a state government, plus 169 local governments, plus hundreds of regional entities that overlap and bear little relation to each other. And to pay for this redundant mishmash, we...
  • Legislator's Alleged Fraud: Another Black Mark For Bridgeport?

    Credit Speaker Brendan Sharkey of the state House of Representatives for taking quick and appropriate action to mitigate damage to the legislature's image from another lawmaker's alleged misdeeds. It's just too bad that the lawmaker in question —...
  • Malloy Signs Bill To Withhold Homicide Photos, Other Records, After Newtown

    Malloy Signs Bill To Withhold Homicide Photos, Other Records, After Newtown
    The state Senate and House, after short debates, voted overwhelmingly early Wednesday to approve a bill blocking public disclosure of photos of homicide victims and some other records in reaction to the Newtown school massacre. The Senate took up the...