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Showing 9/16/2020 to 6/1/2020

Eversource says its response to Isaias was stronger than Connecticut officials realize

Connecticut’s largest electric utility says there’s something missing amidst the flood of criticism it’s taken since Tropical Storm Isaias.... (Read more)

9 / 16 / 2020


Lamont orders fines for those who flout rules on mask-wearing and large party limits

Gov. Ned Lamont established a new series of fines Monday, ranging from $100 to $500, for those who refuse... (Read more)

9 / 15 / 2020


On script, a party-line vote ratifies Lamont’s emergency powers

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Democratic majority on a special legislative oversight committee blocked a Republican effort Friday to nullify... (Read more)

9 / 5 / 2020


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Affordable housing requires State support beyond Zoning reform

Three recent opinion pieces, “Let’s tax Connecticut’s segregation” by New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, “Connecticut property taxes define structural... (Read more)

8 / 29 / 2020


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Eversource says Storm Isaias criticism ‘not accurate’

Eversource Energy gave skeptical lawmakers a forceful rebuttal Thursday of the widespread complaints that the electric utility failed to... (Read more)

8 / 28 / 2020


Unions issue list of ‘non-negotiable’ COVID protocols for a safe school reopening

Union officials representing more than 60,000 school employees demanded Monday that districts implement a host of costly safety procedures... (Read more)

8 / 24 / 2020


Blumenthal’s suggestion jolts PURA hearing — Breakup Eversource? Or just closely regulate?

There was a quick headline at the start of Monday’s regulatory hearing into Eversource Energy’s colossally ill-timed electric rate... (Read more)

8 / 24 / 2020


Danbury on COVID-19 alert after cases spike

Connecticut public health officials have issued an alert to Danbury residents after what the state is calling a “significant... (Read more)

8 / 22 / 2020


Where Connecticut, COVID, climate change and critters intersect

The sightings have been noted since early in the pandemic — critters everywhere, including here in Connecticut. It’s not... (Read more)

8 / 21 / 2020


Report offers clues to what went wrong in lethal COVID outbreak in nursing homes

COVID-19 hit nursing homes in the Northeast states particularly hard, but those living in Connecticut long term care facilities... (Read more)

8 / 19 / 2020


Recount gives GOP nomination to Justin Anderson in CT-2, related controversy continues

A recount Tuesday flipped the results of the Republican primary in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District, giving Justin Anderson an... (Read more)

8 / 18 / 2020


Opinion: Ending segregation will stimulate Connecticut’s economy

Throughout the last decade, I’ve worked in several capacities within the affordable housing sector, and one thing has stayed... (Read more)

8 / 15 / 2020


The Connecticut primary: A perfunctory contest for president, and a long wait for others

The top-line races were easy. Soon after the polls closed Tuesday night, the Associated Press declared Republican Donald J.... (Read more)

8 / 12 / 2020


Eversource was on a victory lap. Then came Isaias

Eversource Energy’s chairman and chief executive, Jim Judge, was jubilant in a message to shareholders in March. Based on... (Read more)

8 / 7 / 2020


PURA, Rilling agree: Eversource has fallen short

Updated 2:40 p.m.: New photo and information. CONNECTICUT – The chair of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Wednesday... (Read more)

8 / 6 / 2020


Lamont signs police reforms, but tells cops, ‘You’re my heroes’

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont’s ceremonial signing of the police accountability bill Friday opened with flattery of the... (Read more)

8 / 1 / 2020


Connecticut’s coffers have swelled — not shrunk — during COVID

HARTFORD, Conn. — State government’s coffers have swelled by hundreds of millions of dollars since the coronavirus struck in mid-March,... (Read more)

7 / 29 / 2020


Connecticut leaves it to local districts whether to reopen schools full-time

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday the state will not dictate the opening date of the school year or... (Read more)

7 / 29 / 2020


Socially distanced Senate passes no-excuse absentee ballot bill

HARTFORD, Conn. — Meeting for the first time since COVID-19 forced the closure of the State Capitol in March, the... (Read more)

7 / 29 / 2020


Norwalk political notes: State Rep. campaign kickoff on Zoom; COVID-19

NORWALK, Conn. — Some political developments: Dathan’s virtual campaign kickoff features Blumenthal and Himes Eight states added to CT-NJ-NY... (Read more)

7 / 1 / 2020


State releases plan to return students to school

The State released requirements and guidance Monday for local districts to open schools this fall as hospitalizations in the... (Read more)

6 / 30 / 2020


Governor orders schools to reopen in the fall. Teachers are concerned.

Connecticut schools will reopen for a five-day school week in the fall – as long as the coronavirus behaves,... (Read more)

6 / 28 / 2020


Connecticut, New York and New Jersey considering quarantine on travelers from high-risk areas

Connecticut, New York and New Jersey officials are now considering imposing a self-testing or quarantining order on people coming... (Read more)

6 / 23 / 2020


Pandemic could erode one-third of all state revenues, new analysis finds

Connecticut’s finances are considerably worse than even the ugly scenario Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration painted in early May, if... (Read more)

6 / 21 / 2020


Senate Dems want broad social justice agenda for July session, others say there isn’t time

HARTFORD, Conn. — Majority Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive platform Friday to reverse systemic racial inequalities in law enforcement,... (Read more)

6 / 20 / 2020


Connecticut police receive millions of dollars in military equipment from program that’s under fire

In April, the Bridgeport Police Department received from the Pentagon a heavily armored mine-resistant vehicle valued at more than... (Read more)

6 / 16 / 2020


Lamont makes a Father’s Day gesture to restaurants

Gov. Ned Lamont, whose administration has been facing intense lobbying by the restaurant industry over COVID-19 restrictions, made a... (Read more)

6 / 6 / 2020


Lamont is ready to give towns their first share of federal relief funds

The debate over how much federal pandemic aid should be shared with Connecticut’s municipalities is coming down to one... (Read more)

6 / 4 / 2020


New study will attempt to determine how widespread COVID-19 is in Connecticut

Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to conduct a broad survey to determine how prevalent the... (Read more)

6 / 3 / 2020


As barbershops, hair salons, casinos open, $619.9 million state deficit projected due to COVID-19

Hair salons, barbershops and casinos reopened in Connecticut Monday, after being closed for more than two months due to... (Read more)

6 / 1 / 2020