State budget talks to begin

April 20, 2009 • 1
Budget negotiations between Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office and General Assembly leaders are expected to begin today, the latest step in what is becoming an increasingly contentious debate. Democrats and Republicans agree that the state needs to cut wasteful government spending by consolidating agencies and scaling back services. But when state leaders meet, they »

City Hall memo: Endorsement vote only a ‘gentleman’s agreement’

April 16, 2009 • 8
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. While the political future of Katie Harrison ’11, Mike Jones ’11 and Minh Tran ’09 hangs in the balance of Friday’s Ward 1 Democratic endorsement vote, so too does the future of the endorsement vote itself.The structure of the endorsement vote in coming »

State legislature could decriminalize marijuana

April 14, 2009 • 4
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. A bill currently under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly could provide the most dramatic change to state narcotics law in recent history. Late last month, the legislative body’s Judiciary Committee approved a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, greatly »

Briefly: State leaders team up for fighter jets

April 9, 2009 • 0
Gov. M. Jodi Rell this week enlisted “Team Connecticut,” which includes her office and the state’s congressional delegation, to band together to protect the F-22 Raptor Program. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is attempting to cancel the $140 million-per-jet program, which employs between 2,000 and 3,000 state residents. “Team Connecticut” was last activated in 2005 to »

Residents like Rell, her budget

April 7, 2009 • 0
Despite the economic crisis and Connecticut’s record budget deficit, Gov. M. Jodi Rell remains one of the most liked politicians in the state. In a Quinnipiac University Poll released late last week, Rell was shown to hold a 72 percent approval rating, a number within the margin of error from last month’s 75 percent approval. »

Briefly: State helicopter and defense factories to see lull

April 7, 2009 • 0
Thousands of Connecticut jobs are at stake following Monday’s release of the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2011. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates canceled several procurement programs, including the F-22 Raptor, whose engines are produced by Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. Other cuts to programs, including various Missile Defense programs, drew the ire of »

Dodd’s approval rating sinks

April 3, 2009 • 0
Continuing what has been an unprecedented decline in his popularity, Sen. Chris Dodd’s numbers sank to never-before-seen lows in a poll released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday. The poll showed only 33 percent of the state approved of Dodd’s job performance, the lowest on record for the five-term incumbent. “A 33-percent job approval is unheard »

Dems put forth budget

April 3, 2009 • 887
For two months, Connecticut Democrats have criticized Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s biennial budget proposal. Thursday, she fought back. “The Democrats’ budget almost defies description,” she said, referring to the proposal General Assembly Democrats released Thursday. “There are phantom budget cuts and astonishing tax increases. And they are borrowing — yes, borrowing — to close this »

Around New Haven

Trails to link Hamden, Cheshire and New Haven neighborhoods Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will lead a groundbreaking ceremony for phase three of the Farmington Canal Greenway section on Monday, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said in a statement this week. The final phase of the construction project, which began in 2001, will connect the New »

Simmons gears up for Senate ‘marathon’

April 2, 2009 • 3
Eating lunch in a corner of the Berkeley College dining hall last week, Rob Simmons, 66, sat calmly. For one who had recently announced his bid to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate, challenging an incumbent who has handily won his previous races, Simmons seemed relaxed — especially considering that his last campaign did not »

Briefly: State to aid employees in Milford fire

April 1, 2009 • 0
Gov. M. Jodi Rell directed the state Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Unit to coordinate assistance to over 100 employees of Milford Fabricating Co. after its factory was shuttered by a massive fire Tuesday. While no one was injured in the blaze at the metal fabrication plant, compressed flammable gasses caused irreparable damage to the »

Briefly: Caligiuri to announce bid for U.S. Senate seat today

March 31, 2009 • 0
State Sen. Sam Caligiuri is expected to announce a run for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in a morning event at his Waterbury home. Caliguiri would be the second Republican to announce an attempt to challenge Sen. Chris Dodd, who has served in the Senate since 1980. Caligiuri has little name recognition throughout the state, »