Reacting to a week of shockingly bad news about sexual assault in the military, Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced Friday that he is pushing to reform the military judicial process and provide more support for victims.
“This crime is underreported and under-prosecuted in the military and I am going to be proposing reforms along with colleagues that will … encourage more women to come forward and allow enable perpetrators to be prosecuted successfully,” Blumenthal said during a press conference at the state Capitol.
Connecticut can reduce the cost of municipal government dramatically over time, but it won’t happen unless state leaders pave the way, a top economist with the Federal Reserve Bank said Friday.
Yolanda Kodrzycki, vice president and director of the reserve’s New England Public Policy Center in Boston, also said other states particularly have cut costs in health care services, technology, capital programs and administration of retirement benefits.
It started with a report to the state's Office of the Child Advocate that a child had been expelled from preschool.
Jamey Bell, the child advocate, saw no reason why a child that young should be suspended, and wanted to know how widespread the problem was.
She would soon find out that there were 1,967 incidents of students age 6 and under that were suspended last school year -- almost all of them black or Hispanic.
Washington –- Saying children should not have to walk down the halls where their classmates were slaughtered, Connecticut lawmakers introduced bills in Congress Thursday that would secure federal funds to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School
Last week, town leaders in Newtown voted to tear down the existing facility and build a new one in its place. The cost, they said, could reach $60 million.
State officials trying to close a last-minute hole in the next budget got some good news Wednesday in the form of major savings in health care costs for retired state employees.
Budget analysts now expect the cost of providing health care to the retirees to drop by $307 million in the next two fiscal years.
For the next few weeks, each of 22 Democrats in the state Senate is a king or a queen -- at least when it comes to the budget.
And as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seeks lawmakers’ approval to rewrite the rules of constitutional spending cap, it’s becoming clear that no two senators’ fiscal wish lists are identical.
For some, extending an expiring tax on power plants is an obstacle. For others, any type of tax increase is a problem.
Several urban senators are more concerned about whether Connecticut is spending enough, particularly on its social services.
Every month, thousands of state residents go without health care coverage while waiting for the Department of Social Services to process their Medicaid applications.
The numbers tell the whole story, attorney Sheldon Toubman said at the start of a trial on DSS' handling of Medicaid applications. But a lawyer for DSS said it's not that simple.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a junior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is disappointed by the type of lawmakers who are now attracted to the panel.
“This used to be the home of [moderate Indiana Republican Sen. ] Dick Lugar; now it’s the place for Rand Paul,” he said.