Of the 189 union contracts that have been presented to the General Assembly since 1991, 124 have been passed without a vote in either the House or the Senate, according to a report released by the Office of Legislative Research.
Why pay $134 per hour for your information technology services when you can pay $291? Recently-awarded state of Connecticut IT contracts present precisely this question and, if history is any guide, some agencies will choose the more expensive option.
For a minute let’s set aside Connecticut’s desperate need for a budget that gets us off the deficit rollercoaster and celebrate the legislative successes of this session. These are the kind of bills that can help turn Connecticut around. Two bills (Senate Bill 191 and House Bill 5764) cut red ...
State representative from near-bankrupt Hartford draws teacher’s salary while working full-time for union
When Joshua Hall left his teaching position at Hartford's Weaver High School in 2008 to work for the Hartford Federation of Teachers, he didn't give up his salary. Instead, Hartford schools continued to pay him as vice president of the union, with the union only partially reimbursing the schools. The practice of Connecticut's near-bankrupt capital city paying union workers attracted little notice until April when Hall won a seat in the state house by special election as a member of the Working Families Party.
Guy Benson of Fox News and Mary Katherine Ham of CNN joined the Yankee Institute and 100 guests at the Thomas Hooker tasting room in Hartford on Tuesday to discuss their book, End of Discussion, and the state of free speech in America. Meanwhile, lawmakers considered House Bill 5589, which would force some nonprofit groups to reveal the names of some of their supporters.
As Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state bond commission raced through their votes on $350 billion in new borrowing Friday, Connecticut’s credit rating was downgraded by Fitch Ratings Agency, giving Connecticut the third worst bond rating of the 50 states. But Connecticut’s lagging economy and heavy debt burden did not prevent the bond commission from borrowing nearly $50 million to give loans and grants to companies through the Department of Economic and Community Development.