A state employee with the Department of Developmental Services was placed on paid administrative leave for 69 weeks pending an investigation and collected $81,500 during that time, according to a report from state auditors.
Connecticut's top union official wrote a letter to state employees asking them to approve a concession deal negotiated with Gov. Dannel Malloy and warned of "projected budget deficits in the billions." In a letter to state union members, AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier told union members they could secure their benefits until 2027 and gain four years of layoff protections under the concessions agreement.
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.