The University of Connecticut paid one dozen employees large settlements - many over $100,000 - to get them to resign and keep quiet about their time in state government, according to state auditors. Other agencies participated in the practice, too, although less frequently. The Auditors of Public Accounts faulted the practice because the agreements lacked oversight from the governor or attorney general as required by law and keeps potential whistleblowers from speaking out.
A former University of Connecticut professor who made national headlines when video of his on-campus rant against a Christian preacher, is now suing the school for $20 million for defamation. Professor of Anthropology, James Boster, was fired in 2015 after the university’s Institutional Board of Review determined he had engaged in “research misconduct.”
Ridgefield resident Brett Malone closed on his new house on Dec. 1. That new house is located in Texas. Malone, an insurance agent licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance, says he and his wife are moving to seek greater opportunity and lower taxes.
“We are in this together,” was the message Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked state residents to take away from the budget he introduced Wednesday. But what we’re in together doesn’t look very pretty – a massive $3.6 billion deficit out a $36 billion two-year budget.
Facing a $3 billion deficit over the next two years, Malloy appears poised to propose a budget that achieves balance without significantly raising state taxes. At the same time, Malloy's changes to education funding could result in property tax increases in some towns. Malloy's proposal has three main components: changing the Education Cost Sharing formula, creating a separate fund for special education and changing the minimum budget requirement for towns.
Students from New Light High School, an alternative high school in New Haven, met Thursday with Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, and Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, to discuss their concerns and learn about the political process. Although the students remained largely quiet, their adult escorts – including teachers – brought up the issue of job opportunity and the fact that young people are leaving the state.