Connecticut Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, center right, talks with State Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, center left, in a huddle with other legislators in the Senate Chambers at Capitol on the final day of session, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Fasano agreed after the meeting to end debating the budget.
Democratic legislative leaders on Wednesday were able to push through a two-year, $40.3 billion Democratic budget on the final night of the legislative session, despite opposition from some lawmakers in their own party, Republicans and some of the state's major employers.
Minutes before the General Assembly's deadline to adjourn, the Senate voted 19-17 in favor of the package, which raised a range of taxes by about $2 billion over two years, including the personal income tax for wealthy residents and various business taxes.
Despite the arrest of the leaders of both houses of the legislature on corruption charges, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers said they have no plans to pass any additional ethics reforms this session.
It appears likely that a legislative session in which the Speaker of the Assembly and President of the Senate were both indicted will not end with any significant reforms.
There have been five murders in the past two weeks in Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford’s deputy police chief, Brian Foley, said Thursday that the department has historically responded to an uptick in crime by flooding the neighborhood where the crime happened with more police. He also said that may not be the best long term solution.
Foley said reassigning officers to a neighborhood after a murder can lead to more people in that neighborhood getting arrested for low-level crimes, and that can lead to members of the neighborhood having a negative view of police.
Hartford, Connecticut is one of ten cities being praised by the White House this week for their progress in community policing.
Police departments that use community policing are trying to connect their officers more closely to the neighborhoods they serve. The White House said on Monday that Hartford is doing that, through a program that gives local high school students paid internships and mentors in the city police department.
Maribel Laluz is the spokesperson for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. She says that the program is promoting public trust.