Government

Republicans question surplus & motives
6:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Malloy opens legislative session with proposals fit for a reelection campaign

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivered his State of the State address to the General Assembly on Thursday.
Credit Sara Karl

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy presented a revised $19 billion budget proposal to state lawmakers today on the first day of their new legislative session. The proposal includes a $55 gas and sales tax refund to taxpayers, and tax breaks for retired teachers, as well as the expansion of rental subsidies for seniors, housing for homeless veterans and an expansion of early childhood education. WSHU’s Ebong Udoma was in Harford for the Governor's speech, and spoke live from there with Mark Herz.

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Municipalities running out of snow removal funds
9:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Malloy: State has enough salt to treat roads, some municipalities 'having difficulty'

Credit Dan Katz

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the state has not had an issue keeping up with the amount of salt it needs to treat the roads after several snowstorms and another expected this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says most cities and towns in the state have used more than half of their snow removal budgets, while others have already used their entire budget for snow removal. 

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Reimbursements rate deemed too low
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Obamacare not yet accepted at Stony Brook

Stony Brook Hospital is one of two New York hospitals not accepting any insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act
Credit Charles Lane

Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange.  But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent.  Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.

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Switching to Natural Gas
9:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Gas conversion program in Norwich offers some lessons

Crew installing gas lines in Norwich, Conn.
SmartPower

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has given final approval to a program to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat over the next 10 years.

It’s part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy to lower costs and pollution by taking advantage of natural gas.

Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels and cheaper at the moment due to increased production in North America. But the big question is how to get people to make the financial investment to switch.

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safeguards in place to avoid a repeat of massive o
11:53 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Malloy: Metro-North substation upgrade should improve reliability

Gov. Dannel Malloy at Union Station in New Haven, CT announcing substation upgrade. Behind him (L to R) are U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, CT DOT Comm. James Redeker and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
Credit Naomi Starobin

  Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said work is beginning Monday on an upgrade to a substation in Cos Cob, Connecticut.  The $10 million upgrade is expected to improve the operation of Metro North’s New Haven line trains.  

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