Government

Surplus for now, but deficit on the way
6:12 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Conn. comptroller says state needs to save more

A comparison of Connecticut's revenue surpluses and deposits in the rainy day fund, 1991-2012.
Credit Conn. Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Connecticut comptroller Kevin Lembo is projecting the state’s surplus has increased for the current fiscal year, and he’s calling on the legislature to make a change in state law to allow more of that money to be saved for harder times.

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some support it, others threaten to sue
5:51 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Reformers want NY Moreland report to include public campaign financing

Moreland Act Commission co-chair Kathleen Rice at a Commission hearing on October 29, 2013.
Credit publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov

  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission - the Moreland Commission -  is due to issue a report this week, and  reformers hope it will include public campaign financing for statewide elections. 

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Hudson Line Derailment
8:22 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Blumenthal calls for expedited investigation into derailment

An Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York. Officials are standing on a curve in the tracks where the Metro North train derailed.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is calling on federal officials to conduct an expedited investigation into Sunday's train derailment on Metro North's Hudson line, which killed 4 people and injured more than 60.

Blumenthal cited recent incidents that impacted Connecticut commuters on the New Haven Line in his call to action.

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Repairing damage to relationships from NSA spying
6:28 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Murphy returns from fence-mending trip to Europe

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Credit WSHU file photo by Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut returned Wednesday from a 3 day trip to Germany and Brussels. The trip was intended to help manage the relationship with Europe following news of spying there by the NSA.

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Sharing criminal justice info in Conn.
6:11 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

System to share Conn. law enforcement info ran into trouble

A new system being developed to allow law enforcement agencies in Connecticut to share information has been hampered by a lack of communication and management problems, according to a state report released this week. A member of the Governor’s administration says those concerns have been addressed.

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