1:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Makes Dream Act Top Priority

A woman holds a sign during a New York Dream Act news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. on February 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

Speaker Heastie  says when it comes to helping young New Yorkers with paying for college, there’s a double standard.

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6:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Sandy Hook Commission Releases Draft Of Its Recommendations

Scott Jackson, Chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, center, listens as committee member Dr. Alice M. Forrester, right, speaks, during a meeting of the commission at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will present a full report to Malloy next month. Malloy formed the commission after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. For two years, they've been meeting regularly, discussing gun violence, mental health and school safety. They released a draft version of that final report on Thursday.

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12:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Conn. Lawmakers Push For Long Island Sound Study

Gov. Dannel Malloy and lawmakers at Branford, Conn.'s Owenego Resort.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

When Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivers his budget proposal to lawmakers next week, it’ll include funding for a comprehensive study of Long Island Sound, designed to give the state an inventory of resources like plants, animals, and minerals in the sound.

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10:44 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

NY Senate Democrats: Reform Of Legislators' Outside Income Should Not Wait For Budget

File Photo-Members of the New York state Senate work in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany.
Credit AP Photo/Tim Roske

Democrats in the New York State Senate are pushing for some reforms that directly address problems that led to the arrest and resignation of the Assembly Speaker. They want to virtually ban all outside income for lawmakers.

The proposals come two-and-a-half weeks after the Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on corruption charges, and one week after he resigned as speaker.

Silver is charged with subverting his employment at two private law firms to gain nearly $6 million dollars in kickbacks and bribes.

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12:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Report: Connecticut Tax System Unfriendly To Families

Credit (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A new report says Connecticut’s tax system is unfriendly to many caring for dependents.

The advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children published the report this week.  

Nick Defiesta is a fiscal policy fellow with the group. He says Connecticut is one of two states with an income tax that doesn’t adjust its income tax for the cost of caring for a dependent.

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