Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Thursday the legislative session that just ended has improved the state’s financial footing. The Democratic Governor says he’s proud lawmakers in his party passed a budget that was balanced and did not raise taxes. With an eye towards the upcoming gubernatorial election, Malloy pledged not to raise taxes if re-elected. Republican House Minority Leader Larry Cafero says he doesn't believe that promise.
Of the top 100 cities around the country with homes under water financially, Hartford has the most. More than half of homeowners there owe more than their homes are worth, according to a study out Thursday.
Suffolk County's Commissioner of Information Technology was arrested Thursday over accusations he misled lawmakers about a $5 million technology deal. The charges suggest County Executive Steve Bellone was moving forward on a technology upgrade without legislative approval.
The end of the Connecticut legislative session on Wednesday also marked the end the state legislative careers of several members of the General Assembly.
Among them is state Senate President Donald Williams. The Brooklyn Democrat is retiring after 21 years. He is the longest-serving president of Connecticut's Senate chamber and took the job 10 years ago in the political shuffle that followed Governor John Rowland's resignation.