Thursday’s storm put a strain on travel, commerce, and the ability of cities and towns to clean up after it. Snow emergency declarations in Connecticut’s second biggest city and by the state may help with the financial strain of the storm.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is requesting help from the White House and FEMA in an effort to obtain road salt to treat the state’s highways. The governor said on Thursday that the state is running out of salt used in snow removal.
The winter storm also prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency earlier in the day Thursday.
Directorof State Operations Howard Glaser says the emergency declaration is necessary for the state to help out local communities in these situations.
A Suffolk County lawmaker enraged bicycling advocates this week by saying that people should never ride bikes (or motorcycles) in Suffolk. Islip Republican Thomas Barraga says the suburbs were designed for cars not pedestrians.
New York Republicans have submitted legislation to halt Common Core. This is the latest attack against the new, more rigorous school testing standards and goes further than other reforms offered to date.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association is promising to fight Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed increase in the state minimum wage. Malloy wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, which would make it the highest in the nation.
The CBIA voiced its opposition on Monday to the wage hike, saying it will reduce hiring into entry-level jobs. The CBIA's position on minimum wage is part of its broader legislative agenda, which it released on Monday.