The Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly approved a revised state budget on Thursday that spends $12 million more than was recommended by Governor Dannel Malloy. The plan was approved by a vote of 26 to 19.
News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.
State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017. That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.
The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.
New York lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate are coming under scrutiny from the FBI. The State Capitol offices of an Assemblyman were raided, and a State Senator gave a tour of her home property in an attempt to debunk accusations from federal investigators that she engaged in an illegal land deal.
Officials in Newtown heard design plans for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School at a town meeting Tuesday. Residents voted last fall to tear down the building where 20 students and 6 teachers were shot in 2012. The school construction is being paid for with a $50 million state grant.
Emergency workers in New Haven have been participating in a drill, where they practice responding to a staged disaster. New Haven is one of 12 major cities in the U.S. to be given a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency to hold these drills.
The headline sounds a bit like a plot from a horror movie – hybrid wolf-dogs menacing a community in Southeastern Connecticut. But the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says these animals really exist, and they’re looking into the report of a Ledyard resident who claimed a pack of hybrid wolf-dogs running loose threatened him. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Bill Hyatt, chief of the Bureau of Natural Resources for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Suffolk County has received a grant from the technology company IBM to help solve what many see as Long Island's biggest looming crisis: poor water quality. Planners and environmentalists say they’re "thrilled" with the announcement.