You don’t see a lot of electric cars on the roads of Connecticut, and one reason for that is people don’t want to drive a car if they think it may run out of juice along the way. The state is looking to reduce anxiety about electric cars by creating more charging stations.
Small business owners in Sandy Hook, Conn. say things have been tough since the school shooting there in December, but things are starting to look up. They spoke with Governor Dannel Malloy, who visited their businesses Wednesday.
Connecticut residents who are looking for work were no doubt disappointed to learn the unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.1 percent in June. The Department of Labor has reported the state has only recovered 48 percent of lost jobs in the recession. For the unemployed, the under whelming job growth has limited their options. As a result there's been a recent surge in workers seeking part-time and temporary jobs, hoping to break the cycle of unemployment.
As WSHU has been reporting in its "State of Disparity" series, Connecticut has one of the widest gaps between the wealthy and the poor in the country. A report out this week by researchers at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley found the chance that someone in the bottom fifth of the economic ladder in Connecticut could rise to the top fifth is about 8%. For some young low-income people, even the bottom rung of that ladder feels out of reach.