by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics

02/04/14

Gov. Malloy Proposes Increasing Minimum Wage

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sought to jumpstart the state’s path to raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, which would make it the highest in the nation, with a proposal that would amend already existing plans to raise the working wage. The governor’s proposal would set the minimum wage at $10.10 in January 2017 as part of a three-year plan to phase in increases. The state already has a plan in place to increase the minimum wage, now set at $8.70 in January of this year, but Malloy’s plan would extend that increase and make the proposed incremental increases larger. Malloy’s plan mirrored the goal addressed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last week, but said the state could not wait for Congress to enact legislation doing...

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02/04/14

Connecticut General Assembly Postpones Start of Legislative Session

Due to an impending snowstorm, legislative leaders agreed to push back the start of the opening of the general assembly from Wednesday to Thursday. According to the Connecticut Post, this is the first time since the blizzard of 1978 that the session has not opened according to schedule.  Malloy's state of the state address is now slated for noon on Thursday.  Here's a preview of what the state is likely to address during this shorter session. 

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02/03/14

Malloy Proposes Re-Opening, Adding Funds to Elderly Renter's Assistance

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a proposal to add $6.5 million to the fund which provides assistance to the state’s elderly renters Monday. The elderly renter’s rebate program had been closed to any new applicants by the general assembly last year. Malloy’s proposal re-opens the program to new applicants, and allows for an additional 12,700 seniors to apply for it. About 40,000 residents already benefit from the program. The program gives reimbursement to lower income elderly or fully-disabled renters to offset expenses, and can range from $50 to $900 depending on need and status. “Connecticut’s senior population is already one of the largest in the country and continues to grow – something we need to take into account when we make...

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02/03/14

Feds Close Campaign Finance Probe

According to several reports, the Department of Justice’s investigation into the campaign finance scandal that derailed Chris Donovan’s bid the 5th district has been closed. Donovan, the speaker of the house at the time of the initial investigation, will not be charged in the matter. Eight individuals were charged in the campaign scandal for conspiring to hide the source of $27,500 in campaign donations to Donovan’s campaign for the 5th District U.S. House seat. The donations were made in hopes that Donovan would kill legislation aimed at closing tax loopholes for roll-your-own tobacco shops. Donovan eventually lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty, who went on to beat Republican Andrew Roraback in the general election. Read more on the issue from CT News...

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Flashback to '08: Mad Dog Russo: 'Himes! Himes! Himes!'

01/31/14

Flashback to '08: Mad Dog Russo: 'Himes! Himes! Himes!'

Just about every sports fan in Connecticut has fond memories of listening to the old Mike and the Mad Dog radio show on WFAN in New York, and watching the simulcast on the YES Network.

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