by Jennifer Swift
Connecticut Politics
NRCC Says Esty to Blame for Projected Obamacare Job 'Loss'

02/04/14

NRCC Says Esty to Blame for Projected Obamacare Job 'Loss'

The National Republican Congressional Committee targeted Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, in its latest email blast, putting her up as someone to shoulder the blame if people find themselves out of work as a result of Obamacare.

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02/04/14

State Sen. John McKinney calls for Ed Commissioner's Resignation

State Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate John McKinney called for the state’s commissioner of education to resign Tuesday, citing a bumpy road in implementing the state’s education reform initiatives and federal common core standards.  “By choosing to implement these new programs with limited input from teachers and on an overly ambitious schedule, both the governor and the commissioner have lost the confidence of parents and educators across our state. The roll-out has been met with confusion and frustration by teachers, administrators and parents,” McKinney said in a statement. As the state re-examines assessing the reforms and deadlines for such, McKinney said the state needs “new leadership.” In a press release...

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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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