Today is Connecticut Association of Boards of Education day at the state Capitol. Some 200 school board members, students, and teachers will spend the day talking with state lawmakers about their concerns and their legislative agenda. Joining us is Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel of The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.
The Bridgeport Mayor's Election Advisory Panel released a report today (Thursday) detailing dozens of recommendations to change how Connecticut runs its elections. The proposal is meant to restore trust in the system after Bridgeport's infamous failure to order enough ballots during last November's elections.
One recommendation allows Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to recommend how many ballots a town should order. And, after review, it could allow her to force the town to order enough ballots for all of the town's registered voters.
Connecticut doesn’t yet have a reputation as a breeding ground for new high-tech companies, but there are efforts underway to change that image. In 2008, Connecticut Innovations introduced the CTech Incubator Program. WNPR’s Andrew Huston reports on some of the companies growing there.
While the quaint, nearly empty road of Main Street stood quietly on a cold, snowy Saturday evening, one spot was waiting to be packed with energy. At Vinnie’s Jump and Jive Community Dance Hall, a classic urban event was about to take place: Battle Royale 2011 Winter Edition, a break-dance tournament.
The Environment Committee is considering legislation that would ban the use of cash register receipts that contain the chemical, BPA. The bill would also require a research institute at UConn to develop a list of toxic chemicals.
Connecticut farms that make and bottle their own wine are looking for more venues to showcase their products. Some package stores oppose two proposals that would give farmers more places to sell bottled wine.
Tourism is vital industry for Connecticut, generating some $14 billion in visitor spending each year. Small businesses are the mainstay of the sector. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, many are worried about the future.
Governor Dannel Malloy says he gets it on tourism.
“We’re going to rethink in its entirety our approach to tourism—we’re going to work where partnerships work and we’re not going to carry partnerships that don’t work.”
Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told MSNBC that he’ll be waiting at the border for Connecticut’s jobs after Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax hike drives business out of Connecticut. Malloy responded to his claims again Thursday.
Malloy drew a line between him and Christie by wanting to slightly raise taxes to help balance his state’s budget.
Looks like if you have overdue -- the wrong kind of "outstanding" -- parking tickets in Hartford, this could be your chance. From the press release it sounds like you’ll be able to pay the ticket but not the related fees. Release is below.
HARTFORD ANNOUNCES PARKING TICKETAMNESTY PROGRAM —NEWS ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25— 4:00 p.m. — Mayor Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority will announce a Parking Ticket Amnesty Program for the month of March.
Students, lawyers and activists from across the country gathered at Yale University in New Haven recently for a conference on creative ways to fight for social change. As WNPR's Lauren Takores reports, one panel looked at the link between criminal justice and Native American tribal law.
Many communities around Connecticut rely on small businesses to provide essential, basic services. For WNPR’s latest small business profile, Harriet Jones visited a home-based daycare in Hamden that’s helping children and parents alike.
Morning exercise is all part of the routine at Every Child Ahead in Hamden.
“I just care for them like they’re my children, and I think that’s why I keep my daycare full.”
If Connecticut is to have an engaged and productive workforce it must have reliable childcare. Childcare comes in many different forms, but an increasing number of providers are small, home-based businesses. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
In a tiny condo in Hamden, Lushanna Thompson is allowing her small charges to let off some steam.
Getting into the international market can be both exciting and challenging for a business. It offers the chance for new customers and growth, but it’s also a steep learning curve. WNPR’s Harriet Jones visited one Meriden firm that’s sending Connecticut-made medical products all around the world, and bringing work back from overseas.
“So this is our production floor. We have 21 production lines, that are operating on two shifts….”
Environmentalists want to protect the states’ rivers from running dry. The state and federal government want to keep public water supplies safe from terrorists. These competing interests have led to a battle over information, which is going before the state’s Freedom of Information Commission tomorrow.
Record-setting snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast have led to increased demand for firewood this heating season. There’s also been an uptick in complaints by consumers who say they’re getting less firewood than they pay for. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies.
One day after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra upended the search for a school superintendent at the last minute possible, the chairman of the city's board of education sat down with WNPR and expressed his displeasure.
David MacDonald became chairman of the Hartford board of education just last week. He said he was disappointed in Segarra's call on Tuesday for a national search. MacDonald says that Segarra's concerns about the transparency of the search for a new superintendent showed great disrespect.
Connecticut’s Transportation Committee is considering a proposal to take funds designated for a New Britain to Hartford bus project and spend it on reinvigorating train service from Waterbury to Hartford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
The “busway” project, as it’s known, is designed to reduce the congestion on Interstate 84 by building a separate 9.4 mile road just for busses. There would be elevated platforms, similar to a train station with service every three to six minutes during peak commuter hours.
In his state budget address, Governor Dannel Malloy proposed changes to how Connecticut deals with drug offenders. WNPR’s Jason Cunningham reports on one of four new proposed bills that tackle marijuana reform.
“There are too, there are simply too many people also, who have been arrested for and jailed for minor, non-violent or drug offenses.”
While Governor Malloy didn’t directly address the issue of marijuana reform in his budget proposal, he did talk about "alternative forms of punishment" for those convicted of some minor crimes.
The Hartford board of education is scheduled to meet Tuesday to pick a successor to Superintendent Steven Adamowski, who is leaving after this year. But there's some concern in the community that the process was flawed. The district’s spokesman has been advocating for one of the two candidates to take Adamowski’s place.
You might know the name Elizabeth Horton Sheff. She's the Sheff in Sheff vs. O'Neill, the landmark school desegregation case in Hartford.
Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled his new two year budget yesterday. The $19.7 budget for 2012 seeks to close a $3.2 billion deficit through tax hikes, spending cuts, and 2 billion dollars in union concessions.