Connecticut Legislative Session Opens
The Connecticut legislative session began on Thursday morning in Hartford, delayed a day by a winter storm. Secretary Ben Barnes, of the Office of Policy and Management, delivered a budget briefing, and Governor Dannel Malloy addressed the joint session of the General Assembly at noon. Read the text of his speech here.
Malloy revealed details of his legislative agenda this session (read it here), including a call to increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. He also has plans for the projected $505 million surplus from the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Besides setting aside $250 million for the state's Rainy Day Fund, he's proposed paying down pension debt and providing a sales and gas tax refund.
Watch CT-N's footage of Barnes: