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Tue April 8, 2014
Equal Pay Day Tuesday; Sandy Hook Assistance Payments Not Taxable
Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman observed Equal Pay Day by citing their administration’s progress on the issue today. Malloy says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will improve the economic security of women and their families in Connecticut. But he says it is unacceptable for women, doing the same work, to earn 78 percent of what men earn.
The Department of Revenue Services is reminding taxpayers who received Sandy Hook Workers Assistance payments that the income was not taxable in Connecticut. Special legislation in 2013 gave payments to certain police, fire, medical, educational and other workers who demonstrated harm from the shooting in 2012.
FBI Arrests Moroccan Official in Connecticut
FBI officials say they’ve arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building in the state. Authorities say they arrested 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti on Monday and found wires and tools in his Bridgeport apartment.
Lawmakers Consider Bill Allowing Public University Athletes to Unionize
Some local lawmakers are considering filing legislation to allow athletes at public colleges and universities in Connecticut to unionize. New Have State Representative Patricia Dillon says she’s researching the issue. Dillon says the National Relations Labor Board has ruled that athletes at private schools have the right to unionize, but state labor laws may prohibit public school students from organizing. She says it should be the athletes’ choice whether to join a union.
Uconn Men Win Title; Lady Huskies Play Tonight
UConn became the first seventh seed to win the national title with a 60-54 win over Kentucky Monday. The Lady Huskies head into yet another national championship game tonight. They’ve won 8 titles in the last 20 years, and they are undefeated this season.