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Mon March 3, 2014
Governors Tout Minimum Wage; Possible Amendment to Transportation Fund
Governor Dannel Malloy, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin spoke to reporters on a White House conference call over the weekend. The chief executives agree a higher minimum wage is critical to boosting workers’ purchasing power and strengthening the economy.
The General Assembly's Transportation Committee will decide whether to ask voters this fall to approve a constitutional change to block raids on the state's Special Transportation Fund. For more than a decade, the Legislature has used the fuel tax and other revenue to help plug gaps in the state government's overall budget.
Disparities in Hypertension
Hypertension rates among women in all eight Connecticut counties increased from 2001 to 2009, with disparities widening for African American women compared to whites and Hispanics. According to a report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington--nearly one out of every two African American women living in Connecticut suffers from hypertension.
Distribution of Iodide Pills
Connecticut is about to receive about 1.3 million potassium iodide pills to be distributed to towns in a ten-mile emergency planning zone around Millstone Power Station in Waterford. The pills protect against radiation in a severe nuclear plant accident.
Improvements to XL Center
The State Bond Commission is supporting more than $31 million for upgrades at Hartford's aging XL Center. The funding is part of a $35 million package approved by the state legislature in last year's session of the General Assembly.