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Thu January 23, 2014
Malloy Touts School Safety; Names New DEEP Commissioner
Governor Dannel Malloy was joined by school officials and lawmakers at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on Thursday to announce a plan to expand the school security grant program as part of his legislative agenda for 2014.The governor’s budget proposal will include a $10 million plan to expand the program.
Malloy Names New DEEP Commissioner
Governor Malloy named Robert Klee as the new Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Klee succeeds Commissioner Daniel Esty, who steps down next month.
Senator Murphy Calling for Minimum Wage Increase
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Murphy was joined on Thursday by labor leaders at the Willimantic Federation of Teachers. Murphy said wages for 70 percent of earners has fallen. He’s pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
UConn Supports White House Sexual Assault Initiative
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said the university is supporting a White House initiative to fight sexual assault on college campuses. President Barack Obama has launched a task force to come up with recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to the crime.
Connecticut Lacking in Safe Driving Laws
Connecticut is lacking in several critical safe driving laws, including requiring rear-seat seatbelts and motorcycle helmets. According to Advocates for Highway Safety, Connecticut has passed only eight of 15 laws in the report, giving it a yellow rating. Connecticut did score well in areas such as front-seat safety belt laws, and laws regarding teen driving.