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Tue March 4, 2014
Metro-North Improvement Plans Emerge; Keno Repeal Gets a Hearing
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti sent his 100-day plan to state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday. Giulietti is promising to rebuild a culture of safety at Metro-North to serve as the railroad’s "unshakeable foundation." He agreed to a 100-day plan to improve the railroad’s safety and operational performance in meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy last month.
The legislature’s public safety committee held a public hearing on Tuesday on a bill that would repeal the Keno law currently on the books. Top legislative leaders say the state no longer needs keno as a revenue source because the state budget surplus is now projected at more than $500 million for the current fiscal year. Governor Malloy said he would sign a bill to repeal Keno.
Foley Leads GOP Contenders
A statewide poll shows Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the Republicans’ 2010 gubernatorial candidate, has a substantial lead over his fellow GOP contenders.The Quinnipiac University Poll, released today, also shows Foley and Democratic Governor Malloy tied in a potential match-up.
Connecticut Considers Marketing Exchange Expertise
Connecticut's health care exchange is an operation that has proven so successful that officials are considering franchising the model to other states. Chief executive, Kevin Counihan, says other states began contacting him late last year.
PURA Announces New Area Code
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced on Monday that a new area code will be introduced later this year in Connecticut---for the calling region currently served by the 860 area code. Because of continuing local demand for telephone numbers, remaining unassigned telephone numbers in the 860 area code are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2014.