As the region continues to recover in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, environmental advocates are pushing for rebuilding in a smarter way to protect against future storms. As WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, they gathered last week in a summit to discuss the future of Long Island Sound.
The Connecticut Department of Labor says economic recovery is taking longer than expected because of the lingering effects of a balance sheet recession – the most severe of its kind. Sectors saw steep reductions in their networth and consumers are still paying off personal debt. It’s a delicate environment where any negative trends could tip the apple cart, say economists at a panel discussion at the Labor Department. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.
Connecticut Hospital Day at the Capitol drew more than 600 hospital workers to Hartford today. They were protesting Governor Malloy's proposed budget, which they say would cut state spending on hospitals by $550 million over the next two years. The cuts would include the payments hospitals get for treating the uninsured.
But on WNPR's Where We Live, the administration's budget chief Ben Barnes said he's not sure the plan should actually be called a cut. "In recent years," Barnes said, "hospitals have received very very large increases each year, so we've discontinued providing large increases but I think overall, we're looking at a flat-funding scenario over the next few years."
Governor Dannel Malloy’s popularity is at an all-time high, jumping five points in a new poll to 48 percent. What do people like about the job the governor’s doing? Well, they say he’s good in a crisis...and he’s had plenty of those to deal with.
They’re less pleased with his handling of the state budget and tax policy.
A big part of his time in office has been spent trying to overhaul the state’s economy - investing millions in programs like “First Five” - which promises incentives to certain companies that create new jobs.
More and more Americans are renting instead of owning homes, and rents are skyrocketing. New national data show that some of the families struggling the most live here in Connecticut.
Connecticut has been known for its high cost of living for decades. But research just released from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that situation is getting worse, especially for the neediest families. While wages have hardly budged, housing costs have soared for renters, since demand for rental apartments is so high.
So, let’s say Where We Live was like the federal budget, and because of some self-imposed deadline, our show was subject to a “sequester” - A cut of 2.3%.
Well, you’d lose about 1 and a quarter minutes off the show. Doesn’t seem too bad, right? But what if it was completely arbitrary - cutting the first minute that explains what we’re talking about, or the precise moment our guest Bill Curry says something that might change your world. Doesn’t sound the the best way to trim things, huh?
Governor Malloy’s proposed budget includes some bad news for commuters, including bus-riders. Some transportation advocates say Malloy is cutting too much money at a time when transit ridership is at an all-time high and infrastructure is crumbling.
Governor Dannel Malloy announced a plan today to give local towns extra money to fix and maintain aging bridges. The news comes as a relief to local and state transportation officials dealing with more and more aging infrastructure and no money to deal with it.
As Governor Dannel Malloy attempts to fill a $400 million budget hole, most state agencies will have to take a budget cut. Those agencies will likely include the Department of Transportation, and some of those cuts may be passed on to commuters.
Connecticut’s Department of Transportation oversees a budget of about $1.2 billion each year. That includes maintaining and renovating highways, bridges and rail infrastructure throughout the state. Speaking on WNPR’s “Where We Live”, Governor Malloy said he thinks transportation is a priority. But the money isn’t there.
Transportation advocates and officials across Connecticut gathered in the state capitol Monday to ask some tough questions about how the state will pay for badly-needed transit upgrades. Commuters themselves will probably have to chip in.
On the national level, we’re looking either at a “fiscal cliff” meltdown with big spending cuts or possible tax increases. Here in Connecticut, the state’s own money problems seem to be getting worse each day. So where does that leave funding for transportation?
Governor Dannel Malloy is heading into the new year with a series of questions surrounding this budget year - and the next couple. He’s put a plan in place to cope with the state’s current budget shortfall...but the next three years show the state budget billions in deficit.
He’s said that everything - except tax increases - are on the table, and he’s working with legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle to find a solution before next week’s special session.
The new Storrs Center just down the road from the University of Connecticut is buzzing with activity. But that project is only partly finished, and the developers have had to make some very big changes to what’s left of it. Critics say those changes could undo the attempt to create a college downtown atmosphere where none existed before.
Yesterday, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo officially certified a state budget deficit of $415 million. That’s $50 million more than the Governor Malloy's numbers and these come less than a week after a first round of budget cuts.
Those $123 million in cuts span the budget from education to social services. ...and it’s a sign of things to come.
Today, Where We Live, it’s a state budget roundtable with Kevin Lembo and the Connecticut Mirror’s state budget guru Keith Phaneuf.
Today, we’ll officially kick off a monthly visit from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Here at Where We Live, we made a big deal about how the last governor didn’t like to come on the show and answer questions from listeners.
This governor, despite news of a growing budget gap and facing pretty low approval ratings, says “bring on the questions!” So we will and we’ll give you a chance to call in as well to talk about the state budget, about recovery from Sandy, about economic development and the just-completed elections.
Governor Dannel Malloy and other governors signed a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta voicing their concern with the DOD's proposed budget, specifically disproportionate cuts facing Air National Guard units. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on how the budget will impact Connecticut's force.
Major General Thad Martin of the Connecticut National Guard anticipates there will be no reduction of the 1144 Guardsmen and women who serve with Bradley's 103rd Airlift Wing. The Defense Department releases firm numbers on Tuesday.
A year ago, Dannel Malloy's job fell into the general categories of triage and emergency medicine. The state's finances were broken. He had to get the patient stabilized so the process of care could begin. This year, to extend the analogy, the patient is out of intensive care but not out of the woods.
Governor Dannel Malloy is investigating whether scores of people, including some state employees, defrauded the state when they received emergency aid after Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Malloy says state workers could be fired or arrested should the allegations prove true.
What are we watching when we watch (and cheer about) a college game?
Historian Taylor Branch disputes the notion that we are watching a logical, natural outgrowth of the college's academic identity. If you're a student, are those your fellow students playing football? If you're an alumnus, are those people on the basketball court extensions of what you used to be?
WANTED: Point Guard. $70K/yr. Must work weekends. Student-athletes generate billions of revenue for universities and private companies while they earn nothing. Some who’ve been badly hurt don’t get the care and coverage they’d get with workers comp. Others see their scholarship canceled after a year and find themselves on the hook for expensive tuition if they want to go further. Others object the the use of their images on licensed products long after their scholarship expire. Atlantic and Taylor Branch tackled this in a feature last week.
Yesterday, Republicans who control the house finally addressed the issue that's been gripping the nation: Naming Post Offices.
Yes, when it became clear that House Speaker John Boehner's two-stage solution to avert the debt crisis was not going to get enough votes from within his caucus, the House quickly turned to the important task of naming the Post Offices in Peoria and Pasadena.
Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.
Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.
Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress. Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit. We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.
JEFF COHEN: And I'm Jeff Cohen in Hartford, where the budget season began with what seemed like a safe bet. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion over two years, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement that scaled back some benefits and included a four-year pledge of no layoffs.
Connecticut’s special legislative session ended last night with a budget deal. But, believe it or not - this still might not be over.
Governor Dannel Malloy and state lawmakers agreed on a package to plug the last $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget with up to 6500 layoffs in the state workforce.
It’s something neither Malloy, nor the Democratically controlled legislature...nor union leadership wanted to see happen. But the union vote to reject a concessions package has seemingly sealed the deal.