President Obama pushed for a higher federal minimum wage in front of a friendly audience indoors at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday. While that was happening, a smaller and different audience of around 100 people stood outside in the cold chanting and holding up signs.
During his speech at Central Connecticut State University today, President Obama touted his "opportunity agenda," a four-point plan to bridge the gap between rich and poor Americans. Most of the President's speech focused on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the cornerstone of his agenda.
President Barack Obama came to Connecticut on Wednesday to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He spoke to a friendly crowd at Central Connecticut State University this afternoon telling them, "It's time to give America a raise."
A master of time, tone and fluent invention, bassist Dezron Douglas, one of Hartford’s great gifts to the jazz world, leads his quartet on consecutive nights on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme.
President Barack Obama visited Connecticut on Wednesday to urge an increase in the federal minimum wage. He arrived at Bradley International Airport via Air Force One, accompanied by a Connecticut delegation, and drove down I-91 with a motorcade.
Below is a collection tweets from around the state as the president arrived, and then came to New Britain with great anticipation to deliver his speech.
Minimum wage in Connecticut is higher than the federal minimum, $8.70 an hour instead of $7.25. In fact, the federal minimum is so ridiculously low that not many people are earning it. Maybe as few as 1.5 million, according to one study.
So, what happens if it goes up to $10.10 an hour here, or less likely, nationally. Some minimum wage workers will tell you that is still ridiculously low, $15 an hour is more like it. And, there are movements to help fast food workers bargain collectively for that kind of raise.
We invited educators to join us in the audience and there was a general sentiment of openness to new evaluation methods and ways of measuring performance. But they also expressed a desire to balance it with support from administrators. The teachers on the panel said they are interested in getting better at teaching, and so they want feedback and support, not a stern visit that comes with a score and an up or down vote.
Warren Buffett has added his voice to the growing chorus of concern over public pension obligations. In his annual letter to shareholders, the legendary investing guru calls underfunded public pension plans a "gigantic financial tapeworm."
Buffett said he anticipates lots of bad news in the coming decade about public pensions, and he stresses the need for prompt remedial action where problems exist.
Connecticut's Democratic and Republican auditors said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office did not violate any state laws by emailing a monthly newsletter highlighting activities from her office.
Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told lawmakers that the state wants to be flexible with its approach to reform, knowing that local districts are struggling to make sweeping changes while also revising the way teachers are evaluated.
Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Access Health CT, is walking through the 15th floor of a downtown Hartford office building that houses Connecticut's health insurance marketplace. He passes the legal department, the IT folks and the consultants, then stops in front of three large, wall-mounted computer screens.
Countless musicians and band leaders over the decades have saluted Fats Waller, the legendary jazz pianist/composer/singer and comic showman whose exuberantly high-living lifestyle and robust artistry were cut short when he died from pneumonia at only 39 in 1943.
A legislative committee wants to delay for a year when the state's insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, could begin negotiating prices with the insurance companies selling products through the exchange.
A local superintendent's recent letter to Governor Dannel Malloy laid out concerns about changes to Connecticut's educational system. East Lyme Public Schools Superintendent James Lombardo, a long-time veteran of Connecticut's public schools, wrote a letter to Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor saying education reforms are pointing the state and the country in the wrong direction.
A top Obama cabinet member was in Hartford on Monday advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joined with Connecticut's two U.S. Senators for a round table at the Hartford Public Library.
Bridgewater was ready for a town referendum lifting the ban on alcohol sales. A Connecticut law may keep Bridgewater a dry town for another 21 months.
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The Village Store is a social hub in Bridgewater. The owner, Peter May wants to expand the store to include a sit down restaurant that serves alcohol.
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Peter May, owner of The Village Store, hopes to convert this empty bank adjacent to The Village Store into a restaurant that serves alcohol. The discovery of an old blue law has thrown a wrench in his plans.
A decades-old blue law has blocked the town of Bridgewater's effort to lift an ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcohol. That means Bridgewater will, for the time being, be the last remaining dry town in Connecticut.
Federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, local workers and politicians in Hartford today to discuss a minimum wage increase. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. In Connecticut the wage is higher at $8.70 an hour, and is set to increase to $9.00 next year.