Matthew Carter is the Oprah of fonts. He has created Georgia, Tahoma, Bell Centennial and Verdana. Everything he touches turns to gold. For his troubles, Carter recently received a Mcarthur Genius Grant. We're thrilled to have him on he show today, but even more thrilled by the topic of fonts and typography. We'll be talking today about how fonts sell movies, tip elections, and convey stability, austerity or prosperity.
In September, Hartford's police chief announced he'd be retiring at the end of the year. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say a new chief won't be selected by the time the old one leaves. Daryl Roberts is retiring after 30 years on the force and more than five years as the city's chief. His contract expires on December 31. Roberts announced his retirement just before Mayor Pedro Segarra released the results of an outside investigation that said the police department had serious management issues.
Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled the agenda for next week's special legislative session on jobs. And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, he says the plan has bipartisan support. Malloy called for the session over the summer, in part because he wanted the state to present a unified front on economic development.
Governor Dannel Malloy is getting ready for a special session next week focused on jobs. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Malloy spoke with religious leaders in Hartford Monday about how to bring more of those jobs to the state's cities. Malloy sat at the head of a table of leaders of the greater Hartford faith community, and he came to reiterate what he says is his commitment to job creation in the state's urban centers. But people like Rev. Josh Pawelek wanted more.
Veterans who have served in the last decade are eligible for benefits under the Post 9-11 GI bill. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, recent changes to the bill will help veterans pay for vocational training.
Under the current GI bill, veterans can get all or part of their college tuition paid for depending on years of military service. But not all veterans chose four-year schools.
There are several thousand veterans in the community college system in Connecticut. David Welsh is a Veterans Advisor at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts has announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year when his contract expires. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Roberts has served as chief since July 2006 and is a 30-year veteran who worked his way up from patrol. A city native, he was the hometown pick to replace Patrick Harnett -- the New Yorker who served before him. And he's been known as a chief who speaks his mind about his city -- where young people and guns too often find their way to one another. But he's also had a rough go of it.
More than 1,000 veterans from all over Connecticut were expected in Rocky Hill Friday for an annual event called Stand Down; it's an outreach event hosted by the state Department of Veteran Affairs to help veterans in need. Stand Down is in its 16th year, an event VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz looks forward to every year. Here, she is welcoming nursing students who volunteered at the event. "Hey, hey!' 'Hi Commish.' 'It's the Yale School of Nursing!"
Governor Malloy addressed the state’s school superintendents on Wednesday and presented his vision for a state education system that better prepares students for the kinds of jobs Connecticut employers can offer.
Governor Malloy began an impassioned 20-minute speech on education by describing why as a kid, he loathed school. "..because I had a very different experience than a lot of my peers, having grown up with learning disabilities and not having reached any great level of achievement until late in high school."
The U.S Department of Labor says nearly 12 percent of veterans who've served since 9-11 were unemployed last year. Twenty-five percent of them have service-related disabilities. The number of unemployed is expected to grow now that more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to a country trying to recover from the recession. A small program by Congress aims to help veterans get back into the workforce.
State and local governments collectively give more than $70 billion a year of incentives to lure business and jobs. Connecticut’s latest tax break deal is called First Five – and it aims to create a thousand new jobs in the state. But critics of the program say that once again, the state is focusing too much on big employers and not enough on small business. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Gene Bartholomew is an HVAC technician. A few years ago he was working as a factory rep for Carrier, a division of United Technologies.
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 private employers have seen the price of health insurance premiums for workers and their families rise 102 percent since 1999, an analysis by C-HIT shows. The amount that families pay for this coverage rose an even steeper 107 percent.
The increases came during a decade when median household income in Connecticut grew by less than one third.
C-HIT’s review also found wide geographic variations in the insurance premiums charged for Connecticut families.
On today's Politics, Burgers & Beer, Connecticut state Comptroller Kevin Lembo joins Faith, Rich Hanley, and the New Haven Independent's Paul Bass for the full hour. We'll talk Connecticut's fiscal/budget/labor situation, and we'd love it if you'd join the conversation: 203 776-WNPR. Live at 3pm!
With strong support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Senate voted 18 to 17 Wednesday to pass the nation's first state mandate on private employers to offer paid sick days. It now goes to the House, where passage is expected. The bill, which passed with only one Republican vote, has a limited reach, applying to dozens of specific types of service workers at companies with more than 50 employees. Sponsors say it will affect 300,000 workers.
This recession began with the bursting of the housing bubble, and home building has been one of the industries hardest hit in its aftermath. Eighty percent of new houses in Connecticut are built by local, small construction companies. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to find out how those survivors have reinvented themselves.
This has been National Small Business Week. The President proclaims this week to honor and recognize the contribution of small businesses to the economy. Tonight the Small Business Person of the Year will be chosen in a special ceremony in Washington DC. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
For many small businesses, training Connecticut’s workforce is a key issue for the state’s economic future. That’s one reason why Governor Malloy’s recent proposal to move the state’s technical high schools into municipal control raised so many eyebrows. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at how well Connecticut is planning to meet its workforce needs in the new millennium.
You might think in an economy like this, employers with a job to fill would be inundated with qualified candidates.