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Chion Wolf

A new Pew study says the sluggish recovery from the “Great Recession” has been better for men than women.

But in the context of  the June recent jobs report that shows only 18,000 new jobs were created nationally - it might signal continued bad times for both sexes.

Olmsted's Legacy

Jul 8, 2011
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Everybody knows who Paul Marcarelli is. They just don't know they know.

Where We Live: Roundtable On Shared Sacrifice

Jul 1, 2011
Chion Wolf

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.

No 4th of July recess for the US Senate as they try to hammer out a deal on the debt ceiling.  We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen, the Connecticut Mirror's Washington Correspondent about the action at the Capitol.

Morning Edition: Special Session Looming

Jun 30, 2011

With only hours to go before a new fiscal year, The General Assembly convenes a special session today to deal with a 700 million dollar hole in the state budget. That hole was left after the state's unionized workers voted against a concessions package that would have saved the state 1.6 billion dollars over two years. Joining us by phone this morning is State Senator Edith Prague, she is the chair of the legislatures Labor and Public Employees committee.

Chion Wolf

OK, I know this might not be as easy and fun as yesterday's show on comic books, but if the current state budget were a comic book, it would be about a dystopian future. (And present for that matter ...)

The state constitution requires that the budget be balanced by Friday. It isn't. The plan for doing that included significant givebacks by the state employees. They wouldn't do it.

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Hartford is at a time of transition. Recovering from corruption, transforming its education planning for the future.

Today, Where We Live teams up with The Hartford Public Library for “The Year Ahead: A Conversation with Hartford’s State Legislators.” 

We'll be talking with members of the state congressional delegation from the city. They'll share their thoughts about the state of Hartford, and what lawmakers are doing to solve some of the city’s problems - from violence, to education scores, to literacy rates.

The capture of Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger puts an end to a long manhunt - but it brings up questions about his dealings with the FBI.

Despite his disdain for “rats” - Bulger, now charged with 19 murders and implicated in countless other crimes, was an informant with the FBI for years.  He developed a special relationship with agent John Connolly that allowed him to keep committing crime - and gave him a chance to flee in 1995.  

Unions Struggle For Resolution

Jun 28, 2011

State employee Union leaders met with reporters yesterday to discuss what options are still available to them now that enough rank and file union members voted to kill an agreement with Governor Dannell Malloy that would have saved the state 1.6 billion dollars over the next two years. Governor Malloy says thousands of state employee layoffs could begin as early as next week. Joining us by phone this morning is Larry Dorman.

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Today, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona public financing law similar to the one in Connecticut. But campaign finance reform can be a little dry and hard to follow, so first, a little colorful history:

Remembering Bob Hohler

Jun 10, 2011
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Wrapping Up The Session

Jun 9, 2011
Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s legislative session has drawn to an end….on time. 

Yeah, really.  Governor Dannel Malloy did a little bit of celebrating, shortly after midnight, then called for a special session on job creation and declared that education reform should be the priority of the next legislative session.

Connecticut Mirror Political reporter Mark Pazniokas has called the governor’s style “hyperkinetic.”  We’ll look at what got done during this first act of his administration.

Cutting The Deficit, Interactively

Jun 7, 2011

Connecticut's first district congressman, John Larson, will host a forum this afternoon at the University of Hartford that hopes to accomplish what Congress can't seem to - namely cutting the national deficit.

Roundtable On Restructing, Consolidating, Rebuilding

Jun 3, 2011
Chion Wolf

So, the state legislative session’s about to end, and we’ve got a balanced budget, and all is right with the world - right?

Judging by his press conference with reporters yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy thinks there’s still work to be done.  He told state workers that if they don’t ratify the concessions package he’s hoping with plug the budget hole - there will be layoffs.  Lots more than the 4700 that were already threatened.  

The story is familiar from the work of Charles Dickens. A young person with little means is placed under the care of a family member who in turns sells or trades the young person to a man who is up to no good.

The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow some prisoners to get out of jail early. The Senate passed a version of the bill last week. 

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Last Friday marked the 60 day mark of U.S. military involvement in Libya. That's significant because without Congressional authorization for the military presence in Libya, President Obama is in violation of the War Powers Act. We talked to the Washington Correspondent for the Connecticut Mirror, Deirdre Shesgreen. 

Read CT Mirror Article:

Some in Congress growing restive over U.S. involvement in Libya 

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May is “Preservation Month” in Connecticut - and preservationists just celebrated a six-year milestone.

The wide-ranging Community Investment Act was signed into state law in 2005.  It increases investment in the areas that preservationists have shown the most concern about - open space, farmland preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing.

Chion Wolf

President Obama is in New London today, and in Hartford, legislators and state employees are still chewing over the agreement crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's team and the unions.

Today on our show, we'll look at two chief executives facing very different kinds of crossroads.

Roundtable On Budget, Bills, Bargaining

May 13, 2011
Chion Wolf

Late night meetings on union concessions; layoff notices rattling the state workforce; and a “plan B” that stands for bad news in state government. 

Capitol reporter Brian Lockhart says “Plan B” - prepared by budget chief Ben Barnes - also stands for “bursting bladders” for motorists if Governor Malloy closes seven rest stops… and it could mean bus fare increases to make up for huge cuts in the Department of Transportation.

Attorney General George Jepsen

May 11, 2011
Chion Wolf

George Jepsen’s predecessor was well known for being “media savvy” – and that’s a nice way to put it.

In fact, Attorney General - now Senator - Richard Blumenthal still jokes with reporters that he would show up for “a garage door opening.”  He also blasted the media daily with announcements, soundbites and press conferences.

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It seems you can't win with fish.

Bridgeport Small Business Breakfast

May 4, 2011

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a new, two year budget that raises taxes - and is counting on union concessions.  What will it mean for small business?

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I confess I was surprised last night when crowds surged to the White House and to the former site of the World Trade Center to cheer the death of Osama bin Laden.

Reporters on Health Care Reform

Apr 29, 2011
Chion Wolf

This week, state officials got a visit from an administrator in the Obama administration - who gave the state high marks for its efforts to implement health care reform.

But tell that to supporters of a “public option” under the state-run SustiNet plan, who held a rally to try and get that back into the state’s reform plan.   

Meanwhile, in Vermont, we’re hearing some say that state is moving toward “single-payer” health care - a kind of holy grail for some reform advocates.  Others say, hold on...it’s not really a single payer system.

The Art Of Negotiation

Apr 27, 2011
Chion Wolf

The governor negotiated a budget deal with democratic leaders, although he hadn’t finished negotiating labor concessions with state unions.

Meanwhile, negotiations have broken off in conflicts between the Israelis and Palestinians, and between Thailand and Cambodia - and former President Jimmy Carter, who’s negotiated many a deal, is talking to North Korea.

Maybe he needs to step in to the NFL labor dispute, where negotiations broke off a while back, and the future of the league seems to be in the hands of a judge.

Our Growing Cities

Apr 20, 2011
Chion Wolf

It might be a stretch to say Connecticut cities are “booming,” but new census figures show they are growing.

People are starting to move back into Connecticut’s cities. This reverses a decades-long trend toward suburban sprawl and urban decline.  The five largest cities in the state have gained close to 23,000 residents.  There are more housing units, and more of those homes are filled with people.  

Morning Edition: Community Investment Act

Apr 19, 2011

Six years ago the Community Investment Act was signed into law to preserve and protect the places that are important to Connecticut's identity and character, while also creating more affordable housing and offering municipalities help for capitol improvement projects. Now the Community Investment Act is touting it's successes since 2005 with a press conference today, and an exhibit at the State Capitol. Joining us by phone is Senate President Donald Williams who originated the law.

Learn more about the Community Investment Act 

Tax Day

Apr 18, 2011
Chion Wolf

When critics say the state shouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthy, they often say that it’ll force the rich to leave Connecticut.  So, is it true?

Two new studies show - well, that’s it’s not true at all.  That other factors, beyond the tax rate, are what drives people to make decisions about where to live.  

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