North Carolina and the famous Wright brothers are known for being “first in flight.” But Connecticut has been in an ongoing battle for that status. Some historians argue that German immigrant Gustave Whitehead made the first flight in 1901 in Bridgeport. New research this week provides more evidence in favor of Whitehead.
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.
Legislative leaders are meeting this week to try and cobble together new laws in response to the Newtown shootings. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, gun makers and owners showed up to the state capitol in force today to weigh in. Manufacturers of guns and gun parts say it's simple: some of the proposed gun laws will cost the state jobs.
For the first time in a long time, observers of the phenomenon of mass incarceration in America have seen some good news. The rate of African Americans in prison has dropped sharply over a decade - a trend that pushes back against a historical disproportionality of blacks in our prison system. These numbers come from The Sentencing Project.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers reviewing possible new gun laws after the Newtown shootings has decided to issue two lists of recommendations -- one from Democrats, another from Republicans. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, that wasn't exactly the plan.
A huge crowd turned out last night for a transportation committee public hearing in New Haven. People testified in support of proposals to allow undocumented residents in Connecticut to obtain driver’s licenses.
Close to 2,000 people crowded into Wilbur Cross High School. Angela Munoz of Bridgeport says she’s been driving for ten years without a license.
"I want my driver’s license. Because I need it for pick up my children. And I need my car for my job, too."
She says her children live in fear that she’ll be arrested.
Small town leaders from across the state were at the state capitol today. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, they were there to push back against one of Governor Dannel Malloy's budget proposals -- the elimination of some car taxes.
Malloy wants to eliminate the property tax for cars worth less than $28,000. He says it will provide middle class tax relief and that it will curtail the "most hated and regressive tax in the state." John Elsesser doesn't like the tax, either. He's the town manager for Coventry.
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?
Vice President Joe Biden was in Connecticut to talk about gun control measures at a conference with Governor Dannel Malloy. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, an otherwise somber governor did a little bit to try and make the crowd laugh. Without the vice president in the room, Malloy gave his remarks and said that anytime you get to spend part of your day with Joe Biden is a good day.
And then he said this: "I'm going to bet that he's going to mention either his grandmother or his grandfather at some point in his talk with us." Enter the vice president.
Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was back in court today, appealing his 2010 convictions on corruption-related charges. Perez was sentenced to three years in prison but has been free while his appeal is pending. Perez was convicted for two separate incidents.
President Obama has called on both parties in Congress to send him an immigration reform package - saying in his State of the Union address that “now is the time to get it done.” He’s vowed to let Congress do its work...but in the last few days, we learned that the President has crafted his own proposal. Many in Congress see it as a priority, too.
Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget includes some tax relief, and a promise of no new taxes. But it’s also a document that even some in his party are calling “confusing.” Today, where we live, we’ll try to pull apart fiction from reality in the new two-year state budget.
Its official. New Haven’s longest serving mayor, John DeStefano, will not seek re-election.
As she introduced the mayor, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she couldn’t imagine the city of New Haven as vibrant a place today were it not for John DeStefano. "He takes big gambles. He takes risks. And those risks have paid off for people."
The state's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs is applauding news that the military is ending its ban on women serving in the infantry and other ground combat. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has more from Vietnam veteran Linda Schwartz.
Connecticut officials are welcoming President Barack Obama's sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence following the deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Gov. Dannel Malloy credited the president with taking "the critical first step" in making sure such a tragedy doesn't happen again. Malloy said the president has offered "common sense measures" that "we should all be able to agree on."
Connecticut legislators are establishing a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, this comes a month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
As Vice President Biden prepares to issue his gun safety recommendations to the president early next week, Connecticut Democrats are keeping the pressure on. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they've sent a letter to Biden, urging measures that would expand assault weapons bans, institute universal background checks for gun and ammunition purchase, and improve federal tracking of firearms.
As we've been hearing, following the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, politicians have taken a renewed interest in gun control. The governors of Connecticut and New York have been leading the effort. Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR in Hartford reports on the proposals that are emerging.
JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York could be a model for the nation.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging lawmakers to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Malloy became emotional Wednesday as he spoke about the teachers and a therapist who sacrificed their lives to protect students, apologizing after he paused during his State of the State address to gain his composure.
Sometime today, the US House of Representatives may vote on an aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. That 9 billion dollar aid package is only about $51 billion smaller than the Senate bill that House speaker John Boehner walked away from without taking a vote.
Meanwhile, the congress has put a band aid on the tax issue that was taking us over the fiscal cliff. The deal will keep taxes from going up for most Americans - but kicks down the road spending cuts.
One of the verbal melodies that sustained me during the past year was the notion that people can be divided into two camps: those who think they're living in a comedy and those who think they dwell in a drama.
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.
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.