At school regionalization hearing, a resounding ‘no’

Small-town residents by the hundreds let their opposition to forced school regionalization be known at the state Capitol on Friday, jamming email in-boxes and four legislative hearing rooms. Long before a 1 p.m. Education Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly began at the Legislative Office Building, more than 1,000 pieces of written testimonies were filed in opposition to three bills … read more

Lamont pledges his school regionalization plan is all about carrots, not sticks

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Gov. Ned Lamont emerged from a closed-door meeting with a dozen Fairfield County municipal leaders on Tuesday, pledging he is not out to force on anyone his plans for regionalization of some school operations. “I am a believer of shared services but my plan uses … a carrot, not a stick,” Lamont insisted. “I am not using anything to force … read more

Will Haskell — Here’s how I’m protecting our schools

Will Haskell

This last month, I’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about school regionalization. I’m passionate about it, too. There’s nothing more important than making sure we provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. As a state senator, I’m eager to equip every community in Connecticut with the tools they need … read more

Commentary: Your cheat sheet to the governor’s budget

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Don’t fret if you haven’t kept up with all the advance news about the budget that Governor Ned is rolling out on Wednesday. I can barely keep it all straight and it’s my job. It does matter. We’re looking at new taxes, tolls, service cuts, new technology, new ways of attracting companies, nanny-state charges, the minimum wage hike, a payroll … read more

Himes chairs technology subcommittee

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Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) today was named chair of the Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research (STAR) Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This subcommittee oversees the development and implementation of emerging and advanced technologies used in intelligence collection and national security. This includes cyber security, overhead systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning and computing, as well as data and … read more

Haskell introduces three gun safety bills

Will Haskell

State Sen. Will Haskell (D-26) announced today, Jan. 22, he has submitted three new gun safety bills to the General Assembly. If enacted, these proposals would ban untraceable ghost guns, allow law enforcement to request proof of a gun permit of anyone carrying a weapon, and limit bulk purchases of guns. “Ending gun violence wasn’t just something I talked about … read more

Himes votes to reopen government

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) today released the following statement on the first day of the 116th Congress as Democrats regained the majority in the House of Representatives, voted to reopen the government, and passed a new rules package: “In 2018, Democrats won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives by making the case to the American people that we … read more

Rail lines will have positive train control by year’s end

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Branch line commuters will start the new year on safer trains. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced on Dec. 19 that every passenger rail line in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed on their systems by Dec. 31, fulfilling a recently enacted requirement by the Federal Railroad Administration for every passenger rail line in the country to implement … read more

GOP chairman complains Haskell is abusing election funds

Democratic 26th Senate District candidate Will Haskell in the Old Post Office Square in Wilton Center. — Kendra Baker photo

State Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has filed an election complaint against Democrat Will Haskell, the 22-year-old challenging Republican Toni Boucher for her state Senate seat representing the 26th District, alleging Haskell has misused campaign funds by paying his roommate. “There’s a simple answer that may not have occurred to Mr. Romano, and that is that my roommate, Jack Lynch, … read more

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