Bipartisan bill would streamline school threat reports

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A bill with bipartisan support that would assist states in developing ways for people to anonymously report a potential threat to schools was introduced to the House of Representatives Thursday, April 4, by Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th), along with Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25th) and Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-16th). The Safe to Tell Act would create a grant program … read more

Toni Boucher — Out of politics but still in demand

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Toni Boucher gets calls every day from people who want to know her thoughts on important issues, such as school regionalization. Political groups contact her to attend their meetings, and nonprofit organizations seek her out to come to their social events. Following her election loss in November, Boucher is a private citizen now, but you’d never know it by her … read more

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

Residents travel far to show their opposition to regionalization bills

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Early Friday morning “Hands Off Our Schools,” a group begun in Wilton, gathered at the capital for a brief meeting before a scheduled public hearing at 1 p.m. before the legislature’s Education Committee. The committee is hearing comments on three school regionalization bills and a bill that would shift some of the burden of teacher pension payments onto municipalities. Republican Town Committee … 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

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

GOP Viewpoint: Connecticut by the numbers

As you travel around our beautiful town it is hard not to notice the numerous “For Sale” signs, and “For Rent” signs. While the rest of the country has seen over 4 million new jobs created and greater than 4% GDP growth since the 2016 election, Connecticut continues to barely break even at best. Governors of other states regularly visit Connecticut to … read more

Sacred Heart poll outlines issues pressing on state residents

A new poll from Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy shows that Connecticut residents continue to be concerned about quality of life in the state, cost of living and taxes, transportation and infrastructure and more. The statewide public policy poll was conducted from mid-July to early August and asked 53 questions of 1,003 state residents. Respondents also commented on … read more

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