CT Mirror
Legislators consider making prison phone calls free
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:12:07 +0000
The state collected $7.7 million last fiscal year from prison phone calls, a cost born by inmates' families, and ranks 49th - in front of only Arkansas -- for the high cost of calls.
Recreational marijuana bill clears first major hurdle
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:38:47 +0000
Lawmakers said legalizing pot is a necessary step in efforts to upend decades of inequality in arrests and convictions against minority communities.
Lamont nominates Bryan Hurlburt as agriculture commissioner
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:27:40 +0000
The governor/s choice for agriculture is a former lawmaker who is now executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association.
Truth matters — and is up to us
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:00:42 +0000
I’m going to lie to you. I’ll disrespect you, too. At least that will be your perception because we seem stuck in a society where if your and my version of the facts don’t match, we walk away mad, frustrated, and feeling disrespected. We need to listen to the opposite side and find the commonalities in each of our versions of reality.
AFL-CIO chief: Lamont would roll back contracting corruption safeguards
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:43:58 +0000
One of Connecticut’s highest-ranking labor officials accused Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration of trying to roll back clean-contracting reforms enacted in response to the scandal that toppled the Rowland administration. {Updated at 1:35 p.m. with comments from Gov. Ned Lamont's administration.}
The company our president keeps
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:15:28 +0000
It has been recognized for millennia, since Aesop: you know a man by the company he keeps. Does he hang out with, or hire liars? Does he feel very badly for a convicted felon, a philanderer, and tax cheat? Does he confess to falling in love with arguably the most despicable despot on the planet after their first date? What can be gleaned from the company our president keeps?
Nuclear plants will require ever-increasing subsidies
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:57 +0000
Decades ago, before the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima catastrophes, a major selling point for nuclear energy was proponents said it was “Too Cheap To Meter.” While relatively low priced for the power, the capital cost was high. When the cost of Millstone III got out of hand, the Connecticut legislature capped the cost after which ratepayers would not be responsible. It is also informative that the state provided tax-free bonding for $90 million for pollution control project which could be considered an early subsidy.
Don’t legalize pot
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:22 +0000
On March 16, a press conference opposing legalizing marijuana was held in Wallingford, with remarks by Mayor William Dickinson, North Haven’s First Selectman Michael Freda, State Sen. Len Fasano, Reps Mary Mushinsky and Craig Fishbein, the Rev. Todd Foster of New Haven, 19-year-old Jordan Davidson, and others. In my opinion, media coverage of its intent – opposing legalization of marijuana – generally was lacking, and it seemed to give more exposure to marijuana proponents than to those opposed.
Getting the dad involved, a new focus for DCF
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:07 +0000
Da'ee McKnight was in prison for his daughter's entire childhood. Now he's working to connect other dads with their kids.
Uber bill gets a Lyft
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:00:52 +0000
Uber and Lyft drivers are closer to taking home a larger share of each ride’s pay thanks to a favorable committee vote in Hartford last week.