View of the state Capitol from the Legislative Office Building.

Legislative Branch Implements Vaccination or Test Requirement By Nov. 1

Legislative branch employees will need to comply with Gov. Ned Lamont’s order requiring vaccination against the COVID-19 virus or weekly testing by Nov. 1, the Legislative Management Committee announced Friday.  Jim Tamburro, executive director of the committee, made the announcement in an email to employees Friday afternoon.  “In conjunction with Governor Lamont’s executive order … we…

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President Joe Biden

Biden To Pitch Build Back Better On Democratic Turf in Connecticut

President Joe Biden was expected to visit Hartford’s Capitol Child Development Center Friday afternoon, in an effort to boost support for his social safety net package which includes additional funding to offset the costs of child care.  A closely divided Congress is currently haggling over Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better proposal, which includes among…

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COVID-19 virus variant

Vaccination Status Still A Driving Factor In COVID Cases In Connecticut

Over the last seven days, 72.7% of cases of COVID-19 were in unvaccinated residents and 27.3% were in fully vaccinated residents.  As of Thursday there were 15,089 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated residents. An estimated 2.4 million residents have completed their vaccine series which means only 0.64% of fully vaccinated persons have contracted the…

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transportation and climate initiative

Connecticut, Rhode Island Teeter on TCI Despite Democratic Majorities

There was an awkward moment during a Wednesday panel to boost support for a multi-state climate agreement stalled in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. Asked how to get Republicans on board with the initiative, a Rhode Island Democrat declined the question.  “I’m going to defer on that,” said state Sen. Meghan Kallman of Pawtucket. “Rhode…

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Senate GOP Push Crime Conversation, Democrats Say Their Plan Ignores Data

HARTFORD, CT — Senate Republicans painted a grim picture of crime and violence in Connecticut during a midday press conference Wednesday and called for legislative action on a set of proposals including reversing elements of last year’s police accountability law.  The 16-page plan unveiled by the Senate’s minority caucus during an event outside the state…

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Home Care Workers Lose Paid COVID Sick Time

Jordan DeAngelo tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 23, one week before paid time off for pandemic-related illnesses for personal care assistants, known as home care workers, ran out. Since Sept. 30, DeAngelo and thousands of other PCAs represented by the New England Health Care Employees Union who care for medically fragile adults in their…

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Workers Hit the Picket Line, Prepare for Lengthy Fight

Front line employees of adult care group homes were striking Tuesday morning over complaints that Sunrise Northeast had stalled on passing the benefits of a union-negotiated boost in state funding onto its workers.  Sunrise Northeast Opportunities runs 28 facilities and day programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Workers formed picket lines outside group…

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Group Home Strike Looming

Union members were set to strike Tuesday morning at 28 group homes and day programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are run by Sunrise Northeast Opportunities. Direct care staff who will be on the picket line instead of caring for their clients over better pay, less expensive health care and a path…

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Limited Online Gambling Starts This Week

(Updated 10 a.m.) Starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 hundreds of Connecticut residents will be able to use their phones or computers to place a bet with one of three vendors.  Tuesday will start the seven-day soft launch period for online gambling.  “We appreciate the hard work of our licensees and their teams, as…

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Waterbury Put On Notice Over Use of School Police

A fight broke out between two male students of Waterbury’s West Side Middle School as classes were being dismissed on Sept. 20. Both students were arrested. It’s hard to discern from a grainy video clip posted on a local news website whether an officer was kneeling on the back of one of the students or…

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