Latest Connecticut state government News

New commuter line exceeds 1 million passengers

Jan. 19, 2020 4:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a million riders have traveled the commuter line between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts that opened in June 2018. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said last week that the Hartford Line has seen 1,075,559 passenger rides in the past 19 months. The...

State adds $1.1M to help combat homelessness

Jan. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is providing more than $1 million to combat homelessness. Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said last week that the additional $1.1 million in funding will support the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness' efforts to help families and individuals on the verge of...

Connecticut lawmakers to resurrect age discrimination bill

Jan. 19, 2020 9:36 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers plan to resurrect a bipartisan proposal that attempts to help older workers who often face age discrimination when seeking employment. The bill would prohibit employers from requiring a job applicant to list their date of birth and school graduation years,...

Municipal leaders pushing for drug abuse ombudsman, funding

Jan. 18, 2020 1:35 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest association of cities and towns plans to lobby for a new ombudsman for drug abuse and control policy when state lawmakers return to the Capitol next month for the 2020 regular legislative session. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said a designated...

Pastors call for feds to investigate killing by trooper

Jan. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — African American pastors called on federal prosecutors Friday to investigate the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old carjacking suspect by a Connecticut state trooper following a high-speed chase. The New Haven-area pastors said they were not confident the state could impartially...

Speaker: Lawmakers should weigh Native American mascot issue

Jan. 17, 2020 12:34 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Connecticut House says state lawmakers should consider whether to ban Native American athletic nicknames and symbols at public high schools after one school restored its Redmen mascot just months after dropping it. “I’d like to see a bill...

Police: Attempted phone theft led to carjacking, shooting

Jan. 16, 2020 2:45 PM EST

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — What ended with Connecticut State Police fatally shooting a man in West Haven started with an attempted iPhone theft and a carjacking in Norwalk, police said Thursday. The suspect, whose name has not been made public, was shot Wednesday night following a pursuit that reached 90...

Lawmaker charged with DUI won't seek reelection

Jan. 15, 2020 3:40 PM EST

A Connecticut lawmaker charged with drunken driving in October announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, but said his decision had nothing to do with the DUI charge. State Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-West Hartford, told the Hartford Courant that the demands of being a legislator take away from his time with...

Ex-governor seeks early end to probationary period

Jan. 15, 2020 11:26 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who has served two stints in federal prison, has asked to be released early from the probationary period stemming from his most recent conviction so he can devote himself more fully to his job with a prison ministry. Rowland, 62, is director...

UConn puts value to Connecticut at $5.3 billion per year

Jan. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut, one of many public research schools across the country facing lower government funding, released a report Tuesday saying it generates about $5.3 billion for the state of Connecticut each year. The internal economic impact study looked at everything from...