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Officials to learn about federal transportation loan program

Sep. 20, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — State and local officials were expected to learn more Friday about low-cost federal loan options, a concept Connecticut Gov Ned Lamont has been considering as he reboots his stalled transportation improvement plan that had relied heavily on highway tolling. Representatives of the...

Agency says no new foods now subjected to meals surcharge

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's tax department has determined no new foods should be subjected to a new surcharge on prepared meals. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont asked the Department of Revenue Services to reevaluate a recent policy statement that he said "too broadly interpreted" a new, extra 1% tax on...

GOP lawmakers want special session to scrap food tax

Sep. 18, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top Republican legislative leaders are urging their Democratic colleagues to call the General Assembly into a special session to stop a planned surcharge on prepared meals. A majority of lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate — 50% plus one —...

Lamont says review of taxed, prepared foods under way

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that Connecticut's tax department "too broadly interpreted" a planned surcharge on prepared foods and he has directed the agency to revisit which items should be affected. The Democrat said his budget office and legislative Democrats, who crafted the...

Connecticut panel authorizes some capital borrowing

Sep. 17, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state panel has released millions of dollars in borrowing for various capital improvement projects around Connecticut after months of no authorizations. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, who chairs the State Bond Commission, acknowledged Tuesday that "a lot less" bonding is being...

Review of shelter data finds high numbers of ex-convicts

Sep. 17, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly half the people entering homeless shelters in Connecticut in the past three years have spent time in a state prison or jail at some point in their life, according to data collected by the state. The prevalence of former inmates at shelters highlights challenges many of them...

Lamont seeks to end religious exemption to vaccinations

Sep. 16, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont recommended Monday that Connecticut join a growing number of states in eliminating the religious exemption for childhood vaccinations. Lamont, a Democrat, and Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell proposed that the General Assembly do away with the exemption by...

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

Sep. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A movement to put jailhouse informants under a more powerful microscope before they testify is gaining traction around the country, a byproduct of new DNA testing technology that has exonerated dozens of people wrongly locked up based on informants' lies. Several states have moved to...

Geiger stepping down as president ofsub-maker Electric Boat

Sep. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat has announced a change in leadership. Jeffrey Geiger, who has served as president of the General Dynamics subsidiary since 2013, says he is retiring at the end of the month. Electric Boat says Geiger will be replaced by Kevin Graney, the president...

Governor's relative resigns from job as a personal assistant

Sep. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor has accepted the resignation of a personal assistant after it was reported the employee was a relative. Charles Lamont Wolcott resigned Wednesday, shortly after taking the job as Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's "bodyman," a position with an annual salary of...