Latest Connecticut state government News

Lamont says 'tsunami' of retirements not as bad as predicted

Jun. 29, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The impact of the predicted tsunami of Connecticut state employees retiring from government service appears smaller than first feared, given an uptick in hiring and current state workers withdrawing their retirement paperwork in advance of Friday's deadline, according to...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Connecticut secretary of state to resign, citing ill husband

Jun. 28, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will leave office six months before her third term ends, telling The Associated Press she is resigning Thursday, effective at noon, to spend more time with her husband, who is facing serious health problems. ...

Gov. Lamont urged to address open jobs at union convention

Jun. 24, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — While organized labor had high praise for Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont at the opening day of the Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention on Thursday, workers urged him to do more to help fill numerous open positions in state government and across the state. ...

New US Lego factory raises concerns about North American HQ

Jun. 19, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Lego Group's recent announcement that it will build a new factory in Virginia has focused attention on the company's North American headquarters in Connecticut, with some industry watchers saying it may not be a good sign for the company's future in the state. ...

Connecticut diesel tax to rise 9 cents per gallon on July 1

Jun. 15, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's diesel tax will increase by 9 cents per gallon on July 1 after a scheduled rate adjustment released Wednesday by the state's tax office. The tax, which is currently 40.1 cents per gallon, will increase to 49.2 cents per gallon, according to a...

Connecticut sues over trash bags marketed for recycling

Jun. 14, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has filed a lawsuit accusing Reynolds Consumer Products of illegally marketing trash bags as recycling bags, even though the bags themselves cannot be recycled. The Hefty brand bags are advertised by the company as “perfect for all your...

Melody Currey, former official, mayor, lawmaker dies at 71

Jun. 13, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Melody Currey, a former state commissioner, member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and mayor of East Hartford who “touched the lives of so many,” has died. She was 71. The Democrat's death was confirmed Monday by current East Hartford...

Nebraska governor nixes Connecticut appearance amid protests

Jun. 13, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, co-chairperson of the Republican Governors Association and a pro-gun rights and anti-abortion conservative, has canceled his planned appearance in Connecticut on Tuesday at a fundraising event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski. Liz...

Truckers, petroleum dealers brace for likely diesel tax hike

Jun. 08, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The trucking industry, petroleum dealers and others are bracing for a possible double-digit increase in Connecticut’s diesel tax on July 1. The regularly scheduled adjustment comes as diesel prices are rising across the state. Connecticut's Department of...