Latest Connecticut state government News

Police: Teen shot in head, dropped off at Waterbury hospital

Oct. 26, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head and then dropped off at a Waterbury hospital, police said. The teenager was left at St. Mary’s Hospital early Monday morning with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, Waterbury police said in a news...

State lawmaker charged with misusing COVID-19 funds resigns

Oct. 25, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state Rep. Michael DiMassa has resigned from the legislature after having been charged last week with misusing federal COVID-19 relief funds. The West Haven Democrat submitted a short resignation letter, dated Oct. 21, that was...

Lamont seeks disaster declaration for flooding caused by Ida

Oct. 23, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont has submitted a request for a major disaster declaration to the Biden administration, seeking federal funds to help Connecticut recover from damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The Sept. 1 storm dumped as much as 8...

Prison workers top list of those not complying with mandate

Oct. 22, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

Employees in the state's prison system make up more than 32% of state workers who have failed to comply with Gov. Ned Lamont's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to figures released Friday by the governor's office. Of Connecticut's 30,623 state workers 1,482 — about...

Connecticut employers add jobs for ninth consecutive month

Oct. 21, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's unemployment rate continued to drop in September as state employers added back jobs for the ninth consecutive month. The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that unemployment was 6.8% in September, down from 7.2% in August...

Connecticut lawmaker arrested, accused of COVID funds misuse

Oct. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state legislator who works as an aide to the West Haven City Council is accused of creating a company that received more than $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds for services that were never provided. Rep. Michael DiMassa, a...

Guilty plea entered in state senate election fraud case

Oct. 20, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former campaign worker for a Connecticut state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that she conspired to fraudulently obtain public funds for the senator's 2018 legislative campaign. Tina Manus, 42, of Stratford, worked on the...

Redistricting panel picks 9th member, hopes to meet deadline

Oct. 20, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The panel of state lawmakers charged with redrawing Connecticut's legislative and congressional district lines has once again chosen a former state senator who also served as a state auditor to be its ninth, tie-breaking member. Kevin Johnston of...

Activist Shawn Lang, former leader at AIDS Connecticut, dies

Oct. 18, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shawn Lang, a longtime Connecticut activist for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as those impacted by opioid addiction and domestic abuse, has died. She was 65. Lang's unexpected death on Sunday , confirmed to the Hartford Courant by her...

Most Connecticut state workers complying with COVID mandate

Oct. 18, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 99% of affected Connecticut state employees are complying with an executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. Out of the 32,000 workers at executive branch agencies, 28...