April 17, 2015
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 17, 2015 6:00pm
When I read that the Judiciary Committee spent most of Monday infighting over a nasty email instead of doing the people’s business, my head exploded. This is the kind of behavior one would expect to see in a middle school cafeteria, not at the state Capitol when important legislation that really matters to people’s lives is at stake.
by Susan Bigelow | April 17, 2015 8:00am
So the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College will be saved, but vital public library services may not be. The honor guard for veterans may be spared the axe, but municipal budgets might have to endure the blow. Welcome to the excruciating reality of permanent fiscal crisis.
by Terry Cowgill | April 17, 2015 5:30am
Connecticut is the land of many firsts. Some are undoubtedly good: first state with a public library; first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state “in her own right;” and the first to create a Freedom of Information Commission.
April 15, 2015
by Luke Bronin | April 15, 2015 10:45pm
As we await Pedro Segarra’s 2016 budget for the city of Hartford, one thing is clear: no matter how the Segarra Administration manages to close the $40 million budget gap next year, Hartford will face the same challenge every year until we make bigger changes.
Tags: Luke Bronin, hartford, Pedro Segarra, Election 2015, PILOT, accountability, South Meadows, dh
April 12, 2015
by Barth Keck | April 12, 2015 10:48am
Connecticut has been taking a beating lately in the court of public opinion.
April 10, 2015
by James H. Smith | April 10, 2015 3:15pm
Our state Supreme Court ruled last summer that all anyone needs to know is the name of someone arrested, the date, and where the arrest took place. That’s it. 911 tapes? No way. Crime scene photos? Absolutely not. Race of the person arrested? Nope. Criminal record of the person arrested? No way. Nada. Nothing.
by Yamuna Menon | April 10, 2015 2:25pm
by Suzanne Bates | April 10, 2015 1:30pm
by Morgan Thomas | April 10, 2015 11:30am
Despite the value of our work as graduate assistants, the University of Connecticut has blocked our efforts to negotiate health benefits on par with other state employees. Having cut and mismanaged our healthcare, they now refuse to sit down with us to look for a better solution.
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 10, 2015 10:00am
Jorge Cabrera, a Bridgeport native, worked as a community organizer for Excel Bridgeport from April 2012 to January of 2015, when his position as community organizer was eliminated as the organization “realigned organizational priorities for improved impact and resource management.” Excel’s 990’s show declining income and increasing staff salaries in the years leading up to Cabrera’s termination.
Excel Bridgeport portrays itself as a community organization to create support for better education. According to its website: “Excel is building a grassroots movement so that all Bridgeport students receive the high quality education they deserve.”
On its 2010 Form 990 the story is slightly different: “Excel is an education reform organization established to accelerate Bridgeport’s progress toward improved student achievement.” Nowhere on the website or in any of its promotional or tax documents does Excel explain that the organization’s primary activity is the promotion of charter schools. After reading Mr. Cabrera’s op-ed in the CTPost, he agreed to an interview. Our Q&A follows. It has been edited for brevity.