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On Monday, Nov. 27, the governor’s office conceded that it lacked the votes to push ahead its “Clean Cars” regulations. Now the governor must find another way to achieve his goal of phasing out new gas-powered cars by 2035.
A report found that if Black people in the state had the mortality rates that white people do, 14,000 fewer Black residents would have died between 2017 to 2022 from heart disease, chronic kidney disease and COVID-19.
The state has the fifth-highest average amount of debt per undergraduate for the class of 2020 and approximately 15 percent of residents have some form of student debt. For many, their way of living will change when payments resume next month.
The Lamont administration will investigate opportunities to sell some of its government properties and consolidate agencies into existing buildings with so many workers still working remotely.
A new audit found that there is a “high likelihood” that hundreds of state troopers collectively falsified tens of thousands of traffic ticket records over the last decade. The state has launched an investigation into the matter.
The 2020 Police Accountability Act strengthened officer regulations and expanded scenarios under which an officer could lose their license. Since that law, 47 cases have been filed.
As legislators contemplate the two-year, $50 billion budget, nonprofit leaders are advocating for a 9 percent increase in funding, claiming their increases have been far below inflation over the last 10 years.
A bill proposed by state Democrats would provide assistance to striking workers, despite unemployment benefits historically being restricted to those who lost their jobs through layoffs and corporate downsizing.
Several out-of-state manufacturers in the housing industry have announced plans to move to the state, citing Connecticut’s impressive talent pool of skilled workers. Currently, 162,800 workers have jobs in manufacturing in the state.
The project will focus mostly on digitizing items from the colonial and Revolutionary era, though documents from other time periods will be stored as well. The state’s Historical Society has amassed 3 million documents since 1838.
The results of a first-ever statewide broadband survey found that 37.2 percent of residents were unaware of the advertised speeds they are paying for and 23.7 percent reported speed dissatisfaction.
A proposed bill would establish an Office of Artificial Intelligence and create a task force to study the emerging technology and establish an AI bill of rights. If passed, the legislation would be the first of its kind.
The budget totals $50.5 billion for the two-year cycle and would add 6,400 housing units, allocate $100 million for first-time homeowners and additional millions for local schools. The proposal has been called “a good start.”
The practice is more eco-friendly than traditional burial or cremation options and a group of state legislators are working on crafting a bill to, hopefully, get voted upon this session. Five states have already legalized the practice.
Voters in Black and Latino communities face longer lines at polling places, limited access to mail-in balloting and poor communication of redistricting changes. Spanish speakers make up about 12 percent of the state’s population.
State lawmakers from the Connecticut Reproductive Rights Caucus in 2023 have introduced several bills that would increase funding, protection and access to reproductive care for residents and out-of-state travelers.