Archive for April 24th, 2013

April 24th, 2013

Foley Still Seeks Ethics Overhaul

by Christopher O'Brien
Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

By Hugh McQuaidPresumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley doubled down Tuesday on an ethics bill the Government Administration and Ethics Committee let die earlier this month after it was comdemned by lawmakers of both parties.

Foley and Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, held an afternoon press conference in the Legislative Office Building, to reiterate the need for legislation to curb conflicts of interest in state government.

 

Foley, who lost a close election to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 and has been positioning for another run next year, testified before the legislature’s open government committee in March in support of a bill prohibiting lawmakers or a members of their immediate family from being paid more than $1,000 from an employer that benefits from state funding.

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April 24th, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Death Penalty Repeal Arguments

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid

If Connecticut’s Supreme Court finds the prospective nature of last year’s capital punishment repeal unconstitutional, then it should throw “the baby out with the bathwater” and strike down the entire law, a state’s attorney argued Tuesday.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday morning on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of 2012 legislation that took the death penalty off the table as a sentencing option for crimes committed after the law was passed.

Attorney Mark Rademacher argued the case on behalf of Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of murder-for-hire in 2000. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned Santiago’s initial death sentence and ordered another penalty hearing after the legislature had already repealed capital punishment for future crimes.

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April 24th, 2013

Governor’s Budget Office Predicts Surplus

by Christopher O'Brien

While lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy work on the $2.2 billion deficit over the next two years, things are beginning to look better for this year’s budget.

According to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes the state will end the year with $2.8 million surplus. That’s an improvement of more than $36.4 million over last month’s projections.

But that’s before April tax collection revenues have been calculated.

 

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April 24th, 2013

After Years of Delay, State Breaks Ground on Veterans’ Memorial

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart
After several years and two failed groundbreaking attempts, state officials and veterans picked up their shovels and tossed some mud Monday at the future site of the first statewide veterans memorial.

Conceived in 2008 under former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell the veterans memorial wasn’t an easy sell. Veterans, who were looking for an annual place to celebrate their service and remember those lost, were unable to get behind the idea of building an amphitheater in a Rocky Hill cemetery, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz said Monday.

After spending about $100,000 on designing the amphitheater and two failed attempts at a groundbreaking, the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial Inc. finally decided to move the memorial. They settled on a spot in Minuteman Park outside the state Armory in Hartford.

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