by Staff | Feb 23, 2017 7:58 am | Comments (3)
On Wednesday, New Haven Director of Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking Doug Hausladen testified at a hearing of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee on three bills that have ramifications for the city.
The first, a House bill introduced by State Rep. Roland Lemar and other members of the New Haven delegation, would modify guidelines for urban street designs “to improve the safety, economic life and vibrancy of urban streets.” Specifically, that means new uses of parking spots, rules for one-way intersections, lower speed limits, and handicap accessibility concerns.
The second, a Senate bill proposed by Stanford State Sen. Carlo Leone, would increase the fees remitted to municipalities — as in, directly to New Haven — for moving (i.e. driving) violations like running stop signs.
The third is intended to increase safety at pedestrian crosswalks.
Following are his testimonies.
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by Lucy Gellman | Feb 23, 2017 7:54 am
Hartford — When he returned to New Haven in 2015, Dr. Byron Kennedy encountered a troubling statistic: Approximately 3,000 kids in the city’s public school system weren’t up to statewide immunization standards. And those were just the students who were accounted for.
Continue reading ‘Immunization Bill Gets Elm City Booster’
by Lucy Gellman | Feb 22, 2017 7:06 pm | Comments (12)
Hartford—New Havener Aaron Goode headed up here Wednesday for the fifth year in a row to urge lawmakers to neuter the Electoral College. This year something had changed.
Continue reading ‘Electoral College In The Crosshairs’
by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 22, 2017 4:36 pm | Comments (1)
Hartford — A Republican legislator’s bill to repeal a state law that allows undocumented people to obtain driver’s licenses is expected to die in committee. But New Haven activists and a least one of the city’s state representatives is worried that it won’t stay dead.
Continue reading ‘Repeal Seems Dead, But Just In Case ...’
by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 22, 2017 8:10 am | Comments (11)
Hartford — Should the state get tougher on rogue cops? Or on people who hate cops?
State legislators took up those questions Tuesday, with key players from New Haven on both sides.
Continue reading ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop Bills Protect, Punish’
by Lucy Gellman | Feb 21, 2017 4:52 pm | Comments (2)
Hartford— The quest to raise Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage gradually from $10.10 to $15 by 2022 stalled Tuesday, as one of two versions of the proposal was killed in legislative committee.
Continue reading ‘Minimum Wage Hike Stalls’
by Lucy Gellman | Feb 21, 2017 1:15 pm | Comments (1)
Hartford — Ingrid Sanchez wrangled a promise out of a first-term state legislator, then received a challenge in return: talk to people who don’t necessarily agree with you.
Continue reading ‘Mothers For Justice Buttonhole Frosh Josh’
by Paul Bass | Feb 20, 2017 2:02 pm | Comments (5)
State legislators Tuesday have a chance to help the low-wage people who most need a break in Connecticut—or else to sock it to small business owners who need a break more.
Continue reading ‘$15 An Hour? Someone’s Getting Burned ...’
by Lucy Gellman | Feb 17, 2017 8:57 am | Comments (31)
Hartford—Paying minimum-wage workers $15 an hour would drive “the 1 percent” and the jobs they create out of Connecticut, argued a Republican lawmaker from East Haddam. To which a New Haven Democrat shot back: It’s time low-wage workers get a break, too.
Continue reading ‘$15 Wage, Family Leave Pressed At Capitol’
by Kevin McCarthy | Feb 15, 2017 6:20 am
Sponsored by Rep. Elliott
Continue reading ‘HB 6901: An Act Concerning the Recoupment of State Costs Attributable to Low Wage Employers’