This week I welcomed to the Legislative Office Building students from the East Rock Record, a team of middle school students who work with high school and college student mentors to write and host press conferences on pressing issues in their communities.
Governor Ned Lamont presented his biennial budget proposal yesterday and as legislators our job now is to analyze it, meet with state, local officials – and especially the people of New Haven – to discuss the governor’s ideas and ultimately decide what changes have to be made so the final budget draft truly meets the state’s needs.
For more than a month, at least 1,500 federal employees in New Haven and other municipalities around the state have been furloughed or forced to work without pay because of a politically motivated shutdown of government in the nation's capital. To help them the legislature has passed legislation, making available unemployment assistance, interest-free loans of up to $5,000 and other resources for them.
Rep. Toni Walker, the co-chairwoman of Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s transition team, sent a not-so-subtle message to Yale University inquiring about its progress in hiring 1,000 New Haven workers by April. Read this New Haven Register news story for more details.