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Some of the more controversial aspects of police reform that’ve been debated on the streets of Connecticut are now law.

Nancy Wyman Is Stepping Down As State Democratic Chair

May 29, 2020
FILE PHOTO: Former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (right) announced Friday she is stepping down on June 10 as the Democratic state chair.
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Former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman announced Friday she is stepping down on June 10 as the Democratic state chair, a position she took at the request of Gov. Ned Lamont after his election in 2018. She will swap jobs with Nancy DiNardo, a former state chair and current member of the Democratic National Committee. 

COVID-19 Update: Connecticut DOT Gives A Boost To Outdoor Dining

May 23, 2020
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With rain and chilly temperatures, it wasn’t a good day for al fresco dining. But Gov. Ned Lamont announced Saturday the issuance of the first-of-its kind state permit: Mystic Pizza was granted permission to use a state highway right-of-way for outdoor dining.

Lamont To Cancel Tax Relief, Seek Labor Savings To Close $2B Deficit In July

May 1, 2020
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Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

Gov. Ned Lamont warned Friday he will cancel tax relief and impose $400 million in emergency spending cuts to mitigate the multi-billion-deficit projected for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Joe Amon / Connecticut Public Radio

Grocery store workers want help from the state to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces.

They’re asking the governor to label them ‘front line workers’, a move that would help them blunt the impact of the coronavirus.

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Restaurants around the country have closed their doors to in-dining service to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and prevent unnecessary deaths. That's good news.

But it's also bad news for an industry that employs 160,000 people in Connecticut alone, many laid off and waiting for their unemployment application to be processed by our overwhelmed state system.

A lot of restaurants are offering creative ways to have some fun with takeout. But most restaurants can't live on takeout alone, even if their closure helps us live.

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont spent the morning coordinating a tri-state response with fellow governors in New York and New Jersey, as the three states simultaneously shut down certain businesses, and moved restaurants to takeout-only service.

As he readied for that announcement, the governor visited with Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live, where he spoke with host Lucy Nalpathanchil about preparing for coronavirus. 

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Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont has joined with the governors of New York and New Jersey in announcing that restaurants and bars that serve food in the tri-state area will be required to move to delivery or takeout service only. The measure, which took effect at 8 p.m. Monday, is intended to enforce social distancing, as the coronavirus crisis continues to intensify.

Governor Issues Order To Further Limit Large Gatherings In Connecticut

Mar 15, 2020
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut grew to 20 Saturday, Gov. Ned Lamont signed a third executive order easing restrictions on a number of government functions in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

As Lamont Touts Clean Slate Proposal, Advocates Push Broader Reforms

Feb 20, 2020
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

In a speech Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont expressed support for a proposed bill to expunge certain criminal records – a backing that advocates applauded, even as they said the proposal should be even broader.

“You served your time – you deserve that second chance. Whatever happened some years ago is not a lifetime sentence,” Lamont said at the Voices of Justice symposium in Hartford. “We need you. We need each and every one of those folks who are formerly incarcerated back in the game, able to work with respect and dignity.”

Lamont Says Truck Tolls Off The Table, Senate Dems Hedge

Feb 19, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he'd "take a pause" on pushing for tolls in the 2020 legislative session, blaming other Democratic lawmakers in Connecticut for failing to come to an agreement on a trucks-only toll vote.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont effectively gave up Wednesday on Senate Democrats ever calling a promised vote on truck tolls, scolding fellow Democrats and telling reporters his administration was ready to explore alternative funding sources for transportation. But Senate Democratic leaders protested they would have been ready to vote next week, a claim Lamont did not find credible.

Governor Ned Lamont at the 2020 State of the State address
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont delivered his second State of the State address to the General Assembly on Wednesday, the opening day of this year’s short legislative session.

The reintroduction of the governor’s signature tolling initiative -- now entering its second year at the top of the administration’s wish list -- got only a passing mention in the speech, with Lamont urging legislators to a quick decision on his new transportation funding bill.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Democrats in Connecticut’s House of Representatives don’t see tolls on passenger cars happening any time soon, but they do see them just for tractor-trailers on bridges.

Connecticut Nonprofits Say Philanthropy Alone Can't Save Services

Nov 19, 2019
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

To paraphrase Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social service agencies: Gov. Ned Lamont just doesn’t get it.

Frustration with Lamont, who rebuffed a request from nonprofits for $100 million of the state’s $2.5 billion reserve, recently surged after the governor urged the agencies to ask more from wealthy donors.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont believes the state can no longer “kick the can down the road” when it comes to funding transportation in Connecticut.

Lamont and his administration will now move forward with a plan called CT2030 that they hope will improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and significantly cut down the time it takes the average commuter to get around the state.

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After months of prodding by lawmakers to take a stance on repealing Connecticut’s religious exemption from vaccines, state Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell is expected to announce Monday that she is supporting the rollback. 

Lamont Readies A Transportation Reboot

Sep 3, 2019
CT DoT

The Trump administration and a global consulting firm are among the resources Gov. Ned Lamont’s chief of staff tapped over the summer in a crash project to devise a transportation infrastructure plan capable of moving Connecticut past the debate over highway tolls. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is among the state's public officials vowing to fight the Trump administration's latest anti-immigrantion measure. It's one that would broaden the definition of "public charge" and could be used to block green cards or legal citizenship to those deemed impoverished enough to require government assistance.

Gov. Ned Lamont delivered his first budget address to the legislature on February 20, 2019.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont is out of the office.

“He’s been gone since Friday,” Max Reiss, his spokesman, said on Sunday. “His family takes a summer trip to Maine. Some years it’s been as long as a month that they go up there. This year he’s taking two weeks.”

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The official Woodstock 50th anniversary concert was cancelled Thursday. Festival organizers had trouble locking down a venue and then, several artists that had committed to the event pulled out.

Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo / Associated Press

After more than a week of mass protests, Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló says he will step down. This hour, we ask: what happens next?

We hear the latest from on the ground in Puerto Rico, and talk with Connecticut residents with ties to the island. 

Did you participate in the #RickyRenuncia protests?

Miguel Cardona
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The State Board of Education voted six to one Thursday to endorse Gov. Ned Lamont’s selection of Miguel Cardona, Meriden’s assistant superintendent, as the state’s next education commission. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont is in search of a new look for his State Capitol office, and we're not just talking about the grasscloth wallpaper and new carpeting he wants to install.

Staff changes also are in the works, including a new spokesman, NBC Connecticut political reporter Max Reiss.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that all seven of the state-operated highway rest stops will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning Monday.

Lamont: Conn Will Get Extra Income Tax Receipts Built Into New Budget

Jun 25, 2019
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont and his budget director defended their decision Tuesday to build $180 million in extra income tax receipts into the new state budget, with Lamont offering assurances the money will flow as planned into the state’s coffers. 

The Wheelhouse: A Deep Dive Into The State Budget

Jun 5, 2019
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

With more than 24 hours to spare, the legislature's Democratic majorities on Tuesday evening delivered a two-year state budget to Gov. Ned Lamont. It doesn't raise income taxes on the rich, or deplete Connecticut's rainy day fund.

So then, just how does the $43.4 billion plan add up? And how were enough lawmakers brought on board to get it across the finish line?

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

In a time when thousands of jobs for skilled workers remain unfilled, Gov. Ned Lamont is saying to college graduates “we need you”.

For Now, Legislators Defer To Lamont On Capital Gains

Apr 30, 2019
Chion Wolf / WNPR

On spending and taxes, Democratic legislators took their lead Tuesday from the more moderate fiscal positions of Gov. Ned Lamont, less a surrender to the governor than a postponement of a debate still to come. 

The Wheelhouse: Employees On Strike And Still Talking Tolls

Apr 17, 2019
Nicole Leonard / Connecticut Public Radio

Stop & Shop employees continue to strike in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, prompting some customers to fill their grocery carts elsewhere. 

Lamont Tours Essex School To Promote Consolidation

Mar 31, 2019
Adam Hushin / Connecticut Public Radio

Students at Essex Elementary School received a visit from Governor Ned Lamont in their classroom on Friday, as he continues to push for districts to consider consolidating services. Lamont was touring the collaborative preschool program between the towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex that has been running for 20 years, and -- according to his office -- has proved to be a significant saving for taxpayers. 

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