Last week was not such a great week for politicians and sea creatures. First, Governor Dannel Malloy and Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation President and CEO Stephan Coan were photobombed by the beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. The governor was visiting the aquarium to speak about summer tourism, and it’s hard to tell if the beluga whale, Juno, was that interested in what these guys had to say, or just wanted to get in on the photo opportunity. The same day, President Obama had a salmon spawn on his shoes while visiting Alaska. Yup.
Commissioner Dianna Wentzell has been on the job just over a month at the helm of Connecticut’s Department of Education. She has been welcomed with a debate over the future of education in the state that is thick with challenges and fraught with political controversy. Pick an agenda item: Common Core Standards implementation; teacher evaluations; narrowing the achievement gap between rich and poor districts; meeting and funding the growing demand for special education; and the perennial conundrum of how to fund education in the state.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on May 18 announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded a $7 million federal grant to improve access to care for people seeking drug and alcohol treatment in the state.
It was just a month ago that local and state officials huddled around Newtown Director of Health Donna Culbert as she deftly plied an oversized pair of ceremonial scissors to snip through a bow-bedecked red ribbon. It was the official opening of a school-based health center at the middle school. As public facility openings go, this one was much more than the usual brick-and-mortar add-on with which growing towns measure their affluence and/or resourcefulness.
When Governor Dannel P. Malloy accepted the final report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission last Friday, the occasion called for both solemnity and congratulations for the depth and scope of the panel’s 277-page report and its long list of recommendations. Even though the report has been released more than two years after the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, the 16 members of the commission presented it with a sense of urgency, noting there has been, on average, one school shooting every week since 12/14.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepted the final report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday, somberly and profusely thanking its 15 members while offering no support for further restrictions on firearms and ammunition.
The commission’s findings and recommendations, including a call for significant investments in an “underfunded and fragmented behavioral health system,” comes as the legislature considers deep budget cuts proposed by Malloy.
With Newtown Municpal Center closed Monday, February 2 because of bad weather, First Selectman Pat Llodra posted a notice on the Town website reminding residents they could make last-minute property tax payments without a late penalty via the Tax Collectors web page.
In last week’s editorial endorsement, we were told that Governor Malloy had stabilized the previous budget. This week, after the election is over, The Bee editorial tells us that the state is faced with a $1.37B and $1.58B deficit over the next budget cycle according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis. I guess that the editorial writers must be two different people because they completely contradict each other regarding the governor’s stewardship of state finances.