HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - There are conflicting views over the Governor's efforts to let personal care workers unionize.
Some believe the Governor is paying back the unions that helped to elect him last year.
Is it a gift to the labor unions from the Governor, or a way to help hard working, underpaid workers?
Cathy Ludlum,49, of Manchester came to the Capitol today with a message for Governor Malloy. She suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and has eight to 10 part time personal assistants that through Medicaid help her everyday.
"My understanding is that this Executive Order was circulated among commissioners and union people, but no people with disabilities or personal assistants themselves," says Ludlum.
The Governor defends the order to potentially pave the way for the unionizing of personal care assistants.
"No one should be surprised that I believe that people who care for others need to earn decent wages, and to have respectable benefits," says Dannel P. Malloy.
"The program expense is capped, so if they, for instance, if they make more money per hour, the clients themselves might have to cut back on the amount of care that they receive," says Sen. Joe Markley (R) Southington.
"Don't fix something that isn't broken, we have an excellent relationship with our employers. I just don't see the benefit of it," says Jillian Strogoff, personal care assistant.
Earlier this year a legislative committee heard plenty of testimony in favor of the idea, and plenty against it, so it never came up for a vote in the house or senate.
Markley says he will attempt to get the legislature to undo the Executive Order in the next legislative session.
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Danbury police have charged a teenager with murder and assault in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man during a melee last weekend.
Police are on the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus in North Haven this morning.
A Manchester police report says male motorists were more likely than women to be pulled over by police last year and black motorists were overrepresented compared with white people behind the wheel.
Firefighters responded to a garage fire in Norwalk during the overnight hours Thursday.
UConn is expected to make it official in a news conference Thursday afternoon, but they have made a decision regarding who will be leading the football team next season.
The University of Connecticut is looking for property owners and developers interested in building or otherwise providing housing for its downtown Stamford campus.
There's trouble aboard the international space station and an astronaut from Connecticut may be asked to come to the rescue.
A fire on the roof of the student center at the University of Bridgeport has knocked a radio station off the air.
Composer Steven Sametz has written dozens of pieces in his long and prolific career, perhaps none so personal as the one he's about to begin: a requiem for the victims of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn.
From the roads to the rails, to the skies above, everything is on the table today when the state reveals its biggest transportation challenges.