ICYMI: The weekend’s best reads
An iconic Connecticut theater — and an integral part of a Fairfield County community — was turned to rubble this weekend. In other news, Hearst Connecticut Media analyzed state tax dollars sent to Washington, examined fatal police shootings in recent years and talked to municipal leaders about what some of them believe is an ineffective state mediation process.
Here are six stories you may have missed this weekend:
Shakespeare theater in Stratford burns to ground
The iconic Shakespeare theater in Stratford burned to the ground early Sunday morning. The building, where many famous theater stars performed, was an integral part of the community. “Stratford will never be the same,” Marie Schiller said while standing on Shore Road and recalling how her three children went on field trip there years ago.
Connecticut sends more money to DC than it gets back
As Gov. Ned Lamont takes office facing a $1.7 billion deficit, elected officials will once again confront a long-standing reality: Connecticut sends way more to Washington in taxes than it get back in government spending. Connecticut already pays the most per-capita federal taxes in the nation and that ratio will likely only get worse when President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax packages kick in.
CT cops have fatally shot 24 people since 2013
Two dozen people have been shot and killed by Connecticut police officers since the start of 2013. State prosecutors did not file any charges against the officers, finding all of them to be justified, according to a Hearst Connecticut Media analysis of state reports.
Arbitration often puts fired cops back on the job
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and other state municipal officials say the process of the state Board of Mediation and Arbitration, a six member panel empowered to resolve labor disputes, is tilted in favor of unions and costs taxpayers large payouts for back wages, litigation and other expenses. According to a Hearst Connecticut Media analysis, seven police officers fired by Connecticut municipalities over the last two years were reinstated by the mediation board.
Winter weather provides forecast for tick season
One expert predicts the amount of Lyme disease cases this year in the state will likely remain about the same as 2018, but that all depends on the weather. Goudarz Molaei, director of the tick-testing program at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, says shorter and warmer winters will result in more ticks later in the year.
CT ranks 31st for serving people with IDD
Connecticut’s efforts to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ranks 31st in the nation, according to a new report by two social services organizations. The biggest factors affecting Connecticut’s score include poor marks for promoting independence and serving those in need.