Capitol Region Reporter Anna Sale and I have been having fun pulling apart all of the various twists and turns in the state's budget drama. The latest act? Governor Jodi Rell going on CPTV's On The Record with Steve Kotchko, and basically saying that she knew her budget would contain flawed, old numbers...because there wasn't time to update an already printed document. It's a strange answer, but made stranger by her budget chief Bob Genuario giving a completely different explanation to reporters the day before. Anna's story lays it out...
That show also drove the Courant's coverage today. They picked up on the Governor's tough talk about union talks.
The Connecticut Post's Ken Dixon was listening to Where We Live on Thursday, as we talked about the Governor's budget. He's interested in whether this might mean new taxes.
Dean Pagani's Media Attache Blog has a nice synopsis of the latest budget news, too - including a mention of the OTR interview. (One more mention for Dean's blog. He also beat us by a few weeks on an interview with Kevin O'Connor, former U.S. Attorney and current private practice lawyer. Feel free to read Dean's blog, formulate some of your own questions about O'Connor's time in D.C., and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then listen for the interview on February 17.)
Vanishing Middle Class Documentary Upcoming
Anthony Brooks, a former NPR reporter who has been heard hosting On Point and Here & Now recently, produced a compelling documentary for WBUR's Inside Out series on the American middle class. Here's a short description: