A year after her alma mater dissed her on the presidential campaign trail, Yale opened its arms to Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday by awarding her an honorary degree.
Nearly half the money, about $1.3 billion, is earmarked for Medicaid funding. There’s $750 million headed to schools; more than $430 million for transportation; and more than $270 million for weatherization, energy conservation, housing, law enforcement and environmental programs. Most of the money is headed to the state, or to town budgets.
Still, in the seven weeks that the state has been keeping a log of contacts with lobbyists, consultants and special-interest groups asking about the stimulus package, nearly 100 queries have been recorded.
Alicia Kennedy, her son, and more than 90 of his fifth-grade classmates and teachers at Fairfield’s Burr Elementary School have a June 16 date to keep.
That’s the day that they, along with students from six other schools from Windsor, Simsbury, Bridgeport and Stratford, are booked to visit the as-yet unopened Connecticut Science Center.
Which is to say that, one way or the other, the center in Hartford will be open by June 16.
Except that this is the crossroads for the future of mass transit in central Connecticut.
In a few years, a rapid-transit busway to Hartford might start out a few hundred yards west of here, offering commuters an option to traffic-choked I-84.
Or, perhaps the rail tracks that once crossed this spot will be restored to create a Waterbury-to-Hartford commuter train system.
What else is going on?