MONDAY: Mayors Respond to the Budget Proposal
A group of mayors and other municipal leaders are upset that Governor Malloy’s budget proposal cuts needed aid – even as the governor says they’re being “held harmless” in his proposal. Between budgetary shifts and a planned elimination of the car tax – mayors say they – and their taxpayers – are being put on the hook by the state. Today, where we live, a conversation with mayors from some of the state’s biggest cities – about their budgets and what role they expect the state to play.
TUESDAY: Immigration Conversation
Congress is weighing a bill to reform US immigration policy that could give legal status to currently undocumented immigrants – but they’d have to wait anywhere from 15 to 25 years for citizenship while the national border is secured, and they learn how to speak English. In Connecticut, groups are working to push for reform. On the next Where We Live, we check in on New Haven, Danbury and East Haven, and talk about immigration reform.
WEDNESDAY: Aid to Africa
UConn Africa expert Fiona Vernal will set the climate of modern Africa while we talk to several local people doing economic and healthcare work in Kenya and Cameroon. Also, we’ll talk to radio producer Rob Rosenthal about his exploration of a mixed-race island in Maine that was essentially erased – because of economics, racism, eugenics and political retribution.
This week, PBS is airing special coverage of the December 14th tragedy in Newtown, including a Frontline episode produced in collaboration with the Hartford Courant. On the next Where We Live, we’ll talk with reporters about school safety, guns, and what is being done with the countless sympathy cards, toys, and contributions from around the world. We’ll also talk to a psychologist who was part of a workshop for first responders of the shooting and how they’re coping.