Ebong Udoma

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative.

Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate. He has also reported on several state and municipal corruption trials in Connecticut, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland. Ebong keenly follows developments with Native American tribes in Connecticut and produced an award-winning feature on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Ebong recently returned from his native Nigeria, where he spent a year helping to establish the international media network Gotel Africa. During his time there, he trained and managed local reporters and covered major stories, such as the presidential election in Nigeria and the government’s offensive against Boko Haram.

Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government workers can’t be forced to pay union dues is good news for four Connecticut state troopers seeking thousands of dollars in reimbursement from the state. That’s according to a lawyer representing the troopers who opted out of the Connecticut State Police Union.

In Connecticut, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is likely to qualify for the Democratic Party primary for governor. That’s what state officials are saying following Tuesday’s deadline for petitioning candidates to submit signatures.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed a bill that would have allowed small businesses to take advantage of a state tax break that’s now only available to large manufacturers. The tax break is for hiring apprentices. Malloy says he is worried it would allow small businesses to sell the credits to wealthy individuals looking for tax loopholes.

Connecticut lawmakers say more than $1 billion in unanticipated state income tax revenue this year made it easier for them to agree on second-year budget adjustments before they adjourned their legislative session Wednesday night. The $20 billion second-year of the state budget has no tax increases.

The Connecticut General Assembly ends its legislative session at midnight on Wednesday. One of bills that was passed Tuesday night would create an independent task force to oversee Whiting Forensic Hospital, the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility.

After years of being in the red, the state of Connecticut now has a surplus of more than $1 billion because of higher than expected income tax collections since the beginning of the year. Democrats and Republicans have different ideas about what to do with the money.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced on Monday that he’s ending his exploratory committee for governor of Connecticut.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Friday defended the state’s controversial financial bailout of Hartford following complaints from other cities and some state lawmakers that the deal is too generous.

In March, the mayors of Bridgeport and New Haven called on state lawmakers to scrutinize the state’s $550 million bailout of Hartford. They questioned why the state would agree to cover the capital city’s debt payments for the next two decades.

 


Connecticut State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr, D-Branford, is urging his colleagues to pass a bill that would allow more access to mental health services. He has been a longtime advocate for having equal insurance coverage for physical and mental health. 

A Malloy administration energy bill aimed at making it more cost effective for Connecticut homeowners to install solar panels on their rooftops won the approval of a key state legislative committee on Thursday.

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