Following reports that dozens of state employees' kids might have gotten coveted state summer jobs, Hartford Sen. John Fonfara is calling for an end to the apparent nepotism.
Fonfara told the Hartford Courant on Monday that such state jobs should be eligible to urban youths who need the experience and money, and not kids with well-connected parents. He suggested the state use a lottery system to dole out the jobs each year.
He was responding to new reports by the newspaper that as many as 29 of 56 summer workers at the state Department of Transportation got their jobs from a family member in the DOT. That report follows an earlier one in which the Courant said three of the DOT's summer hires were related to full-time employees at the department.