Asthma affects Connecticut residents at higher rates than the nation's population as a whole, and it's on the rise. Several local efforts are trying to make headway in changing the course of the disease, using approaches some say could serve as a model for addressing other chronic illnesses that are more heavily influenced by what happens in a patient's daily life than treatment in the medical system.
WASHINGTON-- Rep. Elizabeth Esty's latest Republican challengers may not have Andrew Roraback’s name recognition or Mark Greenberg’s wealth, but they are all determined to win the right to represent the 5th District in Congress and change the composition of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. They are Matt Maxwell of Sandy Hook, Clay Cope of Sherman and John Pistone of Brookfield.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney, both members of armed services committees in Congress, say they are open to requiring young women to sign up for the draft. The issue has come under debate after two senior military officials said they supported extending the draft to women.
State Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. and his role as the sole authority over how Connecticut reimburses the wrongly incarcerated faces questions at the State Capitol after his award of $16.8 million last month to four former members of a New Haven street gang, the Island Brothers. Are the standards clear? And should his awards be subject to review?
Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget axe and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his proposed state budget. But the Democratic governor wants a $52.9 million cut on funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state.
The latest reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show that Sen. Richard Blumenthal ended 2015 with nearly $4 million in his campaign account. Supporters of conservative commentator Larry Kudlow have established a “testing the waters” PAC called “Jobs for Connecticut.” Continue Reading →
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The Department of Children and Families faced intense scrutiny from state legislators Thursday morning for not identifying a number of high-risk child abuse cases, and several top officials acknowledged the department's shortcomings and described steps that have been taken to improve. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Days after President Obama said he’d ask Congress to boost funds to fight opioid and heroin addiction, Rep. Joe Courtney introduced a bill that would seek $600 million in emergency funds to pay for both drug enforcement and treatment. Continue Reading →
Last year, Connecticut Democrats joined the ranks of state parties ending a tradition of honoring Jefferson and Jackson at their annual fundraising dinner. They finally settled on a new name Wednesday: Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner. Continue Reading →
When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed 2012 as "The Year of Education Reform," superintendents, teachers union leaders and school board members joined forces to tie teacher evaluations to test scores and student and parent surveys. But the results of the evaluations have been shrouded in secrecy ever since, and now key supporters say the system has some serious shortcomings. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cast himself Wednesday in his sixth State of the State address as a vigorous agent of change, not the stolid defender of an entrenched administration wobbling under the weight of bad polling, dwindling revenues and growing debt. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a $19.87 billion budget Wednesday that cuts most state agencies and previously approved municipal aid, and potentially eliminates "thousands" of jobs, while avoiding tax hikes to close a nearly $570 million deficit. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new plan to cut agency budgets almost 6 percent relies heavily on cutting labor costs. His critics say it can't be done by downsizing staffing alone, but also requires concessions. And labor union leaders decry both approaches. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget calls for cutting funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment, hospitals, community health centers, school-based health clinics, asthma treatment, respite programs for those who care for people with dementia – and more. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — A key House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would allow the National Park Service to move forward on plans to build the Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget would transfer the responsibility for health care, retirement and other fringe benefit costs for thousands of employees to the state's public colleges and universities – a move college leaders have warned will probably result in a lot of red ink in their budgets. Continue Reading →
The House of Representatives saluted a departed colleague, Terry Backer, and welcomed his successor, Joe Gresko, on the opening day of the legislature’s session Wednesday. Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, returned amid questions about his ability to serve. Continue Reading →
The state's largest public college system has paid a professor with multiple criminal convictions $60,409 in exchange for his resignation and dismissal of all pending legal complaints against the Board of Regents. Continue Reading →