Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

Updated at 10:43 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON – The Senate's failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut's senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts. Continue Reading →

UConn formally ends relationship with its alumni association

UConn President Susan Herbst

The University of Connecticut's governing board voted unanimously Thursday to sever its relationship with the school's 126-year old alumni association, saying membership dues the organization charges have led to low engagement with graduates. But records show the UConn Alumni Association's board had agreed in December to stop charging membership dues and was planning to have members vote on eliminating them. Continue Reading →

Larger deficit looms as Malloy warns of more emergency cuts

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Nonpartisan fiscal analysts again asserted Wednesday that the current state budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has reported — and that’s despite a recent administration estimate that more than doubled the shortfall. And while the Office of Fiscal Analysis was issuing its $191 million deficit forecast, Malloy’s budget chief directed all agencies Wednesday to brace for a third round of emergency cuts and to ensure spending is “significantly curtailed” between now and the fiscal year’s close on June 30. Continue Reading →

Connecticut legislators set energy agenda for 2015

Sen. Paul Doyle, center, consults with staff at start of Energy and Technology Committee. At right is his co-chair, Rep. Lonnie Reed.

With a packed audience of lobbyists waiting and watching, a legislative committee approved three dozen bills Tuesday that define the General Assembly’s relatively modest ambitions on energy policy in 2015. The more significant bills would ban variable electric rates for residential customers, cap the fixed-costs portion of electric bills and authorize state officials to explore expanding the supply of natural gas in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

Rabinowitz drops bid to become state’s next education chief

Fran Rabinowitz, the Bridgeport schools chief, has withdrawn from consideration as the state's next education commissioner, and plans to instead continue running Bridgeport's public schools. "I want to stay here and do the work here," Rabinowitz told the Connecticut Post yesterday. Rabinowitz was one of three candidates who was to be interviewed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for the commissioner's post. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch welcomed the news that Rabinowitz would be sticking around. "I have two kids who currently attend Bridgeport public schools, and I couldn't be happier to have Fran Rabinowitz remain as the superintendent of schools in the state's largest city. Continue Reading →