Republican state legislators no longer are the only ones talking about an immediate need for new concessions from state employees. The top Democrat on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, Sen. Beth Bye of West Hartford, confirms that Democrats on her panel have discussed the possibility of worker furloughs to mitigate recent cuts to hospitals and to services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
A press conference to promote a relatively modest gun-control measure became a platform Friday for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to denounce the U.S. Congress for refusing to act in the wake of high-profile mass shootings like the one Thursday in Oregon or the quieter daily toll of gun violence in the U.S.
WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is among a group of House Democrats in East Hartford today to play a little bocce ball for charity – and also raise money for the Democratic Party at a separate event. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, holds the bocce ball tournament every year.
WASHINGTON – Before the Cuban Revolution brought on the U.S. economic embargo on the island about 55 years ago, Cuba’s world-class cigars were often wrapped in special tobacco leaves grown in Connecticut. Connecticut farmers want access to that market again, and Sen. Chris Murphy wants to help them get it.
The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is losing its popular ambassador to organized labor: Sharon Palmer, 71, a former teachers' union president and an AFL-CIO officer, is retiring as labor commissioner at the end of the year.
Former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.'s endorsement Friday of Mary-Jane Foster in the Bridgeport mayoral race gives the Foster campaign an opportunity to remind voters that Joe Ganim had a lot of help in reviving the city during his tenure as mayor. Continue Reading →
Congress moved at the 11th hour to avert a government shutdown, but it’s only a short-term fix -- with a new budget deadline of Dec. 11. Access Health CT CEO James Wadleigh defended the operations of Connecticut’s health exchange to skeptical GOP lawmakers. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini’s plans to merge with Humana were also scrutinized by a House panel this week. Continue Reading →
Ticket sales end today for The Connecticut Mirror's annual event, "Small State, Big Debate: Race" on Oct. 6 at Fairfield University. The full event will feature New York Times columnist Charles Blow as the keynote speaker and also includes sessions on criminal justice with discussions on the governor's "second-chance society" and policy research. Continue Reading →
The governor cut $192 million in Medicaid funding for hospitals last month, but the actual hit to hospitals could end up being 25 percent higher. The state is holding back additional payments that weren’t part of the cost-saving measure, and the governor’s budget office said decisions about whether to pay them will be “based on whether we have enough money to keep the budget in balance.” Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Congress may have averted a government shutdown, but failed to prevent the demise of the nation’s oldest student aid program, known as the Perkins loan. Thousands of Connecticut students use this program to help finance their education. Continue Reading →
State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo distanced himself Thursday from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, calling his fellow Democrat’s emergency budget cuts premature and warning they could harm the state’s economy. A top administration official shot back, "We are making those tough decisions when we must, not shirking our responsibilities for political convenience.” Continue Reading →
Middlesex Hospital is joining a clinical care network run by the Mayo Clinic, an arrangement designed to give doctors at the Middletown hospital access to consultations with Mayo experts, hospital officials said Thursday. Continue Reading →
The University of Connecticut last year expelled seven students on charges of sexual assault, it reported Thursday. A number of other complaints were investigated but dismissed, it says in a report it is required to provide to federal and state officials. Continue Reading →
With an extremely tough budget year on the horizon, officials representing the University of Connecticut have started negotiating a new contract with some 4,000 professors and other unionized staff with the goal of cutting costs. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – While the Justice Department has given Lockheed Martin’s proposal to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft the thumbs up, the Pentagon on Wednesday frowned on the deal, saying it would lead to too much consolidation in the defense industry. Continue Reading →
It’s official. State government finished the last fiscal year in deficit, despite assurances from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that this would not happen. Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo officially closed the books Wednesday on the 2014-15 fiscal year – which ended June 30 – determining it finished $113.2 million in the red. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Connecticut continues to lead the nation when it comes to personal income, federal economists say, but other reports show the state is also No. 1 when it comes to the uneven distribution of that wealth between the very rich and everyone else. Continue Reading →
Her name is Jessie. She is autistic, intellectually disabled and about to turn 21. Her mother told reporters Wednesday that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is “doing his best to take her future away from her.” With those words, Jessie became the face of opposition to $103 million in emergency budget cuts ordered by Malloy. Continue Reading →