The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, is holding its second statewide public policy event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race,” today at Fairfield University. Follow the event here with the hashtag #ctrace.
There's agreement that too few children in Connecticut have access to quality preschool programs, but top state officials are butting heads with a coalition of parents and educators on how to put a near-universal system in place. Attorney General George Jepsen argues that whether the state pays for universal preschool is an issue that should remain with lawmakers.
The Hospital for Special Care announced plans to open an eight-bed inpatient unit next month for young people with autism spectrum disorders as well as aggression, self-injury or severely impaired functioning – something hospital officials and advocates say will be an alternative to children being sent to out-of-state facilities, treatment progams that don’t meet their needs, or getting stuck in an emergency room while waiting for services.
WASHINGTON – News that the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations had finally reached agreement on a new trade deal was not good for opponents of the pact like Rep. Rosa DeLauro, yet liberals have won a few small victories in the deal.
Hartford HealthCare and the parent company of Day Kimball Hospital say they have suspended plans to consider an affiliation because of “severe and unexpected” cuts in Medicaid payments, a reference to $192 million in funding reductions Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made to hospitals last month.
A state investigation that uncovered improper use of restraint and seclusion at Connecticut's juvenile correction facilities left out one important element, front line staff members say: their voices. "We cannot and will not be portrayed as the enemy or the abuser of the young people we are dedicated to helping and healing," says Suzanne Borner, a teacher at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys in Middletown. "We ask you to remember that every story has another side, and a whole lot more context. Please hear ours," said George Register, a youth service officer of eight years. For example, consider the story of Jennie. Continue Reading →
About one in four low-income parents who lost Medicaid coverage in September signed up for a private health plan through the state’s health insurance exchange before the deadline last week – a total of 166 people. Continue Reading →
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 →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. 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 →
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. 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 →