A wide range of legislative priorities that failed to clear both chambers of the General Assembly before the June 3 end of the regular session won final approval early Tuesday as part of a massive budget implementation bill. The 686-page everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bill also includes several controversial new provisions. Here's what's in it.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has moved to make it easier for tribes across the nation to win federal recognition – while blocking several Connecticut tribes from doing so. That drew praise from Connecticut’s politicians.
The Connecticut House and Senate voted in quick succession Monday to adopt two major criminal justice bills intended to increase police accountability, end racially disparate sentencing and lower incarceration rates for non-violent crimes.
The University of Connecticut has been undergoing tremendous growth recently — partly evidenced by the $1.3 billion budget officials adopted last week. Here, in graphical form, is a historical overview of where the public university gets and spends its money, who it enrolls, and how many it employs. Continue Reading →
The legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sacrifice pieces of their biggest initiatives – property tax reform and transportation, respectively – to help roll back about 10 percent of the tax hikes in the new state budget, sources from the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said Friday. Legislators return Monday for what they hope will be a one-day special session. Continue Reading →
Bristol Hospital has eliminated 43 positions in recent weeks, reducing its workforce by 5 percent in response to major cuts to Medicaid and Medicare payments, CEO Kurt Barwis wrote in a memo to staff, volunteers and community members Friday. Continue Reading →
A state whistleblower and former attorney for Connecticut’s retirement systems has filed a lawsuit alleging corruption and malfeasance in the handling of millions of dollars in disability pension benefits. The lawsuit expands upon concerns raised last week by the state’s auditors and alleges that mishandling has put the state’s retirement systems at risk of losing federal tax law protection. Continue Reading →
The parent company of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals announced plans Friday to be acquired by Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit, Los Angeles-based company already in the process of acquiring Waterbury Hospital. Continue Reading →
The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Friday declaring same-sex marriage to be a right under the Constitution was celebrated by politicians and activists in Connecticut, a state that banned housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1991 and legalized same-sex civil unions in 2005 and marriage in 2008. Continue Reading →
Every year, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital CEO Bruce Cummings has done what he calls a “back of the envelope” calculation about the merits of the New London hospital's remaining independent or joining a larger system. “My thinking began to evolve last year as I looked out on the horizon and just saw just extraordinary changes,” he said. Continue Reading →
A day after the University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees adopted a $1.3 billion budget after discussing it privately for 90 minutes but not in public, three state legislators urged greater transparency in the university's budget process. Continue Reading →
One of the most vocal critics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, discovered recently it’s not so easy to balance a budget without compromising on fiscal principles. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the legality of federal subsidies that help millions of Americans purchase health insurance was lauded by the Connecticut lawmakers who supported the Affordable Care Act, but it doesn’t end the political fight over the health care law. Continue Reading →
Open warfare erupted Thursday between the State Elections Enforcement Commission and the Democratic Party over an investigation into how the party financed its support for the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Democrats preemptively attacked the commission's credibility as the panel voted to seek court action to enforce an investigative subpoena. Continue Reading →
Radiologists are appealing to legislators to roll back a 42.5 percent cut to their Medicaid payment rates. And some patient advocates are raising a broader concern, warning that cuts to providers who treat Medicaid patients could become more common, making it harder for the more than 725,000 state residents in Medicaid to find specialists to treat them. Continue Reading →
The University of Connecticut’s economic think-tank predicted Thursday that the state’s job growth this year and next probably will stall or even decline — a dramatic reversal of its forecast of robust job growth issued just four months ago. Continue Reading →