Business leaders push to intensify control of state spending

Paul Timpanelli, president and CEO of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, comments on the governor's proposed budget Tuesday. Behind him are Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, left, and Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

Connecticut’s business leaders had high praise Tuesday for the deep spending cuts and absence of tax hikes in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget. But they also warned that without an even harder, bipartisan push to control spending, businesses will remain reluctant to grow — or to support the tolls and gasoline tax hikes recommended to finance transportation improvements. Continue Reading →

Malloy’s vision for Connecticut shifts dramatically in new budget

Gov. Dannel Malloy delivering his 2016 budget address.

Had state government slashed its way out of a deficit five years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy often has said, Connecticut’s quality of life would be unrecognizable. But the Democratic governor now is urging spending cuts over the next two years that key Democratic lawmakers argue could have an impact similar to cuts Republicans sought – and Malloy decried – in 2011. Continue Reading →

3 GOP challengers looking to oust Esty

5th D no overline

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. Continue Reading →

Trying for a breath of fresh air in treating asthma

An image from the Connecticut Hospital Association's "When asthma attacks" campaign, intended to change patients' perceptions about the condition.

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. Continue Reading →

Questions about a $16.8 million award — and the meaning of innocence

Sean Adams, free after 17 years, hugs the daughter born after his arrest.

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? Continue Reading →