The state Senate Thursday night passed an expansive bill aimed at influencing the state’s fast-changing health care landscape, a measure driven largely by the Senate leaders’ concerns about large hospital systems gaining too much market power and driving up costs. But a key House Democrat said that's unlikely to be the final version.
The Senate voted 25 to 11 early Friday for legislation expanding workers’ compensation for police and firefighters, overcoming complaints that the new unfunded mandates would be financially ruinous to cities and towns in Connecticut.
Over the last several weeks, faculty at 11 of the 17 colleges and universities in the CSCU system have passed resolutions stating that they have lost confidence in Gregory Gray, the system’s president, and his plan for the future, called Transform CSCU 2020. Thursday members of the system's governing board responded.
The House of Representatives approved a controversial bill Thursday that would allow Tesla, a California-based electric car manufacturer, to sell vehicles in Connecticut without going through licensed dealers. The bill, which enjoyed bipartisan support, now heads to the Senate. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are among a group of nearly a dozen Democratic senators trying to derail a proposed cut in Amtrak funding and instead help the passenger rail company tackle billions of dollars worth of backlogged repairs and capital improvements. Continue Reading →
The state's community colleges and regional Connecticut state universities plan to shed dozens of teachers, tutors and other staff to close the $34.5 million deficit they are anticipating for the next fiscal year. "We will not be the same institutions this September that we were last September," says Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Gregory Gray said. Find the planned cuts for each school. Continue Reading →
The state Senate approved the consolation prize late Wednesday for those hoping to see a new casino authorized to combat growing competition from gambling facilities in neighboring states — particularly one to open in Springfield in 2017. The bill, which now heads to the House of Representatives, instead establishes a search process for a potential host community for a new casino — and requires the legislature to revisit the matter one year from now. Continue Reading →
With just two weeks left in the 2015 General Assembly session, the principals in final state budget negotiations acknowledged Wednesday that little progress has been made as the June 3 deadline looms large. Continue Reading →
President Obama used his commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday to define climate change as a serious threat to global and national security. Here is the text of his speech, provided by the White House press office. Continue Reading →
The state Senate passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday night that a sponsor says could make Connecticut the first state to ban variable electric- rate contracts that consumer advocates say are routinely used to exploit residential customers. Continue Reading →
Joanna Leach didn't have time to get to the doctor to check out her lingering cold. So she flipped open her laptop, signed up for a service and was soon face-to-face — or screen-to-screen — with a doctor in another state, who diagnosed her and prescribed medication. That form of health care — known as telemedicine — is expected to become more common, and an attempt by legislators to regulate it has brought forward a debate on the shape it should take. Continue Reading →
The state attorney general’s office declined Tuesday to help the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes ask the U.S. Department of the Interior for a statement supporting their bid for casino expansion in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and John Larson were among the minority of House members to vote against a bill Tuesday that would allow federal highway money to continue to flow to the states – but only for another two months. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON - Sen. Chris Murphy is trying to make it harder for the Pentagon to shop overseas by attaching a "Buy American" amendment to a bill that would help President Obama negotiate new free trade agreements. Continue Reading →