Changes in sentencing policies for young offenders mean fewer inmates than ever are living at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, though several youths on any given day remain locked up because there is nowhere else for them to go.
State regulators have approved plans for the parent company of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford to acquire the financially struggling Johnson Memorial Medical Center. The $30 million purchase is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
The state’s chief business lobby took to the airwaves Monday to press for bold spending reforms to mitigate growing state budget deficits. Joseph F. Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, also warned state officials that companies statewide considering adding jobs or other expansions in 2016 are watching the Capitol closely.
The state Supreme Court affirmed Monday that records of alleged misconduct by teachers at public schools and universities in Connecticut are public records subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.
WASHINGTON — Since the new federal education bill would end many requirements of No Child Left Behind and give states broad authority to fashion their own education policy, Connecticut’s teachers unions are pressing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to take advantage of the new freedoms. But Malloy has not indicated whether he would do so.
WASHINGTON – Dan Schultz doesn’t like to talk about it, but he flew a harrowing rescue mission to Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1991 in a Sikorsky Super Stallion chopper. Now at the company's helm, he says he plans no big, immediate changes at Sikorsky. Continue Reading →
For the second time in five months, state auditors have disclosed a host of problems with the state’s retirement benefits programs. Their report focuses on millions of dollars in “preventable” interest costs tied to a growing backlog in processing pension cases and on concerns about the state’s controversial disability pension program. Continue Reading →
While state legislators were upbeat after a second round of budget talks Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, they conceded that a proposal to offer retirement incentives to state workers — though not dead — had been weakened considerably. Continue Reading →
While transportation advocates offered further evidence Tuesday that Connecticut’s aging, congested transportation system is weakening the economy, they remained uncertain whether that would translate into greater state investment in the problem. A new report from a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group concluded congestion and aging infrastructure cost Connecticut residents in urban areas between $2,050 and $2,236 per year. Continue Reading →
Though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to restructure state pension payments doesn't provide any budget relief until 2019, some legislators are looking to the pension fund one more time to help Connecticut out of its current budget crisis. Continue Reading →
While legislative leaders were uncharacteristically coy following Monday’s budget negotiations, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made it clear lawmakers are running out of time if they want to play a role in balancing state finances. Continue Reading →
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal came to Hartford to talk about labeling standards for genetically modified fish, but he left Monday with a petition opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Connecticut. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and other gun control advocates have switched their focus from Congress to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue to try to close what they call loopholes in the FBI background checks of gun buyers. Continue Reading →
CSCU President Mark Ojakian pushed back Monday against faculty allegations that the college system is "under assault" by his adminstration. "We are not looking to destroy public higher education," the governor's former chief of staff said during a lengthy interview on WNPR. "We are not looking to minimize the contribution of faculty on the campuses. We have to achieve some savings, and we will look to do that together." Facing a major budget shortfall, officials of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities angered faculty when they asked unionized staff for unprecedented concessions. Continue Reading →
BRIDGEPORT — With Mayor Bill Finch leaving office soon, there is concern for the incomplete environmental projects in his BGreeen 2020 initiative. Some worry that Mayor-elect Joseph P. Ganim, who campaigned on cutting taxes, could choose to pull the plug on some of the projects – especially those that involve city money. Continue Reading →
Leaders of the House Democratic majority said Friday they expect the General Assembly to return for a special session before Christmas to pass a deficit-mitigation plan, despite differences with Senate Democrats and the Republican minority. Continue Reading →
House and Senate negotiators did manage to finish work on an education bill that will take the place of the "No Child Left Behind Act," but the week in Washington was dominated by the Paris attacks and debate in Congress and across the country over Syrian refugee policy. Continue Reading →