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Malloy administration approved costly financing for UConn outpatient facility

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy views the construction site where an outpatient center was being built on the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington. At left is Dr. Frank Torti, then the dean of the medical school.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration approved the controversial financing method for a University of Connecticut Health Center project that auditors say cost the state $77 million in “unnecessary” interest. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers push back on pharmaceutical issue in TPP

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WASHINGTON – As negotiators for a massive Pacific Rim trade pact meet in Maui for a final round of talks, Connecticut lawmakers are pressing for changes they say will keep the price of key medicines affordable for patients who need them overseas and in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Republicans in Congress target state, local immigration policies

WASHINGTON – Local and state immigration policies, including Connecticut's, are under scrutiny by congressional Republicans as a reaction to the July 1 killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant with an extensive criminal record. Continue Reading →

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Legislative hearings will probe conditions at state’s juvenile jails

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, a locked jail for young males that break the law.

Legislative hearings will be held to probe conditions and practices at the state's jails for juvenile offenders after reports that they placed youths "at risk of physical and emotional harm.” Continue Reading →

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A struggle for access, political and otherwise, at the Capitol

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The man whose new job was to provide the disabled with access to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy arrived at the State Capitol, a landmark constructed a century before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to find the only elevator serving the governor's office to be inoperable. That was 18 months ago. Bigger challenges lay ahead. Continue Reading →

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The Mirror’s ‘Small State, Big Debate: Race’ event set for Oct. 6

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The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, will hold its second statewide public policy event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race,” on Tuesday, October 6, at Fairfield University. Tickets go on sale today with an early bird special through Aug. 20. Find all the details here. Continue Reading →

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Bill to speed drug approvals sitting in Senate’s waiting room

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WASHINGTON –It was hailed as a rare bipartisan victory when it was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, but legislation that would boost the fortunes of Connecticut’s pharmaceutical industry — and perhaps speed a cure for Lyme disease — faces an uncertain fate. Continue Reading →

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Partisan debate heats up as state’s credit card nears its limit

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy drew criticism this year when he warned Wall Street investors he would boost state government’s effective credit card limit by 40 percent this year. But if the State Bond Commission approves all of the financing Malloy has proposed for next week’s meeting, the governor will have used up 95 percent of his self-imposed credit limit – with five months still to go in the calendar year. Continue Reading →

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