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Malloy, unions strike deal to stretch out spiking CT pension costs

Updated at 3:50 p.m.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a deal Friday with state employee unions that would allow Connecticut to dodge a fiscal iceberg by holding down annual pension costs otherwise set to spike over the next 16 years. Continue Reading →

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A divided CT House passes retirement security legislation

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives outlasted a Republican filibuster early Tuesday to pass legislation that would create a quasi-public authority to offer private-sector workers a retirement savings program. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was non-committal on the bill, but says he favors a key provision: a mandated payroll deduction for retirement savings. Continue Reading →

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Insurers, hospitals form new campaign to fight drug price spikes

WASHINGTON — The nation’s health insurers are getting a boost from a new coalition that has taken up one of their key causes: halting big increases in drug prices and the cost of medicine. The goal: to press drug price increases and the high cost of many new medicines as an issue in the presidential campaign. Continue Reading →

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Study: State employee wellness plan increased use of preventive care

A wellness program added to the state employee health plan as part of a controversial 2011 concession package led to significant increases in the use of preventive care and a drop in certain emergency room visits, but it’s still too soon to say if it will save the state money, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. Continue Reading →

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Lembo warns CT’s budget may not remain balanced for long

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo confirmed Friday that Connecticut’s finances are back in balance — for now. But the state’s chief fiscal watchdog reminded officials that Connecticut is due to test its revenues again shortly after the April 18 income tax filing deadline, and that the potential for more red ink remains very real. Continue Reading →

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On MLK Jr. Day, a look in Connecticut at challenges ahead

A suburban pastor recalled Monday how Connecticut was the place where a teenaged Martin Luther King Jr. first escaped the Jim Crow laws of the racially divided South, a bittersweet experience that would profoundly shape King’s view of racial injustice in America. And a gay, white adoptive father of three black sons spoke of living a “transcultural life.” It was all in observance of the 30th Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Continue Reading →

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Specialty drug prices threaten health care affordability

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo

The state employee health plan has tailored its design to encourage people to manage chronic conditions, get preventive care and avoid emergency room visits. But costs are being driven up by the rising expense of specialty drugs for conditions including Hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis and cancer. It’s a challenge that’s not unique to the state employee health plans, health care experts said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Last call: Tickets for Mirror’s Pairings event at Two Roads Tuesday

Online ticket sales will continue only through today for the second event in The Mirror’s four-part Policy Pairings Series, which will take place at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The discussion will focus on the long-term future of road transportation in Connecticut. The panel will be moderated by Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas. Each ticket entitles you to an open sampling of Two Roads beers and assorted pub fare will also be served. Continue Reading →

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White House pushes fast, affordable Internet, praises Manchester, Bristol

WASHINGTON – In a push to remove barriers to high-speed, affordable broadband for all Americans, President Obama has cited Manchester and Bristol among dozens of towns across the nation that have taken steps to improve local internet access. Continue Reading →

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Malloy takes oath for second term: ‘I most assuredly do’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second term as Connecticut’s 88th governor began Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. as Andrew McDonald, the state Supreme Court’s first gay justice and the governor’s former legal adviser, administered the oath of office in the cavernous drill shed of the State Armory. Asked if he would swear to uphold the duties of the office, Malloy raised his right hand and replied, “I most assuredly do.” Continue Reading →

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