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Malloy releases funds withheld from CT watchdog agencies

Budget director Benjamin Barnes visiting the Capitol press room to report on state revenue forecasts.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration relented Friday in its controversial battle to cut the budgets of state government’s autonomous watchdogs — as it has other agencies’ budgets — to help balance Connecticut’s finances. Continue Reading →

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Stakes grow in Malloy’s third challenge of watchdogs’ autonomy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen.

The latest challenge to the fiscal autonomy of state’s watchdog agencies by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is raising unprecedented legal questions likely to eventually require Attorney General George Jepsen and Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo to publicly contradict or confirm the administration’s position. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP delegates, this meal is brought to you by…

The Connecticut delegation's Breakfast Club, sponsored by United Concrete Products. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — The daily breakfast buffet for the Connecticut delegation to the Republican National Convention is courtesy of United Concrete Products of Wallingford, a state contractor. An afternoon cruise Wednesday aboard the Goodtime III was paid for by the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, two tribes trying to win legislative approval to jointly develop their first casino off tribal land. But overall, sponsorships are down. Continue Reading →

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Anthem-Cigna controversy exposes gaps in ethics rules

Katherine Wade

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade’s controversial refusal to recuse herself from ruling on the Anthem-Cigna insurance merger has provoked a reappraisal of ethics regulators, who heavily rely on the self-reporting of public officials, and an ethics code that may be clearer to lawyers than lovers of English. Continue Reading →

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Comptroller says Wade should recuse herself on Cigna merger

Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo publicly urged Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade on Thursday to recuse herself from Connecticut’s review of the Anthem-Cigna merger, saying even a positive legal ruling from ethics officials would not overcome the appearance of a conflict of interest. Continue Reading →

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Ethics panel to rule if Wade has conflict in Anthem-Cigna merger

The Citizens Ethics Advisory Board

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade’s first contact with state ethics officials was to inform them in September why she intended to act on the merger of Anthem and Cigna, not to seek a ruling on whether they saw a potential conflict due to her family’s long association with Cigna. Now, while she’s deep in the review of a merger that could transform the health insurance industry, Wade is going to get the legally binding ethics opinion that she and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy never saw the need to request. Continue Reading →

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Ethics office won’t call for Wade to recuse herself on Cigna deal

This is a picture of Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade.

The Office of State Ethics is not calling for Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade to recuse herself from overseeing her agency’s review of Anthem’s proposal to buy Cigna, where Wade previously worked and her husband serves as an attorney. But Executive Director Carol Carson said the office has raised concerns. Continue Reading →

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Malloy appointee seeks greater say over watchdogs

Shelby Brown testifying at  the legislature.

An appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked legislators Friday to help her exercise greater administrative control over the state’s watchdog agencies, including one investigating the governor’s campaign finances. Continue Reading →

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Courts, legislature, watchdogs will tighten belts to reduce CT’s deficit

The state’s Judicial and Legislative branches have ordered nearly $7 million in spending cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested last month, relying heavily on hiring restrictions to reduce costs. And the state’s watchdog agencies also have agreed to find the 1 percent cuts Malloy asked for to help close a small mid-year deficit. Continue Reading →

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