President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, by about 25 percent over the next 10 years by lowering the income limit for eligibility. His plan also would transfer up to 25 percent of SNAP’s cost to the states. “There is no way the food banks can make up for cuts to SNAP,” said Sarah Santora, community involvement manager for Foodshare.
The state’s largest healthcare workers’ union took some online jabs Thursday at the top Republicans in the legislature, charging them with shielding the rich while unionized workers offer huge concessions.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and tribal leaders signed documents Thursday amending Connecticut’s relationship with its two federally recognized tribes, another step toward allowing them to jointly develop a casino in the Hartford suburb of East Windsor, as authorized in legislation approved last month by the General Assembly.
One day after President Trump vowed to “let Obamacare fail,” a new study concluded Wednesday that the signature achievement of his predecessor delivered $1.16 billion in increased federal funding for health care in Connecticut and sharply lowered the number of uninsured residents and the cost of uncompensated care.
WASHINGTON — Federal auditors said Wednesday a Senate plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would increase the number of uninsured by 17 million next year and by 32 million in 2026.
“I have every reason to hope, certainly from the tenor of the phone call, that we’re going to be OK,” said Deputy Education Commissioner Ellen Cohn said. “That’s very different from how we perceived it at the beginning.” Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Taking advantage of President Donald Trump’s proclamation of “Made in America” week, Pratt & Whitney parked its new quieter, more efficient commercial engine on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “This is a product that is made in America that is exported to other countries,” said Rep. John Larson, D-1st District. Continue Reading →
The state Board of Education voted 6-2 Wednesday to add 504 more charter school seats, about a 5.5 percent increase. Currently, there are about 9,600 seats in the state’s 24 charter schools. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — After the collapse of the GOP Senate health care bill, Sen. Chris Murphy said Tuesday he is willing to compromise, including allowing health plans on the individual marketplace that are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Tuesday told a panel of House Democrats that she is “alarmed” a voting commission created by President Donald Trump aims to suppress the votes of minorities. “I am really afraid that this is going in the direction where states will purge their (voter) rolls,” Merrill said. Continue Reading →
A day after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy all-but invited the disabled recipients of state services to lobby for a new budget, they did: They targeted him in a demonstration that ended with the arrest of five protesters in his outer office at the Capitol. Continue Reading →
Unionized state employees have voted by a wide margin to ratify the concession deal negotiated by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, shifting the focus to a closely divided General Assembly, where Republicans say they will attempt to reject an agreement worth an estimated $1.57 billion over two years. More than 80 percent of the votes cast favored ratification. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — There aren’t likely to be many times Sen. Chris Murphy goes to the White House to help President Donald Trump promote policy, but Monday’s “Buy American” event was one of them. The president told Sikorsky executives he has three of the company’s choppers. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday toured HARC Inc., a private non-profit that serves 2,254 families of intellectually disabled children and adults, an effort to use recipients of state-funded services to pressure the deadlocked Connecticut General Assembly to adopt at least a temporary budget. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s members of Congress, all Democrats, are preparing for the pivotal 2018 elections by getting a head start in the campaign money race. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, raised more money than any Connecticut member of the House of Representatives in the first six months of this year. Continue Reading →