After steadily declining for more than two decades, deadly shootings are rising across the country, according to a new government report. The researchers also said that the number of suicides involving a firearm grew 21 percent between 2006 and 2016.
It was all about the numbers in Connecticut last week – counted in votes and dollars. Fates were sealed for candidates of previously undecided elections. The resolution of the state’s budget deficit, on the other hand, will be Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s (and the new legislature’s) ongoing challenge even though the numbers appear to be improving.
The Trump administration is determined to use a new law to expand the private sector’s role in veterans’ health care. The administration is working on a plan to shift millions more veterans to private doctors and is aiming to unveil the proposal during Trump’s State of Union address in January, according to four people briefed on the proposal.
Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act exchange, Access Health CT, is protesting a Trump administration plan that would require the nation’s insurers to send a separate bill to consumers who purchase plans with abortion coverage.
Buffeted by political ill winds, New England’s Republicans in Congress moved toward the brink of extinction in last week’s midterm election, while Democrats made huge gains at all levels of state government offices. The “Trump effect” weakened the GOP in a region that was once known for a special brand of Republicanism, analyst say.
Despite a 12-month surge in state tax receipts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office warned Thursday that Connecticut’s pension obligations and other debt will grow faster than revenues in the coming years. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlined a compromise path Thursday that would allow Gov.-elect Ned Lamont to modestly tap Connecticut’s reserves to avoid tax hikes — and still leave a sizable fiscal cushion to guard against the next recession. Continue Reading →
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont reacted cautiously Thursday to several days of good economic news, saying improving tax revenues, economic activity and job creation are coming at what is likely closer to the end than the beginning of an economic expansion in Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among several Democrats exploring the idea of suing the Trump administration as a way to invalidate the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Continue Reading →
State spending on retired teachers’ pensions is set to surge $100 million next fiscal year – an 8 percent increase the state is obligated to fund.
But, strangely, the spike is good news. That’s because this single line item in the state budget is $63 million less than officials anticipated. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s all-Democratic delegation to the U.S. House have supported Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the past, but now some of those loyalists are giving that support some thought. Continue Reading →
Two years ago, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson stunned many in Connecticut with an idea to build a system of highway tunnels under Hartford and East Hartford longer than Boston’s “Big Dig.”
Reactions to his plan ran from “brilliant and necessary” to “the mother of all pipe dreams,” but Larson plowed ahead and asked state Department of Transportation officials to study the tunnel idea. They did. In an analysis released in September, DOT traffic engineers said, in effect, that they don’t think it will work. Undeterred, Larson convened two forums on tunnels in the past two months, one featuring business and civic leaders from Seattle, which is replacing an aging highway viaduct with a tunnel, and another with a national tunneling expert. So, does Connecticut cue Big Bertha and start drilling, or not? Continue Reading →