While legislative voting on the proposed union concessions deal could begin Monday, the top Republican in the Senate charged House Democratic leadership with irresponsibly rushing action on a crucial agreement before key policy and fiscal analyses can be reviewed.
WASHINGTON — Most Connecticut residents receive health care coverage through their employers – but that doesn’t mean they won’t feel an impact if congressional attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare succeed. They could lose coverage, face higher premiums or a loss of benefits, analysts say.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators are struggling to frame a budget deal that requires Malloy to compromise on taxes, liberals to accept structural changes in municipal aid and moderates to embrace a new labor concessions deal.
WASHINGTON — House appropriators rejected many of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to education, but trimmed some programs and eliminated others – including one that provides the state and local school districts with $25 million in teacher training grants each year. House appropriators also failed to adjust this year’s Pell grant awards for inflation, a move state officials say will cost Connecticut students $6 million in college financial aid next year.
After facing a projected deficit of nearly $400 million three months ago, Connecticut may have ended the last fiscal year with a slight surplus, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reported Thursday.
Connecticut’s private sector appears to have completed its painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession of 2008, as the state added 7,100 private-sector jobs last month, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. Unemployment, however, still rose a tenth of a point to 5 percent. Continue Reading →
The state’s largest healthcare workers’ union took some jabs Thursday at the top Republicans in the legislature, charging them in a new ad with shielding the rich while unionized workers offer huge concessions. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
“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 →