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Don’t close Riverview Hospital. Make it better.

In a curious coincidence, the editorial boards of two major Connecticut newspapers recently published articles on the same day calling for the closure of Riverview Hospital, our state’s only publicly-funded mental health hospital for children. I represent an organization that calls for the improvement and expansion of mental health services in the child’s natural environment […]

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Top lawmakers question UConn’s exclusion from higher education shakeup

Two top state lawmakers are asking why the University of Connecticut is not included in the governor’s plan to merge the state’s other public colleges and universities under a single governing board. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal would merge the Connecticut State University Systems’ four regional universities, the dozen community colleges, the online Charter Oak […]

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Malloy budget leaves legislative commissions uncertain about the future

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget leaves the state’s six legislative commissions designed to serve specific ethnic and other demographic groups pondering their futures. While Malloy didn’t recommend any consolidation or elimination of these panels, he said during a recent interview that merging all six into one makes sense. And while the governor’s budget was […]

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Panel recommends expanding early education to address achievement gap

The co-chair of the state’s budget-writing committee is proposing requiring the state’s poorest school districts provide full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for all low-income students by July 2013 — with the state and communities sharing the bill. Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, said early education is key to helping close the education achievement gap that has […]

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Veterans of ’95 shutdown assess the current budget battle

WASHINGTON–How does the percolating showdown over federal spending compare to the one in 1995, which resulted in a government shutdown? The fiscal problems are worse, the proposed solutions less sweeping–and the outcome is similarly unpredictable and volatile. That’s the assessment, at least, from two former Connecticut lawmakers–one Republican and one Democrat–who served during that 1995 […]

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Nappier hospitalized

Treasurer Denise L. Nappier remains hospitalized today after seeking help Friday for what her staff described only as “a hyper-tension-related illness.” The treasurer’s office issued a brief statement today saying that Nappier sought treatment Friday afternoon at Hartford Hospital. “She is resting comfortably and handling work-related matters as necessary,” the statement said. “Treasurer Nappier asks […]

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Don’t close Riverview Hospital. Make it better.

In a curious coincidence, the editorial boards of two major Connecticut newspapers recently published articles on the same day calling for the closure of Riverview Hospital, our state’s only publicly-funded mental health hospital for children. I represent an organization that calls for the improvement and expansion of mental health services in the child’s natural environment […]