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Agency head: Malloy’s undermining watchdogs’ fiscal autonomy

The state’s watchdog agencies were promised fiscal autonomy when they were merged last month into the Office of Government Accountability, but one agency head is complaining that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy overstepped his authority by naming an acting director to cut OGA’s budget. Carol Carson, executive director of the division of state ethics within the […]

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Delegation divided on trade deals

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph Lieberman says three trade deals pending in Congress could do more to create jobs than anything else lawmakers are debating right now. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says they could undermine workers’ rights, environmental protections, and America’s strained manufacturers. Those two divergent views help to explain why the three agreements with Colombia, Panama, […]

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Malloy’s cuts to watchdogs have nothing to do with deficit

Like other agency heads, State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri is contemplating how to cut her office’s budget, and possibly its staff. It comes amid a surge in the office’s caseload, helping consumers with health insurance problems. But unlike most other agencies, the cuts to the Office of the Healthcare Advocate’s budget won’t save the state […]

Posted inMoney, Politics

Wilson-Foley challenges Connecticut Democrats over debt

Republican businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley made a move Thursday in her campaign for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. She said she will ask voters to sign an open letter addressed to Democrats U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Independent U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman asking them to adopt a “Balanced Budget Amendment” before voting […]

Posted inHealth

Report: Connecticut one of the least obese states, but still needs improvement

Connecticut is one of the nation’s least obese states, but that’s no reason to celebrate, according to a report released Thursday. “Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, which along with the Robert Wood […]

Posted inHealth, Money

Medicare officials will fix error that could have cost CT hospitals $30 million

The federal Medicare and Medicaid agency has agreed to correct a $30 million mistake how it calculates payments to Connecticut hospitals. The Connecticut Hospital Association first caught the error, a provision in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ complex reimbursement rules. The CHA determined that the error would have cost one hospital in Rep. […]