Monthly Archives: March 2015

Malloy’s big ask: Find $100 billion for transportation

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named a group Tuesday to identify means to pay for a 30-year, $100 billion effort to modernize and maintain Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. He gave them a late summer deadline, meaning he is unlikely to place a funding plan before the legislature until a special session this fall or the 2016 regular session. Continue Reading →

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Mental health cuts threaten treatment system, providers say

Heather Gates (left) and Raymond Gorman listen to Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials explain their budget situation to legislators. Both say cuts to mental health and substance abuse treatment funds could mean cuts to programs or client access.

Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers say they’re planning to limit access to programs if a proposed $25.5 million cut to grant funding goes through. A recent analysis by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says even with more insured clients, the providers will only be able to make up a fraction of the proposed grant cuts. But the governor’s budget director said funding those grants is “a luxury that we can’t afford right now.” Continue Reading →

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Campaign finance reform left for high-level negotiations

The Senate Democratic majority’s leadership yielded Monday to a toothless compromise on the question of capping the unlimited expenditures the state parties now can make on General Assembly races in Connecticut. The compromise: a $250,000 cap that wouldn’t have meant a difference in any campaign last year. Continue Reading →

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Malloy keeps heat on Pence in gay rights controversy

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic National Governors Association, poured fuel Monday on the gay rights controversy engulfing Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. He banned state-funded travel to a state now slated to host the women’s Final Four next year. Continue Reading →

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CT Mirror/AARP Google Hangout: Banning variable electric rates

Connecticut’s consumer counsel, the Senate co-chairman of the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, and the AARP’s director of advocacy explained their proposed ban on variable electric rates for residential customers in The Connecticut Mirror’s first Google Hangout of the 2015 session. Continue Reading →

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CT official: VA’s failure to share data hurts vets at risk of prescription abuse

WASHINGTON — Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating prescription painkiller abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says. Continue Reading →

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Introducing Vote Hound: In Connecticut, does one party really rule?

Most roll call votes in the Connecticut legislature are easy to analyze: They are either unanimous or follow party lines. Vote Hound helps you find and analyze the other kind of votes, the ones where the patterns are not quite so clear. Explore the latest interactive database from The Connecticut Mirror and Trend CT. Continue Reading →

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Malloy appointee seeks greater say over watchdogs

An appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked legislators Friday to help her exercise greater administrative control over the state’s watchdog agencies, including one investigating the governor’s campaign finances. Continue Reading →

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CSCU leader asks for contract concessions; faculty unions balk

Updated at 3:39 p.m.
With plans to cut spending by $22 million, the president of the state’s largest public college system is asking union leaders for concessions. But the presidents of the two largest unions representing employees at the community colleges and Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities say they aren’t interested. Continue Reading →

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