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Posted inCT Viewpoints

Connecticut must encourage millennials to stay — and here’s how

We’ve all heard it over and over—Connecticut is having a rough go of it lately. While it’s easy to latch on to the negativity, for many of us, there is true frustration about the lack of conversation around what is working in our state. What we should be focusing on are the bright spots and programs that are working to help find solutions to the challenges our state faces in 2016 and beyond. Two years ago we decided to come up with a real world solution to stem the flow of young people leaving the state by addressing some of the underlying causes of the exodus — a lack of career path jobs, student debt, and disengagement from the community. It is from that determination that Serve Here CT was launched.

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Hospitals say state puts them between a rock and a hard place

As hospital officials describe it, state policy is pushing them in two opposing directions. Higher state taxes and funding cuts have added to the factors pushing independent community hospitals to join larger health systems, they say. But at the same time, legislators concerned about the growth of large health systems have been pushing for new restrictions on changes in hospital ownership, which hospital officials say makes it harder for them to adapt.