The state Judicial Branch announced Thursday it had begun serving another 113 layoff notices to employees, bringing total notices served to 239.
Here’s a look at which bills made it through the 2016 legislative session and which ones didn’t. Some bills could be revived in the upcoming special session as part of omnibus bills written to implement policy changes related to the budget.
The proposed mergers of insurance giants Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana are likely to have a negative impact on both the cost and quality of care in Connecticut. Mergers are usually justified by claims of increased efficiency and opportunity for innovation, but based on past experience those results are rarely delivered. In fact, such a major consolidation would permanently change our state’s health care system for patients, physicians and other stakeholders.
Connecticut’s education funding system is broken – with charter school students receiving on average $4,000 less in funding than their peers in district schools. And this disparity in funding hurts low-income children of color most because those are the majority of the students charters in Connecticut serve.
One is 32, recently married and looking for a job that pays more than the $28,000 salary of a Connecticut state legislator. Another is 81, ready to retire from the battles in Hartford. Others are weary of having to explain a chronic fiscal crisis. For reasons personal and political, at least 20 members of the Connecticut General Assembly marked the end of their last regular session Wednesday.
A tidal wave of change is headed for the state’s juvenile justice system. Here are 5 things to know about the coming changes.