STRATFORD — With a press conference Wednesday of the lawn of Sikorsky Aircraft, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a step toward rewriting his economic legacy from being the governor blamed for driving away General Electric and hundreds of headquarters jobs to the one who stabilized Connecticut’s aerospace industry for a generation.
WASINGTION — There was a bipartisan bashing of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Wednesday over her company’s huge price increases on EpiPen, the auto-injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a potentially fatal allergic reaction.
State legislative leaders have eliminated the General Assembly’s chief investigative arm, reassigning most Program Review and Investigations Committee staff to other duties.
WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, strongly opposed to the merger of Anthem and Cigna, said the deal would greatly limit competition in Connecticut and nine other states, leading to premium increases and fewer choices of doctors and hospitals for the state’s patients.
Today, Truth in Accounting (TIA), a think tank that has analyzed government financial reporting since 2002, released its annual “Financial State of the States” report. Included is the fact that Connecticut ranks 49th for financial health, second to last, and has the second highest taxpayer burden in the country at $49,000 per taxpayer. Taxpayer burden is the amount each Connecticut taxpayer would have to pay the state’s treasury in order for the state to be debt-free.
“If our trains and buses rely on the Special Transportation Fund as it exists and is funded today, we will be back for more hearings like this for years to come. What we need is systemic change in how we fund transit. Yet I know of nobody in Hartford with the guts to be honest with commuters and taxpayers about what is coming.”
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The contract dispute pits Connecticut’s largest insurer against a major group of clinicians, and could affect thousands of patients.