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Democratic jobs bill targets bonuses, but legality, effectiveness questioned

A bill backed by 19 Senate Democrats would tap “excessive” executive bonuses to support job creation in the state, backers told a legislative committee Monday. But critics, including legislative Republicans and the business community, said there are significant constitutional questions about the measure, and the added tax would drive businesses out of state. “Do not […]

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State ethics chairman violates ethics rules by donating to GOP candidates

The chairman of the state’s ethics panel violated state law by donating $250 to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and two other Republican candidates vying for the legislature in 2008, reports the Office of State Ethics. G. Kenneth Bernhard, chairman of the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board and an attorney from Westport, said he was “unaware […]

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Health insurance rate hikes targeted

Thousands of people have died in Connecticut because of their lack of health insurance says a report released today, and a group of state officials say the findings show the need for more scrutiny of rate increases. “Let’s have accountability on these rate increases,” said House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan. Currently the Connecticut Insurance Department […]

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Why is primary care slow to get established?

Is the state doing enough to promote a new health plan that promises better care by bypassing insurance companies? Advocates say no, but the commissioner responsible for the program–and some health professionals–argue that the plan puts a heavy administrative burden on physicians without adequate reimbursement. “The word is out. This is a choice program and […]

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Phone line for low-income insurance information a target of budget cuts

Although demand for coverage is rising, the state’s social services commissioner told legislators Tuesday that the Rell administration wants to shut down a toll-free phone line that provides information about the HUSKY health care program for low-income children and their families. The toll-free line costs the state $670,000 a year. Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael […]

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Legislators want hearings on health insurance rate hikes

Following controversy over a large rate increase sought by a health insurer last summer, a group of state officials is pushing for a new law requiring greater scrutiny of such changes–with opposition from both the industry and the commissioner in charge of regulating it. The bill before the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee would […]

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Shut out of federal transportation grants, state is offered help by U.S. DOT

Following Connecticut’s dismal record in getting money for transportation projects from stimulus grants, the U.S. Transportation Secretary announced the state will receive help in submitting future grant applications to assure the state is competitive. “My department will meet with each and every Connecticut applicant to ensure that they are fully prepared to compete later this […]

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Connecticut’s bid for federal transportation grants rejected

Connecticut will not receive a single dime from the $1.5 billion federal stimulus money available for transportation projects, which has a Transportation Committee member angry. “I’m dumbfounded. I can’t believe we didn’t receive even one of the awards.” said Rep. David McCluskey, D-West Hartford. The Connecticut Department of Transportation applied for $329 million for 13 separate projects […]