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Congressional delegation tops nationally on environment

Connecticut scored some of the highest marks given out by the League of Conservation Voters in its 2011 Congressional scorecard. That despite a year the organization called the U.S. House’s “truly breathtaking and unprecedented assault on the environment and public health.” The state’s two senators each scored 100 percent on the 11 votes ranked by […]

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Malloy would eliminate 25 state boards and commission, merge two others

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday he would recommend eliminating 25 of state government’s 258 boards and commissions to reduce overlap. “Over the years when these boards and commissions were first created by statute, most of them served a worthwhile purpose for their time, however many either no longer fit today’s needs, or their functions […]

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Strange bedfellows: Chris Donovan, Mitt Romney and indexing the minimum wage

House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan’s proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage by $1.50 over two years could give Connecticut the highest minimum in the nation, a distinction certain to fuel opposition to the idea by business interests and some legislators. But the proposal by the Democratic leader and congressional candidate to index the wage […]

Posted inHealth, Money

PCA collective bargaining recommendations delayed 2 weeks

The working group charged with recommending ways to structure collective bargaining rights for some home care workers has gotten a two-week extension on its final report. The group had been expected to issue its recommendations by today, but will instead meet and finalize them Feb. 15. The process was created by a controversial executive order […]

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Public option proposal coming back for 2012

A proposed public health insurance option didn’t get through the legislature last year, but some supporters are planning to try again this year. Creating a publicly administered health insurance plan is among the recommendations of a working group on small business health care, established by House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan and led by Rep. Robert […]

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CEQ offers legislative priorities for session

It’s a modest, and somewhat familiar, list of legislative priorities released by the Council on Environmental Quality Tuesday in advance of the 2012 legislative session. Modest in that, with a short session, folks tend to be mindful of realistic expectations — not to mention the current economic climate notable for its distinct lack of money […]

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New state hiring restrictions unlikely to quash DSS proposal

The Malloy administration announced that it will exercise tighter scrutiny on hiring by state agencies, but Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said he doesn’t expect the higher standards to get in the way of his request to hire more than 100 new workers. Benjamin Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director, agreed […]

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Malloy reaffirms plans to use spending cuts to balance budget, continue GAAP conversion

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reaffirmed his commitment Wednesday to keep the state’s finances in balance without further tax hikes — and to continue the conversion to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles — even though declining revenues are making both prospects increasingly difficult. Speaking with reporters after announcing a new economic development venture in South Windsor, Malloy […]

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Porter named to lead Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday named Amy Porter director of the state Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, which serves people with disabilities and was created last summer by the consolidation of several state offices. Porter, a certified rehabilitation counselor, currently leads the agency’s rehabilitation services division, and previously directed the Department of Social Services’ bureau […]

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Malloy names new task force to assess state’s business tax breaks

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created a new task force Thursday to determine whether Connecticut is getting the best possible return on its tax breaks for businesses. Malloy issued an executive order to create the Governors’ Business Tax Policy Review Task Force, a nine-member panel that must report its findings to the administration by October. “Over […]

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At 4:03 p.m. on a Thursday, DECD ‘launches broad new marketing initiative’

Yes, the state does need marketing help. A two-year, $22 million marketing campaign to establish a “brand” for Connecticut is something important to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but the Department of Economic and Community Development chose to “launch” the effort with a late-in-the-day email blast to reporters today. The campaign will led by Chowder Inc., a New […]