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Posted inEducation

Democrats’ education cuts fall most heavily on CT’s Gold Coast

Each of the five budgets that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed since 2012 has shielded wealthy communities from cuts in the education money they receive from the state. That changed Tuesday when he proposed cutting all of the $25.3 million in aid that 28 of the state’s richest communities currently receive through the Education Cost Sharing grant.

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Bristol project becomes focus of tensions between state, hospitals

In the latest volley in a longstanding dispute over the financial health of Connecticut hospitals, state budget director Benjamin Barnes on Monday questioned Bristol Hospital’s plans to build a new medical office building and recruit staff, noting that hospital supporters had recently warned that state funding was needed to avoid compromising the community’s health and access to care. The hospital said Barnes was making unfounded accusations and mischaracterizing the situation.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

CT’s unsustainable expenses cause ‘Whack-a-mole’ budget

On Nov. 18 of last year, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Benjamin Barnes stated that Connecticut “…entered into a period of permanent fiscal crisis in state and local government.” Daily news accounts confirm those words. As the budget drama continues, Connecticut’s balanced budget requirement again plays out, not a measure of the […]

Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Is it a gag order or the Malloy administration speaking with one voice?

Key legislators say a directive from budget director Benjamin Barnes restricting what agency heads can tell legislators about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal is hindering lawmakers in doing their jobs and will push more of the budget-writing process behind closed doors. Barnes says the administration simply works together “as one administration, with all our commissioners and agency heads.”