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Business, labor bet big on fight for Connecticut Capitol

Business groups intent on boosting the influence of Republicans in the General Assembly outspent labor allies of majority Democrats by roughly a 2-1 margin in independent expenditures reported to the State Elections Enforcement Commission through Tuesday, according to an analysis by CT Mirror. Continue Reading →

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CT high court rules UConn wrongly fired employee for getting high at work

The state’s high court has unanimously decided the University of Connecticut was not justified in firing an employee found getting high on marijuana while on the job, a case the attorneys for the state argued would have broad implications for state employees. Continue Reading →

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Scott Jackson headed to DOL, Dennis Murphy to DMV

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is breaking with long practice by going outside the ranks of organized labor for a new commissioner of labor by naming former Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, one of several key personnel moves made Monday. Malloy also sent Dennis Murphy, the administration’s long-time trouble-shooter to DMV as acting commissioner. Continue Reading →

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SEIU 1199 wins fight for CT nursing home transparency law

SEIU 1199 New England, a union closely allied with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, won final passage early Tuesday of new financial reporting rules for nursing homes, a reaction to the union’s long, continuing fight with HealthBridge Management, a company that has claimed financial distress to escape contract obligations. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers, wary of changing health care landscape, consider restrictions on for-profit hospitals

The proposals restricting hospitals’ ability to become for-profit are unlikely to become law exactly as written. But they set the stage for what’s likely to be an intense debate about hospitals, fueled by the discomfort among many lawmakers about the way the health care system is changing. Continue Reading →

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Democrats want more oversight on hospital ownership changes

The future of Bristol Hospital is as part of a large network, CEO Kurt Barwis believes. But that vision of the hospital’s future relies in part on the legislature: With the strong encouragement of organized labor, legislators will make expanding the regulatory oversight needed for changes in hospital ownership a top priority this year. Continue Reading →

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