Sen. Beth Bye

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Cutting DCF: Right-sizing or wrong-headed?

The Department of Children and Families says it has been able to absorb large budget cuts and better serve vulnerable children by placing more of them with family members and fewer with strangers in expensive group homes. But critics say the agency hasn’t been allowed to redirect enough of those savings into community support to improve outcomes. And more cuts loom. Continue Reading →

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Some Democrats ready to talk about state worker concessions

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Republican state legislators no longer are the only ones talking about an immediate need for new concessions from state employees. The top Democrat on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, Sen. Beth Bye of West Hartford, confirms that Democrats on her panel have discussed the possibility of worker furloughs to mitigate recent cuts to hospitals and to services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Continue Reading →

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CT school funding overpays wealthy towns, underpays needier, critics say

It seems like a reasonable standard: No town shall receive less state money to help run its schools than it did in the previous year. But in practice this means several Connecticut school districts in the wealthiest towns — towns that have fewer high-need students — are receiving more money from the state than they would otherwise be entitled to while needier districts get less. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers concerned over CSCU administrative costs

Top state legislators are concerned about how much officials of the state’s largest public college system are spending on administrative costs. (Photo: CSCU President Gregory Gray answers legislators’ questions.) Continue Reading →

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Tobacco funds: Connecticut’s budget-balancing escape hatch

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Connecticut has received nearly $2 billion in settlement funds from big tobacco companies in the past 15 years. Only a small fraction has gone to anti-smoking efforts. Instead, the fund has become largely an escape hatch when lawmakers need help balancing the budget. Continue Reading →

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Legislators say DSS hearing rules must change for ‘fundamental fairness’

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They’re called fair hearings — the chance people get to appeal decisions made by the state Department of Social Services, such as denials of applications for benefits or being turned down for Medicaid coverage of a certain treatment. But some legislators say the way the department handles the hearings makes them anything but fair. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, lawmakers: dueling plans for ‘universal access’ to pre-k

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed providing “universal access” to preschool, he said it would cost the state an additional $51.1 million a year. When Democratic legislators released their plans two months later to provide “universal access,” they said it would cost the state $10 million a year. Why such a huge difference? Continue Reading →

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