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Posted inMoney

Economist Gioia: ‘Historic’ state budget will boost business confidence

A vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Peter Gioia has spent the past 18 years with the state’s chief business lobby, managing its research department and tracking Connecticut’s economy through a quarterly survey. In this week’s Sunday Conversation he talks about the recently approved, bipartisan state budget; the long struggle to adopt it, and its impact on Connecticut’s business community.

Posted inEducation

Irene Kish: She’s mother to 105 children

Already the parents of three adopted children, Irene Kish and her husband decided to become foster parents after reading a story in a local newspaper about homeless children living under a bridge near her home. Twenty-two years later, she has taken in 105 children in crisis to live with her family. Most have severe mental health or medical conditions. In this week’s Sunday conversation, she tells her story.

Posted inHealth

Kevin Counihan on the ACA: ‘Whatever happens, Trump is going to own this’

Kevin Counihan used to run the health insurance exchanges that serve most of the United States. Now he’s a customer. He talked to The Mirror about efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, why the health law has gotten more popular since Barack Obama left office, how to keep insurance companies from fleeing exchanges, and what can be done to make it easier to buy coverage.

Posted inCities & Towns, Money, Transportation

Griebel on the business climate: ‘Confidence must be restored’

R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, longtime chief executive officer of the MetroHartford Alliance, has been active in state, regional and city public policy for nearly two decades. He chaired the state Transportation Strategy Board and ran, unsuccessfully, for governor in 2010. Now, as the governor and General Assembly resume debate on the state budget and massively under-funded retirement benefit programs that threaten Connecticut’s fiscal future, Griebel sat down to talk with The Mirror.