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Posted inPolitics

A day of pomp for Lamont, then the talent hunt resumes

Ned Lamont takes office as Connecticut’s 89th governor this afternoon having settled on nominees for all but 10 of the 28 positions that are classified under state law as agency heads subject to confirmation hearings and votes by the General Assembly. The focus today will be on pomp and an inaugural message, but the first of the many measures to be taken over the next four years is Lamont’s first hires.

Posted inHealth

Unpredictable events and outside trends shaped Malloy’s health care policy

Looking back, the eight years of health policy under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration resembles an obstacle course. Many of the Malloy administration’s health care policies and budget decisions were reactions to events outside of the governor’s control, circumstances that took hold before he took office, or conditions handed down from the federal government.

Posted inEducation

Malloy confronts school inequities: ‘The civil rights issue of our time’

His first day on the job in January 2011, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went before the General Assembly to declare that the state was facing an economic and employment crisis, created in part by “a lack of educational resources.” He then spent the next eight years of his tenure in what he recently described as “pitched battles” with “weak-kneed” Democrats over various education reforms he believed were long overdue.

Posted inJustice

Malloy leaves office as national leader on criminal justice reform

Under Gov. Dannel Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut has repealed the death penalty, closed prisons, decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, raised the age from 16 to 18 at which defendants are tried as adults for most crimes, streamlined the process for parole and pardons, and reduced penalties for non-violent drug crimes.

Posted inMoney

CT’s legacy of debt was Malloy’s ultimate challenge

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would be hounded by the debt-riddled state finances he inherited, pension obligations that would force deficits and tax hikes while leaching dollars from transportation and other programs. But Malloy also would be the first governor in modern history not to saddle future generations with pension costs owed during his administration.