February 12, 2016
by Susan Bigelow | February 12, 2016 9:00am
At the start of every legislative session, members submit a blizzard of new bills for consideration. Many of them are either merged into other bills or blessedly forgotten, but they’re all still worth looking at to see what’s on lawmakers’ minds. This year, it’s all about taxes and the economy.
by Terry Cowgill | February 12, 2016 5:30am
The headline in the Feb. 7 Danbury News-Times said it all: “Liquor shop owners wary about calls to nix minimum pricing.” No kidding. As people in the liquor industry outside our state are fond of saying, “Only in Connecticut.”
February 10, 2016
by Barth Keck | February 10, 2016 9:31am
February 5, 2016
by Susan Bigelow | February 5, 2016 10:00am
The legislative session kicked off under gloomy skies as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to balance the budget through massive spending cuts and layoffs. The stage is now set for what should be a brutal battle between the governor and state employee unions, with the legislature caught in the middle.
by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am
For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”
by Terry Cowgill | February 5, 2016 5:30am
Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.
January 31, 2016
by Neil Ferstand | January 31, 2016 9:03pm
Neither are they accurate.
If you are unfamiliar with the term, a common definition of defensive medicine is the practice by a physician of ordering precautionary treatments, tests and procedures largely or entirely to avoid potential liability. The concept came into prominence when the AMA started using the term in the mid to late 1960s and it started to gain traction sometime in the 1970s. The medical industry claims the costs associated with defensive medicine significantly add to the costs of U.S. health care.
January 29, 2016
by Eric Gjede | January 29, 2016 2:58pm
Connecticut begins 2016 having finally regained all of the private sector jobs lost in the Great Recession of 2008.
by Terry Cowgill | January 29, 2016 5:30am
When I first became politically aware as a teenager, I recall being struck by what a different standard we apply to elected and appointed officials. Appointed officials serve at the pleasure of those who appointed them, while elected officials are accountable mostly to the voters who put them into office.
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January 22, 2016
by Sarah Darer Littman | January 22, 2016 11:00am
“I began my tenure as a mainstream Republican in the early days of the Reagan presidency. By the end of my career I considered myself a resolute nonpartisan, and increasingly viewed all political ideologies as mental and emotional crutches, or substitute religions: for leaders, a means of manipulating attitudes and behaviors; for the rank and files, a lazy surrogate for problem solving and a way of fulfilling the craving to belong to something bigger than oneself.”