March 7, 2014
by Doug Hardy | March 7, 2014 2:18pm
It’s no secret these days that the news industry — which plays an absolutely crucial role in our democratic process at every level — has been badly disrupted. The cause of this is not only the rise of the Internet and the resulting destruction of print’s monopoly on distribution.
by Susan Bigelow | March 7, 2014 8:24am
The traveling circus that is a visit from the President of the United States arrived in town this week, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got to play the ringleader. It’s nice work, if you can get it, and it was the highlight of one of the better political weeks the governor has had.
by Terry D. Cowgill | March 7, 2014 5:30am
All the talk we’ve heard lately about how much to tax during an election year is hardly surprising, given the whopper of a tax increase Dannel Malloy signed into law not long after becoming governor. But an even more interesting question is whom to tax.
Tags: Brendan Sharkey, Yale, property taxes, nonprofits, New Haven, PILOT, Terry D. Cowgill, dh
March 6, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | March 6, 2014 11:07pm
One of the oft-stated goals of education reform is to ensure that students are “college and career ready.” Like “excellence,” it’s probably one of the most over-used phrases in the education reform movement.
But as I’ve asked before, what does this phrase really mean? Do our policy makers even know? Judging by their actions of late, I’m starting to think they don’t.
On March 18, the window opens for field tests of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the computer-based adaptive test that will go live next year to replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).
Tags: SBAC testing, CCSS, Common Core, dh
March 5, 2014
by Kimberly A. Knox | March 5, 2014 4:34pm
The Honorable Leslie Olear came before the General Assembly for reappointment on Feb. 26, having served the previous eight years with a stellar record. By all accounts, she is the type of judge that Connecticut deserves and needs: smart, hardworking and committed to doing what is fair and just.
by Barth Keck | March 5, 2014 5:30am
February 28, 2014
by Susan Bigelow | February 28, 2014 8:12am
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been making a splash on the national stage this past week, fueling speculation that he has his eye on something beyond Connecticut. At the very least, he’s putting himself in good position for help from national Democrats for his re-election campaign this fall.
by Suzanne Bates | February 28, 2014 8:00am
When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy grabbed the microphone away from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal the other day to defend President Obama’s proposed minimum wage hike, liberals across the country swooned.
Tags: op-ed, opinion, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, minimum wage, CBIA, President Obama, jobs, Suzanne Bates, dh
by Terry D. Cowgill | February 28, 2014 5:30am
Last week had to be an excruciating one for Republicans in Connecticut. As the Grand Old Party gears up for a race against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent governor, the specter of investigations hangs over the Capitol City like a New Year’s Day hangover.
February 27, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | February 27, 2014 9:36am
You may not know it but Connecticut’s Medicaid program is improving – a lot. Access to care is up, quality is up, and costs are down – actually down. Medicaid costs per member dropped by 2 percent from fiscal year 2012 to 2013.
What other health coverage program saw an actual drop in spending per person?