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April 12, 2018

Lawmakers Work To Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 12, 2018 2:16pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT —With 20 working days left in the legislative session, lawmakers are making a big push for legislation that would improve mental health parity and make drug prices more transparent.

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April 9, 2018

Auditors Seek Access To DOC Contract, Involve Attorney General’s Office

by Christine Stuart | Apr 9, 2018 11:36am
Posted to: FOIA | Law Enforcement | Legal | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The Auditors of Public Accounts asked the attorney general for help obtaining a Correction Department report on inmate medical care.

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State Gov’t Not Immune to NDAs and Big Severance Payouts

by Christine Stuart | Apr 9, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Ethics | FOIA | Quasi-Public | State Capitol | Transparency | Pensions

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HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s non-disclosure agreement with a former aide may have made headlines recently, but it’s not unique to Congress or even Connecticut state government.

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April 5, 2018

Finance Committee Moves To Delay Bond Covenant

by Christine Stuart | Apr 5, 2018 11:43pm
Posted to: Legal | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee approved a bill Thursday that will delay implementation of what many are referring to as the “bond lock.”

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April 3, 2018

Lawmakers Tardy In Reviewing Their Own Sexual Harassment Policies

by Christine Stuart | Apr 3, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Equality | Ethics | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — Allegations of sexual harassment in a Congresswoman’s office grabbed headlines and may have helped remind Connecticut legislative leaders they promised to examine their own sexual harassment policies.

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March 22, 2018

Four Months Later, A Budget Deficit Still Lingers

by Christine Stuart | Mar 22, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The state budget is expected to end the year in the red by about $192.7 million. That’s lower than the deficit was a month ago, but still enough to require some help from lawmakers to bring it into balance

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March 15, 2018

Body Cam Question: Who’s Playing Gotcha?

by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 15, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Transparency | New Haven

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HARTFORD, CT — New Haven State Sen. Gary Winfield had some clean-up business to attend to in a law he authored enabling cops to wear body cameras. The state’s top prosecutor balked — and the two ended up sparring about whether cops deserve special rights to check their story before offering sworn statements.

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March 9, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out In Support of Bill To Prohibit Question About Country of Origin

by Christine Stuart | Mar 9, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Education | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — There was never any indication Connecticut education officials would seek to disaggregate country-of-origin data for Asian Americans, but Lin Yang and hundreds of other Connecticut residents weren’t taking any chances.

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OP-ED | The Bizarre Bigazzi Case: Someone at UConn Dropped The Ball

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 9, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Law Enforcement | Opinion | State Budget | Transparency | Burlington

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It has got to be one of the strangest murder cases in Connecticut history. I’d say it rivals the infamous 1986 wood-chipper murder, which thrust the state into the national media after a Newtown flight attendant disappeared and her husband was eventually convicted of the murder even though her body was never found.

In the bizarre case of University of Connecticut Health Center Prof. Pierluigi Bigazzi, we have a body and it seems pretty clear how he was killed and by whom. The mystery lies in why UConn officials were so slow to react when Bigazzi became incommunicado and why they continued to pay his generous salary until his wife was arrested at their Burlington home on Feb. 5, seven months after anyone at the university had heard from him.

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March 1, 2018

Commission Calls For Reduction In Taxes, End to Collective Bargaining For Benefits

by Christine Stuart | Mar 1, 2018 3:47pm
Posted to: The Economy | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The 14-member Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth made 10 recommendations Thursday, including a reduction in income taxes, an increase in sales and corporation taxes, a $1 billion reduction in annual operating expenses, and an end to collective bargaining for benefits.

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