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March 18, 2019

OP-ED | Medicaid Buy-In Sounds Good But A Closer Look Finds Plenty of Risk, Little Potential

by Ellen Andrews | Mar 18, 2019 10:30am
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

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Insurance in Connecticut is expensive. Policymakers are desperately seeking options to provide relief for struggling families and employers. There are several good ideas floating around that could help, but the public option based on Medicaid is not one of them.

Proponents of HB 7339 are hoping to take advantage of Medicaid’s low provider rates, innovations, and high quality to provide a publicly-run coverage option for people who don’t qualify for Medicaid based on income or citizenship status. It’s a laudable goal, but shuffling people between risk pools does nothing to lower the underlying costs that are driving up premiums. The juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.

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OP-ED | Damage Done By College Admissions Scandal Will Be Wide And Deep

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Education | Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion

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It was a bizarre variation on a timeless spring ritual. As high school seniors and their parents sat on pins and needles awaiting word from college admissions offices about whether Billy or Suzie got into Yale — or something less — news broke that 50 people in six states were charged by the federal government for being active participants in perhaps the greatest college admissions scandal in the nation’s history, even as the colleges themselves were held harmless.

On the one hand, it’s hardly surprising. It’s an open secret that being wealthy helps on so many levels: from access to healthcare, to preferential treatment by the criminal justice system, to fancy tax shelters. In the realm of education, the wealthy also can afford to hire standardized test tutors. Finally, we also know that legacy preferences are commonplace in college admissions, or that a major gift can grease the skids for entry.

But even by those already low standards, the indictment handed down last week by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts was stunning in scope and in the specificity of the fraud and racketeering charges it contained — to say nothing of the effrontery of the degenerate schemes.

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March 14, 2019

OP-ED | Gov’t ‘Trade Secret’ Exemptions Are Just Secrecy for the Sake of Secrecy

by Mike Savino | Mar 14, 2019 1:37pm
Posted to: Analysis | Data | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency

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I would be remiss if I let Sunshine Week pass without calling for an end to one of the least transparent practices going — trade secret exemptions for state agencies.

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March 12, 2019

OP-ED | Selling The Public On Tolls Is a Tall Order

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 12, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Opinion

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Six months ago, if someone had asked me if tolling would appear on Connecticut highways at some point in the very near future, I would have said yes without hesitation. Now, though, I’m not so sure.

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March 11, 2019

OP-ED | A Grab Bag of Gripes: Normalized Lying, Social-Media Shenanigans & Politicized Pensions

by Barth Keck | Mar 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Local Politics | Media Matters | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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As an avid news consumer and political junkie, I feel increasingly overwhelmed by all the news and all the political “junk.” As a matter of fact, I’m simply tired of it all.

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March 8, 2019

OP-ED | Lamont Budget Is A Step in the Right Direction for Retired Teachers

by Ed Messina | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Education | Town News | Labor | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | State Capitol

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After decades of not adequately funding the Teachers’ Retirement System, Connecticut is at a crossroads. Do we continue to kick the can down the road or make substantial improvements to how we fund the state’s long-term obligations to teachers? The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut is grateful that Gov. Ned Lamont made stable retirement funds for teachers a priority in his budget proposal.

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March 5, 2019

OP-ED | Town-Based School Districts Are a Legacy of the Racist Past: It’s Time for Them to Go

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Education Opinion

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Recently, leaders in the legislature proposed bills urging consolidation of certain smaller school districts. The backlash was as telling as it was immediate and fierce: threatening the high-achievement school systems that so many people worked so hard to buy their way into is like touching a live wire.

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March 4, 2019

OP-ED | On Alcohol, Stodgy Connecticut Should Let The Market Breathe Free

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 4, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Equality | Opinion | Retail Sector

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The election of the amiable Ned Lamont as governor and an enhanced Democratic majority in the General Assembly has certainly brought a new attitude to Hartford — a breath of fresh air, some might say, that swept away the irritable vibe of the self-described porcupine, Dannel Malloy.

Yet it seems some things never change. Percolating beneath the roiling waters of tolls, taxes, plastic bags, and forced school regionalization is the question of what to do with Connecticut’s vices. This discussion has been going on, well, at least since Thomas Hooker led a group of Puritans to Connecticut from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636.

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February 28, 2019

OP-ED | The Untold Good News About Connecticut Nursing Homes

by Matthew V. Barrett | Feb 28, 2019 7:32am
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

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There is good news in Connecticut, but hardly anyone is telling the story: our state’s nursing homes every day are delivering high quality care for almost 24,000 Connecticut residents. That nursing homes are doing so during a long period of state budget instability and staffing pressures is an even bigger story.

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February 27, 2019

OP-ED | The Painful Reality Of Having Few Good Choices

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 27, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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Welcome, Ned Lamont, to Dan Malloy’s life. Well, not his current life, he’s doing some kind of cool visiting professorship deal up in Boston, but the life he led from 2011 to a little over a month ago in which he was forced to make endless miserable budget decisions and, as a reward, be the least popular governor in the entire country.

That is now you. Congrats, I guess.

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