by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 4:30pm
Posted to: Courts | Housing | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Transparency
HARTFORD, CT — The ACLU’s Smart Justice coalition, which is led by formerly incarcerated individuals, wants the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation that will increase prosecutorial transparency and another that would end discrimination of formerly incarcerated individuals.
Continue reading "Coalition Backs Legislation To End Discrimination and Increase Prosecutorial Transparency" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2018 3:00pm
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | Transparency
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 8 p.m.) In 2018, most of the $2 billion Connecticut paid state retirees stayed in Connecticut, but at least $184.5 million went to 4,800 retirees who now live in Florida.
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by Terry Cowgill | Dec 10, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Transparency | Newtown | Privacy
From Charles Manson to Richard Speck to Stephen Paddock, America’s fascination with its mass killers is almost boundless. It is clearly a human instinct to learn as much about the most violent among us as we can.
Is it morbid curiosity or a yearning to know as much as possible about the perpetrators so that we can see warning signs and prevent mass killings in the future? Are the media guilty of sensationalizing tragedy when we publish detailed information about gunmen like Adam Lanza?
Continue reading "OP-ED | Transparency Wins In Battle Over Sandy Hook Evidence" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 3, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | FOIA | Insurance | Transparency
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3 p.m.) It’s been more than a year fraught with legal delay tactics by the Insurance Department, but the Freedom of Information Commission is still trying to force the disclosure of documents connected to a pair of separate, multi-billion dollar acquisitions that didn’t go through.
Aetna was attempting to buy Humana, and Anthem wanted to purchase Cigna.
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by Christine Stuart | Nov 27, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency | Windham
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont wants input from a wide variety of individuals before taking office and putting together his first policy agenda and budget proposal. But the clock is ticking.
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by Terry Cowgill | Nov 26, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Corporate Watch | Economic Development | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | Transparency | Transportation
Ever wonder why most of us don’t trust the government? At the moment, my own reasons have less to do with policy than with those in government who insist on secrecy even when it’s unnecessary.
To wit, the State of Connecticut and its reflexively closed-minded response to a freedom-of-information request for the tax-break package it had offered to Amazon to entice the legendary retailer into locating its second headquarters, known as HQ2, to Hartford or Stamford.
Continue reading "OP-ED | The Amazon ‘State Secret’ and For Whom the Weed Tolls" »
by Christine Stuart | Nov 21, 2018 3:18pm
Posted to: Legal | State Budget | Bonding and Debt | State Capitol | Transparency
HARTFORD, CT — Attorney General George Jepsen agrees with State Treasurer Denise Nappier that the General Assembly messed up some of the language referring to a bond covenant in its budget legislation this year, but he concluded that lawmakers could not have intended to violate their own rule three times on the last night of the legislative session.
Continue reading "Jepsen: Budget Bill Errors Identified By Nappier Don’t Change Legislative Intent of ‘Bond Lock’" »
by Susan Bigelow | Oct 26, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency
Every election season, news organizations and various interest groups send surveys to candidates to get them them to take actual positions on issues that matter. The responses are worth our time. Not just because we should be informed about who we’re voting for, but because sometimes we need to remember that, away from the soul-draining destructiveness of our national political and cultural war, democracy is still real.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Read the Answers to Candidate Surveys; It May Make you Feel Better" »
by Jack Kramer | Oct 19, 2018 1:21pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Taxes | Transparency
NEW HAVEN, CT — With a little more than two weeks left before the Nov. 6 election, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont released his last five years of state and federal tax returns and challenged Republican Bob Stefanowski to follow suit.
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by Christine Stuart | Sep 26, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 7 a.m.) Oz Griebel, who petitioned his way onto the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, is the first gubernatorial candidate to release three years of personal income taxes. It’s unclear if the two major party candidates will follow suit.
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