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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made no apologies for borrowing $188.6 million for a variety of projects, including a bronze statute of the late Walter 'Doc' Hurley and a monument to the 65th infantry regiment known as the Borinqueneers. He said he keeps waiting for Republicans lawmakers to oppose borrowing for school construction, which makes up the largest portion of the state's bonded debt when it comes to non-revenue bonds. Comment?
It looks as if the third time might be the charm for the sale of Greater Waterbury Health Network and Waterbury Hospital to Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. for $100 million. The state Public Health Department's Office of Health Care Access and the state attorney general's office announced Friday that it was ready to approve the application filed by California-based Prospect Medical Holdings. Comment?
The Connecticut Office of State Ethics started a 30-day commenting period in connection with a request from Common Cause to determine whether Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade's participation in the Anthem-Cigna merger would violate the state Ethics Code. The 30-day period, which started Monday, is an opportunity for the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board to receive relevant facts, legal arguments, and opinions from persons interested in this issue. Comment?
Lawmakers on the Public Health Committee were urged Wednesday to pass new and tougher legislation next year to regulate electronic cigarettes and vapor products in Connecticut. Gregory Carver, program coordinator for the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services , read a statement from DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, stating there is a "new nicotine epidemic'' in Connecticut and that epidemic is e-cigarettes. Comment?
Nine Connecticut police departments and a state police troop showed racial and ethnic disparities in traffic stops they made over a 12-month period, according to a new study by Central Connecticut State University's Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy. The most damning evidence from the Racial Profiling Prohibition Project report is that black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be pulled over during daylight hours than after dark, when officers presumably can't see who's behind the wheels nearly as well. Comment?
Connecticut has the potential to become a national leader in offering the ultra-high speed Internet that many companies are looking for in an increasingly digitalized business world, according to a new state study . The new study for the Office of Consumer Counsel, which recommends a number of possible initiatives, may help bolster a legislative proposal under consideration to create a Bioscience and Health Data Network Collaborative Task Force that would work out plans for a gigabit-speed broadband network. Comment?
Childcare workers and parents descended on Hartford's Capital Community College last week to voice concerns about wages and proposed changes to a federal program that subsidizes care. Workers and parents expressed their concerns to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, which was receiving public feedback on the proposed changes to the way federal funding will be implemented under President Obama's Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Comment?
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