UConn Health Center makes its own rules: state auditors find one $50K contract escalated to $4.1 M

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The UConn Health Center in Farmington was a punching bag a few years ago, when many lawmakers wanted to close it for mismanagement. Well, it gained new life in recent years and will host the planned expansion of the Maine-based Jackson Labs genetic research operation. But that doesn’t mean the mismanagement is behind the facility. […] [Read More]

Malloy is down with his brothers and sisters at “Occupy Hartford”

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The scene: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s economic summit in the Connecticut Convention Center. In meeting room 11, he hosts a morning news conference to pitch an association called the Startup America Partnership, which if approved by the General Assembly later in the month, would foster young businesses and help create jobs. Blogster: “Governor, speaking of […] [Read More]

Connecticut Republican leaders say that if they stay on Reapportionment Committee, Speaker of the House Donovan can, too

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“I think the real question is whether or not this is the best system for drawing state legislative and congressional districts?” Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield said in response to the Connecticut Post’s report that Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, would stay as a member of the next phase of the […] [Read More]

Gov. Malloy has lots of wiggle room for hiring to fill vacant positions

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The state Department of Administrative Services reports that so far this year, Connecticut state government has hired 1,183 employees, including 64 in September, when 630 were submitting their retirement applications. Here is a reminder of the number of hirings made in recent years. In 2009, the state was in the middle of an early retirement […] [Read More]

State Auditors: Dept of Agriculture “unethical.”

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Here are the recommendations (with the Blogster’s boldface) of the state DOA audit that were released today for the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years. But first, a statement from DOA Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, who took over the helm this year with the new Malloy administration. He points out that indeed, the audit is for […] [Read More]

Can’t get to Wall Street to protest fat-cat bankers and the decline of middle class earning power? How about Hartford?

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Something called the First General Assembly of “Occupy Hartford,” a spinoff of the New York protests that began three weeks ago, will occur twice during the day on Wednesday, across from the Holiday Inn in the capital city’s historic Bushnell Park, according to Kerri Provost on The Real Hartford website. The gatherings at 8:30 and […] [Read More]

Comptroller’s office pegs 2011 retirees at 2,767

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The smoke has cleared on the fall retirement picture, with a total of 630 state employees registering for separation between September 1 and the close of business last Friday, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s office reports. In all, 2,767 employees retired this year, a total that’s far above the average, but not even close to the […] [Read More]

FEMA money getting freed up for Irene cleanup

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced $5,089,356.61 in federal assistance has been okayed to help residents cope with Tropical Storm Irene’s wrath. “I am pleased to see that state residents continue to receive much needed financial assistance after the effects of Tropical Storm Irene,” Malloy said in a statement.  “If you suffered damage from Irene, […] [Read More]