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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Insurance lobbyist balks at rumors surrounding union concessions/SustiNet

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As state government’s rank-and-file employees consider the package of union concessions their negotiators reached with Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, rumors are circulating the deal is somehow linked to the controversial SustiNet health reform proposal. SustiNet as envisioned by its supporters would have established a state run insurance program – a so-called public option – in […] [Read More]
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GOP Minority Leader Cafero’s advice to Healy replacements

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Briefly chatted tonight with House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, about some of the folks lining up to replace retiring GOP Chairman Chris Healy. Cafero said he’s trying to stay out of it, but has been spreading the word about what he considers the role of the chairman. “I don’t think the role is to […] [Read More]
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State watchdogs at capitol urging lawmakers to reject merger

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Representatives from three key watchdog agencies – the Office of State Ethics, the Freedom of Information Commission and the Elections Enforcement Commission – gathered outside of the House of Representatives earlier this evening. Ethics chief Carol Carson, FOIC head Colleen Murphy and Nancy Nicolescu with Elections huddled around Rep. Patricia Billie Miller, D-Stamford, a vice-chairman […] [Read More]
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Dems, GOP battling over prison reform language

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Here’s the quote that has caused so much consternation at the capitol over the last 24 hours: “An inmate may earn risk reduction credit for adherence to the inmate’s offender accountability plan and for participation in eligible programs or activities, good conduct and obedience to institutional rules as designated by the commissioner.” That language was […] [Read More]
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Helpful Legislative Tip: Reps. Hwang and Tong ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON

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State Reps. William Tong, D-Stamford and Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, are, respectively, the first and second Asian Americans elected to the General Assembly. Hwang mentioned to me today during a conversation at the capitol how often he is mistaken for Tong, particularly now that the latter has entered the race for the 2012 Democratic U.S. Senate […] [Read More]
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How does state handle complaints against employee drivers?

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Since it was first launched three years ago, a website allowing the public to comment on the driving habits of state workers has generated nearly 2,000 complaints. How have those been handled? Check out our report. Let’s just say that hardly anyone fesses up to bad driving, there’s no shortage of creative excuses and complainants […] [Read More]
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Norwalk lawmaker wants colleagues to reconsider Internet sales tax, but Finance Chair says, “No way.”

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State Rep. Chris Perone, D-Norwalk, is one of the more quiet members of the General Assembly. I don’t mean that as an insult or a slap at how he represents his constituents. But he’s not an attention hound who’s always getting up to make a speech during a debate or firing off press release after […] [Read More]
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Think state unions still got it pretty good? Here’s Malloy administration’s position

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During a press briefing this morning on Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s concessions deal with state unions, I asked his advisor, Roy Occhiogrosso, what he would say to those taxpayers who still think public employees have a pretty sweet deal. “This governor does not believe that lowering people’s standard of living is a public policy goal […] [Read More]
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Sen. Roraback pledges to shave head over union deal

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There’s been some skepticism over a section of the governor’s concessions deal with state unions that estimates $180 million in savings from what critics mock as a “suggestion box.” Specifically Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is counting on the 45,000 members of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to over the next two years help […] [Read More]
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Guess Guv Malloy ain’t opening Emergency Ops Center for world’s end

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For an administration that’s been talking a lot during the fiscal crisis about “shared sacrifice” and offering doomsday budgets, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s office is pretty uninformed about the prospect that tomorrow the world may end. That’s right. It’s, according to a movement inspired by an evangelical Christian preacher, Judgement Day. The Rapture. Or what […] [Read More]
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