An employee of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities used excessive paid administrative leave and the state’s Voluntary Schedule Reduction Program to reach exactly 10 years of state service before quitting, making him or her eligible for a state retirement medical benefits.read more
“Changes intended to make tax collections more stable, combined with constraints intended to promote fiscal prudence, have strayed far wide of the mark.”read more
Since 2011, Connecticut has bonded nearly $1.8 billion for economic development, but the effort has produced little effect on the state’s economy.
During the seven year period from 2011 through 2017, Connecticut’s gross domestic product declined 1.6 percent when adjusted for inflation, according to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.read more
Connecticut already has what many regionalism proponents want — shared services and regional decision-making entities. This raises the question, “Why the renewed push for regionalism?”read more
Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $10 million bond for a new study on tolls sailed through rough waters during the Bond Commission meeting today, but ultimately the governor had his way.read more
Don Shubert, head of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, and Mary Tomolonius, executive director for the Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, implored supporters and members to attend tomorrow's Bond Commission...read more
The Fitch Files
Connecticut’s Whiting Forensic Hospital was forced to rehire employees terminated in 2009 and 2010 for the abuse of state psychiatric patients after grievance arbitrators overturned management decisions, according to documents obtained through a freedom of information request.read more
The Fitch Files: Connecticut woodworking company becomes victim of national pension crisis, gets sued out of existence
Mark originally wanted a union shop so that J-Con Inc. could do business in neighboring New York and Rhode Island. He contributed toward his employees’ pension fund with the carpenters union, along with health benefits and good pay.
Little did he know that this would ultimately destroy his business.read more
On a Side Note
In conceding that a House vote on a tolls bill would likely not happen this year, House Speaker Joe Arsimowicz said, “When you have people that want to paint the picture that Connecticut sucks at all costs and any new thing is going to force people out of the state, it’s a tough narrative to overcome.”
A light-hearted “Toll Troll” demonstration by Yankee Institute at the Capitol on Tuesday drew media attention and ire of House leadership.
Suzanne Bates wrote that it’s hard to be a conservative in Connecticut in an op-ed for the Hartford Courant, but it’s probably even harder to be a conservative government union member in Connecticut.
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