1Connecticut insurance exchange hired marketing company for ‘legislative communications strategy’

Access Health CT, the health-insurance exchange implementing Obamacare in Connecticut, paid a marketing firm millions in part to “engage key legislators” but contends the agreement does not violate a ban on lobbying by quasi-public state agencies. The original $7.2 million agreement with marketing consultant Pappas MacDonnell included $59,900 for a “legislative communications strategy.” “The quick ...

2Connecticut pays out $13.8 million in longevity payments

Connecticut will pay out $13.8 million in longevity payments to 27,602 unionized state workers this week, up slightly from October’s payment, according to the Comptroller’s Office. The average eligible employee received $500, a slight increase. The number of employees receiving a payment increased by about 200. In October, the payments totaled $13.6 million. The state calculates ...

356,000 Pounds of Why?

Watertown, Connecticut is a town of approximately 22,000 people. In 2012 its violent crime rate was less than half of the national average. Despite being a safe place to live, Watertown has recently acquired a 56,000 pound Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle from the United States Military at a cost of nearly $755,000. The Republican-American ...

0Jackson Labs avoids local approvals as a ‘state project’

Construction on the Jackson Laboratory facility in Farmington is well on its way to completion thanks in part to unique treatment of the project: the lab didn’t need any local approvals. The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will receive a $297 million subsidy from the state. Gov. Dannel Malloy has touted the project for its ...

4Connecticut gets top rank in ‘zombie index’

The Institute for Truth in Accounting finds Connecticut has the highest “zombie index,” meaning the state “may be more likely than others to be taking on higher risk to address their debt problems.” The index relies on a weighted average of three components – the TIA “Taxpayer Burden” measure (50%), the timeliness of the annual ...