1Accountants: “It would be misleading to exclude” UConn Foundation from state finances

This year, accountants included language emphasizing the close relationship between the University of Connecticut Foundation and state finances. The UConn Foundation is currently fighting legislation that would require it to comply with the Freedom of Information Act by eliminating its unique exemption under the law. Previously, the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report included the UConn ...

4Mental Health Hand-Wringing and Ignorance Over Middletown Facility

  Susan Bigelow recently posted an opinion piece on CT News Junkie regarding the opening of an all-girls locked psychiatric unit in Middletown in which she questioned both the need for and the effectiveness of such a treatment facility. Clearly Ms. Bigelow has no direct knowledge of the current state of mental health and her ...

1GOP donor switches to Dems after Malloy election, bond commission approves $6 million in state support

Abul Islam was a generous donor to the Connecticut Republican Party – until the state elected a Democratic governor. Islam, as the principal of a state contractor, can only give to the federal accounts of either party. A party’s federal account cannot benefit candidates for state office like a governor. Instead, they support candidates for ...

3Top teacher pension goes to double-dipping CREC chief for total pay of $328,000

The largest teacher pension in the state of Connecticut goes to the head of the Capitol Region Education Council where he makes $130,000 in salary on top of his $198,000 pension. Bruce Douglas has headed CREC since 2001. CREC runs 18 magnet schools, administers certain state programs and offers professional development and other services for ...

1Former rival’s nod gives Greenberg endorsements from more than half of Fifth District towns

Mark Greenberg, in his third run for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District, is well on his way to securing the Republican nomination. Last week, Farmington became the 21st Republican town committee, out of 40 41, to endorse Greenberg. Support from Farmington is particularly significant because the committee chairman is a 2012 rival of Greenberg’s, Mike ...