2No state money for Rock Cats’ move

COMMENTARY Hartford is a city plagued with a variety of public policy problems — not least the misuse of city funds and other financial mismanagement.  And it’s afflicted by a host of urban ills – including a poverty rate second only to Detroit (as of 2012) and the highest unsolved homicide rate (45%) of New England’s seven largest cities. Keeping all this in mind, ask yourself: If Hartford weren’t, ...

2VA in Connecticut avoids wait-time scandal but insects plague OR for 8 years; gives big raises

Federal healthcare facilities for veterans in Connecticut are facing their own problems, separate from an ongoing national wait-time scandal, with longstanding concerns over “intrusion of insects” in operating rooms and other cleanliness issues. Meanwhile, some highly-compensated VA doctors received raises exceeding $30,000 last year. The national scandal, compounded by revelations of employee bonuses while veterans ...

0With fewer served, costs rise at state-run homes for developmentally disabled

Fewer people with developmental disabilities in Connecticut need the highest level of care, but rising costs are growing the gap between high-cost treatment in state-run facilities and lower-cost private alternatives. According to 2013 data provided by the Department of Developmental Services, the number of people in federally-designated intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities fell ...

0Longtime Democratic donor sees value of contracts increase during Malloy administration

Simon and Steven Konover, longtime Democratic donors including max-out contributions made last month, have seen rapid growth in their business with the state during the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy. The state paid Konover Commercial Corporation $1.5 million in 2010 and $1.7 million in 2011, according to the General Assembly’s transparency website. Malloy took office ...

0Suffield to claim bond funds 14 years later

After leaving a state grant unused for 14 years, Suffield is finally claiming $75,000 in borrowed funds, although for a new project. Originally intended for “renovations and improvements to an existing bathhouse at Babb’s Beach,” the town never completed the project. The State Bond Commission will vote today on repurposing the money for improvements to the ...