1Bond Commission to vote on $300,000 grant for left-wing hub in New Haven

The Connecticut Bond Commission will consider a $300,000 grant Friday to the New Haven People’s Center, an organization with ties to the Communist Party. According to the commission’s agenda, the center will use the money for “exterior masonry repairs, new roofing, gutters and soffits, window replacement, heating system improvements and interior flooring improvements.” The funding ...

2Each Connecticut resident owes $5,800 for state retiree healthcare, down $2,000 since last estimate

Connecticut’s long-term liabilities went in the right direction for a change, according to a draft report by the state’s new healthcare actuaries, falling from about $8,700 per person to $5,800. Medical and prescription drug benefits for a 50-year-old retired state employee cost about $10,000 a year, according to the report by the Segal Company in ...

0Health Spending Doesn’t Equal Better Health

My latest post for HealthJusticeCT attacks two aspects of government health spending. First, buying healthcare for people is inefficient because they may prefer to have something else. This inefficiency is part of the reason taxpayers don’t get their money’s worth from government healthcare spending. Also, it dovetails nicely with “social determinants of health.” Basically, this ...

0Audit finds sign-language interpreters overbill clients

An audit of the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired found certain interpreters overbill the agency which leads to higher costs for clients who use their services. The Auditors of Public Accounts said interpreters employed by the commission use labor grievances to protect themselves when they submit overstated claims for hours or mileage. The ...

2It could happen here: Doubled taxes

The Japanese government wants to raise sales taxes twice before 2015, doubling rates from 5 percent today to 10 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that Japanese officials are short half the dollars they want to spend this year. Doubling the sales tax isn’t even enough to close the gap. The ...