0Governor’s office on track for savings

Gov. Dannel Malloy will finish fiscal year 2012 with an extra $142,300 left in his office budget and return it to the state treasury – if all goes according to plan. Malloy’s budget includes $2.3 million for his office staff. He has touted the fact that he cut his staff by 15 percent. The number ...

0Hidden electric tax costs jobs

  Connecticut lawmakers balanced the state budget last year by instituting a new tax on electric bills. Although, the new tax went into effect Jan. 1, 2011, for Connecticut Light & Power customers, it goes largely unnoticed because it replaces a fee customers paid for the past decade. At the time of passage, legislators who ...

0Census Bureau releases 2010 data for Connecticut

The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed data for Connecticut Wednesday launching the state’s redistricting process. The reapportionment committee has until Sept. 15, 2011, to get three plans – congressional, senate and house – passed by two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly. Failing that, a redistricting commission is formed. In recent years, the process ...

0Revised draft: SustiNet plan exempt from licensing

A revised draft of the SustiNet bill (HB 6305) appears to exempt the government-run insurance company – or public option – created by the legislation from state insurance regulations. The draft, which is not public yet, appears to address concerns raised by Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes in his written testimony, including ...

0Audit: Bysiewicz’s office should recount books and customer money

 Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz was widely criticized in 2010 for her handling of vote counts in Bridgeport and now a report by state auditors suggests other management problems in her office. Auditors criticized accounting procedures which led to a $5.2 million overstatement of customer balances out of a total of $12.5 ...