The city of Danbury has been experiencing a renaissance in the past few years, which has the city moving in the opposite direction as the rest of the state. Although Connecticut has been experiencing a net loss of population, Danbury has increased its population by 8 percent since 2000; while Connecticut’s credit rating has decreased, Danbury recently earned a AAA rating; Connecticut’s state employee pension system is among the most underfunded in the nation, while Danbury’s is nearly fully funded into the foreseeable future.
Marc E. Fitch
As Connecticut’s Spending Cap Commission closes in on it’s December 1st deadline to deliver recommendations to the state legislature, committee co-chair, William Cibes, asked that the term “death-spiral” cease to be used when discussing the state’s fiscal health. Cibes also said that he no longer wanted to hear that state spending was out of control.
In tear-filled testimony, Holly Tucker of New Haven recounted how she was arrested following a traffic infraction and had her bail set at $25,000. She was forced to spend the night in jail away from her daughter before getting out on a written promise to appear the following day. Tucker was just one of many who crowded into the public hearing before the Sentencing Commission, which was tasked by Gov. Dannel Malloy to explore reforms to Connecticut’s bail system.
Senate President Pro Temopore, Martin Looney, D-New Haven, urged lawmakers to consider legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut, claiming it “could be a substantial revenue benefit to the state.” Chris Stiffler, an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute says the idea that it will bail out a state mired in deficits is not realistic. “There was this idea in Colorado that there would be an extra lane on every highway and an extra teacher in every classroom, but we’re not talking about those kinds of numbers.”
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority paid employee $50,000 to not show up, followed by $250,000 severance
The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority paid an employee a severance package of $250,875 after leaving the quasi-public agency, according to an audit by the Auditors of Public Accounts. The employee worked for CHFA for two and half years. The agency also paid the unidentified employee $50,000 in salary, plus health benefits and vacation accrual, for a period of three months during which “the employee was not required to report to work daily and was permitted to accept employment elsewhere.”
The Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that a Judicial Branch subcommittee was not in violation of the Freedom of Information Act when it held several meetings that were closed to the public. The guardian ad litem subcommittee is part of the Judicial Branch's “Family Re-Engineering Committee.” The Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Chase T. Rogers, tasked the subcommittee with proposing reforms to Connecticut family law and court practices.