Guy Benson of Fox News and Mary Katherine Ham of CNN joined the Yankee Institute and 100 guests at the Thomas Hooker tasting room in Hartford on Tuesday to discuss their book, End of Discussion, and the state of free speech in America. Meanwhile, lawmakers considered House Bill 5589, which would force some nonprofit groups to reveal the names of some of their supporters.
As Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state bond commission raced through their votes on $350 billion in new borrowing Friday, Connecticut’s credit rating was downgraded by Fitch Ratings Agency, giving Connecticut the third worst bond rating of the 50 states. But Connecticut’s lagging economy and heavy debt burden did not prevent the bond commission from borrowing nearly $50 million to give loans and grants to companies through the Department of Economic and Community Development.
In 2014, the Department of Correction spent $85.5 million in caring for the mental and physical health needs of Connecticut’s inmates under the terms of an agreement between the prison system and UConn Health Center's Correctional Managed Health Care program. However, according to an audit released Tuesday the true cost of that care is much higher.
The Metropolitan District Commission which provides water and sewer to the Hartford region has paid nearly $1 million in settlements to a group of former employees who had filed discrimination complaints against the agency, according to a review of the municipal water authority's board minutes.
A controversial bill that would force nonprofit groups to disclose their donors to the government may come a vote in the House of Representatives as early as Tuesday. House Bill 5589 is being pushed heavily by House Speaker Joe Arerisimowicz, D-Berlin, who has made the donor disclosure bill a priority this session.
The Connecticut state agency that handles claims of employment and housing discrimination received almost as many complaints in 2016 as its counterpart in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has nearly double Connecticut's population but only 15 percent more discrimination claims raising questions as to whether Connecticut is simply more litigious or if the policies at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities are encouraging more claims.