It’s time to stop red-tape machine

The Hartford Business Journal

A pair of news developments has put a fresh face on an old problem — the state’s expensive and dysfunctional red-tape machine.

Let’s start with HBJ senior writer Greg Bordonaro’s examination of the state’s largest office real estate purchase in a generation. Full story…

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Press Conference Today

CT 21 will release report on Connecticut’s Mental Health and Other Human Services today, Monday, March 18 in Hartford.

Lieutenant Governor Wyman will join James P. Torgerson, Chair of the CT 21 Steering Committee for the release of the report and its recommendations for increased efficiency and effectiveness of services.

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CT’s home care lobby rebrands

The Hartford Business Journal

The state’s chief home care association is launching a major new rebranding campaign as it prepares for a major role in the state’s changing health care landscape.

The Connecticut Association for Home Care and Hospice has changed its name to the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home. Full story…

 

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Renewed panel to help towns be more efficient

By Johanna Somers, The New London Day

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said Thursday that a bipartisan commission would help towns regionalize and address mandates, education costs and municipal taxes.

Sharkey said the panel would be a recreation of the former Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies Commission, which in 2010 created laws to encourage regional cooperation. Full story…

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Pinpointing Where Sharing Can Save Towns Cash- Some services are best delivered on a regional basis, some not

The Hartford Courant | Feb 19, 2013

One thing we might rightly infer from last week’s angry mayors’ tour is that it’s been a tough four years for the state’s cities.

The mayors who were protesting Gov. Dannel Malloy‘s budgetary approach to their cities say their budgets are down to the bone. That also is Mr. Malloy’s problem; he is staring at a $1.1 billion deficit. Is there someplace else to look for help?

How about the region?

There was a time when “regionalism” was a four-letter word in Connecticut, the home of home rule and long-standing local traditions. As costs have risen and revenues have shrunk, municipal leaders have gotten more open to seeking economies with surrounding communities.

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Focus On Social Investment

by Christine Stuart | Dec 4, 2012

As state budgets shrink and the demand for social services grows, a group of Connecticut nonprofit organizations are searching for ways to serve an increasing demand with fewer and fewer funding sources. Full story…

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States Encounter Obstacles Moving Elderly & Disabled Into Community

By Kaiser Health News
A multi-billion dollar federal initiative to move low-income elderly and disabled people from long-term care facilities into the community has fallen far short of its goals, as many states have struggled to cobble together housing and other services. Full story…

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