Barnes

New Health Plans May Be More Costly To Run

Connecticut officials are considering ways to lessen the cost of plans that will be offered on the state’s new health insurance marketplace.

04/26/2013

Connecticut State Capitol. (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

Malloy: State Faces “Painful” Choices To Cover Projected $365 Million Deficit

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says some “painful choices” and spending cuts will be needed to help cover Connecticut’s projected $365 million budget deficit.

11/15/2012

State Capitol (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

State Medicaid Spending Up, Sales Tax Revenues Less Than Projected

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says current projections put the sate with a $60 million deficit this budget year

11/01/2012

Bristol

With Many Pensions Under-Funded, Bristol’s Is Over-Funded . . . by $370 Million

Bristol’s pension plan is so flush with cash it’s considering investing a few hundred thousand dollars in companies to boost economic development.

09/07/2012

The state Capitol in Hartford. (Matt Dwyer/WTIC Photo)

Barnes Suggests Additional Budget Cuts

State Budget Chief Ben Barnes is suggesting $78.7 million in cuts in spending in the current year’s spending, plus a crackdown on new state hiring — including a final sign-off by his office on any new hires — as a way of balancing the state budger.

01/24/2012

Moody's (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Moody’s Downgrades State’s Rating

Moody’s Investors Services has downgraded Connecticut’s general obligation bonds from the Aa2 rating it has held for 21 months to Aa3. Budget chief Ben Barnes lashed out — saying Moody’s took the action to detract attention from what he called the rating’s services “historic lack of credibility.”

01/20/2012

State May Delay Health Plan Pooling

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director wants Connecticut’s comptroller to delay plans to open up the state’s health insurance program next month to municipal workers.

12/12/2011

(Courtesy Department of Social Services)

Nearly Three-Fold Increase In State Employee Retirements

Connecticut’s budget director says 2,628 state employees elected to retire over the past 10 months.

10/11/2011

Governor Malloy (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Malloy Administration Details Next Steps In Employee Concessions Deal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director says most of the layoff notices already issued to Connecticut state employees will be suspended until Sept. 1, giving the legislature time to sign off on a newly ratified labor savings deal.

08/19/2011

Governor Malloy Budget Director Benjamin Barnes

Budget Chief: We Tried To Be Fair

the governor’s budget chief, Ben Barnes says he’s aware that many industries in Connecticut are upset with tax increases being proposed but he says they tried to spread the pain as fairly as possible.

03/07/2011

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