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Defense Inflection

A CT21 policy brief released this year shows Connecticut is at an inflection point with regard to its defense industry. Demand is increasing, but the state is facing a challenge when it comes to supplying the workforce necessary to deliver the product.

CT21 Senior Fellow Loren Dealy Mahler explains the opportunities presented by the challenge.

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Parole Reform

In case you missed it, the PBS documentary series Frontline, featured a one hour report on Connecticut's efforts to reform its parole system.

The reforms, pushed by Governor Malloy, have been generally supported by CT21 on policy and economic grounds.

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Time Running Out - Again

With less than two weeks to go to the end of the month, Governor Malloy and the legislature are stuck in terms of reaching a budget agreement.

Results of a rank and file vote on union concessions is expected Tuesday. Union acceptance of a Malloy negotiated concessions agreement is a key to any final budget deal. Republicans are asking for more detail on the agreement even as they call for a fundamentally new approach to labor relations.

Governor Malloy is urging lawmakers to adopt a mini-budget, to cover a few weeks, if they can't come to agreement on a full budget. Malloy says without legislative guidance he is forced to administer state spending on his own, which inevitably leads to undesireable and potentially damaging spending cuts.

Defense Hiring

As CT21 pointed out in its most recent policy brief, Connecticut is facing a boom in the defense industry. As a result, there is a growing demand for skilled workers in the field.

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Mental Health Providers

Providers of mental health care in Connecticut are concerned that Medicaid cuts at the federal level and a growing budget crisis at the state level will combine to seriously reduce access to mental health services.

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Budget Update

With no deal in sight, legislative leaders say they will not vote on a new two-year budget on July 18 as previously planned.

In the meantime, Republicans are making a pitch to change the way state employee union contracts are negotiated in the future. In short, they want a completely new set of rules to take effect in 2022.

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Budget Gridlock Continues

There is still no sign of an agreement on a new state budget two weeks after the end of the last fiscal year.

Republicans offered their own version of a spending plan Tuesday and asked for a vote. One way to break a budget impasse is for legislative leadership to force votes on various budget plans until all sides begin to see where to compromise.

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Still Recovering

A new report says Connecticut is one of five states that still has not fully recovered from the recession that began in late 2008.

The news backs up an argument Governor Malloy has been making since last year as he tries to convince lawmakers the old rules can no longer apply to the state budget process.

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New Budget Process

In an article published in Hearst Connecticut newspapers, Robert Santy of Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc., says Connecticut needs to adopt a new budgeting process. Santy says the current approach obviously is not working and he argues that we should begin by setting priorities based on existing revenue.

Priority based budgeting is a concept CT21 has supported throughout its history.

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Providers Offer Cost Savings

Connecticut is among just a few states with no budget in place for the current fiscal year and there is little sign of movement toward agreement.

Meanwhile, providers of social services funded by the state are concerned about their clients and concerned that lawmakers continue to ignore their ideas for cost savings.

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Medicaid Costs Down

A new study finds Connecticut's Medicaid costs per patient have been dropping, but Medicare spending is up in our state.

The news comes as governors from across the country fight to maintain current Medicaid spending levels as Republicans in Congress seek to reform the national healthcare law.

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Aetna Sends Message

Aetna confirmed Thursday that it is moving its corporate headquarters to New York City and provided the exact address. The move was not unexpected and had been telegraphed weeks ago.

The company said its continued presence in Hartford will depend a lot on the state of the Connecticut economy and whether the legislature can produce something that looks like a sustainable path forward. Coming less than two years after the decision by General Electric to relocate its headquarters to Boston, the Aetna move is an undeniable signal from the state's business community that state government needs to change its approach.

Aetna also revealed details of economic incentives it received from the city and the state of New York, further confirming that bidding for jobs is a multi-state contest.

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Meanwhile, the state heads into the holiday weekend - and more importantly - the new fiscal year without a budget in place.

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