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This year, the governor said, “We will continue to emphasize our best-in-the-nation public schools and workforce development, making sure every child, regardless of zip code, race, color, or creed, has the best opportunity at the starting line of life.”
The idea, Comptroller Kevin Lembo said, is to make health insurance more accessible and affordable due to the size of Connecticut’s state insurance base.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw has decreased Connecticut’s projected budget deficit by 40% – although the figure remains at $1.2 billion. Last month...
State statute requires that when the comptroller certifies a shortfall in the General Fund in excess of 1%, the governor musts present lawmakers with a deficit mitigation plan within one month "to modify such allotments to the extent necessary to prevent a deficit."
The Lamont administration is predicting a $2.1 billion deficit for FY21, which began on July 1, and a $3.5 billion deficit for fiscal 2022 and 2023.
Justin Theal, an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ State Fiscal Health team, calls Connecticut “one of the most financially secure states going into the recession.”
"I am urging Congress to consider the human cost of delaying further financial assistance," Lembo said.
Meanwhile, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is projecting the state’s General fund will close Fiscal Year 2020 – which ended on June 30 -- with an operating shortfall of $153.1 million.
The governor gave schools permission to host in-person graduation ceremonies starting July 6.
In other developments today: The state is currently on track to end Fiscal Year 2020 with a General Fund deficit of $170 million; a new statewide organization has been formed to help Connecticut's nonprofits; and according to one model, Connecticut’s hospitals will hit peak resource use on April 16, at which time there will be a shortage of 2,167 hospital beds and a deficit of 499 ICU beds. The same model predicts 1,092 virus-related deaths here through Aug. 4.
"Agencies are making efforts to curtail hiring and discretionary expenditures, and the governor is prepared to exercise recission authority if necessary to mitigate against ending the year with an operating deficit," according to McCaw.
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who announced the initiative in July, said that two contractors have been selected to help implement the network.
The Centers of Excellence will be hospitals and other providers that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence and can demonstrate the best patient outcomes.
“Connecticut is calling the shots on prescription drug costs and quality,” Kevin Lembo said.
The state currently employs 26,073 women, 23,539 men and 97 individuals who did not disclose their gender, according to the comptroller’s office.