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The Chris Powell Column

Mass transit, but no mass; and the regionalism dodge

Connecticut’s idea of mass transit turns out to be a high-speed railroad line between Springfield and New Haven that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars but whose station stops won’t have washrooms.

Malloy budget: nothing has been fixed

Connecticut has seen worse state government budgets and might have expected one worse than what Governor Malloy proposed this Legislative session. At least this one was topped off by a lovely pipe dream. A few preliminary conclusions may be drawn.

Courts can tell lies; only press must be true

Maybe, as the ancient Greeks wrote, even God can’t change the past. But who needs God when you’ve got Connecticut’s General Assembly and Judicial Department? For they long have enacted and enforced laws to conceal arrest and court records and even to allow people to swear under oath that they have never been arrested, though they have been.

A dopehead on the job, and dopiness at UConn

Congratulations to state government on a rare triumph of public administration, the dismissal of a maintenance worker at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington who was caught smoking marijuana on the job in 2012.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

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Gag order canceled, but ignorance remains policy

No ruder blow against liberty has been struck in Connecticut in modern times than the one struck the other day by Superior Court Judge Steven Frazzini when he ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a report about a child-custody case.

Gag order canceled, but ignorance remains policy

No ruder blow against liberty has been struck in Connecticut in modern times than the one struck the other day by Superior Court Judge Steven Frazzini when he ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a report about a child-custody case.

The wrong study asks the wrong questions

Answers are determined by questions, and with great flourish the General Assembly has appointed a special committee of 15 worthy citizens to ask the wrong questions. That is, the committee is to study Connecticut’s tax structure — “to develop revenue-neutral policy options to modernize the current tax system, with the goals of increasing the system’s simplicity, fairness, economic competitiveness, and affordability.”