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Towns say winter won't wait for Lamont, legislators to cut a deal


The CT Mirror

October 18, 2019

Municipalities say the stalemate between Gov. Ned Lamont and legislators over long-term transportation funding is about to create an immediate crisis: With $30 million in promised local aid months overdue, fall tree trimming and winter snow removal are at risk.

Lamont is delaying action on a bond package, saying he needs to know if lawmakers will provide new revenue for transportation or whether more of the state’s credit capacity will be needed to shore up the faltering special transportation fund.

If he releases the funds, the governor loses leverage that he hopes will help win passage of a 10-year transportation plan he intends to release in coming weeks. But the cities and towns say they cannot afford the delay.

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Deidre Gifford, top Medicaid official, named to lead DSS

The CT Mirror

May 24, 2019

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday named Dr. Deidre Gifford, a physician and top federal Medicaid official with a background in systems reform, as his choice to lead one of Connecticut’s largest bureaucracies, the state Department of Social Services.

The nomination nearly completes Lamont’s cabinet and meets his goal of finding a Medicaid expert to oversee a department with nearly 1,600 employees and a budget of more than $4 billion, including $2.5 billion for recipients of Medicaid.

“I want to refocus our energy to improve the delivery of these services utilizing innovative tools that increase the value and outcomes for consumers while also producing cost-saving efficiencies for the agency,” Lamont said. “This is exactly what drew my attention to Dr. Gifford – she has many years of experience doing exactly this both on the state and federal level.”

Gifford will take over DSS on June 21, succeeding Roderick Bremby, the commissioner during both terms of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.

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