Connecticut's Budget Process
Throwing money at a problem has a bad rap - it's like firefighters throwing water on a fire.
-- Congressman Barney Frank
Connecticut's budget process can seem intimidating, but it needn't be. The budget drives most of Connecticut's state policies, especially in health care. Advocates are well advised to pay attention and learn the basics.
We've designed this page as a series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Beginning advocates should read it through from the beginning. More experienced advocates can skip ahead to specific answers by clicking on the question.
Many thanks to Alan Calandro for his generous assistance in updating this page.
Research – Finding and Using Data
Comptroller’s Bond Allocation Database
Fiscal Year 2023/2024 budget development Office of Fiscal Analysis
Budget books Office of Fiscal Analysis
Fiscal notes Office of Fiscal Analysis
Office of Policy and Management
Connecticut’s budget process, explained, CT Mirror
Op-Ed: This Is Why CT Can’t Lower Healthcare Costs
After years of deliberation, Connecticut’s state plan to cap healthcare costs has finally identified the drivers of those costs in our state. But the Steering…Read More
OHS seeks community input on YNHH purchase of three more hospitals
The Yale-New Haven health system has applied for permission from the state to buy Waterbury, Manchester Memorial, and Rockville General hospitals. The state Office of…Read More
Analysis: How Brain Shortcuts Undermine Policymaking
Thinking is hard work. Adult brains are only 2% of our body weight, but they use 20% of our body’s energy. To handle the load,…Read More
Report finds Hartford Hospital got $78 million more in tax breaks than they invested in communities, 2020
In 2020, Hartford Hospital received $78 million more in tax breaks than they paid out in charity care and community investment, their “fair share” deficit,…Read More
Analysis: Are Connecticut Hospitals Losing Money? It Depends
Our state’s hospitals are hemorrhaging money according to the Connecticut Hospital Association. They report losses of $164 million last year. But state officials are pushing…Read More
Insurance Committee passes bills prohibiting anti-competitive health system practices
This morning, the Insurance and Real Estate Committee approved two bills that prohibit huge healthcare systems from using their monopoly power to jack up prices…Read More