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Thu March 27, 2014
Connecticut Has High Hospital Infection Rate; Legislature Approves a PILOT Bill
Patients at Connecticut hospitals in 2012 contracted infections during treatment at rates “significantly” higher than the national rate. According to a report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Connecticut patients contracted infections during or after colon surgery at a rate 27 percent higher than the national average.
Legislature Approves a PILOT Bill
Lawmakers approved a variety of bills on Tuesday aimed at eventually changing the way Connecticut helps fund local governments. The current payments in lieu of taxes would be canceled, and municipalities would directly bill the institutions for the value of their property, then seek reimbursement from the state.
UCONN Won't Raise Tuition Because of Deficit
Despite a deficit of more than $46 million, UCONN officials say they won't raise tuition for this fall beyond the increase planned under the already established four-year tuition schedule. The university plans to raise tuition by 6.5 percent this fall which is in the mid-range of the hikes permissible under a four-year plan that was approved by trustees in 2011.
Public Comment Invited for Hartford Union Station
Connecticut transportation officials invited the public to weigh in this afternoon on improvements planned for Hartford’s Union Station. Upgrades include a high-level passenger boarding platform and a second set of exit stairs. Construction is set to begin early next year and will be completed in 2016.
Metro-North Adding Train to Accommodate Huskies Fans
The UCONN Huskies head to Madison Square Garden to face Iowa State in the Sweet 16 on Friday, and Metro-North is adding an extra New Haven Line train to accommodate fans traveling to the city. The additional train leaves New Haven at 4:15 pm on Friday, and will arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 6 pm. The rail line says it is providing additional ticket sellers on Friday afternoon.