Understanding Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies

State Comptroller talks about quasi-public agencies on Where We Live.
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Established in 1965, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has earned its title as the oldest quasi-public agency in our state. Now, it’s one of eleven quasi-public entities in Connecticut, agencies like Connecticut Innovations, Inc.; the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Lottery Corporation; and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority -- to name a few. 

But what does it mean to be quasi-public? How did these agencies come about? And how do they differ from private and public entities? On Where We Live, our conversation takes us through the complexities of the quasi-public to help us better understand this gray area of our government.


  • Kevin Lembo, Connecticut's State Comptroller 
  • Gail Radford, Associate Professor of History at the University of Buffalo, and author of The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America
  • Claire Leonardi, CEO of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. 
  • Abe Scarr, Director of the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG)