Special education, health insurance costs higher than expected for Ridgefield schools

Ridgefield Public Schools have spent, or are obligated to spend, $92.4 million out of its $95-million 2018-19 school budget, according to the January financial report to the Board of Education. The schools are on track to spend the entire $95 million, according to the report, which is submitted monthly by Business Manager Dawn Norton. Costs for special education, legal counsel, and … read more

Budget bummer: Town expects insurance bump

With insurance costs a major obstacle to holding the 2019-20 town budget increase down, the selectmen will begin their budget work with four meetings the first week of February. “The big question this year is health insurance, as it is most years,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “We need to figure that out, and no one has yet but we’re … read more

Federal tax plan has town aiming for flat budget, health insurance bloc

A federal tax plan signed into law in late 2017 has First Selectman Rudy Marconi concerned — and has the town aiming for a 0% budget increase and considering a measure to create an alliance with other towns for leverage against the insurance industry. The new tax law was one of the first issues raised by Marconi in his state … read more

Senior Scene: Health insurance assistance available

This is the time of year when the program of CHOICES (Connecticut Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling and Eligibility Screening) is available. Karen Gaudian, the municipal agent for the elderly, is running a program at the library Tuesdays and Fridays until Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only. Call Karen at 203-431-2754 at … read more

Letter: Conservatives do not want to see a free health insurance market

To the Editor: Conservatives present their ideology as if it were a religion, to be taken on faith, not subject to the pragmatic criterion of, “Does it work?” Free markets do not exist except on a very small scale, like pizza parlors or nail salons, and even their franchise operations often drive the single proprietorship out of the marker. Any … read more

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