An eye-opening new study says nearly 1 in 10 Connecticut adults suffers from the breath-stealing disease of asthma. And worse yet, the study says in the vast majority of cases, the affliction is poorly managed medically.

The Asthma Regional Council of New England, an independent agency supported by different foundations and the federal government, says that its study, released this week, finds that two-thirds of New England’s (including Connecticut’s) 1.3 million people wind up in emergency rooms or using inhalers too frequently. New England has the highest rate of asthma in the country. It remains unclear to medical experts why.

The study says many people with asthma don’t manage it properly because they can’t afford the co-pays for doctors visits or have no medical insurance at all.

More on the study is here:


Gov. Rell is expected to unveil today a new securitization plan to help eliminate the state’s huge budget deficit ($700 million in 2011 and $3 billion in 2012). Lawmakers are hesitant to use securitization—selling off revenue streams for upfront payments—because the state would probably get pennies on the dollar.

The governor has been all over the map on securitization. Her own administration proposed using it on a charge on utility bills and then when a legislative committee voted to do just that, she said she would veto the bill. No telling what she will propose, or whether she’ll stick with it through the process.


A week remains in the legislative session and several high-profile bills hang in the balance. They include domestic violence bills passed by the House and championed through the impressive work of state Rep. Mae Flexer and the return of the issue allowing alcohol to be sold on Sundays (yet another source of revenue to which the legislature has turned a blind eye).

Of course no bill may get a vote if a deal on judicial nominees isn’t reached. All nine of Gov. Rell’s nominees were approved by the Judiciary committee after she promised to nominate a person of color next time around.

In one of the most nonsensical flip-flops of this session, Democrats are now satisfied because the governor agreed to more diversity. This after they argued all along that the original nine weren’t needed and there was no money to pay for them.

Between now and a week from midnight tonight, you’ll see more drama in the legislature than Broadway. The Shad was in the room for five years worth of session deadlines and knows the important things will likely get done but not before a lot of finger-pointing, accusations of varying sorts and hand-ringing.

Senate President Don Williams has said he wants the judicial nominees and the funding for the entire Judicial branch to be part of the whole state budget. He’s right. It’s a bad precedent to be voting on funding for the three different branches of government piecemeal. That doesn’t mean other bills can’t be acted on.

That last fact is lost on House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, a bloviator of the worst kind (he can make a political junkie like The Shad turn off the great CT-N when he is “speaking”). Cafero is threatening to hold up any bill with a fiscal note, meaning any bill that costs some money, until the judges are approved. He can do that with endless amendments and lengthy speeches from the floor—a type of filibuster. Taxpayers and voters should take note of that kind of obstructionism.


The Shad is depressed over a new study that says chocolate can cause depression. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego and UC-Davis are out with a new study that says a sweet tooth and the consumption of sweets can be a contributing factor for depression. Pretty scary. The Shad gets depressed when someone eats the last of the Funny Bones.

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