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Conn. Hospitals Announce Layoffs; Blame Tax Increases, Funding Cuts

Hartford Hospital and fifteen other medical centers in Connecticut said Wednesday they’re going to lay off more than 400 employees over the next few weeks.

The parent company of the hospitals blamed them on a combination of tax increases and funding cuts to Medicaid in the budget lawmakers sent to Governor Dannel Malloy.

This week, Yale-New Haven Hospital also said it would close clinics in Branford and East Haven in response to the budget

Malloy hasn’t signed the budget lawmakers sent him. He's asked lawmakers to revisit certain aspects of the budget in a special session, but hospitals are not one of them.

“The hospital industry, last year, had one of its most profitable and lucrative years on record. The bottom line is, with this budget...we’re working to ensure that those who should pay their fair share contribute to Connecticut and its long-term future.” said Devon Puglia, a spokesperson for Malloy.

In a statement, Republicans in the Connecticut State senate said the General Assembly should revise the budget to eliminate Medicaid cuts and tax increases for hospitals.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.