Outside of the in connection with the Cheshire home invasion sentence, news that officials had launched an investigation into food stamp fraud involving well-paid state employees remains a highly discussed topic even a week after the news sent shock waves.
Andrew McDonald, senior counsel for Gov. Dannel Malloy who is heading up the investigation, told Fox Connecticut's Laurie Perez on Sunday that employees implicated in the fraud may face criminal charges.
Officials said earlier this week that the state had zeroed in on at least 15 state employees who received Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as D-SNAP, benefits during their first batch of review.
Connecticut Post's Ken Dixon reported that the "luckiest" state employees may have been those who stood in line for the benefits but were turned away by workers at the Department of Social Services.
"Maybe the luckiest of state employees were those who tried to apply for D-SNAP benefits, but under focused questioning from DSS screeners, admitted they made too much money and abandoned their attempts to gain the D-SNAP cards and walked out of the offices empty-handed," Dixon said in an article published Sunday. "The screeners, doing their jobs as overworked state employees in stressful conditions, may have saved the jobs of the would-be applicants whom they rejected."
Also making news in Hartford is a proposal by state Comptroller Kevin Lembo to review Connecticut's system of business tax breaks to see if they are adding value to the state economy.
Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, according to the Connecticut Mirror, believes that legislators could reduce the state's sales tax by a percentage or 1.5 percentage points if tax exemptions were eliminated and used to fill the gap.
Some of the distinctions on when exemptions apply can border on being bizarre, such as the exemption given to therapeutic massage services but not on body waxing, facials and other spa services, according to the article.
Though the savings could be substantial, the topic itself also has proved daunting and in the past has gained little traction, Guglielmo told the Connecticut Mirror. Still, Lembo has crafted a letter to Malloy asking for a permanent tax policy review panel to be convened. Malloy apparently hasn't reviewed the proposal yet, the news outlet reported.