In the news tonight, municipal officials battle with Connecticut state regulators over stormwater management; the UConn Foundation battles legislators over transparency issues; and two fired Suffolk County prosecutors battle their dismissal in lawsuits. ---------------------
The UConn Foundation is trying to fend off two transparency bills in the General Assembly. Lawmakers are paying attention because the foundation has made several expenditures of hundreds of thousands of dollars each in the past few years with no public oversight.
While it is a private foundation, some lawmakers and open-government advocates say the foundation is so closely linked to a state government institution – UConn – that it should be subject to the freedom-of-information public disclosure law.
Although some lawmakers stressed they were not looking to require disclosure of information on the foundation’s donors, two top foundation officials said t…