In what is becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence, the CEO of a major Connecticut company issued a politely-worded piece asking state lawmakers to “take the steps necessary to support the long-term economic sustainability of the state.” Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree penned an op-ed to the Hartford Courant Friday asking lawmakers to get Connecticut’s finances under control without once again raising taxes.
Middletown Area Transit will begin cutting its evening bus service next month due to years of financial difficulties and funding cuts, leaving some city residents without transportation after 6:30 p.m. The financial problems stem back at least three years ago, according to area lawmakers, and were further complicated by a 2 percent cut in state funds by the Department of Transportation.
Connecticut has experienced remarkably slow growth in personal income, according to a study conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, and that slow growth may be tied to Connecticut's declining population. Two separate studies - one showing personal income growth across the states and the second showing which states gained and lost population - appear to have a lot in common.
Of the 189 union contracts that have been presented to the General Assembly since 1991, 124 have been passed without a vote in either the House or the Senate, according to a report released by the Office of Legislative Research.
Why pay $134 per hour for your information technology services when you can pay $291? Recently-awarded state of Connecticut IT contracts present precisely this question and, if history is any guide, some agencies will choose the more expensive option.
The town of Farmington, population 26,000, will vote Thursday on a school construction project that has sparked debate with its price tag of $135 million. The plan to construct an entirely new high school will take four years to complete but Connecticut’s dire fiscal situation has some town officials and members of the public concerned about the scope and size of the project.