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May 21, 2018

Connecticut Scores Big On Opportunity Zone Designation

by Jack Kramer | May 21, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Congress | Economic Development | The Economy | Poverty | Bridgeport | Hartford | New Haven

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HARTFORD, CT —Connecticut batted a thousand, getting all 72 of the areas it nominated as Opportunity Zones to induce long-term investments in low-income communities approved by the U.S. Treasury Department.

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May 15, 2018

Coalition Sues State Over Sweep of Energy Efficiency Funds

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2018 11:56am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Economic Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Legal | State Budget

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(UPDATED 12:55 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — A group of energy efficiency contractors and both consumer and environmental advocates sued the state of Connecticut today, claiming that the legislature illegally swept $155 million in ratepayer funds to close last year’s budget deficit.

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May 11, 2018

OP-ED | Community Colleges: A Resource Worthy of State Investment

by Barth Keck | May 11, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Workforce Development | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Education | Jobs | Manufacturing | Opinion | State Budget | Farmington

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I have to admit I’m somewhat surprised by the difficulties currently facing Connecticut’s community colleges. As a high school teacher for 27 years, I’ve seen many students choose one of the state’s 12 community colleges to further their education. Besides convenience and affordability, these colleges offer a variety of programs for direct entry into a competitive job market or into a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution.

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May 1, 2018

State Will Help Electric Boat With Economic Incentives

by Jack Kramer | May 1, 2018 12:18pm
Posted to: Business | Congress | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Jobs | Labor | Military Spending | National Security

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NEW LONDON, CT — General Dynamics Electric Boat is expanding and the state of Connecticut plans to help it with $83 million in economic incentives.

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April 30, 2018

Business Leaders Campaign Against Minimum Wage, FMLA, Sexual Harassment Training

by Jack Kramer | Apr 30, 2018 11:42am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — With the clock ticking toward the end of the General Assembly session, state business leaders Monday urged legislators not to act on a series of bills that they said would hurt Connecticut’s economy.

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April 27, 2018

Female Lawmakers Look To Push Minimum Wage Increase, Other Bills Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 27, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Business | Civil Liberties | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic female lawmakers and their advocates are putting pressure on legislative leadership to get a number of bills that impact women and families over the finish line.

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April 26, 2018

UConn Grad Student Contract Clears Second Hurdle

by Jack Kramer | Apr 26, 2018 6:05pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | Mansfield-Storrs

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HARTFORD, CT—A new four-year contract between the University of Connecticut and its 2,200 graduate assistants, which calls for 2 percent pay hike each year, squeaked through the House Thursday by a 73-71 vote.

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April 24, 2018

Accrediting Agency Rejects Plans To Merge State’s Community College System

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 10:30pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A controversial plan to merge the state’s community college system into one accredited body has been resoundingly rejected by the New England Association of Schools and College’s Higher Education Commission (NEASC).

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April 18, 2018

Minimum Wage Increase Advances

by Christine Stuart | Apr 18, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Repeatedly calling it an “emotional issue,” the legislature’s Appropriations Committee forwarded a minimum wage increase to the House Tuesday.

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April 17, 2018

One Paid Medical Leave Bill Squeaks Through Finance

by Christine Stuart | Apr 17, 2018 4:41pm
Posted to: Business | Courts | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — One bill failed and one was saved during Tuesday’s meeting of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee when House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz promised one of his members that they would remove $20 million in bonding for start-up costs.

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