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December 18, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Plans Tax Cut Vote; Senate to Confirm ‘Badass’ Greenwich Banker

by Peter Urban | December 18, 2017 4:34pm

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Congressional Republicans plan this week to approve an overhaul of federal tax policy that would provide substantial savings to corporations and make filing taxes simpler for many Americans.

The bill, negotiated last week between the House and Senate Republicans, is not expected to draw any support from Democrats who voted against earlier versions that cleared the two chambers. The new bill, which is subject to an up-or-down vote, more closely follows the Senate-approved version.

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November 21, 2017

Business Owners Report Mixed Outlook

by Christine Stuart | November 21, 2017 11:10am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut businesses are reporting a mixed outlook for their firms, according to a survey released Monday by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

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November 20, 2017

State Bond Commission Poised To Approve Money To Remediate Blight

by Christine Stuart | November 20, 2017 1:40pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Standing outside the site of a former manufacturing company on Homestead Avenue, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that the state planned to dole out another $13.6 million to clean up blighted and contaminated properties known as brownfields.

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November 17, 2017

Defense Authorization Bill Clears Congress

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 4:49pm

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The House and Senate this week sent a final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the President’s desk.

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November 13, 2017

Esty Sponsors Women in Aerospace Bill

by Peter Urban | November 13, 2017 2:08pm

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Representative Elizabeth Esty teamed up with California Republican Steve Knight last week on legislation aimed at attracting more girls to consider careers in the aerospace industry.

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August 4, 2017

OP-ED | Schools and Businesses Work Together to Eliminate Skills Gap

by Barth Keck | August 4, 2017 4:30am

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Connecticut jumped 10 spots in CNBC’s “Top States for Business” rankings earlier this summer, due in large measure to the quality of the workforce and educational system.

Good news, for sure. However, almost half of the respondents to a 2016 Connecticut Business & Industry survey said that a “lack of skilled workers” poses a considerable challenge.

So what gives?

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July 20, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Pratt & Whitney Flying High With New Commercial Engine

by Peter Urban | July 20, 2017 4:30am

Peter Urban / CTNewsJunkie WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney President Bob Leduc was all smiles Wednesday standing in front of the company’s future — a shiny new “PurePower Geared Turbofan Engine” or GTF — on display on Capitol Hill. The engine, which took the company 20 years and $10 billion to take from idea to reality, drew a steady stream of sweaty lawmakers and staff into the July heat.

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July 7, 2017

OP-ED | Factory Towns Are Gone, But Manufacturing Is More Vital Than Ever

by Barth Keck | July 7, 2017 4:30am

S.L. Price’s book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town is a detailed historical and sociological examination of how business and sports coalesced to mold the town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As I read this fascinating case study, it prompted many personal recollections and caused me to ponder the impact of manufacturing on Connecticut’s economy.

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June 19, 2017

Survey Finds Connecticut Struggles To Fill Energy Sector Jobs

by Cara Rosner | June 19, 2017 4:30am

Courtesy of the CBIA / DEEP survey HARTFORD, CT — The good news: there’s growing demand for energy-related jobs in Connecticut. The bad news: like their counterparts in manufacturing, most business leaders in the energy sector are struggling to fill entry-level positions due to a lack of qualified candidates, a new survey found.

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June 15, 2017

Survey Shows Connecticut Gained 6,700 Jobs In May

by Christine Stuart | June 15, 2017 10:30am

Courtesy of the Labor Department HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut gained 6,700 jobs in May, according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a sharp increase over last month when the state lost 3,100 jobs.

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