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December 8, 2017

West Haven, Hartford Would Qualify For Assistance

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The newly formed Municipal Accountability Review Board, which will be in charge of helping extremely distressed municipalities like West Haven and Hartford get their finances under control, met for the first time Friday.

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Municipal Review Board To Meet

by Christine Stuart | December 8, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The 11-member board created by the state budget to work with financially distressed municipalities in order to help them avoid insolvency or bankruptcy will hold its first meeting today.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed three members: Thomas S. Hamilton, finance chief for the Norwalk school system; state Labor Department Commissioner Scott D. Jackson of Hamden; and West Hartford attorney John “Jay” Nolan.

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December 5, 2017

Blumenthal Cites Loss of Deduction for Crumbling Foundations: ‘This Hits Connecticut Harder’

by Jack Kramer | December 5, 2017 11:30am

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HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday said Connecticut has more to lose than some other states if the Republican-backed federal tax plan is signed into law, because a tax write-off is about to be eliminated for thousands of Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations.

“This hits Connecticut harder,” Blumenthal said Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building, where he discussed how the Senate and House Republican proposals to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federally declared disasters.

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December 1, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Relief for Crumbling Foundations May Be Fleeting

by Peter Urban | December 1, 2017 2:30pm

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A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.

A Senate Republican proposal to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federal declared disasters.

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have raised concerns about eliminating the deduction but as Democrats who oppose the overall bill, they have little chance to amend it. The bill remains under debate and Republican leaders are focused on making changes to insure that the Senate Republican majority can approve it without the need for any Democrat support.

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OP-ED | On Crumbling Foundations, Connecticut Shows a Bipartisan Streak

by Terry Cowgill | December 1, 2017 5:30am

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If there’s any better proof that safety in numbers can bring people together, then I don’t know where it is. Last year we learned that anywhere from hundreds to perhaps tens of thousands of homeowners — most of them in northern and eastern Connecticut — have the misfortune of owning homes whose foundations are crumbling.

As of almost a year ago, more than 500 homeowners had complained to the state Department of Consumer Protection, though the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis thinks the number of homes at risk could be anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000. And the cost of replacing a foundation — involving as it does the lifting of the house and the demolition of the old foundation — can run $200,000 or more.

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November 30, 2017

Report Finds That Connecticut’s Housing Market Is Changing

by Christine Stuart | November 30, 2017 11:53am

HARTFORD, CT — A new report on Connecticut’s housing market shows an increase in rental households and a decrease in chronic homelessness.

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November 22, 2017

Bond Commission Poised To Approve Over $1 Billion In Borrowing

by Christine Stuart | November 22, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — One of the consequences of not having a budget for four months was an inability to put anything on the state’s credit card. Now that the state has a budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing $1.07 billion in bonding to be approved at a special meeting next week.

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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Are All Politics National, Now?

by Susan Bigelow | November 10, 2017 9:00am

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It happens every municipal election cycle. Everyone drags out the mystic runes and Ouija boards to try and divine what it all means for the next state and federal elections. This is usually a futile task. But in the upside-down world of 2017, it may not be.

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November 7, 2017

Connecticut Voters Produce Some Surprises As Election 2017 Comes to a Close

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | November 7, 2017 10:46pm

Special to CTNewsJunkie / Brian Koonz for the Valley Independent Sentinel Change was in the air for many districts in Connecticut Tuesday and both major parties were celebrating some local victories as results started coming in. But as the evening wore on, it became clear that Democrats were picking up seats and gaining control of councils and school boards in a lot of Republican towns, mirroring similar gains being reported in other states.

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It’s Election Day! Voters Head to the Polls for Municipal Elections

by Christine Stuart | November 7, 2017 10:09am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut voters are heading to the polls until 8 p.m. today to vote for their mayors, first selectmen, and all the members of their local boards and commissions.

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