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June 22, 2018

Connecticut’s Neighbor Is On The Verge of Paid Family Medical Leave

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

HARTFORD, CT — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, has signaled he’s open to signing legislation that would create a 12-week paid family leave and 20-week paid medical leave program.

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Senate Approves Military Spending Blueprint

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill for the next fiscal year that would continue to support Connecticut defense contractors including Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky.

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June 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Train to the Future May Yet Stop Here

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 21, 2018 2:58pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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I crammed myself aboard an Amtrak train with a few hundred of my closest friends this past weekend, rode down to Meriden to wander around the beautiful new Meriden Green, and then I boarded a standing-room-only CTRail train back to Windsor Locks. The Hartford Line was open at last, travel was free, and people were excited.

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June 14, 2018

Connecticut Adds Jobs In May, But Economist Says It’s Still Moving ‘Sideways’

by Christine Stuart | Jun 14, 2018 12:40pm
Posted to: Business | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of Gov. Malloy's office

HARTFORD, CT — If the 4,100 jobs Connecticut gained in May hold up through 2018, then the state will have recovered 81 percent of the jobs lost in the 2008 recession.

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June 11, 2018

Poor People’s Campaign Calls For $15 Minimum Wage

by Christine Stuart | Jun 11, 2018 4:58pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Jobs | Labor | Nonprofits | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s the fifth Monday that Bishop John Selders and a group of community advocates gathered outside the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to reignite the Poor People’s Campaign.

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New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Train Line To Debut

by Jack Kramer | Jun 11, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | Meriden | New Haven | Newington | North Haven | Wallingford | West Hartford | Windsor | Windsor Locks

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(Updated 11:00 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — New rail service announcements have become routine as Connecticut’s reliance upon trains has increased over the years, but the debut of the $755 million Hartford Line has brought with it some added buzz.

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June 5, 2018

Spartan Aerospace Shows Off F-35 Simulator in Manchester

by Jack Kramer | Jun 5, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | CT Tech Junkie | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manchester | Manufacturing Sector

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MANCHESTER, CT — Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator was the highlight of a Spartan Aerospace press conference Monday to demonstrate the fighter jet’s stealth technology and the positive impact building it has had on Connecticut’s economy.

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June 1, 2018

Jobs and Transportation Top Bond Commission Agenda

by Christine Stuart | Jun 1, 2018 12:54pm
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Financial Sector | Federal Budget | Town News | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | State Budget | State Capitol | Transportation | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Bond Commission approved $233.5 million in general obligation bonds Friday, including $1.5 million for a Massachusetts manufacturing company to relocate to Putnam, $9 million for PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP to expand in Stamford, and $35 million to help Electric Boat in Groton ramp up for production of Columbia class submarines.

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May 24, 2018

$716 Billion Military Spending Blueprint Clears House

by Peter Urban | May 24, 2018 10:59pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | Veterans Affairs | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The House this week easily approved, by a vote of 360-59, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that spells out how the Pentagon can spend its funds in the next fiscal year as well as establishes other policy changes for the Armed Forces.

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May 16, 2018

An Unconventional Convention

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Jobs | Transportation | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — The outcome was preordained. There were no delegate counts, only an open bar, appetizers, and music from the Sugar Free Trio.

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