by Terry Cowgill | Mar 4, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Equality | Opinion | Retail Sector
The election of the amiable Ned Lamont as governor and an enhanced Democratic majority in the General Assembly has certainly brought a new attitude to Hartford — a breath of fresh air, some might say, that swept away the irritable vibe of the self-described porcupine, Dannel Malloy.
Yet it seems some things never change. Percolating beneath the roiling waters of tolls, taxes, plastic bags, and forced school regionalization is the question of what to do with Connecticut’s vices. This discussion has been going on, well, at least since Thomas Hooker led a group of Puritans to Connecticut from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636.
Continue reading "OP-ED | On Alcohol, Stodgy Connecticut Should Let The Market Breathe Free" »
by Susan Bigelow | Dec 18, 2018 6:00am
Posted to: The Economy | Retail Sector | Housing | Opinion | Enfield
The tiny mall in my town survived through economic recessions and department-store closing and consolidation, but now the end is on the horizon. All of the anchors except for Target and the movie theater are gone, killed off by the retail apocalypse, and last week it was sold at auction. It’s a sad story being repeated all across the country.
So, now what? What do we do with this relic of a bygone way of life, this symbol of How It Used To Be?
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by Christine Stuart | Nov 21, 2018 4:03pm
Posted to: Business | SCOTUS | State Budget | Taxes | Retail Sector
HARTFORD, CT — Monday will be the last “Cyber Monday” before certain online out-of-state retailers who do business in Connecticut will start being required to add sales tax to every purchase.
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by Christine Stuart | Oct 18, 2018 12:30pm
Posted to: The Economy | Leisure & Hospital Sector | Manufacturing Sector | Retail Sector | Financial Sector | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector | Jobs | Labor
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut lost 500 jobs in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, it also revised the August job gains from 2,200 to 3,300 jobs — 1,000 more than initially reported.
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by Terry Cowgill | Sep 27, 2018 4:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | US Foreign Policy | The Economy | Technology sector | Manufacturing Sector | Retail Sector | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | White House
By most accounts, the economy is roaring along. As my quarterly TIAA-CREF reports remind me, the stock market is performing well enough for me to retire on time—which is a great relief after precipitous losses set me on edge as the great recession took hold 10 years ago.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Elephant In The Room: Job Losses From Automation" »
by Christine Stuart | Sep 4, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | The Economy | Retail Sector | Nonprofits | Poverty
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut may be one of the wealthiest states per capita in the nation, but that doesn’t necessarily paint the entire picture.
Continue reading "Report: 40 Percent of Connecticut Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs" »
by Christine Stuart | Apr 2, 2018 11:53am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Retail Sector | Jobs | Labor | Poverty
HARTFORD, CT — The legislation failed to make it through the committee process, but proponents of predictable scheduling practices aren’t giving up on the concept.
Continue reading "Few Service Workers In Connecticut Have Predictable Schedules" »
by Christine Stuart | Mar 5, 2018 1:36pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Courts | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Manufacturing | Greenwich | DMV | Manufacturing Sector | Retail Sector | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector
HARTFORD, CT — It’s the fourth year that Tesla, an American electric car maker, is asking the General Assembly for permission to sell its vehicles in Connecticut.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 18, 2018 11:23am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Retail Sector
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 12 p.m.) Connecticut won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, according to information posted on the company’s website.
Continue reading "Connecticut Is Not Prime" »
by Cara Rosner | Aug 11, 2017 3:00pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | The Economy | Retail Sector | Taxes
One of the biggest shopping seasons of the year - second only to the holidays - is here: back to school time.
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