Lawmakers back state of emergency, consider curtailing their session

The State Capitol and Legislative Office Building will be closed Thursday and Friday, and House leaders said all public hearings scheduled for next week will be canceled. But Senate and House leaders were uncertain at mid-afternoon about how they could continue the public’s business if the public cannot come to the Capitol. House Speaker Joe […]

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Bethel approves $2.24 million water tank

Voters approved a plan to build a $2.24 million tank that is meant to increase storage and ensure water is cleaner. Residents voted 660 to 240 in favor of the 500,000-gallon Chestnut Ridge tank in Tuesday’s referendum, according to unofficial results. Money for the project would come from water customer rates, not taxpayer funds. Grants […]

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Lawmakers approve $5M for coronavirus in bond package that includes funding for XL Center, cities and towns, transportation

The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday afternoon for a combined $3 billion in new state borrowing over two years to fix public schools, improve transportation, help ensure clean drinking water, upgrade the XL Center in Hartford and respond to the spreading coronavirus outbreak. The bipartisan bill passed 126-21 with four members absent. Only […]

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Labor Department apprenticeship rule exempts construction programs

A Department of Labor rule issued yesterday that will help expand apprenticeships in the U.S. leaves out programs that seek to train apprentices to perform construction work. Those groups instead can continue to participate in a separate Registered Apprenticeship Program. The rule establishes a system for advancing the development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), a […]

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Bethel approves $2.24 million water tank

Residents voted 660 to 240 in favor of the 500,000-gallon Chestnut Ridge tank in Tuesday’s referendum, according to unofficial results. The tank would be installed in the woods between Long Meadow Lane and Briar Cliff Manor, despite slight opposition from some residents. Construction could start in the spring, with the tank going online in nine […]

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Long-delayed bond package of construction projects could be approved next week

The state’s long-delayed bond package of more than $1 billion for construction projects could be approved as soon as next week, Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday. After millions of dollars were bottled up for more than eight months, Lamont called recently for releasing $625 million for cities and towns that includes $60 million for improving […]

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Arts magnet school project almost derailed after school board debates sending plans to state

In a contentious debate over approving plans and cost estimates for the Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School project, some newer Board of Education members sought to delay approval, which the project backers warned could have derailed the entire project. The city and school board are collaborating on the project to transform the closed school […]

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House GOP leader’s transportation plan includes use of Rainy Day Fund, job attrition

With a toll bill stalled in the legislature, Republican leaders are touting two transportation plans they say would provide sufficient funding to address the state’s infrastructure needs over the next decade, but critics argue both plans rely too much on draining budget reserves. Like Senate Republicans, Klarides’ proposal would rely on dollars from the Rainy […]

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Hartford inks development agreement to kickstart $200M DoNo project

The city of Hartford on Wednesday announced it signed a development agreement with the Stamford developer planning to build a $200-million housing and retail project on city-owned land surrounding downtown’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park. The deal between the city and RMS Cos., led by founder and CEO Randy Salvatore, keeps the Downtown North (DoNo) project on […]

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