Connecticut towns and cities struggling with no state budget in place

Nearly half the 61 towns and cities that participated in a Connecticut Conference of Municipalities survey have imposed some level of spending freeze during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The fiscal constraints, CCM officials said, are in large part because the municipalities had to begin the 2018 fiscal year without any indication […]

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Malloy campaigns to pressure legislature on budget impasse

House Democrats are to caucus Tuesday on the budget, but no votes are scheduled by the House. State employee unions are expected to report whether their members have ratified a tentative concession deal. Rejection means the projected current-year shortfall would jump to $3 billion. Overall, about $1.4 billion of the state’s $20 billion annual budget […]

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State employees ratify concessions by wide margin, sources say

Unionized state employees have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the concession deal negotiated by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, shifting the focus to a closely divided General Assembly, where Republicans say they will attempt to reject an agreement worth an estimated $1.57 billion over two years. Labor and other sources who have been briefed […]

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Congress could push work on Trump’s infrastructure plan to 2018

Sen. John Thune, R-SD, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said last week that progress on President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could be sidelined until 2018, according to The Hill. Deatils of the president’s infrastructure plan so far include leveraging $200 billion in direct federal spending to spur $1 trillion in […]

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State Will Spend More On Highways; Big Projects To Begin In Waterbury, Middletown, Along Shoreline

The elimination of some federal aid for transit funding means Connecticut will be spending more on highways and less on trains and buses, according to a draft of a transportation department four-year plan. On the mass transit side, no new systems are in the works, but more than $1 billion is planned for upgrading Metro-North […]

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Frank Manzo IV: Lawmakers should consider the social cost of construction wage cuts

According to the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA), state legislators and Gov. Scott Walker may soon act to cut the wages of private construction workers by as much as 44 percent. States that repeal their prevailing wage laws see lower productivity, less efficiency, more safety problems and on-the-job fatality rates, and more spending on social […]

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New FAA bills call for more airport construction spending

Both the U.S. House and Senate have introduced multi-year legislation that would increase funding for airport construction, according to Engineering News-Record. Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced an extra $527.8 million in AIP support. The money will be disbursed among 584 airports and includes discretionary funds for 38 airports where […]

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