CSCU board authorizes system consolidation

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents has voted overwhelmingly to restructure CSCU, consolidating 12 community colleges into one accredited institution. The controversial move, which is projected to save nearly $28 million a year in administrative costs, but not affect faculty positions, was approved Thursday afternoon with 12 board members voting in favor […]

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A new push to tackle an old problem: transportation neglect

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday a day of reckoning has arrived for Connecticut’s depleted special transportation fund and the services and projects it finances, outlining what is likely to be an election-year challenge for the General Assembly next year and, perhaps, the last major initiative of a lame-duck governor. With a long hit list […]

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OSHA fines CT contractor $330K for mercury-related hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Connecticut contractor $329,548 and issued the company two willful and six serious violations for exposing workers on a Concord, NH, project site to mercury and respirator hazards, according to an agency press release. After OSHA responded to worker complaints by visiting the site, agency investigators […]

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Senate Passes Tax Bill with Break for ‘Pass-Throughs’

Construction and engineering groups are sifting through the sweeping tax-code rewrite that the Senate approved on Dec. 2, but some see it as better than the House-passed version, particularly in its treatment of partnerships, sole proprietorships and other “pass-through” entities. Stephen Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America CEO, noted that a majority of construction firms are […]

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Monroe looks ahead to post-Walmart future

While Walmart has dropped plans to open a supercenter here, members of business community remain steadfast that their “mom and pop” town will stand strong as developers look to salvage something from the project. While there were mixed feelings about the development project and its impact on existing retailers, some saw the development as a […]

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Norwalk NAACP plans outreach for SoNo Collection jobs

The city, Norwalk NAACP and General Growth Properties aim to engage women and minority-owned businesses in the construction of The SoNo Collection. GGP, a Chicago-based mall developer, broke ground in August on the 728,000-square-foot upscale regional shopping center off West Avenue and Interstate 95. The company had targeted October 2019 for completion. Under its development […]

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Bloomfield Council Weighs Restoring Spending On Building Project

The town council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss restoring spending on the proposed $22.3 million human services building project. Current estimates show that the project is about $3 million over budget, but that could change once bids are received. On Tuesday the council’s finance committee voted unanimously to recommend that the council […]

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CRDA recommends Hartford Sports Group to develop Dillon Stadium

The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) on Thursday selected the Hartford Sports Group (HSG) to renovate Hartford’s Dillon Stadium. Led by Bruce Mandell, president and owner of Newington-based Data-Mail, HSG was one of three project bidders. CRDA, which is a quasi-public state agency, will recommend HSG to the city of Hartford, which will make the […]

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Bond Commission Approves $40M For Hartford’s XL Center

The State Bond Commission Wednesday backed borrowing $40 million for improvements to the Hartford’s aging XL Center arena, with the intent of seeking a private buyer for the downtown sports and entertainment venue. In a 7-2 vote, the commission approved the expenditure, with two Republicans opposing it, one of them, Rep. Christopher Davis of Ellington, […]

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