Crane counts flying high in major US cities

In its July 2017 North American Crane Index report, construction research firm Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) counted nearly 400 fixed cranes in use across 14 major North American cities, indicating continued, steady activity in the construction industry.  Cities where crane counts have declined still have projects in the pipeline that could boost construction crane numbers […]

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Malloy orders study of Millstone’s long-term viability

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at resolving hotly contested questions about the economic viability of the Millstone Power Station, a nuclear-powered generator of electricity crucial to Connecticut’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An intense lobbying campaign by Dominion Energy, the owner of Millstone, failed to convince the Malloy administration […]

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Progress continues on Bethel’s revitalization plan

The “Bethel Forward” plan, was in the works for a decade and finalized just over a year ago, and since then officials have been applying for grants to make downtown more walkable and working to change zoning regulations to promote development. Although Bethel aims to revitalize the whole downtown, the core of the plan is […]

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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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