Fasano taps Yelmini to help with GOP labor agenda

The Senate Republican leadership has hired Linda Yelmini of Windsor, chief labor relations official for five administrations until her awkward departure from government under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy late in 2014, as a part-time consultant and legislative researcher. Yelmini’s hiring foreshadows an anticipated push by Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano of North Haven to intensify efforts […]

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CT senators blast Trump’s infrastructure plan, but hope for compromise

Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor expected to be nominated as the next secretary of the Commerce Department, says the United States could spur $1 trillion in infrastructure spending by giving out about $137 billion in tax credits to private investors. “According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office, in the last 25 years, there […]

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CT Water to spend $55M on system upgrades

Connecticut Water Service Inc. says it will spend more than $55 million in the coming year on upgrades to its water systems at home and in Maine. Eric W. Thornburg, the Clinton-based water utility’s CEO, said Friday its board of directors approved a $55.4 million capital-spending plan for 2017. Of that sum, $46.7 million is […]

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3 crucial questions about Trump’s $1T infrastructure proposal

Shortly before the presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump’s team of advisors released a 10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure plan that envisions the private sector pumping billions of dollars of equity into much-needed, user- or fee-based projects like toll roads, utilities or airports in exchange for being able to collect the revenue long-term, all with an 82% […]

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CCM: CT’s unfunded mandates penalize taxpayers, municipalities

Each mandate that is unfunded, or only partially funded, adds to the already overburdened property tax, and reduces local discretionary authority, said Ron Thomas, deputy director of CCM. Connecticut has had nearly 60 new mandates over the last two years, he added. Some key proposals from the CCM report on unfunded state mandates in Connecticut […]

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