With construction permits down, Connecticut builders wonder about 2018

In Connecticut, construction industry employment dropped sharply since June, according to estimates by the state Department of Labor. As of September, builders employed 56,200 people in Connecticut, DOL determined, down nearly 9 percent from last April that represented the sector’s peak employment in 2017. Since then, construction employment has dropped five months running, and is […]

Share This Article:

read more

Connecticut Budget Has New Prevailing Wage Rule

Contractors that do business with the state of Connecticut no longer have to pay prevailing wages on construction projects that cost less than $1 million. Kimberly Glassman, director of the Foundation for Fair Contracting of Connecticut, said other states that have increased prevailing wage thresholds, or repealed the law altogether, have not seen significant savings. […]

Share This Article:

read more

PSEG announces apprenticeship initiative in Bridgeport

Dubbed PSEG Ready2Work, funded with $500,000 from the company and managed and run by The Workplace and Building Pathways CT, the apprenticeship program unveiled Wednesday resulted from a deal the city and PSEG brokered in 2015 and early 2016. That pact — a “community environmental benefit agreement” — required PSEG’s controversial coal-fired plant to cease […]

Share This Article:

read more

Millstone bill passes House, goes to governor

After blocking similar bills over two years, the House of Representatives voted 75 to 66 for final passage Thursday of a measure variously derided as a windfall for a major energy company and praised as a responsible first step toward stabilizing the finances of Connecticut’s last nuclear plant. The bill would permit, not require, state […]

Share This Article:

read more

Amazon HQ2 grabs 238 bids

Amazon received 238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America, the e-commerce giant said Monday. The company expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow its second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs — a full equal to its Seattle campus, Amazon said. […]

Share This Article:

read more

Senate To Vote Wednesday on a $40 Billion State Budget That Remains Under Wraps

With no documents available, the state Senate is planning to vote on a $40 billion state budget Wednesday evening. Earlier in the afternoon, the legislature’s tax-writing finance committee will vote to adopt revenue estimates for the two-year taxing and spending plan, paving the way for the Senate vote. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote […]

Share This Article:

read more

Lawmakers finally reach budget deal

After a marathon session of shuttle diplomacy in Capitol meeting rooms that started Monday afternoon, Connecticut’s 116-day budget impasse finally ended at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when legislative leaders agreed they have a deal that can be voted on later in the week. Between late in the afternoon Monday and right up to the agreement […]

Share This Article:

read more

September construction starts jump 14%

The value of construction starts surged 14% from August to a seasonally adjusted rate of $814.8 billion in September, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The rebound was driven by the nonresidential sector, which spiked 37% month over month.  A lethargic public works sector pushed nonbuilding down 3%, while residential — both single-family and multifamily […]

Share This Article:

read more