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 Haven’s Ralph Walker Skating Rink to undergo renovation

The popular rink, located off State Street and on the southern end of Blake Field — a 10-acre city park in the East Rock neighborhood — will undergo repairs to expand it and improve the parking conditions. City Engineer Giovanni Zinn said they have already awarded a contract to do some reinforced steel work at […]

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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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Legislative Leaders, Malloy Meet And Aim For June 29

Legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met for about an hour Wednesday to discuss how to move forward with a two-year budget that closes a $5.1 billion deficit. But they won’t know until after tomorrow whether they will convene June 29 to pass a two-year budget or a continuing resolution. The House needs 76 votes […]

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Trump’s infrastructure plan: How “private” will he go?

The Trump administration has proposed using $200 billion in federal monies to leverage an additional $800 billion from the private sector. It’s an ambitious proposal, one that, if successful, could permanently change the landscape of America. The government can reap huge benefits from public-private partnerships—but only if they are structured correctly. All too often, though, […]

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Tolls left for dead, this year

A controversial bill on highway tolls was pulled from consideration on Tuesday, seconds before it would have been defeated on the House floor. It is likely to be dead for the year. House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, culminated a 90-minute debate, admitting that there was not enough support in his narrow 79-72 majority to […]

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House votes for final approval of tribes’ casino in East Windsor

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations crossed the finish line Wednesday on the last day of the General Assembly’s annual session, victors in a two-year struggle for authorization to jointly develop a casino to compete with an MGM Resorts International casino under construction in Springfield. The House vote of 103 to 46 was surprisingly […]

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Construction Adds 11,000 Jobs in May

The construction industry added 11,000 jobs during May and its unemployment rate improved from April’s level but it was slightly worse than the year-earlier figure, the Labor Dept. has reported. The latest monthly employment report, which the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released on June 2, showed that construction’s jobless rate fell to 5.3% in […]

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