‘The Epicenter Of New Offshore Wind’–Bridgeport Selected By State For Wind Power Project

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes on Thursday announced that a bid from developer Vineyard Wind has been selected to advance contract negotiations with the state’s electric distribution companies to provide 804 megawatts of offshore wind through the development of the Park City Wind Project. Bridgeport will serve as the host […]

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CT transportation, local funding stalls until new year

A special session is possible in December, but only to consider a non-partisan issue: The settlement of litigation over Connecticut’s hospital provider tax. Legislative leaders say passage of any bill involving tolls would be difficult in a pre-holiday special session, due to scheduling and travel conflicts. No Republican support is expected for any bill that […]

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For Democrats and labor, tolls are a family fight

Dave Roche, the president of the Connecticut Building Trades, said construction unions played a role in helping Democrats regain outright control of the state Senate last year, only to grow increasingly angry as Senate Democrats refused to embrace any financing plan that included automobile tolls. Labor leaders say a failure by Democrats to pass an […]

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Phase 2 of $55M Meriden transit-oriented development debuts

The Meriden Commons II project on State Street, which broke ground in July 2018, includes a four-story building with 49 residential units, and two buildings consisting of 27 townhouse-style units, and more than 1,500 square feet of commercial space. With the two affordable housing projects complete, Cloud said his company and Pennrose are in the […]

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Gov. Lamont wants special session to vote on highway tolls, hospitals and restaurants during week of Dec. 16

Lamont said he would like legislators to meet during the week of Dec. 16, and House Democrats have been told by their leaders to set aside the dates of Dec. 17, 18, and 19 for possible special sessions. Besides transportation, Lamont wants votes before the end of the year on the annual bond package of […]

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Lamont tells municipalities funding on the way

Cities and towns have been waiting on state funding, given annually to towns in the form of grants to pay for things like road repaving, fall tree clearing and winter snow removal. Release of the funds has been held up since July by Gov. Ned Lamont’s debt diet and negotiations over how much he and […]

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Dems and GOP share common flaws in transportation plans

Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders recently criticized the Senate GOP plan — which avoids tolls and drains 60% of the state budget reserves — for leaving Connecticut dangerously vulnerable. Democrats, meanwhile, have crafted a plan to pump $20 billion into transportation over the next decade — in part by tolling trucks, but not […]

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Waste agency plans to borrow $333M for Hartford trash-plant overhaul

Overseers of the aging waste-to-energy plant on the banks of the Connecticut River in Hartford expect to issue $333 million in tax-exempt public bonds to finance a proposed overhaul of the facility and a related recycling plant. That estimate is included in a newly signed term sheet between the quasi-public Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority […]

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Navy inks $22.2 billion contract with Electric Boat for at least nine new submarines

The Navy has signed a $22.2 billion contract with Electric Boat to build at least nine Virginia-class attack submarines over the next five years. The submarines will join the Navy’s fleet starting in 2025 through 2029. The new Virginia submarines will involve more work and cost more than previous versions. An 85-foot section will be […]

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State awaits release of Lamont’s revised plan for transportation funding

The original CT2030 initiative was a 10-year, $21.3 billion financing plan that Lamont released on Nov. 7. It allocated $14.2 billion for roads and bridges, and $7.1 billion for public transportation. The governor and Democratic leaders plan to generally follow its outlines, including its timetable, funding sources, and list of projects. The two House leaders […]

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