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The bank would “finance a loan program with funds appropriated from the Special Transportation Fund or other sources of revenue designated for infrastructure improvements.
“With all due respect to the new governor and state legislature, this kind of a structural shift has implications that will extend far beyond the best intentions of present leadership," says Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal.
Among those criticizing aspects of the new governor's plan: Hospitals, accountants, and Republican lawmakers.
"It’s important to lead with the carrot and not force peoples’ hands,” the governor said.
Lamont’s budget has two tolling scenarios – truck-only and cars and trucks. The governor estimates that out-of-state drivers could provide over 40 percent of the state’s tolling revenue.
"There are many new members in the General Assembly this year, so we have to educate them about our system and what we do," says Ojakian of the organization that's weighing a variety of tuition scenarios for the 2019-20 school year.
Lamont has announced some of the legislative proposals he will include in his first state budget, as well as a proposal to shrink the state’s borrowing by 39 percent, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Harris is a former WNPR reporter who has worked with Mayor Joe Ganim for the last three years.
David Lehman, a managing director at Goldman, will serve both as the state’s new commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development and as the governor’s senior economic adviser.
Developing a consistently reliable DUI test for marijuana users is a key consideration, according to area lawmakers.
During her eight years in the post, Smith spearheaded a variety of programs to generate economic activity and expand business across Connecticut.
The bill would consolidate school districts in towns with a total population of less than 40,000.
Continuing flight from New York City and ambitious plans to improve Connecticut's rail system bode well for the future, although one local economics professor wonders if it will truly last.
Still looming: the effect of the Small Business Administration's closure. “We’ve got loans that have been approved or are in the process of being approved that are waiting for the SBA,” says Patriot Bank President Richard Muskus Jr. “The SBA had better be ready for a tidal wave of backlog.”