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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro were all re-elected, while State Rep. Fred Camillo is taking as Greenwich First Selectman from the retiring Peter Tesei.
Connecticut’s property tax burden per capita is almost twice the U.S. average and third-highest in the U.S., according to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities report.
“Connecticut is not a good place to do business right now,” says Mark Szamatulski, co-owner of Veracious Brewing Co. in Monroe. “None of us make the rules, and if they can just keep shifting them around to benefit the bigger guys, where does that leave us?”
“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.
"It’s important to lead with the carrot and not force peoples’ hands,” the governor said.
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.
Another bill would establish the Connecticut Infrastructure Bank to provide financial support for infrastructure projects.
The state had 3,572,665 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 2018, representing a loss of 1,215 residents.
Reverie Brewing Co. is under construction on Church Hill Road, while Asylum Brewing Co. has received the town’s okay to become the first for-profit commercial tenant at Fairfield Hills.
The group is working hard to get public comment ahead of writing its long-range transportation plan: “We’re on track to exceed the number of people who attended our meetings for the last plan, in 2015,” said WestCOG Executive Director Francis Pickering. That number, however, was just 10.
Sean P. Morris, owner of Absolute Transportation LLC in Redding, faces high gas prices, heavy traffic, Uber competition and the threat of tolls on Connecticut's roads.
“Darien Crossing is the epitome of an asset in need of modernization and a new identity,” said Nick Fletcher, a member of the new ownership group, which has plans for a full interior and exterior capital improvement project.
Within Fairfield County, both Redding and Wilton had the lowest unemployment rate in 2017 at 3.6 percent, followed closely by Ridgefield and Westport, both at 3.7 percent.
Another round of funding will go out in May as additional communities submit certifications.