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“The 2019 session was a major year for environmental policy in Connecticut, with the passage of the new plastic bag restrictions and greater investments into renewable energies,” says Lori Brown, executive director of the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.
The future of the governos’s ambitious 10-year, $21 billion CT2030 plan is very much in doubt, with state Republicans remaining skeptical and several of his fellow Democratic lawmakers hedging their bets as next year’s election looms.
"Like many residents in Stamford, I don't like paying tolls," Martin said, "but I applaud the governor's courageous commitment to fixing our transportation infrastructure while being financially responsible."
“Our systems don’t talk to each other enough, nor are we talking enough to the businesses where our students will ultimately seek employment,” Lamont said. “The status quo will no longer do." Council members include top executives at Bigelow Tea, Synchrony, and AQR Capital Management.
State Sen. Tony Hwang and State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey are the first legislators to participate.
The three-story, 57,400-square foot facility will be “the major exclamation point on my caring, my giving and my work," the former Major League Baseball player/manager, and Sacred Heart executive director of athletics, said.
“This jarring announcement from arguably our best-known, highest-profile business has got to serve as an overdue wake-up call to the governor and to the Democrat-controlled state legislature," says Republican state Sen. Tony Hwang.
“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?”
One would establish an open-bidding process for a new casino – most likely in Bridgeport – while the other would ease the way for the construction of a tribes-operated casino in East Windsor.
“I’m open to every discussion – I’m not a pure ‘no’" on electronic tolls, as are some of his high-profile Republican colleagues, the Transportation Committee member says.
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.
"We don’t have the luxury of thinking big city versus small town," said Port Authority Board Chairman Scott Bates. "We want to be a champion for the entire state."
Following in the footsteps of their father, sibling-owned Coco and Co. offers handcrafted furniture. refurbished antiques, custom crafted jewelry, planters, apparel and other household items.
Which highways would have tolls, where they would be located, and how much they would cost drivers are among the questions yet to be answered.
While reverse mortgages still have a negative connotation for many, those fears are mostly misplaced, according to Nick Buscaglia, senior vice president for residential mortgage at M&T Bank.
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