About a third of Connecticut’s cities and towns are rejecting proposed state regulations for dealing with storm water runoff.
Leaders of the municipalities are denouncing the draft regulations.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities represents most of Connecticut’s towns and cities. It says the new draft regulations by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection dictate the frequency of street sweeping and the cleaning of storm water drainage systems that run into municipal sewers. And this imposes costs that towns and cities simply cannot afford.
Connecticut's U.S. Senators marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting this week by giving speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
In April of last year, a gun control bill that was supported by both senators failed to pass. On Wednesday, both Senators called on their colleagues to pass gun control legislation.
In his speech, Sen. Chris Murphy criticized his colleagues for not taking action even though there have been more shootings at schools across the country since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.
The incoming Republican leader of the Connecticut House is concerned the state labor department is not doing enough to reduce unemployment taxes for businesses.
By January, Connecticut companies will be paying the highest federal unemployment taxes in the country, said Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.
Connecticut has not obtained a waiver that would have given the state an extension on repaying federal loans it used to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, she said. That’s why she’s written to the state labor commissioner seeking an explanation.
Nearly 400 acres of prime real estate along the Thames River in Preston, Connecticut, was once the site of Norwich State Hospital, which closed in 1996. Since then, the property has attracted several proposals for development. None of them have worked out.
Five years ago, the little town of Preston took a big leap and bought the property, that's now envisioned as Preston Riverwalk.
Bulldozers and scrap sorting machines are working on the rubble of one of 57 structures being demolished on the Preston Riverwalk site.