Senate Democrats have led passage of legislation to give veteran-owned businesses additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws.

  • If Connecticut were a country it would be the 5th-most productive in the world
  • #3 Forbes ranking (2014) for overall quality of life due to low crime and poverty rates, a healthy populous and strong schools
  • Connecticut ranks fourth in the U.S. in average hourly wages as well as average weekly earnings
  • In proportion to the size of our economy, Connecticut has the second-lowest business taxes in the country
  • Connecticut ranks #1 as the healthiest state in the country
  • State government is shrinking with over 1,000 fewer employeesthan four years ago
  • The state’slong-term financial obligations have been reduced 8 percent

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In the Headlines & On the Blogs

  • 01/16/2017
    Connecticut considers LLCs for the public benefit
    The Hour: A Connecticut state senator has proposed extending to limited liability companies the concept of registering as a “public benefit” entity, more than two years after a similar bill failed to elicit widespread interest from entrepreneurs.
  • 01/16/2017
    Pratt’s production surge brings major changes to state’s aerospace suppliers
    Journal Inquirer: Colin Cooper, CEO of Eastford’s Whitcraft Group, once described Connecticut’s aerospace industry as “a mile wide and an inch deep.”
    What he meant by that, Cooper said, is that smaller suppliers like his company would see low-volume demand for a few parts that required complex manufacturing techniques but had limited financial rewards.
  • 01/16/2017
    Mohegan’s Preston project is outstanding news for region
    The Day: This time it appears it is really going to happen. Development will take place at the former Norwich Hospital campus in Preston, dramatically expanding the town’s tax base and giving an important economic boost to the region.
  • 01/04/2017
    Senators face a tough session but open with collegiality
    CT Mirror: The state Senate began the 2017 session with two empty seats, pledges of bipartisanship in the evenly divided chamber, and a public-service announcement about organ donation.
  • 01/04/2017
    Coleman, Kane resign minutes before session opens
    CT Mirror: With six minutes to spare, Sen. Rob J. Kane, R-Watertown, and Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield, handed in resignation letters Wednesday morning, consummating a carefully choreographed deal freeing each legislator to accept a new job while maintaining the balance of power in an evenly divided Senate.
  • 12/27/2016
    New laws in Connecticut taking effect January 1, 2017
    WTNH: As the calendar changes from 2016 to 2017, a number of new laws will take effect in Connecticut.

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November 18, 2016 — Senators Larson and Osten present their proposal to help Connecticut homeowners struggling to replace faulty home foundations containing the mineral pyrrhotite that has caused them to begin cracking and crumbling.

Innovation Places in New Haven

October 26, 2016 — Senate President Martin M. Looney announces that the City of New Haven has been awarded a CTNext grant to cultivate the development of its “Innovation Places.”

Groundbreaking for New Bob’s Furniture Headquarters

October 17, 2016 — Senator Cassano commemorates the groundbreaking of the new headquarters of Bob’s Discount Furniture in Manchester. As part of the headquarters expansion, the company plans to retain its 326 employees at the location and also add 125 new jobs.