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Opinion: New state overreach: A surprise unemployment tax for CT businesses

Gail Lavielle

Gail Lavielle

Gail Lavielle is the Republican state representative for the 143rd District, comprising parts of Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

In 2015, businesses in Connecticut will have to pay a new unemployment tax that they would not have to pay if they were located in any other state. It’s a federal tax, but in an unusual turn of events, the decision to obligate businesses to pay it was made by the Connecticut state Department of Labor (DOL). The end result: Connecticut’s employers will have the highest federal unemployment tax rate in the country.

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Malloy: We’ve righted the ship, now where will we take it?

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in Cromwell. (Christine Stuart photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in Cromwell. (Christine Stuart photo)

CROMWELL, Conn. – Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tried his best to put a contentious re-election campaign behind him Tuesday as he addressed the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.

“At this point, four years into this, I own this stuff,” Malloy said.

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Town, city officials upset over state’s proposed water pollution permit

Killingworth First Selectman Catherine Iino (Christine Stuart photo)

Killingworth First Selectman Catherine Iino (Christine Stuart photo)

CROMWELL, Conn. – Municipal leaders are gearing up for a fight over how often they clean their storm drains and catch basins and track illicit discharges that end up polluting Connecticut’s rivers and streams.

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Washington Village project assailed in DEEP public hearing

Martha Dumas talks to

Martha Dumas talks to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Hearing Officer Janice Deshais on Monday in the South Norwalk Community Center.

Update, 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, video added. Includes Cesar Ramirez, Bruce Morris, Carleton Giles, Mike Mushak and Leonard Dancy.

NORWALK, Conn. – Arguments pro and con were made Monday night, with a $30 million federal grant hanging in the balance, during a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) public hearing regarding the Norwalk Housing Authority’s plan to rebuild Washington Village in its area of South Norwalk, which is known to flood.

The hearing, held in the full South Norwalk Community Center multipurpose room, featured members of Mount Zion Baptist Church protesting that the flood mitigation efforts planned for the proposed $106 million housing development, partly funded with a large chunk of public money, would send any flood waters their way, endangering their property. Others pointed out that DEEP was not told of the covenants that restrict Ryan Park to recreational uses, while city officials talked of the public good that would come from the development’s construction and attempted to refute some of the accusations or suspicions coming from those who requested the public hearing. Continue reading Washington Village project assailed in DEEP public hearing

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Rivera asserts Briggs would be better off in another location

Briggs High School.

Briggs High School.

NORWALK, Conn. – The best thing to do with Briggs High School would be to rebrand it and move it to a location closer to its student body, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera said.

“It’s premature for me to put out here, but I am still convinced that their current site is problematic. The facility itself has many problems,” Rivera said at last week’s Board of Education Finance Committee meeting. Continue reading Rivera asserts Briggs would be better off in another location

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Maritime Aquarium accuses former COO of $78K ‘misappropriation’

NORWALK, Conn. – A “misappropriation” of Maritime Aquarium funds has led to a Norwalk Police investigation and the resignation of a chief Maritime Aquarium official, Maritime Aquarium leaders say.

Maritime Aquarium Chief Operating Officer Roy Dowdell was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 27 following the discovery of discrepancies in the Aquarium’s petty cash account and Dowdell’s use of a company credit card, according to a statement from Chris Loynd, the Aquarium’s director of marketing. Dowdell resigned Nov. 3. Continue reading Maritime Aquarium accuses former COO of $78K ‘misappropriation’

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Norwalk BoE to name interim superintendent Tuesday night

NORWALK, Conn. – The selection of an interim superintendent of schools is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

There are two candidates who are being interviewed in secret before the regular meeting, BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said. The names of the candidates are confidential, he said.

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New VA report: Older vets make up most of unemployed

Unemployment is higher among older veterans. (Dollar Photo Club)

Unemployment is higher among older veterans. (Dollar Photo Club)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Veterans ages 18 to 54 had similar, or slightly lower, rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts from 2000-2013, but older veterans were more likely than their peers to be unemployed, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The report also shows that the majority of veterans who were unemployed – 60 percent – were 45 and older, and that nearly a third were veterans who served after 2001.

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Consumer Protection commissioner will retire; Public Health, DEEP chiefs to stay

Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein (CTNJ file photo)

Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein will retire in January, according to the Malloy administration. Additionally, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee will stay on during Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second term.

Malloy thanked Rubenstein for his service Monday in a press release.

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Coltsville secures national park status

Blue onion dome over the East Armory (Christine Stuart file photo)

Blue onion dome over the East Armory (Christine Stuart file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Turning the old Colt building in Hartford into a national park had been U.S. Rep. John B. Larson’s dream for more than a decade. On Friday, that dream came true when the U.S. Senate gave final passage to the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a provision to turn Coltsville into a national park.

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