Opinion: More good economic and education news for Connecticut

State Sen. Bob Duff.

I wanted to share a number of articles from the past week that highlight the positive direction in which Connecticut is headed. We still have more work to do but there are encouraging signs surrounding our economy and educational system.

Connecticut Economy Sees Big Changes During Recovery

The state saw growth in 2016 beyond health care and social assistance, with the accommodations and construction sectors respectively adding 2,080 and 1,190 jobs. At the same time, layoffs and retirements have shrunk government employment rolls.


Nine Connecticut Schools Make Forbes List of America’s Top Colleges

Nine colleges in Connecticut made Forbes Magazine’s list of the top colleges in the country.

Businesses are Opening in Connecticut

Business starts in Connecticut are up for the 5th year in a row with a new total of 117,337, an increase of 0.9 percent over 2015.


Study Ranks Connecticut as Top School System in America

A recent study looked at the best school systems in America and Connecticut received high marks in the report.


State Students’ SAT Scores Up in English and Math

The latest SAT results show modest improvement in Fairfield County and across the state. The percentage of 11th-graders who took the Connecticut School Day SAT exam are meeting or exceeding the achievement standard in English language arts and mathematics, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.


Pratt & Whitney Ambassador Teaches YMA Kids About Rewarding Manufacturing Careers

One of our largest manufacturers is helping train kids for careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturers Can Soon Tout ‘Connecticut-Made’ Products

A new law taking effect in October will require the state to develop a “Connecticut-Made” logo businesses can use to promote products made or produced in the state.


U.S. factory Orders Rose in June as Demand for Aircraft Soared

Orders at U.S. factories increased in June as demand surged for aircraft. The Commerce Departments reports that factory orders increased 3 percent in June, a solid rebound after declining in May and April.

Analysis: Connecticut Business Starts Improved in 2016

Connecticut experienced a nearly 1 percent increase in new private businesses, which rose for the fifth year in a row, according to an analysis by the Connecticut Department of Labor.


Just Another Norwalk Voter August 6, 2017 at 7:10 am

Hey Bob, get back to work to come up with a balanced budget that doesn’t raise our taxes, doesn’t cut our services and doesn’t cut state aid to our cities and towns. That is what “Standing up for you ” means!

Mitch Palais August 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

Wow- Ct added 2000 jobs- in a national economy that added 200,000 jobs just last month.

Tell us more about how you reduced the 5 Billion dollar deficit without raising taxes, the additional aid to norwalk schools, and how Metro North is back to running in the 2013 time schedule.

Isabelle Hargrove August 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Now we know why Senator Duff cannot help Norwalk get adequate funding or solve our State’s fiscal crisis, he is simply too busy frantically googling “good economic news in CT”. It is, unfortunately, a difficult and time consuming task. Instead, he should more simply use his position of power to make meaningful progress. Give it a try Senator Duff! #Pathetic #EnughWithDuff #ThisIsInsulting

Drewt August 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

And he forgot to mention that the Legislature just passed one of the most costly employees contract!! We don’t even have a budget! How are we paying for this?’!?! And I was corrected by a State employee that it’s not a guaranteed job for 4 BUT 10! YEARS!! WOW!!!!! But please tell us how you’re “Standing Up” for us again!? I don’t even have to mention ECS do I now?’bb

Drewt August 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Good News in Education for Norwalk?! REALLY?! Malloy just said he will be cutting $4 Million from our ECS! !!!!! Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?!

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