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As DEEP cuts budget and park hours, it gets a surprising new role

The Old State House in Hartford

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced cutbacks Friday at state beaches, parks and campgrounds. Left out of the announcement was a significant wrinkle: As the department struggles to manage its various assets with less money, it is being handed a significant new responsibility – managing the Old State House in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. Continue Reading →

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Green Bank raid upsets business, environmental communities

Solar panels

The raid on the Green Bank and other clean energy programs to help plug the state's huge budget deficit is bringing together groups often at odds. Environmentalists and business interests, including the state's most prominent business lobby, agree the raid is a bad idea. Continue Reading →

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CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

A national campaign by the nuclear industry to stabilize profits in a volatile energy market scored a victory Friday night with the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation changing the rules for procuring electricity in Connecticut, a state heavily reliant on nuclear power. Continue Reading →

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CT’s maxed-out credit card takes its toll on many projects

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The General Assembly is expected to vote before it adjourns May 4 on a plan that would cancel more than $1.1 billion in financing earmarked for an enormous array of purposes in both the public and private sectors, including renovating the leaking, flaking dome of UConn's Gampel Pavilion. Continue Reading →

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Could CT see another wave of sprawl?

Residential development near the mouth of the Connecticut River.

The Great Recession slowed sprawl — low-density, auto-centric, poorly planned development — to a crawl. But now the downturn has grudgingly turned around, and development is ramping up. Does this mean the state’s remaining undeveloped areas will be hit with another wave of sprawl? Continue Reading →

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Recycling food waste in Connecticut: Slow as molasses

A rendering of the Quantum Biopower anaerobic digester proposed for Southington.

Five years after legislative initiatives designed to do something about the large amount of food waste in Connecticut's trash, very little has been implemented, and the food waste problem is getting bigger. A lot bigger. Continue Reading →

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