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Manufacturers say Obama plan would have mixed impact in Connecticut

Washington — Precision Combustion Inc., a manufacturing firm in North Haven that builds catalytic converters and uses green technology, is the kind of company President Obama wants to help. “We don’t have much of a policy right now to help manufacturing,” said Kevin Burns, Precision Combustion’s president. “So I think it’s really good (Obama) is […]

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Connecticut lawmakers give Obama speech high marks

Washington — In his address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama called for a rebirth of manufacturing, a fairer tax system and a stronger community college system. Most Connecticut lawmakers agreed with the president’s priorities, especially his emphasis on manufacturing and education. “The president’s focus on manufacturing, energy and work force development echoes what […]

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Connecticut’s colleges curtail their lobbying of Washington

Washington — With federal money drying up, Connecticut’s colleges are rethinking the value of a Washington lobbyist. The Connecticut State University system hired the Washington lobbying firm McAllister & Quinn, paying it more than $100,000 last year to seek federal funding for a robotics project at Central Connecticut State University. The university also wanted the […]

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Despite gridlock, Connecticut delegation has big plans for this session of Congress

Washington — Partisanship and gridlock may have largely defined the 112th Congress, but Connecticut lawmakers still have extensive wish lists for the new session. The lawmakers’ goals for the year range from turning the Coltsville site in Hartford into a national park to guarding against cuts in the Pentagon’s budget that would hurt the state’s […]

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Going to the dogs

Sen. Richard Blumenthal has come to the aid of heroic pooches. At a Thursday news conference in Hartford, Blumenthal, a Democrat, rolled out a bill that would cut the red tape involved in adopting a military dog. These dogs are regarded by the Pentagon as “equipment,” requiring potential adopters to bear the cost of transporting […]

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Military overhaul to have mixed impact on Connecticut’s defense industry

Washington — President Obama’s plan to overhaul the military and trim hundreds of billions of dollars from the defense budget brings both good and bad news to Connecticut’s defense industry, lawmakers and analysts say. With the end of the Iraq war and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan winding down, Obama and the Pentagon have rolled out […]