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The gas tax is at the core of the tolls debate. Climate change is at the core of the gas tax. But switching to electric vehicles will mean less gas tax revenue.
Connecticut’s package stores have proposed a 10-cent “recycling fee” as a compromise alternative to the 25-cent deposit Gov. Ned Lamont recommended last month.
The Millstone Nuclear Power Station and Connecticut's two utilities beat a negotiating deadline to keep the plant running for at least another 10 years.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House has voted four times to approve bills that would halt the sale of Plum Island, but the Senate has never acted.
Gov. Lamont has zeroed in on the elimination of plastic grocery bags as a possible revenue source. But the 19 other pieces of legislation that also seek their banishment are focused on the environmental benefits.
The governor’s proposed sugary drink tax can improve overall health and wellbeing. Sugary drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in our diets. Excessive consumption of these drinks can lead to chronic diseases that significantly harm communities. Policies that drive down consumption should be supported.
Budget debates are in full swing in Connecticut. Recently Mark Conrad (CT Mirror, Feb. 15, 2019) presented interesting data to support the idea that Connecticut should cut waste from the Transportation budget rather than institute tolls. He observed that Connecticut administrative costs per mile of road are ten times the national average, and total expenses per mile were three times the national average. This made Connecticut's the sixth most expensive state highway system in the nation. Conrad’s data came from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian group according to its website. The Foundation’s Report presents a rich data set to analyze.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle say they want to protect municipal open space, support town recreation areas, invest in clean water infrastructure, and combat problematic invasive species … so why aren’t they giving municipalities the chance to generate the resources necessary to succeed? The Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee has a tremendous leadership […]
I strongly support the efforts of State Reps. Michelle Cook from Torrington and Gary Turco from Newington in co-sponsoring legislation to increase access to dental insurance for young adults 19 - 26. Their proposed bill (House Bill 5627) would allow families to keep their children or dependents on their dental insurance through the age of 26, which would be similar to current law that allows children to remain on their parents' medical plan until that same age.