WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s U.S. senators are seeking millions of dollars in new federal grants to help homeowners with crumbling foundations.
With the receipt of $19.15 million in state funds, the state-chartered Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company could begin processing claims by homeowners with crumbling foundations in early January and cut its first checks in February, the company said Friday.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski toured a house plagued by the crumbling-foundations phenomenon that present a multi-billion-dollar loss to homeowners in eastern Connecticut. He offered sympathy to the homeowner Wednesday, but skepticism to reporters about government’s role in addressing the slowly unfolding disaster.
The issue of crumbling foundations that threaten financial ruin for thousands of Connecticut homeowners is trending in political circles, but help to those afflicted faces significant obstacles and could be limited.
WASHINGTON – As Congress rushes to finish work before its August recess, Connecticut lawmakers are trying to get some federal help for homeowners who have been victimized by tainted concrete that has caused the foundations of their homes to crumble. They’ve made some progress, but final congressional approval of their efforts isn’t guaranteed.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Monday got a close-up look at the damage to one of thousands of Connecticut homes built with contaminated concrete. He said rescuing the homeowners from financial ruin will take a comprehensive, multi-government approach.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has accepted an invitation from Sen. Chris Murphy to come to Connecticut and take a first-hand look at the damage to homes that have crumbling foundations made of tainted concrete.
The House of Representatives voted 97-42 on Saturday for a bill that would impose a $12 annual surcharge on homeowners’ insurance policies, contributing about $9.3 million annually to a relief fund for eastern Connecticut residents whose homes have crumbling foundations..
WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s U.S. senators on Wednesday introduced a pair of bills aimed at helping homeowners with crumbling foundations, but conceded it will be an “uphill fight” to win congressional approval of the legislation.
House Democratic leaders tried Wednesday to jump-start stalled efforts to address the crumbling concrete foundation crisis in eastern Connecticut, joining two rank-and-file Republicans at an unusual press conference with potential implications for the last weeks of the 2018 session and the campaign for control of the General Assembly.
WASHINGTON — The Senate early Saturday passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations.
Legislators authorized new borrowing to assist homeowners in eastern Connecticut with crumbling foundations, to upgrade the XL Center in Hartford and to complement a new taxing arrangement with the state’s hospital industry.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency repeatedly has declined to classify the damage caused by pyrrhotite, a mineral that corrodes when exposed to water, as an emergency or major disaster eligible for federal assistance, but the agency and Army engineers have taken the step of working to establish testing standards for the mineral.
WASHINGTON – Reps. Joe Courtney and John Larson asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday to allow a tax break for thousands of Connecticut homeowners who suffer from crumbling foundations.
Eleven Republican representatives accused House Democratic leadership Friday of using more than 34,000 homes with crumbling foundations as political leverage to secure GOP votes for the next state budget.