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State Budget News

Partisan rift threatens efforts to close CT budget deficits - see outline of Gov. Malloy's $235 million in proposed new taxes

House sends veto-proof, bipartisan budget to Malloy - last state to adopt a budget, passes Senate 33-3 and House 126-23.  Connecticut may start to get government under control; Wall Street Says Budget Is Good for Connecticut, But Bad for UConn; but Wait!, What? ... Newly adopted CT budget already showing red ink; Gov. Malloy Submits Deficit Mitigation Options to Legislature - Legislature likely to consider other options to close a growing (now $208 million) deficit in current FY; Malloy's plan includes $189 million in new taxes and $113 in spending cuts.

Other news:

Gov Malloy Announces State Begins Providing Reimbursements to Homeowners for Crumbling Foundations - Homeowners advised to begin application process ASAP; Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations Qualify For Federal Tax Break - Hartford Courant; Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Remediation Services for Crumbling Concrete Foundations - by Capitol Region Council of Governments.  DUE By 11-30-17.  Those with crumbling foundations finally may get some help; Feds bring technical aid, not cash, on crumbling foundations - see more on this critically important issue

Summary released of 1-1-18 Revisions to Technical Standards for Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems

Article on 2017 changes to 8-30g (Affordable Housing Appeals Act)

Connecticut Improves, But Remains Among 10 Least Tax-Friendly States - right direction at least, with a long way to go to top 20, let's keep improving

Some towns will win, others lose as CT struggles with slow growth; see also this article from Connecticut By The Numbers

Connecticut's Housing Market Lags Behind Neighbor States - WSJ

Connecticut jumps 10 spots to 33rd in 2017's business ranking - In a tie for most improved over 2016.

Budget Stalemate Continues As House Declines To Consider Veto Override ; No budget progress amid a day of political theater

Malloy vetoes budget, seeks 'honest dialogue' - Connecticut is the last state in the nation without a budget - see Governor's Bill Notification Release #18

With 5 More Democrat Votes, House Forwards GOP Budget to Malloy; Veto Expected

Connecticut's 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Shake the Money Tree - so far, 8 Republicans and 5 Democrats are in the game.

Legislature musters enough votes to override Malloy housing veto - repass 8-30g bill by just one vote in each chamber. Other three vetoes not challenged.  See Partnership for Strong Communities' summary of 8-30g bill.

CT Supreme Court rules that an individual who provides services to only one company can be an independent contractor - a significant win for business community.

Deal gives Democrats edge in evenly split CT Senate - CT Mirror; CT News Junkie story

CT Lawmakers Get a Glimpse of Budget Problems They Will Face ; Appropriations House Chair, Walker (D), says, Devastating cuts cannot solve CT's budget woes; and S&P warns CT: Surging debt costs could lower bond rating - CT Mirror

Malloy: Next budget will be very lean, without major tax hikes - The CT Mirror; Q&A: Wyman talks budget, her role in equally divided state senate

CT Senate leaders blame Democratic losses on PACs, not policies - Republican leader responds, "hogwash"; House leader also blames losses on independent money, while union official blames unpopularity of Governor Malloy; Malloy attributes Dem losses to being outworked by Republican candidates - see story

GOP ties Democrats in state senate, and closes gap in state House - 18Rs to 18Ds in Senate, likely 72Rs to 79Ds in House; NY Times results for CT; see also CT News Junkie; CT Sec of State Election Results

NCCI files significant rate reduction for workers compensation insurance, effective 1-1-17
- reduction already approved by insurance regulators

Gov. Malloy Announces $55 Million in Funding to Advance Development of Affordable Housing Across the State - 590 existing units to be renovated along with common area upgrades, while only 120 new units to be created, for a total average subsidy of $77,465/unit.  Only a portion of the 710 total units considered "affordable" in 13 total projects.

CT budget closes in deficit again; little reserves left for this year - The CT Mirror

White House highlights regulatory barriers to affordable housing - releases Tool Kit for local governments.

Connecticut's economy gets double dose of bad news in August - New Haven Register

Gov. Malloy's budget chief sends memo to all state agencies - asks for options to reduce budgets by 10%.

Control of the CT Senate at stake in battleground districts - CT Mirror; Seats in CT House also in play.

General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research (OLR) Summaries of new laws - see topic area summaries of Public Acts affecting Building Codes, Housing, Business & Jobs, many other topics.

National Lieutenant Governors Stand Up for Housing - led by CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, "Housing affordability and availability are ..."

Federal fines jumped Aug. 1 - Percentage increases huge for violating OSHA (78%), endangered species (98%) and stormwater permit (40%) regulations.

Crumbling Concrete Foundations - see HBRACT testimony, news reports

Study faults state's business climate - over-regulation cited.

Notice of Intent to Adopt the 2016 State Building Code - new Code effective Oct. 1, 2016.

State legislature adopts new budget - Senate approves along party lines, 21 Ds to 15 Rs; House nearly so, 74 Ds for to 62 Rs plus 8 Ds against.

Nonpartisan analysts: Tentative CT budget wipes away lots of red ink - CT Mirror

Two CT companies to stop selling products after allegations of crumbling foundations - WFSB Eyewitness News

CT budget details trickle out as partisan debate heats up - CT Mirror

Connecticut's Home Building Industry Recovers Slowly - Hartford Courant

Winners of 6th Annual Zero Energy Challenge Announced - Energize CT

Millenials, Boomers Test Builders' Marketing Skills - HBJ

Governor Malloy Announces $78 Million in New Housing Investments Across CT - press release

Call Before You Dig - New E-Ticketing System - excavators should register prior to Jan 22 to become familiar with new e-ticketing process.  811 call times will be longer if not registered.

Ranking of Most Innovative States - Massachusetts is #1, Connecticut #5

Construction Sector a Leader for Job Growth over the Next Decade - NAHB Eye on Housing

Where Have All the Home Builders Gone ... in MA? - same story could be told in CT

Cost of renting, home ownership closer in most states - Census Bureau's 2014 five-year annual Community Services survey.

Another view of new data - Census Shows Fewer Families, Different Jobs, Changing Connecticut (Hartford Courant).

Housing In CT 2015  - Partnership for Strong Communities releases report on the latest measures of affordability.

How Many Subcontractors Does it Take to Build the Average Home? - answer may surprise you.

Two New CT Supreme Court Opinions Issued in July - HBRACT participated as a friend-of-the-court in both.

Three CT metro areas rank among nation's top 20 for people moving out - Bloomberg Business

CT Ranked #1 in People Moving Out of State

Budget woes strain alliance between Governor and fellow democrats -the News/Times.

Revised forecast bleak: New federal data bursts CT’s economic bubble - the CT Mirror, 6-25-15.

Home Energy Solutions - perform an energy checkup on your home and make on-the-spot improvements (YouTube).

Building Code - Spring 2015 Career Development Schedule Announced - these are the classes paid for by the building code education fee added on to all building permit applications.

Energize Connecticut Videos Address How to Improve Water Heating at Your Home or Small Business.

Each $1,000 Increase in Price of a New Home Forces 206,000 Prospective Buyers Out of the Market Across the Nation - New NAHB study demonstrates the impact that fees, taxes and regulatory costs have on potential home buyers; The variables of median home prices, incomes and housing supply determine local/state impacts - study breaks down the impact by states.

Home Innovation Enters into Agreement with Appraisal Institute to Issue Green Appraisal Addendum for all NGBS Green Certified Homes (Home Innovation Research Labs).

LEED V4 is now held off to Halloween 2016!  Scary?  -  While not as well known, there are better alternatives, such as NGBS ICC-700.

Where are the Nation's Most Expensive Building Lots? - right here in New England ... by a lot.

CityLab Promotes Hartford as the Place to be for Young Professionals.

Forbes Highlights Connecticut's Challenges - drops CT to #36 in Business Friendly Places ranking - from CBIA.

Each $1,000 Increase in Price of a New Home Forces 206,000 Prospective Buyers Out of the Market Across the Nation - New NAHB study demonstrates the impact that fees, taxes and regulatory costs have on potential home buyers; The variables of median home prices, incomes and housing supply determine local/state impacts - study breaks down the impact by states.

Connecticut's Debt Rating Remains Negative - As reported in The Commercial Record, a major rating agency says, "the state's budget relies on one-time fixes and ... the state's economic recovery [is] 'slow and uneven.'"

See Who Is Donating to CT's Congressional Candidates - The CT Mirror

Best and Worst States for Small Business - CT earns a grade of "D" - Message: Make things simpler, lighten up on the rules and regulations, from zoning to licensing, that permeate our lives.

Public Sector Hiring Lowers Jobless Rate to $6.7% - CT Mirror - Ct added 1,700 jobs in June: 1,200 in the public sector, only 500 in the private sector.

CNBC - America's Top States for Business 2014 Ranking places Connecticut at number 46, down 1 slot from 45 last year. ... that's the wrong direction.

CT Dept. of Labor and Dept. of Economic and Community Development issue June edition of the "Economic Digest" - as reported by CT News Junkie, it doesn't contain the best of news.

CT's New Home Construction in 2013 Shy of Five Year High (The Courant)

Tax Foundation Ranks CT in Bottom 10 of all States

CNBC's ranking of 51 measures of business competitiveness has CT at 45 out of 50 in its "America's Top States for Business 2013" - see 50 state breakdown.

State agency regulations are online - result of Public Act 13-274

Connecticut Economic Outlook - "Connecticut’s economy is recovering slowly, very slowly, well behind national recovery. ..."

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