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Back9Network Shows Danger Of Comcast Merger

April 9, 2014

The national debate over Comcast's bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion reached the U.S. Senate Wednesday with James Bosworth and his fledgling golf lifestyle channel playing the role of the little guy caught in the middle.

  • Tracking CEO Pay for Connecticut, Company-By-Company

    March 17, 2014

    'Tis the season to be angry -- if you're following reports of 2013 CEO pay from publicly traded companies, which come out this time of year as part of shareholder proxy forms. This blog post compiles the reports in one place.

  • Haar: Why Connecticut Republicans Should Have Cheered For Obama Wednesday

    March 5, 2014

    We did not see many Connecticut Republicans at President Obama's New Britain rally on Wednesday, and while that's an obvious political reality, it represents a lost opportunity for the state.

  • Dan Haar: Penalizing Low-Wage Employers, A Bad Idea That Has Merit

    February 18, 2014

    Connecticut is already one of the three states with the highest minimum wages, and it's the only one with mandatory paid sick days. Now advocates for the working poor are pushing a novel plan to address the crisis of below-poverty wages: Penalize employers that pay too little.

  • Dan Haar: NBC's Stamford 'Olympics Factory' A Non-Stop Machine

    February 15, 2014

    STAMFORD — Everything seems relaxed in a control room deep inside the massive NBC Sports Group headquarters in Stamford, where nine people, mostly men in their 20s and 30s, monitor video feeds from the Sochi Olympics, their chatter subdued.

  • Back9Network Advancing With $7.5M Constitition Plaza Studio, Fox Sports Deal

    February 14, 2014

    A lot of people in Hartford have been skeptical about progress at Back9Network, the golf lifestyle media outlet with a flashy culture, a plan for a studio on Constitution Plaza, and the goal of launching a cable TV channel.

  • Dan Haar: Untold Thousands Flout Gun Registration Law

    February 10, 2014

    Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.

  • A Better Mood At State Capitol, But Is It Real?

    February 6, 2014

    The mood was decidedly better Thursday than in recent years at the state Capitol, with sunlight splashing down on a row of former House speakers and the governor promising money for teachers, doctors, college students and poor children, even a little for regular taxpayers.

  • State Pension Funds Grew By $2.9B In 2013, Even After Payouts

    January 31, 2014

    The political debate over Connecticut's long-term health and pension liabilities just got more complicated, as the state's pension and trust funds grew by $3 billion in 2013 to $28.2 billion, even after paying out $636 million in benefits and expenses.

  • Dan Haar: Metro Hartford No. 5 Housing Market — Really?

    January 28, 2014

    Prices of single-family houses in Metro Hartford are bouncing around not much higher than they were in the recession in most towns, but CNNMoney.com sees a change, ranking the capital area as the fifth hottest market in the nation in 2014.

  • Dan Haar: STR Holdings Fights To Stay Above No-Value Line

    January 24, 2014

    Despite an agreement with a Chinese contract manufacturer to begin production, STR Holdings Inc., the East Windsor-based maker of solar encapsulation materials, is hovering around a rare distinction that all publicly traded companies want to avoid.

  • Dan Haar: MGM Touts Blue Back-Inspired Plan For Springfield

    January 23, 2014

    It's pretty much a done deal that MGM Resorts will win a license to build an $800 million casino with a hotel and conference center in Springfield. So what are we going to get in our backyard?

  • Former Union Official Mounts Historic Challenge, Returns To New Haven Roots

    January 20, 2014

    If Hollywood were to cast for the role of a union dissident trying to overthrow an entrenched leader in a national election, the character wouldn't be much like Jay Cronk.

  • Assessing Their Own Leadership

    January 10, 2014

    Friday turned out to be a rough day for Chengyu Fu, CEO of the China Petrochemical Corp., but he showed leadership under unexpected pressure.

  • Paid Sick Leave Brings Different Views Of Same Numbers

    January 9, 2014

    Connecticut at the start of 2012 became the first state in the nation to require firms in the service sector with at least 50 employees to offer paid sick days. We're still the only state with that mandate, although several large cities have it including New York.

  • Hartford Marathon Report: $14 Million Value As Sponsor Talks Continue

    January 8, 2014

    The ING Hartford Marathon created $14.1 million in financial value for the region last fall, a nice bump up from 2012, according to a new report that arrives just in time for the annual event to lure a title sponsor now that ING has jumped out of the race.

  • Donations Surface In Yale Honorary Degree Case, With Famous Connection

    January 6, 2014

    A foundation controlled by Stephan Schmidheiny, the billionaire global environmentalist whose 1996 honorary degree from Yale University is under protest, donated money to Yale at least three times in the mid-1990s, documents show.

  • Regulated Industries Dominate The Year

    December 31, 2013

    The fallout from the shootings in Newtown led to the year's most important business story: the gun control law that threw the state's historic firearms industry into turmoil. But for the most part, the biggest business and economic stories of the year were not about the happenings in Connecticut's traditional industries such as aerospace, biotech and insurance. Rather, they came from the world of regulated consumer services: casino expansion, a hospital strike, electric rates, a telecom merger and online sales taxes. Overall job creation is always key, of course, as is urban development. And one of the biggest business stories, the launch of the state's health exchange, isn't on this list because it was among the Courant's Top 10 stories of the year for all news.

  • With Deep Discounts, Retailers Stretch An OK Christmas Season

    December 26, 2013

    The doors were open well before 9 a.m. Thursday at Spruce Home & Garden in West Hartford Center, literally wide open to the street, the way manager Mary Goodwin likes it. And markdowns were plentiful.

  • Protein Sciences In Talks With State

    December 24, 2013

    Protein Sciences Corp. is negotiating an incentive deal that could bring 100 or more jobs to its Meriden complex, even as the maker of a breakthrough flu vaccine readies a manufacturing plant in New York's Rockland County.

  • AT&T Selling Connecticut Operations To Frontier

    December 17, 2013

    AT&T has reached a deal to sell its wireline business in Connecticut to Frontier Communications for $2 billion in cash, ending a 15-year venture that led to thousands of job losses as the number of regular phone lines declined, technology improved and the company moved support operations elsewhere.

  • L+M, Union Playing Dangerous Games As Lockout Drags On

    December 10, 2013

    It's been more than a week since Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and its nurses' union sat down to negotiate an end to the lockout that threatens patients and workers. Yet both sides continue to play games.

  • Coming Monday, A Broader Way Of Looking At Work

    December 4, 2013

    Think quickly about work in Connecticut. What comes to mind?

  • Small Business Saturday, A Nationwide Effort Facing Headwinds

    November 29, 2013

    Take a look at Small Business Saturday if you want a great illustration of how hard it is to change Americans' shopping habits.

  • Changed Industry On Display As Auto Show Opens

    November 22, 2013

    This weekend marks the first time since 2010 that the Connecticut International Auto Show isn't marred by bizarre weather — the freak snowstorm in 2011 and Storm Sandy last year.

  • Obama Fix Was Useless In Connecticut Regardless Of Malloy Decision

    November 22, 2013

    When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared Friday that the state would skip the Obama fix for canceled health plans, he was really just stating the obvious.

  • Haar: In Oval Office, Leonardi Tries To Defuse Obamacare Issue

    November 21, 2013

    Two big issues dogging the rollout of Obamacare have come into focus this week as the Connecticut insurance commissioner met with President Obama on the sticky question of insurers dropping health plans, and the state's exchange gave a breakdown that shows not enough young adults signing up.

  • Battered And Decimated, Pratt's Machinists Suddenly Hold Bargaining Power

    November 17, 2013

    It has been a sad bedrock of Connecticut's modern industrial history: As factory unions lose members, their political heft and bargaining power withers.

  • CT Jobs Forecast Is Better, But We Ain't Boston

    November 13, 2013

    Heading into 2014, Connecticut finds itself in a familiar place on the economic spectrum: Slow progress that could be much worse.

  • 'A Beautiful Marriage' Ends: Why ING Broke Up With Three Top Marathons

    November 12, 2013

    Spencer Cain, a former longtime state budget analyst, now a government relations consultant, is certainly familiar with ING. That's the company managing a lot of his retirement money. He's less clear on Voya Financial.

  • Larson Feeling Friction In Fast-Track Trade Authority Issue

    November 11, 2013

    Friction between pro-trade Democrats and the unions that usually support them seems to be coming to a head in the contentious issue of trade promotion authority, the power President Barack Obama wants in order to negotiate trade agreements.

  • Haar: Pratt Asks Union In Contract Talks To Give Up 252 Jobs

    November 7, 2013

    In an opening salvo of contract talks, Pratt & Whitney management is asking the Machinists union to give up 252 jobs at the East Hartford and Middletown plants, clearing the way for the company to bring in outside contractors for materials handling work on the shop floors.

  • CT Health Exchange Taking Bids To Work Around Federal Failure

    November 4, 2013

    Access Health CT, tired of seeing its Connecticut Obamacare exchange held hostage by the balky federal system, is taking bids this week from outside contractors that would verify customers' identities — a key function within the federal system that caused two nationwide shutdowns last week.

  • Insurers Caught In Middle Of Obamacare 'Cancellation' Flap

    October 30, 2013

    Two basic realities about Obamacare have been in obvious conflict since the law passed in early 2010. Now the trains are heading for a collision with insurers standing on the tracks between them, trying to restore order.

  • New Storefront Takes Health Exchange Message To The Streets

    October 29, 2013

    NEW BRITAIN — For nearly three hours after the opening Tuesday of what is believed to be the nation's first Obamacare store, Ernestine Shabazz watched carefully as would-be health exchange customers filtered in and out. That was her job, as the hired security guard.

  • Tom Is Back — Looking For That Old Toothpaste Magic in Turtlenecks

    October 29, 2013

    Tom Chappell has a consumer product business with a strategic formula he thinks will work: Take an everyday item and remake it from scratch, in the USA, using premium ingredients that are environmentally friendly and healthier for the user.

  • 11 Lessons Learned: Storm Sandy's Legacy

    October 26, 2013

    It's a safe bet that on Tuesday, Connecticut will not suffer the ravages of a storm that knocks out power for more than half the state's households and leaves thousands homeless. As we look forward to the first safe Oct. 29 in three years, we think about the lessons learned, especially from Storm Sandy, which caused an estimated $770 million in total damage in Connecticut. Sandy congealed our self-view as a meteorological target, perhaps because it hit on the anniversary of the freakiest storm in memory, perhaps because it stands as the fourth major storm in a 15-month span. Here, then, are 11 takeaway lessons in our collective experience of Storm Sandy.

  • Hope Comes A Year Later For Some Sandy Victims

    October 24, 2013

    MILFORD — It's been a stressful year for anyone who entered the town's Parsons Government Center Thursday and followed handmade signs to the "intake center" seeking relief payments for storm Sandy.

  • A Global Asbestos Battle Touches Yale

    October 19, 2013

    That Stephan Schmidheiny has played a huge role in environmental matters around the world over the last 37 years is not up for debate.

  • In A Rare Gathering, Lawyers Celebrate Their Man At UConn

    October 17, 2013

    They compete by day and don't usually gather at night as a group, but late Wednesday some of the most prominent partners of Greater Hartford's 17 largest law firms united for a cause — joined by the governor, the state attorney general, the state treasurer and the UConn president.

  • State's Power Game: Investor Of Last Resort

    October 10, 2013

    On Wednesday, the state bailed out a Head Start program in Bridgeport that was reeling from the federal shutdown, restoring normalcy for 700 pre-school children and their families.

  • FAA Recalls 600 Airport Inspectors But Most Still Out; Safety Questioned

    October 8, 2013

    The Federal Aviation Administration called back 600 aircraft, maintenance and compliance inspectors Tuesday, leaving at least 2,200 out of work in a situation the inspectors' union calls a needless risk.

  • Shutdown Economics: 2,000 Lost CT Jobs? No Easy Formula, No Crisis For Now

    October 4, 2013

    Anne S. Evans had more than just a few loose ends to tie up by noon Tuesday, the lockout deadline. As head of the U.S. Commerce Department's export assistance center in Middletown, she had conference calls and other matters for a trade delegation from Connecticut to Italy in less than two weeks.

  • Defense Industry Caught In Crossfire

    October 3, 2013

    If it wasn't immediately clear as the shutdown started that defense firms would suffer heavy collateral damage, United Technologies Corp. has put an exclamation point on the issue with its bombshell furlough announcement.

  • A New Chief At AFL-CIO: Big Promotion, Big Pay Cut

    September 27, 2013

    It was a crowning achievement for Lori Pelletier as she stood before the AFL-CIO state delegates, about to be elected to head the state's largest labor federation after 14 years in the No. 2 spot.

  • A Union War Horse Steps Down With Fire And Gratitude

    September 25, 2013

    It doesn't take much prodding for John W. Olsen to launch into a diatribe when the subject of worker pay and Connecticut's labor movement comes up, and Wednesday was no exception.

  • The Nation Gets A 'D' On Its Report Card For Middle-Class Incomes

    September 17, 2013

    How do you feel about your buying power over these past few years since the recession supposedly ended? Barely treading water?

  • Revolution At A Business Conference

    September 6, 2013

    By now we all know that the distribution of income and assets is so wildly unequal that U.S. economic progress is threatened, nowhere more than in the rich-state, poor-state of Connecticut. But we don't expect the hue and cry about disparity to come from Wall Street.

  • CT Companies: Not Happy With State, Courted By Suitors But Stable And Growing

    September 6, 2013

    One in five Connecticut companies who responded to a business survey said they had been courted by other states in the last 12 months, and nearly one-third said they'd been approached in the last five years. But the number who said they might leave is down from last year.

  • At Electric Boat, A Shock But Not A Trend

    September 2, 2013

    The picture seemed good earlier this year as Electric Boat hired 350 workers, many of them to rebuild the USS Miami after a fire nearly destroyed the attack submarine when it was in Maine for repairs.

  • Youth Unemployment Report Points To A Crisis With Contradictions

    August 29, 2013

    On the same day when fast food workers in Hartford and across the country, many of them young, are protesting for sharply higher wages, an advocacy group has released a report decrying the high unemployment rate among people aged 16 to 24.

  • As Fall Season Starts, Global Spectrum's Hartford Presence Takes Shape

    August 28, 2013

    The Hartford presence of Global Spectrum is taking shape as the company that's managing the XL Center, Rentschler Field and the business operations of the Hartford Wolf Pack prepares for its first big event Thursday and moves its national development office from Glastonbury to Trumbull Street downtown.

  • As ESPN Looks To Stay On Top, Challenges Are Clear

    August 24, 2013

    BRISTOL — It's altogether fitting that the first event at ESPN's colossal Digital Center 2 looked to the future as the company faces more than the usual challenges.

  • State Police To Gunmakers: No More Advice On Law

    July 12, 2013

    Back in May, a month after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the state's gun control law, Stag Arms of New Britain came up with a modified design and took it to the state police firearms unit to see if it would pass muster.

  • For Connecticut's Aerospace Firms, China Mission Sparks Effort To Gain Asia Certification

    July 10, 2013

    When members of a Connecticut delegation met in Shanghai with top officials at the Chinese civilian aerospace manufacturing company recently, they already knew about the Asia certification for selling jet engine and airplane parts into the burgeoning aviation industry of China.

  • Coming This Fall: State Tax Amnesty, With A Twist

    June 28, 2013

    Buried in the state budget that takes effect Monday is a tax amnesty program that will give delinquent personal and business taxpayers a 2-month window to lower their interest payments and avoid prosecution.

  • How The Court Ruling Helps Connecticut

    June 26, 2013

    The pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 represent a double victory for Connecticut's economy even though they fall short of delivering the right-to-marry order that many might have wanted.

  • For Three Governors, Civility And Brutal Competition

    June 17, 2013

    Three governors crisscrossed the state Monday, all looking to bolster their business strength, and no, there won't be a punch line here — other than the knockout that Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard are trying to inflict on our own Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

  • A Law And A Cause Hit The Airwaves As Obamacare Marketing Begins

    June 17, 2013

    Nearly 10 percent of the state's residents have no health insurance, and Kevin Counihan and Jason Madrak have a good picture of who they are and even where they live.

  • Connecticut Gunmakers Will Host Two Governors Next Week, Not Just One

    June 14, 2013

    Connecticut gun manufacturers will welcome not one red-state governor early next week, but two — as Texas Gov. Rick Perry's tour Monday is followed by a visit from South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard later Monday and Tuesday.

  • For Farmington Bank Directors, An Eye-Opening Payoff For Converting To Stock Ownership

    June 12, 2013

    One shareholder at the annual meeting of the holding company for Farmington Bank asked about the price of safe deposit boxes. Another wondered why the board of directors is all male. The issue of pay for the directors of this 20-branch bank didn't come up at all this spring and has not, apparently, created any waves.

  • As Texas Plans A Connecticut Raid, Smugness Won't Work For Rick Perry

    June 10, 2013

    Governors visit businesses in other states all the time, usually in low-key meetings that aren't publicized. But that's not how they roll in Texas, and Gov. Rick Perry is letting everyone know he's on his way to New York and Connecticut next week to raid companies — complete with a $1 million TV ad campaign.

  • Assessing Lawmakers' Wisdom As Connecticut Faces Economic Shock

    June 7, 2013

    State Sen. Tony Guglielmo, arguably the most liberal Republican lawmaker in Connecticut, often supports raises in the minimum wage but voted against the hike this year. It just didn't seem like the right time, he said, echoing most of the GOP.

  • A Year Later, Progress And Hope At Bevin Bell

    May 26, 2013

    Ask Matt Bevin how the year has gone since a fire destroyed his 180-year-old family business and he'll do something he has mostly avoided — look back instead of ahead.

  • Stamford Overtakes Hartford After Years Of Population Gains

    May 23, 2013

    In the mind of most any longtime Connecticut resident, Stamford is not one of the Big Three. Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, the old-line, core New England cities, all are anchors for suburban towns that grew up in the post-World War II era, and all struggle with a legacy of poverty.

  • 2-Month Wait Too Long For Gun-Ban Rules

    April 29, 2013

    So much has happened since April 4 that it seems like more than four weeks since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the strict gun-control bill into law. We had the showdown on background checks in the U.S. Senate, and of course, the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Fashion, Function Spell Success For Cancer Survivor

    April 26, 2013

    A glance at Susan Callison's outfit shows nothing out of the ordinary other than black sleeves that could easily be her style statement, and a sort of half-glove that wraps around her right thumb.

  • Urban Surveillance Raises Civil Liberties Concerns In Wake Of Boston Bombings

    April 24, 2013

    It's clear that cities are moving headlong into not just widespread video surveillance, but also some very sophisticated forms of monitoring and artificial intelligence to manage all those images, as I wrote in a column Monday. The Boston Marathon bombings highlighted some of that, and will certainly accelerate it.

  • Boston Bombing Focuses Public On Surveillance

    April 22, 2013

    Video played a strong role in finding the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, but it was mostly old-style detecting that appeared to do the trick as the FBI and police pored through hours of clips collected on bystanders' phones, then put it out for crowd-sourcing help.

  • Boston Bombing Focuses Public On Surveillance

    April 22, 2013

    Although video played a strong role in finding the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, it was mostly old-style detecting that the public saw: the FBI and police sorting through hours of clips collected on bystanders' phones, then putting it out for crowd-sourcing help.

  • State Retiree Health Benefits Under Attack in Long Look At Fiscal Crisis

    April 18, 2013

    Connecticut must cap state employee retiree health benefits and sharply raise fees for all sorts of state services in order to halt a long-term fiscal slide that is, in some ways, the worst in the nation.

  • CEO Pay For 2012 In State, Country Part Of Broken System

    April 15, 2013

    The AFL-CIO launched its annual database of CEO pay Monday, showing the average 2012 pay of CEOs at companies on the Standard & Poor's 500 index was $12.3-million, or 354 times more than the average American worker earned.

  • Yankee Ingenuity Vs. Gun Ban: Effort To Redesign AR-15 Underway

    April 12, 2013

    When Stag Arms president Mark Malkowski held a black rifle in his office last week and showed the sawed-off pistol grip, it seemed as much a protest against the state's new gun ban as an effort to redesign a military-style firearm that's legal for sale in Connecticut.

  • PTR In Bristol Is First Firearms Maker To Declare It's Exiting Connecticut

    April 10, 2013

    During the three-month debate over gun control in Connecticut, the name PTR Industries Inc. barely came up, but the Bristol manufacturer with 50 employees has become the first maker of military-style rifles to announce its exit from Connecticut since the state adopted a strict ban on sales last week.

  • StubHub In East Granby: Adding Staff, Space, And A Higher Profile

    April 8, 2013

    StubHub has pulled off a feat over the past eight years in Connecticut that might have seemed impossible.

  • Gun Industry Dilemma: Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

    April 6, 2013

    At the moment when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law what might be the nation's strictest gun controls, Jonathan Scalise was on the phone with his accountant.

  • At Firearms Firms, A Last-Minute Rush To Fill Orders Amid Confusion

    April 4, 2013

    Workers at Stag Arms in New Britain have been in a rush to finish orders and ship to Connecticut stores for customers to buy before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the historic gun control law at noon.

  • A 21st Century Way Of Collecting Sales Taxes

    April 3, 2013

    If the state could add $200 million a year to its coffers without raising tax rates, giving handouts to corporations, borrowing on Wall Street or begging the Feds for more cash, most people would say, "Do it!"

  • Concord Music Acquisition Boosts Star Power For New Haven Firm

    March 28, 2013

    For Brett D. Hellerman, CEO of Wood Creek Capital Management LLC in New Haven, buying one of the most prominent independent record companies is a coup for several reasons, not least a partnership with a revered Hollywood legend.

  • The 21-Page Health Exchange Application Form: Not A Burden

    March 26, 2013

    Back when I was in high school, I was sprung free for three months to work full-time at the county court house, where the boss gave me a thigh-high stack of forms people had to fill out. Cut this down to a few pages, he said. It's too much red tape.

  • Connecticut's Hotel and Convention Industry Unites At A New York Landmark

    March 23, 2013

    NEW YORK — In a dimly lit room inside Grand Central Station, with a high, ornate, painted wood ceiling and a stone fireplace with a carved, winged lion insignia, a piece of the Connecticut economy came to life.

  • Region's Firearm Factories Invested Heavily To Build AR-15

    March 11, 2013

    It doesn't take long to see the effects of massive investment at the Connecticut factories that make the AR-15 military-style rifle.

  • America's Rifle: Rise Of The AR-15

    March 9, 2013

    When his son turned 14 a year ago, Jonathan Hardy bought the teen a gift that was both a coming-of-age badge and a hot item: an AR-15 rifle.

  • What In Dow's Name Is Going On Here?

    March 5, 2013

    Just about any big run-up of the stock markets is irrational at some point, but Tuesday's record celebration has to be the biggest head-scratcher since the bull market of 2000, for anyone not schooled in the weird ways of Wall Street.

  • Seeing The Forest, And The Vanishing Foresters

    February 28, 2013

    Rachel Holmes was an urban forester for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for exactly two years until Thursday, and she didn't go out quietly.

  • Malloy's Gun-Ban Logic Flawed

    February 21, 2013

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is pushing a plan to ban military-style rifles outright. Connecticut's firearms industry executives will say it jeopardizes thousands of jobs and does nothing to improve safety.

  • Malloy's High-Stakes Bet On Borrowing

    February 6, 2013

    — One of the many parlor games at the Capitol Wednesday was arguing over whether the governor's budget contains more tricks or fewer tricks than spending plans of years gone by.

  • Gun Makers Walk Fine Line At Hartford Hearing

    January 28, 2013

    They have been largely silent these past six weeks as the debate over gun control has grown nastier. But they are the elephant in the firearms room, and Monday they came together publicly for the first time anywhere since the Newtown tragedy.

  • A New Look At CT Poverty

    January 25, 2013

    If someone told you the total number of Connecticut residents living under the poverty line rose by 21 percent between 1990 and 2010, and that Hartford was by far the poorest city in the state, you'd figure the capital city led the way in the growth of poverty.

  • State Offer Of $4 Million For Electric Grid Operator's Expansion Could Be Unwise

    January 15, 2013

    ISO New England, the nonprofit business that runs the region's electricity grid, is in line for $4 million in state assistance for a $39 million back-up control center under construction in Windsor.

  • To Fill Budget Gap, Malloy Might Need To Resort To Borrowing

    January 9, 2013

    No one expected Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to offer solutions to the state's $1.1 billion budget shortfall for the coming year on Wednesday, and he didn't do so. We'll hear the unpalatable options soon enough.

  • As Another Base-Closing Threat Looms, Groton is Ready

    January 8, 2013

    The Pentagon is likely to seek another round of base closings in Obama's upcoming budget proposal and this time, unlike last year, it won't go away easily.

  • Levy and Droney: Changed Landscape, Perfect Fit Led Them To Close High-Profile Law firm

    January 5, 2013

    After a quarter-century with their names on one of the region's prominent law firms, two war horses with still-formidable power — Coleman B. Levy and John F. Droney — sat in a Hinckley Allen & Snyder conference room in downtown Hartford on the first business of the year, looking right at home at their new offices.

  • Defense Worries A Microcosm Of CT Economy

    January 4, 2013

    There's good news and bad news for Connecticut in the Pentagon's spending strategy for the next several years, and that reflects what's happening in the state's economy overall.

  • The Top 10 Connecticut Business Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012

    In some ways, 2012 was a carryover year from news of 2011, as the governor continued his aggressive economic development spending, United Technologies Corp. consummated a deal it announced in 2011, and the year's nastiest labor strike grew out of a 2011 lockout. But in the big picture of the state's economy, Connecticut got worse, not better, compared with the nation. That became the state's top business story of 2012 and will shape the scene in 2013.

  • Funeral Home Director In Newtown Looks Back On A Week of Crisis and Support

    December 22, 2012

    After Dan Honan finally finished the unspeakable task of laying to rest 11 first-graders in five days, he sat and tried to put it in perspective at the same hardwood table where those children's families had made plans no one should ever make.

  • The Healing Power Of Pie

    December 21, 2012

    Among the countless contrasting scenes of hope amid despair in Newtown this week, Thursday in the middle of town was as stark as it gets: Hundreds of mourners lined up at the Honan Funeral Home, a doleful black line in the waning light of the seventh day.  A few doors down across the street, Beth Howard handed out slices of apple pie to anyone, an energetic spirit in a red wool coat, spreading healing cheer one paper plate at a time.

  • At Florists And Nurseries, Hearts and Workloads Are Heavy

    December 20, 2012

    NEWTOWN — Flowers and wreaths. They are the living, fragrant markers that hold together a community in mourning, in public and sacred spaces, at funerals, in houses all over Newtown and beyond. Wherever there is grieving, there are carefully arranged flowers and wreaths.

  • As Weapons Ban Movement Grows, Some Perspective Is In Order

    December 18, 2012

    If the reactions of the past three days hold up, we're likely to see some kind of ban on assault weapons or on the ammo magazines of the sort used by the Newtown shooter.

  • On Wall Street and In Connecticut, SolarCity Advances

    December 14, 2012

    Lyndon Rive, founder and CEO of SolarCity Corp., was at the company's brand new Rocky Hill office just after 4 p.m. Thursday when Ed Steins, his Northeast regional vice president, read aloud the closing price of the company's shares on its first day of trading.

  • Right-to-Work Battle Inches Toward Connecticut

    December 12, 2012

    Connecticut in some ways resembles Michigan, a high-wage industrial state with about the same proportion of union membership as of 2011 -- 17.7 percent here, 18.3 percent there, compared with 11.8 percent for the nation.

  • Word Games Obscure Real State Tax Debate

    December 10, 2012

    With lawmakers set to trudge into Hartford next week for a holiday special session to plug this year's state budget hole, it's a safe bet that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wishes he hadn't said two weeks ago that he would avoid raising taxes to solve the crisis.

  • Why Connecticut's Jobs Machine Is Sputtering

    December 7, 2012

    As the year draws to a close, Connecticut, more than most states, remains hostage to the fiscal cliff talks in Washington D.C. But even without that bit of Yuletide feuding, the jobs picture here is grimmer than just about anyplace as the nation as a whole marches ahead.

  • As Private Financing Emerges For Social Services, The State Is In Talks For A Deal

    December 4, 2012

    Sometime in 2013 if all goes well, the governor's policy and budget office will sign a deal with a Boston-based nonprofit agency that will make sure some of Connecticut's ex-prisoners receive the services they need to land back in the workforce.

  • Protein Sciences Will Make Vaccine In NY, Still Talking To Malloy

    December 3, 2012

    Protein Sciences Corp., the Meriden-based drug research and development firm with a long and colorful history in Connecticut, is investing millions of dollars in a new manufacturing facility for its flu vaccine — in Rockland County, N.Y.

  • In An Era of Fiscal Crisis, Malloy Has Few Places To Run

    December 2, 2012

    Connecticut's latest fiscal crisis roared to the forefront this week with patterns that say a lot about what we can expect to see not just this month or even in the coming year, but for the rest of Dannel P. Malloy's term as governor.

  • State Budget Czar: Near-Billion-Dollar Deficits Through 2016

    November 27, 2012

    Ben Barnes, the state budget czar, brought a pile of ugly numbers to a packed room full of lawmakers Tuesday with a broad message and a statement -- "not a pledge" -- that Malloy won't seek more tax hikes.

  • Striving For Mass Appeal, Small Business Saturday Touts Community

    November 23, 2012

    If the wretched excess of Black Friday has any benefit beyond the ritual of communal consumption, it is as a launching pad for days that are Not Black Friday.

  • At Rebuilt Bevin Bros. Factory, Memories, Magic And Hard Work

    November 22, 2012

    — The pace is faster than fast as Joanne Fiondella bags and packs Salvation Army bells by the hundreds. She and the rest of the crew at the Bevin bell factory know these bells are needed this year, this week, now.

  • An Industry Is Born: Closeup Of 5 Years of Film Tax Credits

    November 17, 2012

    David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton and Hope Davis have been filming a movie for the past month in Greenwich, the real-life story of a family that built a children's hospital after their daughter died of rabies.

  • Report: In Three Decades, CT Moved From Top To Bottom In Income Equality

    November 15, 2012

    When Greenwich billionaire Edward Lampert moved to Florida earlier this year, did you feel better off?

  • CL&P's Scorecard: Better, Not Perfect

    November 10, 2012

    On the Saturday before Sandy hit, there was some confusion about whether Connecticut Light & Power could dedicate a line crew and a tree crew to every town from the start.

  • Sandy's Punch: Much Destruction, Not Much Economic Harm

    November 9, 2012

    By any measure, hurricane or not, Sandy packed a costly punch. Conservative estimates place the damage at $50 billion from property destruction and lost business — and only about $20 billion of that is covered by insurance.

  • Dan Haar: The Real Challenge In Friday's Jobs Report

    November 2, 2012

    UPDATE AT 8:50 a.m. FRIDAY:

  • WWE, Seeking Significant State Aid, Already Received $37 Million In Film Tax Credits

    October 19, 2012

    WWE has received nearly $37 million in state tax credits for TV production, digital media and infrastructure since 2007, according to the company and the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

  • Hartford Denim Trio Make The Journey, And the Leap, To Big Apple For Launch Of Timberland Collaboration

    October 18, 2012

    Marshall Deming, Dave Marcoux and Luke Davis spend their days toiling at sewing machines in a fourth-floor Hartford factory, so an evening of eating hors d'oeuvres and mixing with downtown New York fashionistas to the sound of house music took some adjustment.

  • Study: Medicare Costs Rise For Nearly Everyone In Connecticut In Voucher System

    October 16, 2012

    What would a Romney Medicare plan look like and how would it shake down in Connecticut?

  • Connecticut Gets Millions In Uncollected Tax

    October 11, 2012

    A U.S. Supreme Court non-decision this week will mean more than $10 million for Connecticut's coffers right away, and beyond that could embolden the state to go after a class of taxes that has been fuzzy but is growing clearer.

  • Restaurants Love Promotion Weeks, But Are These Events Too Numerous?

    October 7, 2012

    The timing of Connecticut Restaurant Week couldn't be better for Stephen Rosini, owner of the Black Rose Tavern in Newington.

  • Jack Welch Tweet Attacking Jobs Numbers Roils the Economic And Political World

    October 5, 2012

    It's the tweet that launched 1,000 right-wing conspiracy claims, as if we didn't already have more than we could use.

  • A Look At Debate Fact-Checkers -- And Two Unchecked Claims By Romney And Obama

    October 4, 2012

    By 1:30 a.m. Thursday, three hours after the presidential debate ended, the cottage industry of fact-checking was on all-hands overtime.

  • Colebrook Wind Farm Opponents Lose, In a Flawed System

    October 3, 2012

    Opponents of the planned wind farms in Colebrook have lost their case in state Superior Court, as a judge said their claims that the six turbines, as tall as a 40-story building, would not unduly hurt the environment or harm the neighbors.

  • Union Workers Will Reject CL&P Offer, But No Strike ... Yet

    October 3, 2012

    On Thursday and Friday, nearly 1,200 members of two unions for CL&P are set to vote on the company's latest offer, and it's nearly certain the workers will reject the pact.

  • UConn/Courant Poll: The Rising Virtue Of Careful Grocery Shopping

    September 28, 2012

    Rick Sharr was visiting the home of a friend — a well-off friend — when he noticed lots of bulk items such as paper goods bought from super-discount stores.

  • New Capital Region Development Authority Chief: 'A Trench Guy' Who Will Need Broad Vision

    September 25, 2012

    Suzanne Hopgood was walking through the Connecticut Convention Center with Michael Freimuth, explaining to me why Freimuth was picked from 350 applicants to run the new Capital Region Development Authority.

  • UnitedHealth Group Joins Dow Jones Index, Giving Hartford A Lift

    September 24, 2012

    There's been speculation for years that a health insurer would join the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and UnitedHealth Group has beaten Aetna to the punch.

  • Film Tax Credits Offer Hope For Fame And Fortune

    September 19, 2012

    Across the state, well more than 1,000 people are vying for the chance to appear as extras in Cuba Gooding Jr.'s latest project, a film set in 1850 about the Underground Railroad — shooting soon in Connecticut.

  • ESPN, StubHub Launch a Hall of Fame For Top Fans

    September 19, 2012

    BRISTOL — Captain Dee-Fense, the purple-clad, iron-willed fan of the Baltimore Ravens football team, was swapping stories with a hard-core fan of another team. He was surprised to hear that the other fan was proud of being in a picture with a hall-of-famer on the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Union Chiefs Spurn CL&P Offer In Standoff That Needs Mediation, And Needs It Now

    September 14, 2012

    Connecticut Light & Power Co. has made its last, best offer to its unions for a four-year contract — including a promise to hire 30 more line workers and pay raises averaging 2.7 percent — but the deal is likely to go down in a 'no' vote on Oct. 3.

  • High-Speed Enforcement: SEC Hits New York Stock Exchange With Fine

    September 14, 2012

    The morning release from the Securities and Exchange Commission caused me, and a lot of other folks, a double-take as we saw our inbox message fields: "SEC CHARGES NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE FOR"

  • Malloy Brings Energy — And Energy Policy — To China

    September 12, 2012

    Did anyone think the governor would land in China, shake some hands, talk up Connecticut's nice products, exchange gifts and come home?

  • Cutting-Edge Cookies At Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk

    September 12, 2012

    We think about innovation centers in jet engine development, software and pharmaceuticals. But cookies?

  • As Layoffs Occur At NU, Anxiety Builds Over Final Numbers

    September 10, 2012

    Northeast Utilities has begun post-merger layoffs in earnest, five months after NU and NSTAR combined forces to form New England's dominant electric company.

  • As Malloy Heads To China, A World Of Change Since The Last Governor's Mission

    September 8, 2012

    Exactly 25 years ago, the last time a sitting Connecticut governor visited China, Anne Evans was on the trip trying to sell recycled tires through her new Hebron firm, EER Ltd.

  • Organic Reaction: Farmers Annoyed, Not Threatened By Stanford Report

    September 7, 2012

    Consumers who spend up to twice as much on organic foods naturally want to know what they're getting for their money, and on first glance, a report this week by Stanford University health researchers seems to say, not much.

  • The Hartford's Retirement Business Sale: Bad News For Jobs?

    September 5, 2012

    The Hartford is selling its retirement plans business to MassMutual for $400 million, and that is not good news for jobs in the region.

  • State Budget For 2011-12: Give Malloy A B-Plus

    September 4, 2012

    How do you raise taxes by $1.5 billion, cut state employee costs, and still end up with a state budget deficit of more than $100 million during an economic recovery?

  • State Tax Collections Up $1.9B In FY 2012

    August 31, 2012

    The final report from the state Department of Revenue Services is in, and collections in the fiscal year that ended June 30 were up by $1.9 billion from the year before -- a 14.9 percent hike.

  • Connecticut's Rise in Inequality, and What It Means

    August 30, 2012

    Income inequality, like its cousin, corporate greenmail, can be bad or not-so-bad. If it means the richest people are making huge gobs of money while the rest of us are getting ahead nicely, that's not so terrible.

  • Grimmer View Of Recession Leads To Glum UConn Forecast

    August 29, 2012

    It's tough to get a break on economic progress in a state where every piece of good news is matched by reports of layoffs and sluggish job gains.

  • A Bakery's Journey From Darkness To Light

    November 5, 2011

    It was lunchtime at Nardi Breads Inc., but no one was thinking about eating in the dark, cold cavernous commercial bakery — not on the seventh day without power, the seventh day of wondering how the 103-year old business would survive.

  • Sham Death Penalty Is A Costly Luxury For State

    November 29, 2010

    Three years after his heinous crime, Steven Hayes received the death penalty sentence.

  • Pratt Union Faces Tougher Fight

    September 23, 2009

    Ten years ago exactly, Philip Root was fixing jet engines in East Hartford, with 25 years on the job, when word came down that his unit was shutting down.

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