Health disparities directly and indirectly cost the U.S. economy $309 billion annually, and it is estimated that approximately 30% of direct medical costs for Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are unnecessary costs resulting from health disparities, according to a paper prepared by Connecticut-based Cigna. Indirect costs, the paper points out, include lost work productivity and premature […]
by Brett Broesder
Connecticut’s craft brewery industry is growing, and if lawmakers pass legislation that paves the way for farm brewers to grow statewide, the Nutmeg State will be in a better position to win tomorrow’s good-paying craft beer jobs.
Our state is currently home to more than 50 craft breweries; Connecticut brewers […]
Fewer young people across the country are disconnected from school and work today than were before the Great Recession, according to new national data. The 2015 youth disconnection rate, 12.3 percent, is below the 2008 rate of 12.6 and well below the 2010 youth disconnection peak, 14.7 percent.
All of Connecticut’s five Congressional Districts show […]
Two of Connecticut’s leading food franchise success stories – Edible Arrangements and Subway – have both been in the news in recent days, seemingly moving in opposite directions. Subway, for the first time in memory, is reducing the number of franchises across the country, while Edible Arrangements is in the midst of extending its brand, […]
Connecticut remains ranked among the top 10 states for corporate brands, according to a new study. London-based Brand Finance has calculated Connecticut as being home to 20 of the 500 most valuable brands in the nation. Connecticut ranked seventh.
The state also was strongly represented among the 500 most valuable brands in the world, with […]
Connecticut ranks 49th in economic performance during the past decade and the state’s economic outlook ranks 46th among the nation’s 50 states in the latest “Rich States, Poor States” analysis by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The look-back at the decade 2005-2015 shows Connecticut ranking near the bottom in the three components that make up […]
An estimated $349 million was spent in Connecticut by qualified productions and $93 million in tax credits were issued to 25 media production companies under the state’s tax credit program during fiscal year 2016. The tax credits are designed to boost the state’s economy by attracting film and digital productions to the state, creating employment […]
by Annie Hornish
Proponents of HB 5499, expansion of Sunday hunting to include guns on private land, argue that this bill will reduce deer populations, but this is not true.
Deer will produce more fawns and breed at an earlier age after their numbers are reduced. The same pattern repeats: deer are killed by archers […]
Connecticut is the eighth safest state in the nation for drivers, according to a new analysis of driving safety across the country. The report was derived from analyzing fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and correlating the data with speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving statistics.
Analysts for Safewise, a […]
When it comes to home ownership, Connecticut is in the middle of the pack among the nation’s 50 states. A new report ranks the state at number 30, in the lower echelons of the states. And when the report, by financial website ValuePenguin, identified optimal factors when considering homeownership, Connecticut faired more poorly in some […]
Only one Connecticut community is ranked in the top 700 “best small cities to start a business” in a new survey of 1,260 cities across the nation. Danbury, ranked at number 170, was the sole Connecticut city to earn a slot among the nation’s business-friendly small cities. The next Connecticut municipalities on the list were […]
If Connecticut were a country, it would be the sixth-most productive in the world, according to the state’s annual report by the department of Economic and Community Development. A critical building block for economic productivity is exports, and a look at the data reveals some surprisingly positive statistics.
The backdrop is offered by more than […]
by Krysia Solheim
The New Haven community has consistently voiced opposition to the State’s plan to build a new $50 million parking garage for Union Station in New Haven, and the State has failed to adequately respond to our concerns, requests, and comments on the design and the environmental impact assessment.
The New Haven community […]
The Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team has played the first of 70 home games at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. The broadcasts, like the season, have begun with new homes.
All 140 games will be broadcast on the Yard Goats Radio Network, which can also be heard on-line at yardgoats.com and on smart phone devices […]