Adding a teen driver to the family automobile insurance policy drives up rates. That’s true everywhere across the United States, and in Connecticut the increase is among the highest in the nation, almost doubling the policy’s premium.
A new survey reveals that the average premium increase in Connecticut when adding a teen driver to an existing […]
The state’s budget crisis, and months of fiscal wrangling at the State Capitol, appears to have taken a toll on the economic outlook of Connecticut residents. Despite growing optimism about their personal financial situation, state residents are increasingly pessimistic about the state’s finances and employment prospects, and are preparing to do some personal belt-tightening as […]
A local theater helping to re-energize downtown Fairfield and a New London developer and property manager who took it upon himself to improve a neighborhood by offering attractive housing that is also affordable are just two of the initiatives being recognized with a 2016 Award of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC).
It may not be widely recognized, but the Greater Hartford area has become a dynamic, participatory, collaborative regional ecosystem. And during National Workforce Development Week, which is celebrated nationally this week, that is an especially salient development.
What exactly does that mean? First, the definition: any time that partners within a region come together to […]
The City of Meriden is seeking $2 million from the State of Connecticut to improve six roadway sections in downtown Meriden, to improve traffic flow, improve accessibility and increase safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling within Meriden’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning district.
The grant application is the latest effort as part of the […]
West Hartford’s Complete Streets policy, adopted in 2015, has been named the second best new policy in the nation by Smart Growth America and the Complete Streets Coalition. The coalition highlighted 16 communities nationwide for their outstanding new policies, among 82 communities that adopted Complete Streets policies during the year. Nationwide, there are now […]
Earth Day 2016 – celebrated on April 22 – will be observed in communities throughout Connecticut this weekend, against the backdrop of a new state-by-state analysis that ranks Connecticut as the 7th “greenest” state in the nation.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) Eco-Friendly Behaviors and […]
In a time of reduced resources and stark choices for policy makers, a survey of Greater Hartford residents suggests that investments aimed at creating vibrant communities, with the focus on local schools, transportation options, walkable, attractive physical environment is preferred to devoting greater resources to recruiting employers.
In a survey for the Hartford Foundation for […]
If Connecticut opts to introduce a system of tolls on the state’s roads to help fund a significant expansion of transportation infrastructure projects in the years ahead, the toll system instituted could run the risk of causing an increased use of local roadways that “could shift the burden of maintenance and congestion to municipalities,” and […]
Of Connecticut’s 4,225 bridges, 357 are structurally deficient (8.4%) and another 1,087 are functionally obsolete. That’s 34 percent of the state’s bridges deemed deficient by experts – and it ranks Connecticut as the 10th worst state in the nation, by percentage.
Worse than Connecticut? Only Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Alaska, New York, West Virginia, […]
The most expensive car insurance rates in the nation are in Michigan. Connecticut ranks 17th. It is the third consecutive year that Michigan has topped the list.
Connecticut’s average of $1,367 is 3 percent above the national average of $1,325. The average rate in Connecticut jumped by 24 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to […]
The death toll in Connecticut from motor vehicle accidents increased 14 percent in 2015 from the previous year, consistent with a nationwide increase but higher than the national average. The increase in Connecticut ranked the state tied for 14th in the percentage increase in motor vehicle deaths from 2014 to 2015.
Nationally, 2015 saw the […]
As Connecticut policy makers consider a long-term infrastructure investment in Connecticut’s transportation system, they do so just months after the federal government, after years of inaction, adopted the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act at year’s end. It is the first comprehensive transportation law since 2005, according to Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research (OLR).
Teen drivers are at the highest risk for crashes and crash-related fatalities, and are particularly vulnerable to distractions while driving. The results of a new nationwide survey of teens and their parents suggest a considerable disconnect between the limitations parents believe they are imposing on driving and the use of cell phones, and their teens’ […]