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2017 State Legislative Session Wrap-Up - by Bill Ethier, CEO

2016-2017 Resolution for a Better Connecticut - HBRACT urges all state and local lawmakers to embrace this resolution.Fair Housing Working Group holds initial meeting - HBRACT CEO, Bill Ethier,  lays out a way forward to increase affordable housing production.

Mortgage tax fight tests clout of home industry - TheHill reports on home builder's and realtor's view of President Trump's tax overhaul plan.

Experts: Governor's Budget Proposal Would Hurt Housing Market - "... a time when the lack of affordable housing is already a major economic development issue."

How Local Housing Regulations Smother the U.S. Economy - NY Times Op-Ed

How Did America's Richest State Become Such a Fiscal Mess? - Governing magazine

Mandate to install fire sprinklers in all new 1&2 family homes overwhelming defeat (7-18 vote) in Public Safety Committee should send strong message to proponents.  But, they're not listening and trying this time to mandate sprinklers be installed in every new townhome - a blow to a popular affordable housing option.

Connecticut is facing a corporate migration crisis -"It's not the cheapest place to do business ... but it's not that bad"

What on Earth is Wrong With Connecticut? - The Atlantic

Regulatory Hurdles in Connecticut - So many ways builders are beat down in CT and, then, we all lose...

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   News

Months into the new fiscal year (which began July 1), the legislature finally passed a budget Sept. 16 - but it was the Republican's budget, with 3 Senate and 5 House Democrats crossing over to vote with all Republicans.  Governor Malloy then vetoed it, so we're back to square one.  Uncertainty continues for everyone and every business.

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

Some other news:

Feds bring technical aid, not cash, on crumbling foundations - see more on this critically important issue

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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