Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.
Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the change Friday. He said the planned move of the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford in 2016 has sparked interest in redevelopment around the stadium site and $60 million in bonding is no longer needed.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is courting Connecticut gun manufacturers, extolling the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state.
Perry spent time Monday shooting at a firing range at Colt Manufacturing Co., touring plants and meeting privately with company owners and other businesses. Some gun makers have threatened to leave Connecticut since the state passed new gun-control laws this year in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Starting next week, the Vermont town of Hartford will put the fire chief in charge of the police department.
Fire Chief Steve Locke will administer the police department. Town officials say it's an experiment; he won't have law-enforcement authority and won't carry a gun. But he'll manage the budgets for both departments create a succession plan for police chief.
The top economic development officials from Massachusetts and Connecticut met on Tuesday to talk about collaborative efforts. The focus is on the Hartford-Springfield region, which has been dubbed-“The Knowledge Corridor”. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Economic Development and Housing Secretary Gregory Bialecki.