Connecticut’s unemployment dropped slightly from 5.7 to 5.6 percent in August as the state added 300 jobs, the Department of Labor reported Monday. The new unemployment rate still remained higher in August than the 5.3 percent rate of one year ago.
Your city or town probably would get more state aid under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget for 2016-17 than it did this fiscal year or last. A major new revenue-sharing program would cap property taxes on vehicles, bolster funds for communities with colleges, hospitals and other tax-exempt properties, and provide general relief.
Connecticut is experiencing economic segregation that inhibits economic mobility— a detriment not only to the pursuit of equal opportunity for children in these communities, but to the state’s future workforce and economic success as well.
Opioid pills and heroin are making a lethal comeback among young adults in Connecticut communities. Between 2012 and September 2015, the average age of death in Connecticut for those with heroin in their system was 38, while for cocaine the average age was 43.