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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 10-21-2011

    The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is sponsoring an employer seminar, Civil Rights is Good for Business, on Wed., Oct. 26, 2011 at the State Capitol, Room 310, from 10 am to 12 noon. The free program will focus on challenges, triumphs and best practices for achieving diversity; set-aside programs; and state-funded projects. Business leaders, contractors, subcontractors, human resources personnel, and attorneys are invited. Light refreshments will be served; pre-registration is required by contacting Cheryl Sharp or Michelle Dumaskeuler.

    Transforming accumulated tax credits “from a liability to a powerful driver of new investment” would help promote jobs in Connecticut, according to Fred V. Carstensen, director, Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut, in a letter to the editor of the Hartford Courant. If companies could use the $2.5 billion in credits to underwrite new capital projects, it would result in “$1 billion in new capital projects[,] …nearly 35,000 total net new jobs, 4-million-square feet of new facilities and so much new tax revenue that it covers the cost of the credits and delivers net new revenue to the state.”

    Drivers across the U.S. are paying more as more states and communities raise tolls or impose them for the first time to build and repair highways, bridges and tunnels, according to USA TODAY. The article includes a roll-over map to see the current number of toll facilities by state, including Interstate and non-Interstate bridges, tunnels and roads as of July 2011.

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