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January 15, 2016

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Connecticut Ranked in Top Five of Most Innovative States

The Bloomberg U.S. Innovation Index just ranked Connecticut one of the top five most innovative states in the country.

Bloomberg scores states based on six equally weighted metrics: R&D intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment; science and engineering degree holders; and patent activity.

Innovation is crucial to Connecticut’s economic competitiveness. I’m proud that we remain one of the leaders in the country thanks to our state’s investments and forward thinking.

DOT Plans $9.7 Billion in Capital Spending Through 2020

I-95 in Norwalk
This week, Connecticut’s Department of Transportation released its five-year plan that calls for $9.7 billion in investments.

The five-year plan includes increased spending on highway and bridge projects, public transportation, maritime initiatives, and transportation facilities. In the 2016 fiscal year, the DOT will invest more funding into more projects than in years past.

Investing in all modes of transportation—from cars to trains to bikes—makes our economy stronger. These investments show Connecticut is thinking of our future and making our communities better places to live, work, and play.

Save Money on Your Electric Bill

billConnecticut has developed one of the more robust competitive electricity retail markets in the country, according to a new report in the Hartford Business Journal: there are 75 suppliers competing in Eversource territory, and 53 in United Illuminating territory.

The most recent ABACCUS report (Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States), in July, ranked Connecticut’s residential market as the fourth best in America.

To learn how to potentially save money on your monthly electric bill, please visit


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