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News from State Senator Cathy Osten

June 8, 2016

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Room 2100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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NPU Opens 2nd CNG Fueling Station

Recently, I joined US Senator Richard Blumenthal, 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney and other state and local officials and community members for the ribbon cutting that marked the formal opening of Norwich Public Utilities' new $1.8 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

This project will be very helpful as we continue to encourage renewable and domestic sources of energy. Alternative-fuel vehicles are not always the first option for day-to-day use, but we continue to be very encouraged with their utilization by large fleets, particularly in the business community. NPU has a long tradition of using alternative-fuel vehicles and I have always been impressed by their willingness to lead by example in this regard.

Easter Seals Capital Region & Norwich Public Utilities will utilize the new station as a backup to the existing CNG fueling station which powers its fleet of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Electric Boat Plans Major Hiring Move

Connecticut is preparing for a new class of nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines to be built in Groton as Electric Boat plans to hire up to 1,500 new workers this year.

EB JobsElectric Boat says it expects to grow its workforce from 14,000 to about 18,000 over the next three years, because by 2019 work at the submarine shipyard will begin in earnest on the enormous Ohio-class replacement submarine. Electric Boat will build 12 of these subs beginning in 2021 at an estimated total cost of $100 billion.

This military contract for a longtime Connecticut manufacturer will be a huge boost to our state economy, especially in southeastern Connecticut, and it is yet another symbol of the faith that the nation has in the skill and intelligence of Connecticut's highly educated and experienced workforce.

Cutting Connecticut’s Credit Card

Last week, the House of Representatives gave final approval to a plan that I voted for last month which rebalances Connecticut's credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues; I voted to cancel about $1 billion in previously approved state borrowing for a wide variety of state projects and programs.

The bonding bill does, however, continue to make critical investments in our state, authorizing about $380 million in new borrowing for municipal school construction and other projects. Just like families do less when they have less income, I am helping to ensure that the state lives within its means.


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