The Haar Report’s “CT Shutdown,” is a constantly updated wrap-up of what’s happening as non-essential federal employees remain off the job. Please leave comments with more information.
- The shutdown is sorely testing the state’s checkbook as agencies front money, the CT Mirror reports. At CT News Junkie, Christine Stuart looks at the issue agency-by-agency based on the state Office of Policy and Management web site showing the federal shutdown plan of every state agency.
- UTC will furlough 2,000 Sikorsky workers this Monday and another 2,000 at Pratt & Whitney next week if the shutdown continues, Brian Dowling of The Courant reports.
- In my column, I ask whether UTC is sending a message, not just reacting to business needs, but it’s clear the aerospace industry is caught in the crossfire.
- Linda Conner Lambeck gives a close-up look at the Head Start shutdown in Bridgeport, in the Connecticut Post. But in the New London area, Head Start programs remain open, The Day’s Kathleen Edgecomb reports.
- Some members of the Connecticut delegation, but not all, are donating their salaries during the shutdown, The Courant’s Christopher Keating reports.
- The Pentagon rushed out new contracts for Pratt & Whitney and other defense contractors in the days before the shutdown, The CT Mirror’s Ana Radelat reports.
- Head Start programs in Bridgeport shut down, Sheila Torres Ocasio reports in the Connecticut Post.
- The number of federal workers furloughed in Connecticut is 7,000, CT Mirror’s Ana Radelat reports.
- Sen Richard Blumenthal will donate his pay to Wounded Warriers during the shutdown:
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 1, 2013
- Watch Rep. John B. Larson shouting at the top of his lungs on this WVIT-TV video from Monday night: “Do you stand with your country, do you stand for your country or do you want to take it down this evening?”
- Urban mayors including Segarra and Finch are worried that they’ll run out of money to pay for WIC and other low-income local programs financed by the feds, Christine Stuart reports at CT News Junkie.
- Southeastern CT hit hard by furloughs and cities and towns are nervous, The Courant’s Daniela Altimari reports.
- Anna Isaacs of The Day talks with two furloughed federal employees, a sub base butcher and a sports information director at the Coast Guard.
- Rep. Jim Himes tweets that he’s not taking pay:
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) October 1, 2013
- Jennifer McDermott of The New London Day reports that nearly 1,300 civilian employees at the sub base and Connecticut National Guard were deemed “non-essential.”
- Furloughed federal employees can collect unemployment but it might not be easy, The Courant’s Mara Lee reports.
- The Coast Guard’s big football game is on for Saturday, or so it seems, Kathleen Edgecomb of The New London Day reports.
- Ana Radelat at the CT Mirror looked at what might happen with some of Connecticut’s social services programs.
- In today’s column, I look at the direct effects of lost wages and the murkier effects of business decisions forced, or prodded, by the lack of federal bureaucrats on the job.
- The shutdown won’t quell Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s will to hold hearings on the Metro North power breakdown, Wes Duplantier reports on the Hearst Connecticut transit blog. Did anyone think otherwise?
- Agriculture and conservation offices closed, nuclear regulators remain on job for now at Millstone, Judy Benson of The Day reports.
- Daniela Altimari of The Courant: Most taxpayers won’t suffer effects right away.
- After the Coast Guard canceled an event…..
On Wednesday, October 2, the United States Coast Guard Academy will be recognized by Connecticut Light & Power and the Energize Connecticut initiative (www.EnergizeCT.com) at a celebration for the opening of their newly constructed energy efficient chiller plant, which will distribute chilled water to campus buildings for air conditioning. USCGA received an $54,641 incentive from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund for the new model, which will save them over 199,300 kWh/year.
…..The Courant’s Mara Lee tried to find out whether any civilian employees there have been furloughed. A coast Guard spokesman referred all questions to Washington, DC, where no one answered at two media relations numbers.
- A pair of polls from Quinnipiac University and Public Policy Polling show, no drum roll please, anger toward Congress, especially Republicans.
- At the CT Mirror, Keith Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas looked at the big economic picture including the state’s crucial financial services sector.
- The federal court house remains open for at least 10 days as Melissa Bailey of the New Haven Independent looks at the Elm City scene.