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Old 06-17-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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I think the one of the big problems in sustaining the youth in CT is that the cities are unappealing to live in when u have NYC and Boston so close by with more jobs.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: New England
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Even better, is the fact that the children of illegals get THIS benefit too now. They are just the gift that keeps on giving.
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I think the one of the big problems in sustaining the youth in CT is that the cities are unappealing to live in when u have NYC and Boston so close by with more jobs.
I would side much more heavily on the fact that our cities are not very appealing to live in. When I go to a small city in Maine and find more cutting edge things than we have in CT, it's telling.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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When I go to a small city in Maine and find more cutting edge things than we have in CT, it's telling.
Such as? Don't get me wrong, I love Maine and its cities, but I never got the sense anything cutting edge was going on up there. Not doubting you, just curious.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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Yeah Connecticut need business that would attract young people or Connecticut can fund it like something LMAO I hear people that say Connecticut sucks (though I find it offending) although I never felt like it sucks maybe they got ADHD; I do too LMAO
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Out in the stix
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tell you what Portland Maine is a nice city, but salaries arent the greatest....a true New England feel to it. CT cities sad to say, really have no draw for the young collge grade 25ish. I guess Stamford if you work in NYC but I've been to Austin, if it wasn't so far from salt water I would really consider it, what a great place.

CT better get with the program. This plan I think is too little too late..Molloy isn't helping either
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:41 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Uh huh. Except this isn't why businesses aren't coming to Connecticut-- at least the innovative new economy tech business that have built cities like Austin...

According to an in-depth report by the Connecticut Technology Council (A pro-industry organization) the major reasons why are:

a) a lack of helpful networks to connect people in the tech world across the state and region
b) difficulty finding talented young workers outside Stamford and New Have
c) a need for more early stage investment programs from state sources
d) more support for research links to the state’s universities.

Taxes, paid sick days for fast food workers, and (perhaps most surprisingly if you read CD) anti-discrimination laws for transexuals didn't make the list.

Full Report Abstract: Study Reports Connecticut Risks Losing its Fastest Job Growth Techn...

I am so tired of people blaming only taxes and regulation for Connecticut's failure to attract business... Especially when there are other things that can be done to attract business that actually matter more.
I's so tired of people not adressing the FACT that most every other state costs less to live in. Even if everything else were equal, you'd still be better off almost everyplace else. I dont want to leave CT because theres no jobs, I want to leave so I can actually keep a reasonable amount of whats mine.

Who cares what built Austin, CT was a huge sucess when Austin was a crossroads in northern Mexico. We need to stop focusing so much on growth & start thinking about sustainability & living life. Its suposed to be about the people & businesses who DO live here & their quality of life, not about the people & businesses we hope might come. Thats a huge part of our problem, trying to look for an uncertain future to fix the here & now.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Oh don't be so gullible. I'm sure there will be some kind of matching state grant etc cause you know, we are just rolling in cash to give away.

I was wondering about that when I read you must pay back the funds if you move away. Hard to pay yourself back. Why these jerks cant just cut state spending until its on par with the cheapest states instead of the most expensive I cant come to grips with. Seems pretty simple.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: New England
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Such as? Don't get me wrong, I love Maine and its cities, but I never got the sense anything cutting edge was going on up there. Not doubting you, just curious.
Sure no problem. I'll take the little town of Rockland Maine. 26K, about the size of New London.

Had a dinner here:

Primo Restaurant

http://www.primorestaurant.com/restaurant.cfm (broken link)

That place is blowing it up! The chef has been recognized as the best chef in the Northeast, Bourdain did a piece on it etc etc. Don't get me wrong, we have great restaurants in CT, but so far I havn't experienced anything cutting edge like that.

Or something as simple as having a parking meter able to read either my EZ Pass (Yes that was pretty cool) or take a debit card and print out a receipt.

Huh... Haven't seen anything like that around here and it sure beats hustling for dimes and quarters. Or how about something as simple as having the entire downtown lit up as a public hotspot? Then again, when your downtown is full of gangsters, courthouses, nail and head shops what's the point.

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I was wondering about that when I read you must pay back the funds if you move away. Hard to pay yourself back. Why these jerks cant just cut state spending until its on par with the cheapest states instead of the most expensive I cant come to grips with. Seems pretty simple.
Of course...why would they just act as a savings account? I believe it's up to $2500 per year for a married couple with matching funds from the state up to 10 years.

You, me? Not only do we not get a pot to **** in, we get to pay for it and clean their pot.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Out in the stix
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Sure no problem. I'll take the little town of Rockland Maine. 26K, about the size of New London.

Had a dinner here:

Primo Restaurant

Primo Restaurant - Restaurant - Owners (http://www.primorestaurant.com/restaurant.cfm - broken link)

That place is blowing it up! The chef has been recognized as the best chef in the Northeast, Bourdain did a piece on it etc etc. Don't get me wrong, we have great restaurants in CT, but so far I havn't experienced anything cutting edge like that.

Or something as simple as having a parking meter able to read either my EZ Pass (Yes that was pretty cool) or take a debit card and print out a receipt.

Huh... Haven't seen anything like that around here and it sure beats hustling for dimes and quarters. Or how about something as simple as having the entire downtown lit up as a public hotspot? Then again, when your downtown is full of gangsters, courthouses, nail and head shops what's the point.



Of course...why would they just act as a savings account? I believe it's up to $2500 per year for a married couple with matching funds from the state up to 10 years.

You, me? Not only do we not get a pot to **** in, we get to pay for it and clean their pot.

As a side note, we were at Primo's in October while visiting a friend up there, definitely one of the top 3 restaurants I've ever dined in. Simply amazing from start to finish....expensive, and PACKED, we made reservations about a month in advance and lucky we booked that far out.

And yeah geeze, now my tax dollars are helping others buy a home. Great.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Have you ever actually been to Austin? Lived there? I have.
LIved there for almost 17 years. Worked in the tech/ venture capital investment world for a total of 13 years. How long did you live there? Did you work in tech? Perhaps I know what I am talking about?

I lived there while it was being built as a tech center... which had everything to do with an entrepreneurial population, university support, educated populace, technology incubator programs and community. Never did I hear a start-up say they choose Austin because of the low tax structure.
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