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Report Highlights Economic Power of Connecticut Immigrants

Aug 3, 2016

Local Connecticut advocates are taking part in the launch of a national campaign for immigration reform called Reason for Reform.

Reason for Reform is sponsored by a group called the New American Economy.

NAE said it brings together Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders to make the economic case for streamlining and modernizing the immigration system.

Local Bridgeport advocates held a livestreaming event on Wednesday to present research on the foreign-born population of Connecticut.

The advocates’ research shows that immigrants makeup 14 percent of the state’s population, and that their tax contributions and spending power are closely aligned to that number.

Their research also shows that immigrants make up 21 percent of all entrepreneurs in Connecticut.

Gas Prices Down Again

Gas prices are continuing their downward trend.

AAA said the national average has hit its lowest mark in a 100 days, at $2.13 a gallon.

And the auto club said three more states' average prices have dipped below $2 a gallon, for a total of 14 states below that mark now.

Connecticut's average price is still above that mark—it did have one of the top-10 biggest dips in the nation, but prices in the state are still the highest in New England at average of $2.27 a gallon.