... heard on the "news" today, that a commission has "concluded" that the base is critical to the economy of SE CT. A big DUH!!!!!!!! LOL
General Dynamics has long since gone from being the largest employer in the area (27K) to less than one-third that with defense cuts in the early 90's. Most skilled trades either re-trained to work the casinos or left for places South for work (and lower cost of living).
Along with GD's downsizing, many subcontractor companies closed shop or cut down dramatically. We have a friend that commutes ~1-1/2hr each way, each day for over 5 years now! We also have many friends that moved away. The economy isn't QUITE as defense/sub oriented as it was in the peak, but it would pretty much turn the region into "Little Vegas". There's not a lot to attract folks to come to the area for professional jobs to begin with, one wonders if the only other industry, pharmaceuticals, will last long if the area takes another hit like in the 90's.
The dredging issue was several years ago, but I suspect would be rehashed either way -- dredge so can accomodate the bigger ships or dredge so oil tankers can make port. Could be interesting to watch, and may be time to sell the house while the market is still good Then again, if Dodd's clout is good for anything ... LOL