2. Government Inaction: The U.S. Government shut down as of midnight, because Congress failed to agree on a spending plan. The Republican-controlled House is insisting that any spending plan has to include amendments to Obamacare. The Democratic-controlled Senate is equally insistent that it should not. And now, because no one in Congress seems willing to work together, 800,000 Americans employed by the Federal government will be out of work. Here's what it means to us. Members of the military will still get paid, and so will members of Congress. The last time the government shut down was about 17 years ago and the shutdown lasted for 21 days.
3. Meeting Canceled: The Board of Selectmen's meeting for Tuesday, October 1, has been canceled. The Board's next scheduled meeting will be October 15.
The Shellfish Commission meets at Town Hall Auditorium today as planned at 7 p.m.
4. Municipalities Meet: Over 1,000 participants from across Connecticut will gather in Hartford at the Connecticut Convention Center on Wednesday, October 2, for the 2013 Convention and Exposition of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the statewide association of towns and cities. CCM’s 31st Annual Convention and Exposition runs from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
5. Train travel problems persist. The MTA Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider approving a credit for customers of Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, whose service has been disrupted since last week because of the failure of a Con Edison feeder cable.
“Approving a refund to commuters isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s what they need to do," said Gov. Dannel Malloy in a statement yesterday. "It’s incumbent on the MTA and ConEd to deal with this problem and get it fixed, and it’s critical that Connecticut residents get reimbursed as quickly as possible.”