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Yes, there will be a Democratic state senator from Greenwich
Alex Bergstein joins the Connecticut Senate next week as a curiosity in the large new class of Democrats: She is a Greenwich Democrat, the first elected to the state Senate since the mid-term elections of 1930, when Republicans were wounded by a deepening Depression and an unpopular Herbert Hoover.
Interest in 5th District Senate seat heats up fast
It didn’t take long for interest in the newly vacated 5th Senate District seat to heat up. State Rep. Derek Slap, D-West Hartford, former chief of staff to the Senate Democratic Caucus, announced Wednesday he would run for the post being vacated by Beth Bye. Slap has represented West Hartford, Farmington and Avon in the House for the past two years. Also Wednesday, state Rep.-elect Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, said she is considering a possible bid for the 5th Senate District...
9 new Connecticut laws that begin on Jan. 1
Helping homeowners with crumbling foundations, taking steps to close the gender pay gap and guaranteeing certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act are among the goals legislators had in mind when they passed new laws that will take effect Jan. 1. In total there are more than 15 new laws that begin at the start of 2019, ranging from issues that saw significant debate in the General Assembly, like pay equity legislation, to small technical changes in statute recommended by...
Connecticut Bans Inquiries into Applicants’ Wage and Salary History
Connecticut is the latest state to prohibit employers from asking prospective employees about past compensation. Effective January 1, 2019, employers may not ask (directly or through a third party) about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history unless the prospective employee volunteers the information.
Scam Alert for Connecticut LLCs
CTCPA members are reporting that they and their clients organized as Limited Liability Companies (LLC) are receiving a form requiring payment of a “$110 annual report fee” relative to a “2018 – Annual Report Instruction Form (Connecticut LLCs)” from “Workplace Compliance Services, 1022 Boulevard #243, West Hartford, CT 06110.” The form apparently is being received in the regular U.S. postal service in hard copy. This is a scam and no payments should...
Gov. Malloy: DMV’s New Telephone Center Technology Has Saved Customers an Estimated 10 Million Minutes of Wait Time
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Michael Bzdyra today announced that customers who call the DMV have saved an estimated 10 million minutes of time waiting on the phone ever since the agency launched new technology in the spring giving customers the option to be called back at a scheduled time of their selection.
Gov.-elect Lamont nominates Bye to lead Office of Early Childhood
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont on Wednesday nominated state Sen. Beth Bye to oversee the Office of Early Childhood, an office dedicated to coordinating and improving the state's childhood system. Bye, who represents the state Senate 5th district, including a section of Bloomfield, most of Farmington, and all of Burlington and West Hartford, will complete her term as state senator and resign her member-elect status and will not be sworn in to a new term in the Senate.
Lamont Administration Begins to Take Shape
Governor-elect Ned Lamont stayed busy during the holidays last week filling out a number of key administrative appointments as he heads toward his Jan. 9 inauguration.
Ideanomics: Interest growing for incoming West Hartford fintech
Incoming West Hartford fintech Ideanomics says it has generated significant interest from private businesses, colleges and other fintechs eyeing a presence at its former UConn campus.
Connecticut faces long crawl out of wealth extremes, crushing debt
There is no shortage of ideas to address the extremes of income and wealth inequality that threaten Connecticut’s economic future. Whether it involves the investments in education and social programs that liberals favor, or the austerity and tax cuts espoused by conservatives, there’s general agreement on the need to reduce Connecticut’s deep pockets of poverty. But there’s a third component to this debate, a challenge more daunting in Connecticut than in most other states: Connecticut...

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