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Thousands in Connecticut are being asked to pay back $8.6M in unemployment overpayments received during the pandemic.

September 23, 2021

Lawmakers want the bills to be waived.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Connecticut Becomes Third State to Incentivize Cybersecurity Best Practices for Businesses

September 21, 2021

Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont signed HB 6607, "An Act Incentivizing the Adoption of Cybersecurity Standards for Businesses" into law last week. The bill, introduced by Representative Caroline Simmons, prohibits the Superior Court from assessing punitive damages against an organization that implements reasonable cybersecurity controls, including industry recognized cybersecurity frameworks such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls®).

  • technology and cybersecurity
  • advocacy - state

These new Connecticut laws take effect October 1

September 21, 2021

New laws will be taking effect Oct. 1 regarding recreational marijuana, recycling, smoking, employment of older workers, domestic violence, and a five-cent surcharge on miniature bottles of liquor, among others.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut has recovered 7 in 10 jobs lost due to the pandemic. Fairfield County leads monthly employment growth.

September 15, 2021

Connecticut continues to add jobs as the state slowly recovers from the COVID pandemic, with approximately 70% of the jobs lost during March and April of 2020 now restored.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont to extend emergency, keep key COVID mandates in place

September 15, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday morning he expects to extend his COVID-19 emergency declaration for at least 90 days, a necessary step in his view to maintain key mandates, including a statewide requirement for wearing masks in schools and for educators and health-care workers to be vaccinated.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Report: It’s going to take CT longer than other states to recover from the COVID recession

September 15, 2021

The COVID recession hit Connecticut’s economy harder than much of the rest of the United States, and it will take longer for the state to recover, according to a new report from policy think-tank Connecticut Voices for Children.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Biden administration praises Lamont on COVID rental relief

September 07, 2021

Just two months ago, the pace of processing federal emergency rental assistance in Connecticut was roundly criticized by landlords and tenant advocates. Now, the Biden administration hails it as a model of success.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

In-state and out-of-state companies, big and small, are preparing to enter CT's recreational marijuana industry

September 06, 2021

Since 2016, Luis Vega has run North Haven-based hemp company Wepa! Farms, but now he’s looking to expand into Connecticut’s newly-legalized recreational cannabis market.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

Lamont Signals He’s Looking To Extend Emergency Order

September 02, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont signaled Thursday he would look to extend at least one of his emergency orders beyond its Sept. 30 expiration date in an effort to preserve a policy diverting eviction cases to a rental assistance program.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Initial Round of Back to Work CT Bonus Payments Being Mailed This Week

August 31, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the first round of the $1,000 bonus payments authorized through the Back to Work CT program are being mailed this week to more than 1,500 eligible applicants who are among the initial group of workers participating in the program.

  • advocacy - state

DRS Commissioner's Column: August 2021

August 18, 2021

Here's what's happening at the DRS, right from DRS Commissioner Mark Boughton.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

New Record Retention Requirements for Connecticut CPAs

August 18, 2021

The bill requires CPAs to keep work product and workpaper related to work for a client for at least seven years after creation unless the law requires a longer retention. Current law only specifies that CPAs must retain workpaper as required by law.

  • accounting and auditing
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit Increasing to 30.5% Under Newly Enacted State Budget

August 17, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that thousands of low-to-moderate income working individuals and families in Connecticut will see a significantly larger state tax refund as the Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit is scheduled to increase from its most recent rate of 23% of the federal credit to 30.5% this year.

  • advocacy - state

Lamont continues COVID-19 mask mandate in the schools

August 17, 2021

With infections increasing, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday he will continue a requirement that K-12 students wear masks in school to combat the spread of COVID-19 to a population that includes many children still ineligible for vaccinations.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Back-To-Work Program Hits Halfway Mark

August 10, 2021

A state program that offers unemployed individuals up to $1,000 for finding a job has received 5,400 applications, at an average of about 25-50 per day.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Interview: AdvanceCT Makes Business Rankings a Priority for Connecticut

August 09, 2021

Connecticut has been making strides to improve its business-friendliness ranking and is inching its way up with the help of a public-private partnership.

  • advocacy - state

CT’s budget picture is rosy now. Did Lamont create it — or did he inherit it?

August 08, 2021

Since he took office 2 1/2 years ago, Gov. Ned Lamont has watched the cash pour into Connecticut’s coffers. Even a coronavirus-induced recession couldn’t stop analysts from forecasting big surpluses for the next two years. But much of that good fortune is due to a tax system and other policies Lamont inherited.

  • advocacy - state

Baker says Mass. is different as other states impose COVID-19 protocols

July 30, 2021

Many in Massachusetts are waiting with bated breath to see whether Governor Charlie Baker will make any coronavirus-related policy changes following new federal guidance this week surrounding mask-wearing.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Aflac Selected as Claims Administrator for Paid Leave Program, Company Will Bring 150 Jobs to New Offices in Windsor

July 30, 2021

As claims administrator, Aflac will accept applications, determine eligibility, and administer benefits for paid leave. Individuals will have flexible options to submit applications for paid leave, either online, by email, or by calling directly into a customer care advocate.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

CT officials forecast $55M in annual cannabis tax revenue by FY '26

July 28, 2021

Connecticut's Office of Fiscal Analysis is projecting the state's cannabis industry will generate $20.4 million in tax revenue in its first full year of operation, and over $55 million in its fourth year.

  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax