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Democratic Spending Plan Modifies 20% of Lamont’s Budget

April 21, 2021

The legislature’s Democrat-controlled Appropriations Committee proposed a budget Wednesday that doesn’t touch the $3.5 billion Rainy Day Fund, but spends about $46 billion over the next two years.

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Democrats want CT to spend $180 million more on municipal aid. What does that mean for your town?

April 21, 2021

The legislature’s budget-writing committee is recommending that the state spend $180 million more on municipal aid in the fiscal year that begins July 1, a 7.4% increase.

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Governor Lamont Announces Bipartisan Agreement To Restore the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

April 20, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont, State Representative Sean Scanlon (D-Branford, Guilford), State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme, Salem), legislative leaders, the Connecticut AFL-CIO, and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) today announced details of a bipartisan proposal to restore the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and reduce taxes on the majority of Connecticut businesses.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

Business Restrictions Ease May 1, End May 19

April 19, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that all public health restrictions due to the pandemic will be lifted May 19 leaving businesses to chart their own course as how to keep consumer confidence while broadening services.

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  • advocacy - state

Cannabis Legalization Hits Impasse Over Social Equity

April 19, 2021

Connecticut’s cannabis legalization effort appeared in danger of a stalemate last week as Gov. Ned Lamont and a crucial group of Democrats in the legislature seemed at odds over the bill’s social equity provisions.

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There’s a plan to get rid of property tax on cars. But how would towns make up the difference?

April 19, 2021

For more than a decade, state officials have flirted with removing the property tax on motor vehicles. Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford and other Democrats have a plan to make the levy go away — it just doesn’t necessarily involve a tax cut for everyone.

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  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Plans at Connecticut State Parks for the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Season

April 09, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes today announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches are planning to return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds opening to campers with reservations today.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont, top lawmakers make progress streamlining emergency orders issued during pandemic

April 09, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders from both parties on Thursday took a step toward streamlining the hundreds of policies the governor imposed via executive order during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

CT continues to get high marks for improved fiscal management

April 08, 2021

After nearly a decade of struggling with huge projected deficits, Connecticut continues to receive good news about its improving state finances.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Connecticut businesses could owe up to $1 billion in unemployment taxes. They want the state to cover it with federal relief funds.

April 07, 2021

Connecticut’s businesses on Wednesday called on the General Assembly and Gov. Ned Lamont to use federal coronavirus relief funds to spare firms as much as $1 billion in unemployment taxes.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Wall Street agency gives CT its first bond rating upgrade in 20 years

April 01, 2021

For the first time in 20 years, a Wall Street credit rating agency has formally upgraded its rating of Connecticut’s finances.

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Consultant: Connecticut could see up to $900M in savings as retirement ‘tsunami’ approaches

March 31, 2021

A study of Connecticut’s state government in advance of an expected wave of retirements next year has identified as much as $900 million in potential savings in executive agencies with total budgets of $14 billion, while acknowledging the significant obstacles to making changes in one of the most heavily unionized public-sector workforces in the United States.

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CT labor officials begin to assess fraudulent benefits claims during pandemic’s first year

March 31, 2021

A preliminary state Labor Department analysis shows at least one in every 14 applications for unemployment benefits in Connecticut during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic was fraudulent.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Senate extends Lamont’s COVID-19 emergency powers

March 30, 2021

A day after the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Connecticut’s emergency power laws, the Senate voted Tuesday for final passage of a bill that ratifies Gov. Ned Lamont’s pandemic declarations and extends his authority by one month until May 20.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

DRS Shares Remote Work FAQs

March 29, 2021

As set forth in the Commissioner’s Bulletin, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) will provide new information regarding H.B. No. 6516 as it becomes available. The following is a list of frequently asked questions that have been received by DRS since the issuance of the Commissioner’s Bulletin.

  • coronavirus
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

Governor Lamont Announces Historic Investments in Child Care Programs Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration plans to make a historic investment in early childhood programs across Connecticut to assist in their ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic impact, including through the release of $210 million from the federal funding the state has received to date to support pandemic recovery efforts.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Bill Giving Lawmakers Oversight of COVID Funds Headed to Lamont’s Desk

March 23, 2021

The Senate gave final passage Tuesday to a measure granting the legislature the ability to review and modify Gov. Ned Lamont’s plans for spending $2.7 billion in federal COVID aid.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont, Democrats Seek To Extend Executive Powers Over Republican Objections

March 23, 2021

Legislative Republicans bristled Tuesday as Democrats planned a Thursday vote in the House of Representatives to extend Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency authority and some of his pandemic-related executive orders for another 30 days.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

State Continues Focus on IT

March 22, 2021

In the last six months employees who work for the state of Connecticut have held 380,000 online meetings, according to Mark Raymond, the state’s chief information officer.

  • coronavirus
  • technology and cybersecurity
  • advocacy - state

Lamont To Ask Full Legislature To Renew Emergency Powers

March 18, 2021

Following a Thursday meeting with Democratic leaders in the General Assembly, Gov. Ned Lamont said he would ask the entire legislature to vote on extending his pandemic-related emergency authority past its scheduled expiration date next month.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state