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CT venues receive nearly $65M from federal grant program

July 14, 2021

Connecticut entertainment venues and museums have received nearly $65 million in federal aid through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.

  • coronavirus
  • not-for-profit
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Tax Reduction on Beer

July 14, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the newly enacted state budget he signed into law last month reduces taxes on beer by 16.7%.

  • advocacy - state

Lamont’s final tally: 235 bills signed, four vetoed

July 14, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont has vetoed three more bills, including a measure that would have conveyed property in Wolcott for less than its state-appraised value, and two other bills that the administration concluded could violate federal laws.

  • advocacy - state

Legislature Extends Governor’s Emergency Powers For Fifth Time

July 14, 2021

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to extend for another two months, emergency declarations giving Gov. Ned Lamont the authority to continue almost a dozen executive orders on COVID-19 policy.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

New law gives preference to seniority in worker recall process

July 14, 2021

Connecticut employers who have laid off staff will have to give preference to those same workers when jobs become available again and recall them in order of seniority, according to legislation signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont this week.

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

Millions in federal unemployment benefits end in September. That spells trouble for CT’s economy.

July 09, 2021

Connecticut’s economy faces a major test later this summer when millions of dollars in supplemental federal unemployment benefits expire.

  • advocacy - state

Lamont signs bill offering companies a shield from data breach lawsuits

July 07, 2021

A bill shielding Connecticut businesses from liability for data breaches as long as they adopt and maintain approved cybersecurity protocols is now law.

  • technology and cybersecurity
  • advocacy - state

Union Coalition Sues Lamont Over Back-to-Work Directive

July 07, 2021

Most employees have headed back to their offices at least part-time, but a coalition of state employees says Gov. Ned Lamont is violating their telework policy by forcing them back to the office full-time July 1.

  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Launches Website Providing Updated Information on the Legalization of Cannabis in Connecticut

July 06, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has launched a new website that is intended to provide Connecticut residents with up-to-date information about adult-use cannabis, which became legal in the state as of July 1 under a new law that he signed last month.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut hospitals are requiring staff to get vaccinated against COVID. Will other health providers follow?

July 05, 2021

Connecticut’s 27 acute care hospitals are moving to adopt a policy requiring staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, following dozens of other hospitals and health systems nationwide that have implemented the mandate.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont lets evictions moratorium expire, but orders new tenant protections

June 30, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont acted Wednesday to simultaneously allow the state moratorium on evictions to lapse and apply new pressure on landlords to tap into the more than $400 million in COVID-19 pandemic relief available to cover unpaid rent in Connecticut.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Supreme Court rejects New Hampshire’s challenge to work-from-home taxes

June 28, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a New Hampshire challenge to Massachusetts’ practice of taxing people who once worked in that state but started telecommuting from elsewhere during the pandemic.

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

Governor Lamont Launches ‘Rock the Shot’ Campaign Giving Those Who Are Vaccinated a Chance To Win Concert Tickets

June 25, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of the State of Connecticut’s “Rock the Shot” promotional campaign to encourage Connecticut residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by giving away pairs of tickets to concerts happening throughout the summer and fall in the state.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Denise Merrill not running for another term as CT Secretary of the State

June 23, 2021

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election to a fourth term, the first concrete move towards shaping a 2022 election cycle expected to be dominated by the re-election bids of Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

  • advocacy - state

Single-Use Plastic Bag Fee to Sunset on June 30, 2021

June 23, 2021

As a result of the ban on single-use plastic bags that will take effect on July 1, 2021, the single-use plastic bag fee will sunset as of June 30, 2021. T

  • business and industry
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Another Special Session Is On The Horizon

June 22, 2021

The General Assembly plans to convene for another special session sometime after Labor Day to decide how to spend more than $300 million in funding left over from the American Rescue Plan Act.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut Gov. Lamont signs marijuana bill; possession will be legal on July 1, retail sales could begin by the end of 2022

June 22, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill legalizing the use, sale and cultivation of marijuana for recreational use Tuesday, calling the measure “a model for the rest of the nation.”

  • advocacy - state

Professional services tax proposals discussed in multiple states

June 21, 2021

Taxation of CPA services was a hot topic in several state legislatures this year as states sought to fix expected revenue shortfalls.

  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

House Gives Senate Second Chance At Budget Implementer

June 17, 2021

It’s more than 800 pages of language to implement the state budget and there were sections that the House just couldn’t stomach so they amended it Thursday morning and sent it back to the Senate.

  • advocacy - state

House Narrowly Votes To Legalize Cannabis

June 17, 2021

On a narrow vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill legalizing recreational cannabis but not before changing its language to avoid a veto from the governor, forcing the bill back to the state Senate for a third debate.

  • advocacy - state