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Connecticut Expands Permitted Uses of Paid Sick Leave

January 30, 2024

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed a new law that expands the circumstances in which workers can use state-mandated paid sick leave, effective October 1, 2023. The Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law, originally passed in 2012, provides “service workers” with certain leave entitlements, including paid sick leave. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum accrual of 40 hours per year. The law also requires service workers be permitted to roll over at least 40 hours of accrued, unused paid sick leave per calendar year.

  • advocacy - state

CT's 2024 legislative session begins soon. Here's what to expect

January 29, 2024

On Feb. 7, the Connecticut General Assembly will convene for its 2024 legislative session. Its constitutional adjournment deadline is no later than midnight May 6. The sessions last three months in even-numbered years and five in odd-numbered years.

  • advocacy - state

No omnibus CT housing bills expected this legislative session

January 26, 2024

Legislators and advocates instead plan a ‘chip away’ approach to address some of Connecticut’s pressing housing issues

  • advocacy - state

Special session shelved: CT will address EV transition in regular session

January 25, 2024

The General Assembly is giving up on a special legislative session to address how to keep Connecticut committed to a transition to electric vehicles, leaving the issue for consideration in the regular session that opens on Feb. 7.

  • advocacy - state

Crucial week for Lamont and effort to salvage transition to EVs

January 22, 2024

Gov. Lamont to meet with critical players on proposal to phase out sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut's Upcoming Legislative Session: Affordable Housing, Health Insurance, and Voting Security in the Spotlight

January 18, 2024

It’s just 13 weeks long, but Connecticut’s legislative session will be packed with debate over issues that impact a number of residents from housing and health insurance to voting security.

  • advocacy - state

Lamont Previews Budget During CBIA Forum, Urges Adherence to Fiscal Guardrails

January 18, 2024

Gov. Ned Lamont used a Thursday morning address to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s annual economic summit to preview a budget package he will propose next month that will recommend adherence to fiscal guardrails and minimal changes.

  • advocacy - state

Task Force Wrestles With Political Difficulties Of Trying To Repeal Car Tax

January 11, 2024

Members of a legislative working group tasked with vetting ideas for eliminating Connecticut’s car tax worried Wednesday about the “political whiplash” that may be caused by shifting the burden of the unpopular tax so soon after recent income tax cuts.

  • advocacy - state

A look at some CT laws taking effect in early 2024

January 08, 2024

A slate of new laws are being implemented at the beginning of 2024, ranging from a minimum wage increase and income tax cut to early voting requirements and expanded access to contraception.

  • advocacy - state

Employee Retention Credit Update from Congressman Courtney's Office

January 08, 2024

On September 14th, 2023, the IRS announced a moratorium until at least the end of the year on the acceptance of new ERC claims. This moratorium was implemented due to the number of fraudulent claims being filed across the nation. In total, the IRS has received 3 million ERC claims, and nearly a fifth of all applications received were submitted in the 90 days before the declaration of the moratorium, indicating a large spike in fraudulent filings. Many businesses have been encouraged to apply by “Tax Promoters.” “Tax Promoters” encourage and pressure businesses across the nation to file, often improperly indicating that businesses are eligible to receive a refund. With this in mind, the IRS has implemented a withdrawal process for those who filed for the credit in err.

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

Governor Lamont Announces Application Period Opens for Next Round of Connecticut's Nonprofit Security Grant Program

January 04, 2024

Nonprofit organizations must submit applications to the state by March 1, 2024.

  • not-for-profit
  • advocacy - state

Early Voting, Minimum Wage Increase, Criminal Record Erasure, and More

January 01, 2024

As the new year begins, Connecticut is set to implement several new laws and regulations that will impact residents across the state. These changes, ranging from voting rights to minimum wage adjustments, reflect evolving priorities and concerns.

  • advocacy - state

Trump to Stay on Connecticut Ballots Next Year, State Election Officials Say

December 23, 2023

Unless a court decides otherwise, former President Donald Trump will remain on Connecticut ballots in 2024, Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas’s office said this week, days after Colorado’s Supreme Court ordered him removed from that state’s primary ballots.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Local Vehicle Tax on Massachusetts Business

December 18, 2023

The Connecticut Supreme Court, last week, upheld the constitutionality of a local property tax on vehicles registered to a business in Massachusetts.

  • advocacy - state

Charting CT: Is your town getting older or younger?

December 15, 2023

The median age in Connecticut was 40.9 in 2022, making it the seventh-oldest state in the country, according to Census Bureau estimates released this year.

  • advocacy - state

The Big Change Coming to Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Law

December 12, 2023

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, an employee’s receipt of severance pay will now result in disqualification from receiving unemployment compensation benefits for the period of time covered by the payment.

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

National Financial Literacy Report Card Finds Connecticut Improving Despite Failing Grade

December 05, 2023

Although a Vermont-based college flunked Connecticut on Monday in an annual report card on financial literacy instruction for high school students, a bill passed this year puts the state on track to receive an A by 2027.

  • advocacy - state

Comptroller Projects Smaller General Fund Surplus for FY24

December 01, 2023

Connecticut’s expected General Fund surplus shrank for the fourth month in a row, according to a Friday fiscal update by Comptroller Sean Scanlon, who projected the state would end the 2024 fiscal year with $153.9 million in black ink.

  • advocacy - state

CT Democrats pledge to keep on path to phasing out new gas cars

November 28, 2023

With choreographed expressions of contrition and determination, Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders acknowledged Tuesday their failure to make a convincing case for phasing out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and pledged to quickly find a new path forward.

  • advocacy - state

Even as surpluses shrink, CT could see balanced budgets for years

November 20, 2023

New projections show that CT’s revenues will grow faster than fixed costs through 2028

  • advocacy - state