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Restaurants hurt by coronavirus pandemic can apply for federal grants

May 04, 2021

Help is on the way for Connecticut restaurants that suffered financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Those restaurants can now apply for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant, which is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

CT is first state to vaccinate half of adults against COVID

May 03, 2021

Connecticut became the first state Monday to fully vaccinate at least half its adult population against the novel coronavirus, pushing down the rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Gov. Ned Lamont said.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

CT revenues surge by hundreds of millions of dollars

May 03, 2021

For the second time in four months, state tax revenues have surged by hundreds of millions of dollars, making it far easier for state officials to balance the next two-year budget without tax hikes.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Proposes Program Allowing Children to Access Connecticut Museums for Free This Summer

April 30, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is proposing to launch an initiative that will allow all children in Connecticut to visit museums throughout the state free of charge during the upcoming summer months.

  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Certain COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Will No Longer Require Appointments Beginning April 27

April 26, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that beginning Tuesday, April 27, 2021, more than 50 providers of COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut will no longer require an appointment prior to providing individuals with vaccinations. Connecticut residents will be able walk-up to the clinic and receive a vaccination on-the-spot.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont says his plan for $6B in federal pandemic relief will transform CT

April 26, 2021

The largest child care expansion in state history, summer learning camps for nearly 100,000 students, huge investments in worker training and business growth, and a continued focus on COVID-19 vaccinations topped the list of initiatives Gov. Ned Lamont outlined Friday for the latest round of federal pandemic relief.

  • advocacy - state

Restaurants to Toast End of Restrictions, Vaccinated Patrons

April 26, 2021

Beginning on May 19, hundreds of Connecticut restaurants will offer a free drink to customers who order food and can prove they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Bills to repeal motor vehicle tax and cap property taxes are in political limbo

April 23, 2021

As the legislature’s Finance Committee wrapped its work Thursday, two bills to significantly reshape the municipal property tax were in political limbo.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

CT finance panel approves restaurant bailout, new taxes on wealthy and digital ads

April 23, 2021

The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved state income tax cuts Thursday for the poor and middle class and a one-time bailout for restaurants, largely funding them with two tax surcharges on the wealthy and a new levy on digital media ads.

  • business and industry
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Lawmakers Advance Public Option

April 23, 2021

The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee overwhelmingly voted Thursday to send a bill that creates a state-run public option health insurance plan to the Senate.

  • business and industry
  • advocacy - state

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.

  • advocacy - state

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.

  • advocacy - state

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.

  • coronavirus
  • 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.

  • advocacy - state

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.

  • state tax
  • 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
  • advocacy - state
  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • state tax