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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.

  • advocacy - state

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.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • advocacy - state

Lamont urges vigilance when many COVID-19 capacity limits are lifted Friday

March 18, 2021

With Connecticut poised to lift many capacity limits Friday on restaurants, many other businesses and social gatherings, Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents Thursday to remain vigilant nonetheless against the coronavirus.

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  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Accelerated Schedule To Provide COVID-19 Vaccines To Connecticut Residents as Quickly and Equitably as Possible

March 15, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is accelerating Connecticut’s age-based rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to proceed on a quicker schedule than was originally anticipated when it was announced last month.

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  • advocacy - state

Ned Lamont’s year in the shadow of COVID

March 08, 2021

Hanging behind Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk is the painting “Right to Know.” Norman Rockwell completed it in 1968, years after the artist best known for folksy Saturday Evening Post illustrations had turned to serious themes, including distrust in government.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Plan to expand child tax credit offers hope along with direct payments

March 06, 2021

When her car started making a noise more than a year ago, Chinara Johnson parked the vehicle and hasn’t used it since.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

DRS Commissioner Issues Guidance on H.B. No. 6516

March 05, 2021

As Governor Lamont is expected to sign House Bill No. 6516, An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences from Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tiered Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program, into law, the purpose of this Commissioner's Bulletin is to make taxpayers aware of the impact the legislation will have on tax filing and payment obligations, including individual income tax returns and associated liabilities due on or before April 15th, 2021.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax

With billions in federal relief on the way to CT, legislators assert their role in deciding how to spend it

March 05, 2021

After ceding unprecedented authority to Gov. Ned Lamont during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly is reasserting itself — just as Washington is poised to send more than $4 billion in new aid to Connecticut.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

CTCPA: Pay Close Attention to Your 2020 Financial Documents, 1099s

March 02, 2021

2020 was clearly not like any other year — and navigating through the tax season will be no different. The Connecticut Society of CPAs (CTCPA) is warning residents to pay close attention to the accuracy of their 2020 financial documents, especially 1099s recording unemployment funds received.

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  • advocacy - state
  • coronavirus
  • member news

CT hasn’t started collecting new payroll tax from state workers

March 02, 2021

State officials imposed a new payroll tax starting Jan. 1 to launch the Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave program — but it’s more than two months into the year, and they haven’t begun collecting the levy from qualified state employees.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

CT Senate Passes Bill to Address Commuter Tax Issues

March 01, 2021

House Bill 6513 (HB 6513), An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During Covid-19, and Concerning The Removal Of Liens On The Property Of Public Assistance Beneficiaries And Three-Tiered Grants In Lieu Of Taxes Program, passed the Senate today.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

IRS issues guidance for taxpayers caught up in unemployment overpayment debacle

March 01, 2021

A number of people who watched our report on unemployment overpayments Friday have reached out looking for answers. Connecticut is not the only state dealing with overpayment issues. The Internal Revenue Service is now issuing guidance.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax