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Celebrating Independence Day

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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This weekend, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of those patriots who believed passionately that our nascent country deserved a better form of government, one that acknowledged “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Two hundred and forty-four years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence.  This document has

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Capitol Update 7.1.2020

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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School Reopening Guidelines

Last week, Governor Lamont announced a basic framework for reopening schools in the fall. The State Department of Education (CSDE) issued more detailed guidance yesterday afternoon. For more details, click the button below:

School Reopening Guidelines

Plastic Bag Tax Returns July 1st

On Friday, the state’s Department of Revenue Services (DRS) announced the resumption of the 10-cent plastic bag tax beginning July 1st. The governor suspended the tax in late March during

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Travel Advisory for States with Significant COVID-19 Spread

Posted on June 24, 2020 by admin


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Earlier today, Governor Lamont issued a joint travel advisory with New York and New Jersey requiring travelers arriving from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

This self-quarantine – effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity

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Phase Two Reopening June 17th

Posted on June 8, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont recently announced that Connecticut’s second phase of reopening initially scheduled for June 20th, will begin three days early on June 17th.  The Department of Economic and Community Development has published specific guidelines and best practices for each business sector in order to safely reopen. Businesses are not required to reopen, that decision rests with individual business owners.

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Annual Worn American Flag Collection

Posted on May 29, 2020 by admin


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With the summer season and patriotic holidays such as Flag Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is the perfect time to properly retire your worn, faded and tattered American flags as you prepare to put on fresh new displays of the Stars and Stripes.

Our annual flag collection will look a little different this year since many usual drop-off locations are temporarily closed or will have limited access.

This year, we built a box placed at 1265 Main Street in Coventry where anyone can drop off

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Reopening Guidance for May 20th

Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As the May 20th date for “Phase One” re-opening approaches, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published industry-specific guidelines for eligible businesses. These guides outline best practices for keeping workers and customers safe. The ultimate decision to open will rest with the owners and/or management of these businesses and organizations.

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Department of Labor Update on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


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Department of Labor Update on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. At that time, only the first step of the process was available for claimants and the system for the second step was not fully set up to handle those claims.

Today, the site has been updated and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation “red button” is posted and active

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Capitol Update 5.6.2020

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


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School Closures Continued for Remainder of the Academic Year

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced an executive order that in-person classes at K-12 public schools will remain cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. Distance learning and school meals programs will continue. The administration is currently consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. Guidance is anticipated toward the end of this month.

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Capitol Update 4.30.2020

Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin


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Update from the Department of Labor (DOL)

Today DOL announced that they will begin accepting applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which will provide assistance for self-employed applicants. Earlier this week, the department announced that they have begun processing the extra $600 payments as part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program. The payments will be made retroactive to March 29th.

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Capitol Update 4.23.2020

Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin


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Update from the Department of Labor

The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) continues to work through record numbers of unemployment insurance claims, so far 293,000 claims have been processed by the agency. Below is an update from the agency on their efforts and helpful information for those with claims and information about federal stimulus unemployment programs.

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Relief for Impacted Student Loan Borrowers

Under a new initiative through the Department of Banking (DOB), Connecticut

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