State Rep. Harry Arora: SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

Posted on February 23, 2021 by jdooley

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened last month has already succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:

  • For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
  • For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up

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State Rep. Harry Arora: ALERT: CT vaccination schedule for ALL residents

Posted on February 23, 2021 by jdooley

Dear friends and neighbors,

Connecticut is continuing an age-based approach to COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Below is important information announced today.

  1. Vaccination schedule for every resident: All residents will be able to get a vaccine appointment based on their age per the following schedule.
  • Currently – Everyone 65+
  • March 1 – Age 55+
  • March 22 – Age 45+
  • April 12 – Age 35+
  • May 3 – Age 16+

While the state has decided not to give a priority to essential workers or those with chronic conditions,

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State Rep. Harry Arora: New State Vaccine Eligibility Rollout, By Age

Posted on February 22, 2021 by jdooley

Governor Lamont has announced that the state will continue with an age-based approach to expanding eligibility to the vaccine.

To provide clarity and predictability, he also released a schedule for age-based eligibility for the next several months:

• March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
• March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
• April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
• May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

In addition to the age-based eligibility, preK-12 school staff and

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State Rep. Harry Arora – ALERT : CT Residents 65+ can make vaccination appointments

Posted on February 9, 2021 by jdooley

Dear friends and neighbors,

While the initial press release from the Governor’s office stated that the 65+ would be allowed to make appointments as of Thursday, Feb 11, I am hearing first hand that VAMS and most providers are allowing 65+ to make appointments NOW.


Harry Arora

Here is the news many of our seniors have been waiting for. CT residents age 65-74 will be eligible to make an appointment for the COVID vaccine starting this Thursday, February 11. Vaccinations for individuals over

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Is this the beginning of the end of the pandemic?

Posted on February 8, 2021 by jdooley

Dear friends and neighbors,

We are starting to get good news on the COVID front. As things improve, there will be more consensus in opening schools and businesses. Here are the details:

  • COVID update: The number of COVID cases, hospitalizations, positivity rate, and deaths in CT have started coming down in recent days. HERE is the picture which very well captures what is happening. The national numbers are also showing improvement. This may be the beginning of the end of this pandemic. Restaurant

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State Rep. Harry Arora: New Online Services at CT DMV

Posted on February 4, 2021 by jdooley

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will enable residents to renew their driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards online without having to visit an office in-person.

Eligible residents will receive an invitation by postal mail or email to complete their transaction online and make an electronic payment via credit or debit card. Upon successful completion of the online renewal, the license or non-driver ID will be received by mail within 20 days.

The DMV has also launched two new services with

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Rep. Harry Arora: New COVID-19 relief program: The Equity Match Grant Program

Posted on February 1, 2021 by jdooley

New COVID-19 relief program: The Equity Match Grant Program

The Equity Match Grant Program, which will be administered by the Women’s Business Development Council through its Opportunity Fund, will aid entrepreneurs in accessing the capital needed to build banking relationships, improve credit, and overcome challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application period for the next round of funding will open from February 1st – February 15th.

For more information about the application process

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State Rep. Harry Arora: Legislative Survey, new state property taxes, zoning rules, marijuana legalization, sports gambling etc.

Posted on January 31, 2021 by jdooley

Dear friends and neighbors,

There are some substantive issues that are up for discussion and vote in the upcoming legislative session in Hartford. The legislature is considering bills that would legalize recreational marijuana, permit sports gambling, improve utility regulation, impose new state-level property taxes and enact state-mandated zoning rules. Please click HERE to take a short survey and give me your opinion on these issues.

Here is a quick summary –

1. Legalizing marijuana usage for recreation

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State Rep. Harry Arora Requests Review of Governor’s Executive Powers

Posted on January 27, 2021 by jdooley

Today, I joined my colleagues and asked the members of the Public Health Emergency Committee to review and vote on the governor’s extension of his executive powers until April 20.

As a member of the General Assembly, I want to make sure the voices of my constituents are heard and not silenced. I hope the committee will carefully look at this request.



State Rep. Harry Arora: CT prioritizing seniors in Phase 1b

Posted on January 21, 2021 by jdooley

Dear friends and neighbors,

I have advocated that our seniors be given priority access to the COVID vaccine. In my Op-ed, I reasoned how allocating 90% of vaccines by descending order of age would save thousands of lives. I thank Governor Lamont and his administration for listening and prioritizing seniors. The state Department of public health (DPH) is focused on vaccinating our seniors in two tiers.

Ages 75 or older: Everyone in this age bracket is eligible RIGHT NOW and can schedule an appointment

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