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State launching Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program

Posted on October 21, 2020 by admin


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I just wanted to share with you that the state is launching the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

Funding for the program will come from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal

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Phase 3 Update

Posted on October 8, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont recently announced that Connecticut would move forward with Phase 3 of reopening beginning TODAY, Thursday, October 8th.

Phase 3 Business Updates include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements;
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CT Nursing Home Visitations Update

Posted on September 30, 2020 by admin


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Connecticut Department of Public Health announces new COVID-19 guidelines for visitation at long-term care facilities in response to federal directive

Following a newly issued directive from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Connecticut Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford has signed an order rescinding previously issued orders limiting visitation at long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, that were issued to protect the health of

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Veterans Stand Down September 24-25

Posted on September 18, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding the 2020 Veterans Stand Down virtually on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th.

This two-day event provides Connecticut’s Veterans with a wide variety of programs and services offered by State and Federal agencies, Veterans Organizations and Community Based Non-profits.

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Rep. Betts Joins House Republicans in Letter to Governor Urging Fall Sports to Continue

Posted on September 8, 2020 by admin


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State Representative Whit Betts and the House Republican Caucus sent the following letter to Governor Lamont’s office urging fall sports to continue in Connecticut.

Speak out on Rate Hikes & Storm Response

Posted on September 8, 2020 by admin


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Speak out on Rate Hikes & Storm Response
More ways to make your voice heard:
Attend a virtual public hearing or submit written testimony.

Thank you to all who have spoken out about your recent electric bill increases and
the response of Eversource and United Illuminating to Tropical Storm Isaias.
There are now more opportunities to weigh in:

1) Energy & Technology Committee Listening Session

  • WATCH Listening Session
  • The General Assembly’s Energy & Technology Committee is holding a listening session

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Time to get your Passport to Plymouth Stamped

Posted on August 26, 2020 by admin


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As published by the Bristol Press.

PLYMOUTH – Those who completed the questions on their copies of the Passport to Plymouth can get them stamped Sept. 5 at the Lock Museum of America and win gift certificates for free ice cream.

The stamping will occur from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lock Museum at 230 Main St.

The event will be held outdoors.

Social distancing and face coverings are required.

“A limited number of gift certificates for free ice cream cones at Cleveland’s Country Store, located at 655 Main

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Betts Proudly Stands Up in Support of Connecticut Law Enforcement

Posted on August 21, 2020 by admin


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As the State Representative of Bristol and Plymouth, it is my job and responsibility to stand up and fight for my constituents when they have been wronged or portrayed in an unfair way.

In my opinion, one such group are the police officers from Bristol and Plymouth.

The attempt to portray and imply a linkage to the police officers from Bristol and Plymouth to the horrific and unlawful behavior of a few police officers from other parts of our nation is unfair and wrong.

Our local police are a major

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Eversource Hearing Information: August 24th

Posted on August 14, 2020 by admin


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As a result of public outcry and efforts by my colleagues and I to ensure that your voice was heard, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) temporarily suspended Eversource’s recent rate increase while it conducts a full review, the purpose of which is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers.

Likewise, a similar rate increase request from United Illuminating has been suspended indefinitely.

PURA has scheduled a formal

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Connecticut’s 2020 Sales Tax Free Week: August 16-22

Posted on August 13, 2020 by admin


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The state’s annual Sales Tax Free Week this year begins Sunday, August 16, 2020 and runs through Saturday, August 22, 2020. During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut sales and use tax. This exemption applies to each eligible item under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

Highlights:
This year will be Connecticut’s 20th Sales Tax Free Week. Despite the

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