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Governor, State Department of Education Release Schools Reopening Document

Posted on July 4, 2020 by admin


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Governor Lamont and the state’s Department of Education have issued requirements and guidance for the reopening of schools this fall. Check out their document by clicking on the image below.

Legislative Leaders Won’t Reconvene the 2020 Session, but there’s Work to Do

Posted on April 25, 2020 by admin


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There are four caucuses in Connecticut’s General Assembly—the House and Senate Democrats, and the House and Senate Republicans—and last week the leader of each decided against reconvening the 2020 regular legislative session that had been scheduled to adjourn May 6.

The joint announcement cemented what most legislators knew long ago, that the COVID-19 crisis would zap hundreds of pending bills tackling topics that ranged from assisting victims of domestic violence to commercializing marijuana.

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Second Federal Business Assistance Package Ready

Posted on April 25, 2020 by admin


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With the passing of a second business relief package, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Monday, April 27 will resume taking applications for business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program and will restart processing of Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Visit the PPP web page here.

The new federal package includes:
  • An additional $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program with a greater focus on helping small businesses (view a list of lenders here)

Collaboration Among Our State’s Leaders Will Be Key to Reopening Connecticut

Posted on April 12, 2020 by admin


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Back in mid-March, when Governor Lamont closed Connecticut’s public schools and limited restaurants to take out and delivery, it felt inconceivable that our state, and nation, would end up in the spot we find ourselves in today.

But four weeks and more than 300,000 unemployment claims later, Connecticut residents are dealing with the reality that schools and many more businesses will be closed until late May and, according to the governor, perhaps longer.

Governor Lamont said recently he found “glimmers

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Masks for Heroes CT Effort underway to Raise Money for Emergency Certified Equipment

Posted on April 6, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – In an effort to raise awareness and money to buy emergency certified equipment, specifically masks, a statewide program masksforheroesct.org has been launched.

The grassroots partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven will distribute the Level 1, FDA approved masks to hospitals, first responders and other frontline emergency workers to combat the Covid-19 virus.

Roughly 500,000 of the masks have already been distributed throughout Connecticut, House Republican

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House Republicans Offer Initial COVID-19 Response Ideas to Governor

Posted on April 1, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – The House Republican caucus today in a letter to Gov. Lamont offered proposals to provide immediate relief to struggling businesses, idle workers, families and taxpayers coping with the economic consequences of the ongoing health crisis – including breaks on overdue property taxes, for companies facing high unemployment insurance rates and those saddled with student debt.
The proposals could be enacted quickly through executive orders if Lamont chooses to do so and would not require any

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Candelora Offers Alternative to Borrowing Plan Pitched by Democrats

Posted on March 11, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD — State Rep. Vincent Candelora on Wednesday rejected a bond package from Democrats that exceeds the governor’s “debt diet” by earmarking superfluous spending for controversial initiatives, and instead voted for a borrowing plan that focuses on the state’s critical needs while delivering overdue road and bridge repair money to municipalities.

“It’s been nearly two years since we’ve held a vote on a bond package, and it’s unfortunate that the bill not only breaks one of the governor’s biggest

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Candelora & Kokoruda Testify on Bipartisan Legislation that Supports Victims of Domestic Abuse

Posted on March 5, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD — State Reps. Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda on Thursday testified in favor of legislation that would make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access temporary state benefits that are critically important when they try to gain freedom from their abusers.

The legislation (H.B. 5306) was subject of a public hearing in the Human Services Committee, and the concept is supported not just by Candelora and Kokoruda but also state Reps. Sean Scanlon and Robin Comey, as well as

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Candelora Casts Vote Against Latest Contract Carrying Pay Hikes

Posted on March 4, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD — State Rep. Vincent Candelora on Wednesday voted against an 11 percent pay hike included in an inaugural union contract for a small pool of state workers who earn an average of $99,000 annually.

The contract approved by a 91 to 58 vote in the House of Representatives covers 100 employees from the state’s Department of Children of Families (DCF) who, until 2017, were classified as “program managers.” Those workers were reclassified as “program supervisors,” allowing them to unionize and

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Candelora Joins Public Health Committee Members for News Conference

Posted on February 24, 2020 by admin


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State Rep. Candelora joined Republican members of the Public Health Committee for a news conference ahead of today’s rushed Public Health Committee vote to eliminate the religious exemption from vaccinations just a few days after a 22-hour hearing that attracted thousands to the capitol. Candelora said the legislative process is breaking down.