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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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Middlesex County Legislators Address Governor

Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin


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Hartford – State Representatives Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), Irene Haines (R-East Haddam), Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), and Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook), as legislative colleagues representing Middlesex County, sent a letter to Governor Lamont urging him to assemble a more inclusive team of individuals advising his Reopen Connecticut group as well as urging greater transparency.  The letter, which can be viewed here, also identified the lack of individuals on the frontline having input in the Governor’s plan to reopen Connecticut.

“We have a common goal to overcome the virus.  As elected officials with accountability to our communities, the legislature must play a clearer role in the planning process to reopen Connecticut’s schools and economy,” explained Rep. Carpino.  “We interact with constituents daily and they deserve to have both input and transparency in the roadmap of our state’s future. Gov. Lamont has done his best to protect public health given the unforeseen circumstances. However, community leaders, main street businesses, parents, and elected officials are untapped resources ready to help Connecticut recover.”

“Residents across our region have worked hard to navigate this crisis, closely following public health recommendations and executive orders. As we begin to talk about re-opening, the most important role for a state representative is to listen to constituents and make sure their local concerns are addressed,” said Rep. Haines. “Simply put, public input and transparency lead to good policy decisions, I hope that Governor Lamont takes this into consideration and adds a member of the General Assembly to the Re-Open Connecticut Advisory Group.”

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