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Major Issues for the 2023 Legislative Session

Posted on January 7, 2023


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HARTFORD – The state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the General Assembly may face in the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

The office identifies issues based on interim studies; research requests; non-confidential discussions with legislators, other legislative participants, and executive branch agencies; as well as its general subject matter knowledge.

You can view or download the Major Issues report here. The summaries below are from the report and preview topics that may come up during the session.

Electric Rates

Beginning January 1, 2023, standard service electric rates were expected to rise significantly. The legislature may consider (1) further increasing energy assistance or limiting shut-offs, (2) enhancing and marketing matching payment or arrearage forgiveness programs, (3) exploring or revisiting changes to rate setting methodologies, (4) changes to laws concerning electric suppliers, or (5) long-term planning on energy supply.

State Tax Relief and Restructuring Proposals

Considering the positive fiscal outlook for the state’s General Fund, the legislature is likely to consider proposals to provide tax relief to residents and businesses. This may include proposals to (1) adjust the state’s personal income tax brackets and thresholds to reflect inflationary increases, (2) extend and expand the one-time child tax rebate, (3) expand eligibility for certain retirement income exemptions, and (4) increase state aid to municipalities or redirect aid to municipalities based on their fiscal capacity in order to reduce property taxes and towns’ reliance on them to balance their budgets.

Property Tax Relief For Veterans

Last session, the legislature established a task force to evaluate the property tax relief currently offered to veterans, including the optional benefits each municipality provides, and make recommendations about whether there should be tax relief adjustments. This session, the legislature may consider recommendations from the task force, which were due to the legislature by January 1, 2023, as well as other related findings and proposals.

Residents with questions pertaining to state government can reach Rep. Labriola by calling (800) 842-1423, or by email at David.Labriola@housegop.ct.gov.

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