House Republicans Offer Proposals to Governor’s Office to Help with COVID-19 Response

Posted on April 1, 2020 by admin


We commend the governor, his staff, and administration for their tireless work throughout this crisis. This is a time when it is more important than ever for all of us to work together to help everyone in our state come through this difficult period. That’s why, like my colleagues, I have been asking you to submit your concerns and ideas so that we can offer constructive suggestions and propose solutions that we hope will be relevant to many of you.

Based on the comments and suggestions we have received

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Coronavirus Update: Recovery Bridge Loans for CT Businesses

Posted on March 26, 2020 by admin


The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a $25 million short-term loan program for Connecticut businesses that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. These interest-free loans of up to $75,000 are available to businesses that employ no more than 100 people, and they must be repaid within a year. A six month extension may be granted upon request.

For more information in the program, eligibility requirements, the application process, and a Q&A document,

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Coronavirus Update: Governor’s Order Regarding “Non-Essential” v. “Essential” Businesses

Posted on March 23, 2020 by admin


Late last week, the governor issued an executive order to close “non-essential” businesses as a strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s order goes into effect tonight, Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Late last night, the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development released official guidance designed to give business owners, their employees, and residents better understanding of what is, and what is not, permitted to remain open.

Click here to read the document.


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Coronavirus Update: Q&A Document from the Governor’s Office

Posted on March 20, 2020 by admin


I’d like to share with you a very detailed FAQ document developed by the governor’s office that offers answers to a long list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and Connecticut’s response to it. This document is regularly updated with new information about subjects including schools, childcare, unemployment insurance, resources for small businesses, the DMV, virus testing resources, health insurance, judicial branch court closures, and much more.

NOTE: Today’s executive order (EO) regarding

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Conference Call for Business Owners with Governor Lamont

Posted on March 19, 2020 by admin


Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., Advance CT will be holding a conference call with Governor Lamont at Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman. They will discuss how the state is responding to the economic dimensions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This call is open to all businesses, chambers of commerce, stakeholders, and other in-state partners.

Date/Time: Tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dial in: 1-888-456-0356

Passcode: 2802806#

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Coronavirus Update: Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses

Posted on March 17, 2020 by admin


As my fellow elected officials and I continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Connecticut, I’d like to share some information for employees and small business owners from the State of Connecticut’s official Coronavirus web page.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance

On March 16th, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Lamont’s request to begin offering disaster-relief loans to Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits. Companies in the state can now apply for

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Update on the Coronavirus: Legislature to Hold Info Forum on Friday

Posted on March 4, 2020 by admin


Plenty of good information from reliable sources is circulating about the developing coronavirus situation. With that said, many of you may be looking for more details.

This Friday, March 6th, the Appropriations, Public Health, and Higher Education Committees will hold a joint informational forum where experts and officials will answer our questions on the virus and Connecticut’s current state of response.

Informational Forum Regarding Coronavirus Preparedness

Legislative Office Building, Room 2E,

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Rep. Lavielle Honored for Protecting Local School District Autonomy by CT Council of Small Towns

Posted on February 19, 2020 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, was honored by the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) with its Town Crier Award, which recognizes lawmakers and municipal officials who have taken a leadership role in advocating for public policies that benefit Connecticut’s small towns.

Matt Knickerbocker, First Selectman of Bethel and Secretary of COST, presented the award. The presentation of the award took place this

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Update: Transportation Legislation

Posted on January 31, 2020 by admin


I would like to give you an update about an important discussion taking place this week in Hartford. Tomorrow, January 31, the Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing on a bill, newly drafted by majority legislators, that includes a provision for tolls on trucks. The bill, now labeled Working Draft LCO #373, is a linchpin of Governor Lamont’s transportation plan.

The hearing will offer legislators and members of the public a chance to learn more about the proposed legislation before

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Rep. Lavielle, O’Dea Invite Area Residents for Coffee & Conversation – February 3

Posted on January 27, 2020 by admin


State Representative Tom O’Dea and I invite you to join us for a conversation about the upcoming legislative session over a cup of coffee next Monday, February 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Brubeck Room at Wilton Library.

Brubeck Room – Wilton Library

137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton

Monday, February 3rd, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The 2020 legislative session begins next Wednesday, February 5th and will last for just over three months. While these short sessions are intended to make adjustments

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