Update on Taxes, Schools, Unemployment Benefits, and More

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin


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Return of the Plastic Bag Tax

Tomorrow, July 1, Connecticut will resume collection of the $0.10 tax on single use plastic bags. This tax was temporarily lifted in March during the height of the pandemic to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through items such as reusable shopping bags. The original executive order (7N) also allowed grocery store employees to refuse bagging items for customers who were using reusable plastic bags.

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Extended Tax Filing

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Schools to Reopen, DMV Update, and New Travel Advisory

Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin


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Schools to Reopen this Fall

Distance learning has allowed our educators to continue doing their very important jobs during the height of this pandemic, but it has also presented challenges. Dealing with internet issues, difficulty accessing electronic devices, and other technology barriers, many teachers, parents, and students have found themselves limited in what can be accomplished online. Generally speaking, the virtual classrooms, while necessary, have not provided the same experience as in-person

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Sector Rules for Phase Two Reopening

Posted on June 9, 2020 by admin


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Rules for Phase Two Reopening by Sector

The Lamont administration has released rules for businesses included in the state’s Phase Two reopening plan, which begins on June 17. The documents below contain sector-specific rules for reopening, including requirements for physical distancing, spatial capacity, hygiene and sanitation, personal protective equipment, and more.

Here are the documents by sector:

Reopening Connecticut: Phase Two

Posted on June 7, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends,

I have a few updates regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but first, I would like to address what has been happening in our state and across the country for the past week.

The killing of George Floyd has left so many of us frustrated and angry. To hear of another person suffering at the hands of those who are sworn to protect us is beyond disheartening. It is clear that our nation continues to struggle with racism, and this heinous act, like those before it, reveal

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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers – Memorial Day 2020

Posted on May 25, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends,

On this Memorial Day weekend, please remember the more than 1.3 million American soldiers who have died for our freedom and our way of life. We, as citizens of this great country, will always be bound together by our shared belief in personal liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and a better life for all.

Unfortunately, the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding this holiday will take a new form this year as parades and in-person ceremonies have been deemed not safe.

While our annual

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Reopen CT Business Roundtable – Tomorrow, May 14

Posted on May 13, 2020 by admin


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Updates from the Governor’s Office

Reopen CT Advisory Group Business Roundtable – Tomorrow

Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s business committee will hold a roundtable discussion tomorrow, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The members will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community. Members of the public who have questions for the panel can email their inquiries to reopen@ct.gov. The discussion will be broadcast live by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and available to

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COVID-19 Update: Unemployment Assistance Now Available for the Self-Employed

Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Latest News from the Governor’s Office, and More

Unemployment Assistance

The Connecticut Department of Labor (CT DOL) has announced that the full application (steps one and two) for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available. PUA is unemployment assistance for self-employed individuals and others who are not eligible for traditional unemployment benefits through the state.

Here is a brief summary of the two-step process to apply for

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COVID-19 Update: Honoring Local Heroes, Virtual Town Halls, and More

Posted on May 5, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update:

Honoring Local Heroes, Virtual Town Halls, News from the Governor’s Office, and More

Honoring Local Heroes

Today is International Firefighters’ Day, and this year, it carries special significance. While most of us are able to work remotely from the safety of our homes, frontline workers do not have that option. To honor our local firefighters and all first responders, healthcare professionals, and other essential workers, I hope you will join me in thanking them for their ongoing

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COVID-19 Update: Federal Unemployment Assistance, State Budget, and More

Posted on May 2, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update

Federal Unemployment Assistance, Reopen Connecticut, State Budget Projections, and More

Federal Unemployment Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions across the United States, and here in Connecticut, we have experienced our fair share of hardships. Thousands have contracted the virus, many have been hospitalized, and, tragically, over 2,300 lives have been lost. As if this weren’t difficult enough, the unprecedented economic impact of this public health crisis has left

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COVID-19 Update: Financial Aid for Nursing Homes, Student Loan Assistance, and More

Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin


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COVID-19 Update:

Appointees to Multi-state Council, Financial Aid for Nursing Homes, Student Loan Assistance, and More

Updates from the Governor

Governors Announce Appointees to Multi-State Council

The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have announced their appointments to the multi-state council to restore the regional economy. This group is separate from the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, which will focus on similar efforts

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