Coronavirus Update: Recovery Bridge Loans for CT Businesses

Posted on March 26, 2020 by admin


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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 on the program, eligibility requirements, the application process, and a Q&A document,

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Coronavirus Update: Clarification on Definition of Essential Businesses

Posted on March 23, 2020 by admin


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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 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Last night, the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development released official guidance designed to give business owners, their employees, and residents clarification on which businesses will remain open, and which will not.

First, it is important to remember that critical

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Coronavirus Update: Conference Call with Governor Lamont

Posted on March 19, 2020 by admin


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Today at 1:00 p.m., Advance CT will be holding a conference call with Governor Lamont and 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: Today, 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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Rep. Rebimbas Identifies Flaws with Clean Slate Legislation

Posted on March 12, 2020 by admin


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State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, was recently quoted in CT News Junkie and the Journal Inquirer about a bill, S.B. 403, that would automatically erase some felonies and misdemeanors from an individual’s criminal record.

Rep. Rebimbas’s primary concern was the inability to track someone’s record from state to state and internationally, which makes it much more difficult to know if someone has a recent conviction, arrest,

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Rep. Rebimbas Talking the Future of the Waterbury Line on Face the Facts

Posted on March 11, 2020 by admin


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State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) joined Mike Hydeck on NBC Connecticut’s Face the Facts on Friday, February 28th, 2020 to discuss the future of the Waterbury Branch Line. As co-chair of the Waterbury Rail Line Caucus, Rep. Rebimbas has led efforts to invest in public transportation in the valley region, specifically in the commuter rail system, which many area legislators believe will accelerate economic growth not only

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Coronavirus Update: Legislature to Hold Info Forum Tomorrow

Posted on March 5, 2020 by admin


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The evolving coronavirus situation requires our attention. As your state representative, I will forward updates to you as I receive them so you have access to the most current information available.

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

Informational Forum Regarding Coronavirus Preparedness

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Rep. Rebimbas Quoted for Stance Against Expungement of Criminal Records

Posted on March 4, 2020 by admin


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State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, voiced concerns about the language of a Senate Bill 16 An Act Concerning the Adult Use of Cannabis, during a public hearing on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Legislative Office Building.

Specifically, Rep. Rebimbas argued that a section of the bill automatically erasing previous convictions for possession of marijuana from an individual’s record could be problematic.

Legalizing Pot Gets Big-Time Push at

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Public Hearing on Proposed Tax on Ammunition – THIS THURSDAY

Posted on February 26, 2020 by admin


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Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Public Hearing:
Proposed Tax on Ammunition

This Thursday, February 27th, the Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Committee will hold a public hearing on H.B. 5040, An Act Establishing an Excise Tax on Ammunition.

Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Public Hearing – Proposed Tax on Ammunition
Legislative Office Building (LOB), room 2E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
Thursday, February 27th, 2020 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

This proposed tax on law-abiding citizens will disproportionately affect

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WRL Caucus, Area Legislators Hold Press Conference, Advocate for Investment in Valley Rail Infrastructure

Posted on February 25, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Members of Connecticut’s Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus and area legislators held a press conference on Monday at the Legislative Office Building where they advocated for their proposal to invest in the branch line – a focal point for public transportation in Naugatuck Valley. Joining the members where municipal leaders and others who spoke to the plan’s potential to foster long-term economic growth in the region. The press conference was held ahead of the Transportation Committee public

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Transportation Public Hearing: Rail Infrastructure Improvements

Posted on February 19, 2020 by admin


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On Monday, February 24th, the Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing on Raised Senate Bill (SB) 155, An Act Concerning Rail Infrastructure Improvements. During the hearing, I plan to testify in support of a concept developed by the Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus, which proposes various enhancements to rail infrastructure and service in our region. As residents of our community, I encourage you to testify in person or submit testimony online (instructions below).

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