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Capitol Update: PPP Reopening, OLR Major Issues Report, and More

Posted on January 11, 2021 by wroddy


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to take a moment to share some updates with you regarding the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new government report regarding major issues facing the state during the 2021 legislative session, equal opportunity scholarships for high school students, and a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Monroe.

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Initially, only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans today, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

You can find further details of the loan program and instructions on how to apply on the SBA’s website, here.

OLR Major Issues Report for 2021

The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) recently released their report on important issues likely to be debated by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session. These include, among others:

  • Utility rates and storm response
  • The Transportation and Climate Initiative
  • The expansion of legalized gaming

You can view the full report here.

CWCSEO Scholarships

The African American and Latino and Puerto Rican Sub Commissions of the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO) will be offering 6 scholarships totaling $6,000.00 to African American and Latinx high school seniors that attend school and reside in Connecticut.

Interested students are asked to fill out the relevant application (for African-American students or for Hispanic/Latinx students) and return it via email to by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021. Awardees will be notified by CWCSEO staff by the close of business on February 28, 2021.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site in Monroe

Due to an increase in the number of cases in Monroe and the surrounding area over the past few weeks, the town has secured the services of Community Health Center, Inc., a state testing vendor, to provide free drive-through testing every other Wednesday at Masuk High School starting Jan. 20.

I will be sure to provide details on the testing site as they are made available, both on Facebook and to my newsletter subscribers. If you know of anyone who may find any of the information in this newsletter useful, you can forward this email to them or refer them to to subscribe.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about this information.


State Rep. JP Sredzinski, 112th District


Contact Rep. JP Sredzinski

860-240-8700 | 800-842-1423

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