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Veterans Stand Down 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is pleased to announce that we will hold STAND DOWN 2020 on September 24th and 25th.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues our commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing this “one stop” access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community based non-profits. We hope this new approach to Stand Down will

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CT DOL Announces Lost Wages Assistance

Posted on September 10, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – The Connecticut Dept. of Labor recently announced the federal approval of the Lost Wages Assistance program, which will provide a supplemental unemployment benefit to claimants that have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

Those wishing to qualify for the benefit will need to self-certify through the state’s Dept. of Labor. To learn more about the program click here, or read more information below.


Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)
Connecticut has been approved for an additional two weeks of Lost

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Energy & Technology Committee Informational Forum re: Isaias Storm Response, Electric Rate Increases

Posted on August 21, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee will hold a virtual Informational Forum on Tropical Storm Isaias Response and Electric Utility Rate Increases with invited speakers on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. via ZOOM. This is in addition to the Monday, August 24 PURA regulatory hearing to investigate rate increases.  

For interested residents you will be able to access the livestream of the virtual Informational Forum by visiting www.CT-N.com.

The Energy Committee is requesting that

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Tax Free Week – August 16-22

Posted on August 13, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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2020 Connecticut Sales Tax Free Week

Highlights:

  • This year will be Connecticut’s 20th Sales Tax Free Week.
  • Per state statute, Sales Tax Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.
  • 2020 Sales Tax Free Week dates are Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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PURA – Public Hearing on Electricity Rate Increases – August 24

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, August 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This hearing is in response to PURA’s recent approval of Eversource’s request to increase its delivery rate. Between work-from-home orders and hot summer weather, customer electric bills were bound to be higher than usual. Raising rates on top of all this was not the right thing to do.

The hearing will take place over Zoom. PURA officials will be questioning Eversource

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COVID-19 State Response Updates

Posted on March 21, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information is being updated rapidly as state and federal health officials work to respond. You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 by clicking on the following links:

Here are direct links for information on:

To review all of Gov. Lamont’s executive orders, click here.

Health Recommendations to limit COVID-19

According to the Centers

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COVID-19 Response: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The governor’s administration continues to update a compilation of frequently asked questions related to the state’s response to COVID-19. You can access the document directly by clicking here.

COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loans for Businesses & Employee Information

Posted on March 17, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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It has been announced that Connecticut businesses will be able to apply for disaster assistance loans. In a statement made by Governor Lamont, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be accepting applications for loans of up to $2 million to help individual businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

For specific information on how to apply for the SBA’s disaster assistance loan you can click here or call 1-800-659-2955.

Business owners who have questions about

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Vail Participates in Opening Day, 2020 Legislative Session Begins

Posted on February 5, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday, February 5th, the Connecticut General Assembly convened for the 2020 legislative session. State Representative Kurt Vail began his sixth legislative session representing the 52nd Assembly District, which is made up of the towns of Somers and Stafford. The legislature will remain in session for 3-month period. Rep Vail said, “I look forward to continuing my work for the residents of Somers and Stafford. It is a great honor to serve you and our local businesses. This session,

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2020 Major Issues

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Each year, prior to the start of the legislative session, the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research compiles its “Major Issues” report. This report outlines various points of public policy that the legislature will likely act upon this year. I have highlighted some of the major issues below, with short explanations provided within OLR’s report. In addition to these items, I will be providing more information on some of my personal initiatives in the coming weeks, like new legislation I am working

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