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PURA Public Hearings on Electric Companies’ Responses to Storm Isaias

Posted on October 16, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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In August, PURA initiated docket 20-08-03 to review the electric distribution companies’ responses to Storm Isaias. Three public hearings have been scheduled through online Zoom calls.

Any member of the public wishing to speak may do so by registering through the following web links:

Veterans Stand Down 2020 – Virtual Program

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 Program

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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Wilson, Republicans Ask Governor for High School Football to Continue

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – State Representative David T. Wilson (R-Litchfield) signed onto a letter asking Governor Lamont to reconsider a recent announcement that would not allow high schools across Connecticut to have football programs this fall. To read the letter, click here. While it was not made clear what exact metrics were used in the decision-making process, the official announcement came from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Council (CIAC) on Thursday, September 3.

“The knee jerk reaction to remove

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Wilson, House Republicans Ask for Greater Role in Reopening Process

Posted on September 2, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – State Representative David Wilson (R-Litchfield) joined House Republican Leaders on Wednesday in calling for the legislature to take swift action in demanding the public and lawmakers have more input in the state’s reopening process. Governor Lamont announced earlier in the week that he would extend his executive order powers for an additional 5 months, lengthening the period to February of 2021 – well past the initial end date of September 9. No additional legislative action is required

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Responding to the Governor’s Request to Extend his Emergency Executive Orders

Posted on September 1, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Friends and Neighbors,

Are we still in a State of Emergency? I say perhaps not. Haven’t we learned many lessons on how to control the pandemic in Connecticut? As intelligent residents are we all practicing safe measures? Isn’t the COVID-19 risk being safely managed? If the answers are yes where is the Emergency? Why do we need the Gov. to control our lives? The level of knowledge on COVID-19 is much different now than it was back in March when it first hit our shores. It is troubling that one branch

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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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Storm Response & Capitol Update August 7th

Posted on August 7, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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I am providing you an update on the state’s storm response efforts, Tuesday’s primary election, and an update on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tropical Storm Isaias

Earlier this week, we were all severely impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias. I know many of you are still without power and I have been working with local leaders in Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury to communicate power outage issues with Eversource. Despite the delays in dispatching crews to our area, I am thankful for the men

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