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COVID-19 Business Reopening Resources

Posted on May 21, 2020 by hbrooks


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With yesterday’s reopening of many business sectors across the state, numerous state agencies have put out resources and rules for businesses and patrons to reference. Below, you will find links to many of these guidances, along with some general resources you may find helpful as you navigate the state’s phased reopening.

Department of Agriculture (DoAG)

Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

COVID-19 Update – May 19

Posted on May 19, 2020 by hbrooks


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State Prepares for First Phase of Business Reopenings on May 20

Beginning tomorrow, May 20, some businesses will be allowed to open, including restaurants with outdoor seating, offices, outdoor museums and zoos, and retail shops and malls.

Please click here for sector-by-sector guides on reopening.

Note that barbershops and hair salons, which were previously allowed to open, are no longer part of this Phase 1 reopening plan. This decision was made by the governor yesterday. While I do believe public

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COVID-19 Update – May 15

Posted on May 15, 2020 by hbrooks


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Connecticut Bankers Association Provides Update on Paycheck Protection Program

Last week, the Connecticut Bankers Association made the most recent Connecticut-specific Paycheck Protection Program data available for public view. As of last Friday, 34,629 loans and $2,725,531,573 have been approved for Connecticut businesses.

In addition, the nationwide burn rate of dollars available for PPP loans has slowed dramatically, and there should be enough operational funding to keep the program running for

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Roadwork on Rt. 47 in Woodbury

Posted on May 13, 2020 by hbrooks


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that an asphalt rubber chip seal project will begin on Route 47 in Woodbury from Weekeeppemee Road to the Woodbury/Roxbury town line.

All work is “weather permitting” and is scheduled to start Monday, May 18, 2020, during the daytime hours of 7:00am to 4:00pm. Construction is expected to conclude on Thursday, October 15.

The roadway construction will involve existing pavement surface patching and crack sealing; removal and installation of

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COVID-19 Update – May 12

Posted on May 13, 2020 by hbrooks


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Gov. Lamont Releases Rules for Businesses Opening May 20th 

Governor Ned Lamont’s administration has released guidelines and rules for businesses allowed to open on May 20 under the state’s phase 1 reopening plan. Phase 1 includes hair salons and barbershops; restaurants with outdoor seating areas; offices; zoos and museums; and retail stores.

Documents containing sector-by-sector rules are available for download at the links below:

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Workers

Posted on March 18, 2020 by hbrooks


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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to make headlines, a great deal of uncertainty has been injected into the lives of business owners and workers, many of whom have been left, indefinitely, without pay or health benefits.

Still, there are many options and resources available to business owners and workers as they navigate these tumultuous economic conditions, and to that end I have dedicated this page to be constantly updated with the newest information for these parties as it

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COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families

Posted on March 16, 2020 by hbrooks


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. According to the CDC, efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing spread of this virus and mitigating the impact of this virus.

CDC has also stated the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time. Regardless, everyone can do

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Public Hearing on Proposed Ammunition Tax

Posted on February 26, 2020 by hbrooks


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Tomorrow, Thursday, February 27th, the Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Committee will hold a public hearing on H.B. 5040An Act Establishing an Excise Tax on Ammunition. Please see below for more specific details:

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

Legislative Office Building (LOB), Room 2E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 27th, 2020 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

I strongly oppose this bill. Not only will this proposed tax disproportionately affect

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Take My Legislative Survey: Do You Support Expanding Waterbury Rail Line Service to Torrington?

Posted on February 25, 2020 by hbrooks


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The Transportation Committee is currently considering a proposal that would make improvements to the Waterbury Rail Line. Included in those improvements is an expansion of services to Torrington, the largest city in the state’s northwest corridor. Please let me know your thoughts by clicking here.

Eversource Helicopter Inspections

Posted on February 14, 2020 by hbrooks


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Eversource is currently conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights of way throughout Connecticut, including in Bethlehem, Litchfield, and Woodbury.

This semiannual inspection enables Eversource to continue providing reliable electric service to our area. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

The aerial inspections start today and continue through

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