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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources

Posted on June 2, 2020 by jdooley


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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:

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The following actions have been taken by Governor Lamont in a state-wide effort to mitigate the outbreak and provide Connecticut residents with appropriate

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Rep. Zupkus Op-Ed: A Special Session for the People

Posted on May 28, 2020 by jdooley


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A Special Session for the People

By Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Prospect))

I represent 25,000 people in Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect’s and my constituents feel shut out of the debate regarding the ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order and the subsequent Reopening process and they want to be heard. The legislature needs to come together in a special session to take back some of its constitutional authority that was surrendered to the governor when the Coronavirus first emerged in our state.

The governor’s declaration

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Rep. Lezlye Zupkus Op-ed: Here, ready to engage and help rebuild

Posted on May 26, 2020 by jdooley


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We are living in unprecedented times, facing a global pandemic and doing our best to protect our state residents from this terrible virus. And I believe most of my legislative colleagues would agree having collaborative and unified voice speak on behalf of our state government is the best way to communicate a state-wide message.

As a state representative, my duties don’t end at the State Capitol front door when the legislative session gavels out. We are on call 24 hours, 7 days-a-week, answering

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Rep. Zupkus: (PPP) Small Business Assistance is Here

Posted on April 27, 2020 by jdooley


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Second Round of Small Business Loans

With the passing of a second business relief package, the SBA will resume taking applications for business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Monday morning April 27 at 10:30am.

The new package includes:

An additional $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with a greater focus on helping small businesses:

  • Minimum of $30 billion in PPP will be set aside for community development financial

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Zupkus: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Posted on April 2, 2020 by jdooley


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The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal initiative providing forgivable loans. This program is aimed specifically at small businesses with 500 or fewer employees, including nonprofit entities (including churches), veterans’ organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships and independent contractors. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

The program has a total funding level of $349 billion and is administered by

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Zupkus House Republican Colleagues Offer Ideas to Help Gov. Lamont Provide Immediate Relief to Families, Businesses, Idle Workers During Crisis

Posted on April 1, 2020 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) along with her House Republican caucus today in a letter to Gov. Lamont offered proposals to provide immediate relief to struggling businesses, idle workers, families and taxpayers coping with the economic consequences of the ongoing health crisis – including breaks on overdue property taxes, for companies facing high unemployment insurance rates and those saddled with student debt. 

The proposals could be enacted quickly through executive orders if Lamont

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Rep. Zupkus: UPDATE: Federal Response to Coronavirus in Connecticut

Posted on March 31, 2020 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to share with you some new information regarding Connecticut’s recent approval of Federal Disaster Assistance and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Connecticut Approved for Federal Disaster Assistance

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had approved his recent request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Connecticut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This approval

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Zupkus: News on Federal Legislation Related to Coronavirus Response

Posted on March 24, 2020 by jdooley


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Earlier this week, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was quickly moved through Congress and signed into law by President Trump. The Act, which takes effect on April 2, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020, amends current FMLA law in response to the Coronavirus Crisis, and provides for paid sick leave in some cases.

Expanded FMLA
The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) benefits apply to companies with 500 or fewer employees (exceptions may apply for businesses with

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State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus: Information on Non-Essential Business Closures

Posted on March 23, 2020 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is the latest update on Gov. Lamont’s decision to close “non-essential” businesses as part of the strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order goes into effect tonight, Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m.

Late Sunday, state economic development officials released guidance designed to give business owners, their employees, and residents a better understanding of the requested closures.

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COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers

Posted on March 20, 2020 by jdooley


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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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