A little break in the action
Finance and Appropriations deadlines loom
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state
CRN Golf outing kickoff

  • Things have been kind of quiet at the General Assembly over the past 10 days.
  • A combination of things has made that happen, including the Passover and Easter week, along with school vacations throughout the state. 
  • While both the House and Senate were in session during this time, the action they took was mostly non-controversial votes on various nominations to positions in state government. 
  • We do expect that beginning next week, things will pick up, especially given the deadlines that the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Appropriations Committee have.
  • We expect that both the House and the Senate will be in session next on April 27th


Finance and Appropriations Committees up next

  • As we move towards the end of the Committee process, next week both the Appropriations Committee and the Finance Committee are facing their committee deadlines. 
  • Finance has the first deadline on April 20 then Appropriation follows on April 21. (Sorry for any confusion, last week we noted that Finance deadline incorrectly.)
  • Of course, we will be watching the action in the Finance Committee throughout the week, and will be talking with leadership and members of that Committee to push for some targeted consumer tax relief.
  • We will keep you posted on any action the Finance Committee takes.  


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • State Treasurer Erick Russell hopes to rescue from political limbo a program advocates call crucial to stemming CT’s economic inequality.  CT Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf has the details here
  • Legislators have approved $49,000,000 for more than 35,000 state employees. These payments are more than those given to private sector workers.  WFSB has the numbers here
  • Boosting the speed of train travel along the Northeast corridor is a top priority, according to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, that will require new track and “dislocation” for communities along the rail corridor.  CT Examiner reports on Sen. Murphy’s comments here.  


News and notes from around the state 

  • As Connecticut residents continue to spend at inflated levels compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, no broad consumer sector is seeing a bigger lift than entertainment.  The data is reported by CT Insider here.
  • Three more cannabis businesses, all spin-offs of Change Inc. President Derrick Gibbs’ Budr Cannabis brand, had their social equity status approved by the state.  Hartford Business Journal has the details here
  • Avelo Airlines announced this week that it plans to boost its nonstop service to Orlando from Tweed New Haven Airport starting June 20, with flights taking off seven days a week.  The news is reported by New Haven BIZ here.
  • Inkbox, the Shelton-based temporary tattoo brand, has launched an exclusive collection with Walmart,  Fairfield County Business Journal has details of the agreement here.
  • Quinnipiac earned its first national championship of any kind in school history last Saturday. But unlike UConn, Quinnipiac fans won’t have a chance to celebrate with a parade, according to school officials.  The Hartford Courant has that news here


2023 CT Retail Network Golf Outing

  • The 21st Annual CRN Golf Outing this year will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, with registration and a deluxe full breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.  
  • We hope you will join your fellow retailers and friends at this fun and important event. The money raised goes directly to our bottom line and helps keep CRN the strongest voice for Retailers in Connecticut.
  • Sponsorships are still available to support the event, being held at Wampanoag CC in West Hartford.  And registration is now open.  For your convenience, payment is accepted via PayPal or credit card this year.  Details at https://ctretailnetwork.com/golf-outing/