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News and Notes from the State Capitol
News and Notes from around the state

  • As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, we want to again extend our best wishes to all members for a strong final weekend, and offer our assistance if any issues should arise. 
  • We are intentionally keeping this week’s and next week’s FF brief because we know how busy all of you are. 
  • Just a quick word that we are excited about 2024. Led by our Board of Directors, we have new plans in place to get members engaged with their legislators and new plans to enhance our events. So, please keep an eye out for those announcements. 
  • Also, we are once again planning pre-legislative session Zoom meetings with 4 top legislative leaders to provide a preview before the Legislature goes back into regular session in early February. 
  • As always, we are here if members need us, and we appreciate all your support. 

 

News and Notes from the State Capitol

  • State leaders, led by Gov. Lamont, are dampening expectations of significant new spending or tax cuts in 2024.  CT Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas reports on the preview of what’s to come here.
  • Nonprofit groups voiced disappointment over the discontinuation of a long-standing policy allowing organizations to temporarily display posters and exhibits along the underground concourse running between the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.  CTNewsJunkie has the details here.
  • House Minority Leader Vince Candelora (R-North Branford) says there’s much to be proud of, notably the biennial budget with a state income tax cut, which he said Republicans fought hard for. But he also says more must be done on crime, education, and juvenile justice reform.  Details reported by CT Examiner here.
  • Among the dozens of new laws taking effect on January 1, will be requirements that towns and cities make annual contributions to relief accounts funding cancer benefits for local firefighters.  CT Post’s Ken Dixon reports on the new laws taking effect with the start of the New Year here.
  • Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and his New York counterpart Letitia James are part of a bipartisan group of attorneys general announcing a $700 million agreement with Google in their lawsuit about the search engine’s anticompetitive conduct with the Google Play Store.  Details from Fairfield County Business Journal here
  • The man accused of assaulting Rep. Maryam Khan back in June appeared before a judge on Thursday.  The update reported by NBC CT here.
  • Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo thinks Gov. Ned Lamont has done a great job on important issues in the state, and that he would be hard to beat if he ran for a third term in 2026. Details reported this week in CT Examiner here.

 

News and Notes from around the state

  • Job growth in Connecticut slowed during the month of November, causing the state’s unemployment rate to experience a slight uptick, according to state labor department officials.  However, Connecticut’s 3.6% jobless rate is still below the U.S.’s 3.7% unemployment rate.  Details from Hartford Business Journal here.
  • The state’s sports-betting program topped $200 million in wagers in November, according to data from the state Department of Consumer Protection.  Hartford Business Journal has the line here.
  • A 2023 survey at UConn found that students who grew up in Connecticut were more likely to remain in the state as they kicked off their professional careers: 75% of this year’s employed graduates from Connecticut were working here six months out.  CT Mirror has the numbers here.
  • Nearly 1,500 Connecticut residents signed a petition urging the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to reject the Connecticut Water Company’s application to increase its rates by more than $21 million.  Details here from CTNewsJunkie.
  • The median age in Connecticut was 40.9 in 2022, making it the seventh-oldest state in the country, according to Census Bureau estimates released this year.  CT Mirror has the town-by-town data here.
  • Eversource has confirmed plans to submit what’s described as a storm damage invoice to public utility regulators to the tune of $634 million.  WFSB has the details here.
  • CT VISIT, the state’s tourism website, has rounded up a list of holiday-themed movies filmed in Connecticut.  See the list of nearly two dozen movies – many on TV this week – here.