Democrats weigh EV option after defeat of regulations
Other news and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • By now you have heard that the highly controversial regulations regarding the mandatory phase out of gas-powered vehicles for new cars in CT by 2025 was pulled at the very last minute by Governor Lamont’s office. 
  • The regulations were headed for defeat in large part due to strong opposition from Senate and House Republicans. 
  • You can go here to read more about how those regulations fell apart. 
  • But that may not be the end of the issue. 
  • This week, leading Democrats including Governor Lamont, Speaker Ritter and Senate President Marty Looney, held a press event to discuss how they plan on moving forward on the issue. 
  • It looks like their plan is to introduce a bill in lieu of the regulations that failed. 
  • You can go here to read more about the presser. 
  • This issue will no doubt be a big issue when the session begins. 


Other news and notes from the State Capitol

  • The race for Mayor of Bridgeport is still taking place, despite the election in November. If you recall, all the controversy that took place about ballot stuffing basically led to a court order that a new election be held. 
  • So, that race goes on and there are a couple of key players whose endorsement means a great deal. Our friends at Only in Bridgeport have that story
  • On Sunday of this week, State Representative Dorinda Borer was sworn in as the next Mayor of the City of West Haven and therefore has to resign her seat in the General Assembly. A special election will be held for that seat. 
  • Meanwhile you can read more about now Mayor Borer’s swearing in by going here
  • Connecticut Attorney General William Tong was elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General in a unanimous vote.  His leadership term begins next month; details from Fairfield County Business Journal here
  • Two-time Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski had a lot to say about Gov. Ned Lamont, the state’s political climate and New Britain Republican Mayor Erin Stewart, who hinted at a run for governor in 2026.  CT Examiner reports on Stefanowski’s comments here
  • The Office of Legislative Research prepares all types of research and reports for members of the General Assembly. We found one that we thought was interesting and it deals with the thorny issue of whether the state should eliminate daylight savings time. 
  • You can go here to read that report.   


News and notes from around the state

  • An Ashley Outlet will open later this month in a portion of the former Macy’s store in Waterbury, according to one of the developers of the project.  CT Post reports that news here.  
  • Tesla has opened its first Connecticut electric vehicle showroom, located at Mohegan Sun.  Details from NBC CT here.
  • The University of Connecticut launched a new strategic planning initiative this week to enhance patient revenues at its Farmington-based health center as it continues to grapple with eroding state aid.  Details here from Hartford Business Journal. 
  • Two Connecticut companies picked up more than $24 million in U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts in the last week, according to information from the government.  That news from Hartford Business Journal here
  • Connecticut is on pace to eclipse 300 traffic-related deaths for the third year in a row. To stem that tide, one Connecticut town is taking an action that others seem certain to soon follow.  Details from WNPR here.  
  • IBM is closing its 1.1 million-square-foot office in Southbury, Connecticut.  Fairfield County Business Journal has the details here.  
  • The affordable housing crisis affecting Connecticut is also impacting states across the country, a policy associate with the National Council of State Legislatures told a housing task force this week.  CTNewsJunkie has details here.  
  • A top federal health official urged the Federal Aviation Administration to further study the health effects of expanding Tweed New Haven Airport.  Details reported by CT Examiner here.