Governor Lamont makes national news while preparing for the start of the legislative session
House GOP outlines its priorities for the Session
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • This morning Governor Lamont made national news with his announcement that he intends to move forward with a plan to work with a national nonprofit that takes on consumer healthcare debt, making CT the first State in the country to initiate this type of plan.  
  • Lamont made the announcement on ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as other national networks. You can read more about the GMA segment by going here
  • In addition to talking about medical debt, Lamont made some other news this week when he rolled out some of his budget adjustments that he intends to introduce when the General Assembly goes back into regular session next week. 
  • Lamont is proposing to eliminate licensure application fees for certain jobs that are in high demand, including teachers, nurses, and childcare workers in his first legislative proposal of the year.  Hartford Business Journal has details of the proposal here.
  • While that proposal should be welcome news to many, some of Lamont’s other proposals are already drawing some opposition. 
  • The CT Mirror’s team of Mark Pazniokas and Keith Phaneuf have that story here.

 

House Republicans roll out their priorities

  • Yesterday, the House Republican Caucus released its priorities for the 2024 session and there is a lot to like in it. 
  • Among the highlights of the package is the call for an increase of the clothing exemption allowance for children’s clothing under $100, year-round. 
  • They also included support for Association Health Plans, and they propose lowering the rate that companies contribute to the Paid Family Leave program from 0.5% to 0.4%.  
  • The CTNewsJunkie has a good summary of the House GOP plan. You can go here to review that. 
  • CRN will keep a close eye on these proposals as they work their way through the legislative budget process and will keep you posted along the way. 

 

News and notes from the State Capitol

  • As we have mentioned, the Connecticut General Assembly convenes on Wednesday for the 2024 session, a short 3- month session that ends on May 8.  The Hartford Courant has a preview of the session here.
  • Christine Stuart of the CT NewsJunkie has more on how Lamont may be boxed in by a budget that embraces the fiscal guardrails put in place before he was elected and how he will have to manage those guardrails this session. You can go here for that story.
  • An audit ordered by Gov. Ned Lamont of the Connecticut State Police ticket scandal found there wasn’t much of a scandal, just a lack of training on data entry.  That news this week, as reported by CTNewsJunkie here.
  • Attorney General William Tong’s office said Thursday it has issued more than a dozen notices of violation to businesses since the Connecticut Data Privacy Act took effect on July 1, 2023.  Details here from Hartford Business Journal. 
  • Nonprofits that perform critical services – like tackling Connecticut’s fentanyl crisis and heating people’s homes – warned state lawmakers this week that they might not survive without additional funding.  News12 has that news here.  

 

News and notes from around the state

  • Connecticut filed a lawsuit this week accusing the United Illuminating Company of failing to deliver on the deal struck in 2015 to remediate pollution on a manmade island in the Mill River in New Haven.  The Attorney General’s lawsuit is reported by CT Mirror here.
  • With more than 1,000 unfilled teaching positions across the state, a legislative task force is preparing recommendations on how to streamline the teacher certification process in Connecticut.  CT Examiner has the details here.  
  • A Hartford developer is looking to transform the Westbrook Outlets into a multi-use property that includes housing, retail, and entertainment.  WFSB Channel 3 has that news story here.
  • Connecticut continues to be burdened with excessive costs and a shrinking labor pool, according to a new study from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and the accounting and business advisory firm Marcum LLP.  Details reported by Fairfield County Business Journal here.
  • The Connecticut Airport Authority has confirmed that a sinkhole formed at the perimeter of Bradley International Airport in December. In a statement provided to CT Insider, CAA spokesperson Brian Spyros said that the sinkhole had been “temporarily filled and stabilized.”  Details here in CT Post.