CRN Legislative Previews with House and Senate Caucus Leaders begin this week
House Minority Leader Vin Candelora joins us for a quick conversation
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • We are very pleased to present our Quick Conversations with Legislative Leaders in the weeks leading up to the start of the upcoming Legislative Session. 
  • This year we will once again be having all 4 Caucus Leaders join us via Zoom for exclusive conversations, beginning this week with House Minority Leader Vin Candelora. 
  • We hope these conversations will provide some insight into what we can expect during this session, which begins February 7th
  • We are thrilled to begin our Legislative Preview for the 2024 Session by having one of the best friends that the retail industry has at the State Capitol, Rep. Vin Candelora. 
  • Rep. Candelora is very in tune with the retail industry and what it takes to run a retail store every day because he is a retailer as well. You can learn more about Rep. Candelora by going here
  • You can watch our conversation with Representative Candelora by going here.


News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Connecticut has received a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build out electric vehicle charging stations in seven municipalities – Barkhamsted, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Groton, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford.  CTNewsJunkie has details here
  • Environment Committee Co-Chair State Sen. Rick Lopes, D-New Britain, anticipates a range of priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including addressing proper waste removal and dealing with the impacts of climate change.  Details reported here by CT Examiner.  
  • State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, said she’s focused on delivering for her constituents this legislative session, and is leaving the door open for a possible gubernatorial run in 2026.  CT Examiner reports on her possible plans here.  
  • A Connecticut businessman wants state money to fund a new waterfront professional soccer stadium in Bridgeport, and local lawmakers say they’re firmly behind the project.  Gov. Ned Lamont has yet to be convinced.  The details reported here by CT Insider.
  • The state’s AI Task Force, preparing for potential legislation to submit to the General Assembly next month, received a report from the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering this week.  Details reported here by the New Haven Register.
  • Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas has announced early voting will be available in Connecticut this year, with training for officials and funding for those costs in the works.  News12 has the details here


News and notes from around the state

  • The combined sales for adult-use cannabis and medical marijuana in December totaled more than $27.5 million, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. It’s the highest single-month total.  Hartford Courant has the details here.
  • Connecticut banks are looking ahead to what the New Year will bring, after a somewhat tumultuous 2023.  Hartford Business Journal reports on what local banking leaders are saying, here.
  • Connecticut healthcare leaders say they will be focused on finding new ways to attract workers, expanding their footprints, and continuing efforts to provide care outside of traditional settings.  What’s ahead is reported here by Hartford Business Journal.  
  • Women-owned businesses represent 39.1% of all businesses nationwide, while employing 12.2 million workers and generating $2.7 trillion in revenue, according to the 2024 Wells Fargo Impact of Women-Owned Business Report.  Fairfield County Business Journal has the numbers here.  
  • Comcast and Charter Communications are accelerating the roll-out of what they see as their X-factor in the streaming wars in Connecticut and nationally — the new Xumo Stream Box, which provides access to 250 streaming video apps alongside the cable TV packages subscribers already have.  Connecticut Post has details of their plans here.  
  • Starting in March, the Hartford Hilton, adjacent to the XL Center, will take on a new identity as a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on its bottom 11 floors and a high-end apartment building called The Revel on its top 11 floors.  HearstCT reports on the transition here.  
  • The City of New Haven has launched a 10-year plan called Vision 2034, bringing New Haven to it’s 250th anniversary as a city in 2034, and they’re seeking public comments.  Details reported by News8 here.