Speaker Ritter joins us for a quick conversation
What are the big issues facing the General Assembly this session?
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • Speaker Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) joined CRN President Tim Phelan for a quick conversation to preview what we can expect in the upcoming Legislative Session that begins February 7, 2024.
  • Speaker Ritter is the second of the four caucus leaders that CRN is holding conversations with so that members can get a sense of what the priorities are for legislative leaders this year. 
  • We are very grateful that Speaker Ritter took some time to talk with us about priorities in his caucus, and we hope you gain some helpful information from our chat with the Speaker. 
  • You can view that conversation by going here.
  • We want to thank our sponsor for this series of exclusive recorded conversations that we are having with legislative leaders, EarnIn. 
  • To learn more about EarnIn and how they may be of help to you and your employees, please visit our website, www.ctretailnetwork.com, and follow the prompt. 


What are the big issues facing the General Assembly? 

  • In addition to our conversation with the Speaker to get us ready for the start of the session, the Office of Legislative Research has completed their work outlining big issues that we can expect this session.
  • You can go here to read that report.
  • The report reviews the issues by Committee, and as you review it you will likely notice numerous issues that impact retailers, including Association Health Plans.
  • We are pleased to see that Association Health Plans is expected to be a big issue this session because it is certainly an issue that CRN will be heavily involved in. Any bill that’s intent is to HELP independent retailers lower their health care costs, we are all in to try and help. 
  • We think Association Health Plans is a good way to lower costs and hope the General Assembly will pass this bill this session and we will work with the business community to do that. 
  • We will also be keeping our eyes open for other ideas on how to lower health care costs and would welcome your input as well. If you have some ideas on this subject, please feel free to reach out to us and share your thoughts. 


News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Mark Pazniokas from the CT Mirror has more on the special session that will NOT take place. You can go here to read that story. 
  • We have been following very closely the work that State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) has been doing with respect to the use of AI and what, if any, laws can be enacted to curtail the abuse of AI. 
  • Maroney has stated publicly that he is looking at some “light touch” regulation in this area and also will be looking at AI used in elections and how AI can be used in a positive way in workforce development. 
  • Our friend at the CTNewsJunkie, Hugh Bailey, takes a look at another area that Maroney will look into. You can go here to read that story. 
  • CT budget numbers continue to look good. Last week the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis and Governor Lamont’s Office of Policy and Management, released consensus revenue numbers that show the state gaining an additional $59 million dollars above what was expected. 
  • If and how the Legislature decides to spend these surplus dollars will be a topic of discussion through the legislative session. And there is no guarantee they will do anything. 
  • CT Mirror Keith Phaneuf has more on the extra dollars coming in. 
  • Democrats held onto a House seat that was up for grabs in the 115th district when Rep. Dorinda Borer became Mayor of the City and resigned her seat. 
  • Retired City Firefighter Bill Hefferan defeated his Republican opponent and will take office immediately. The New Haven Register has more on that race here
  • City election officials in Bridgeport released an official breakdown of the court-ordered Democratic mayoral primary election results.  Details here reported by CT Examiner and here by CT Post.


News and notes from around the state

  • Five Connecticut companies secured more than $140 million in military contracts over the past week, according to information from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  Details from Hartford Business Journal here.
  • The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) released three reports highlighting the health and economic impact of the local hospital and health system. Details here from Fairfield County Business Journal. 
  • Most Connecticut students are not as physically fit as they should be, according to the latest data from Connecticut’s physical fitness assessments.  WFSB Channel 3 has that news here.
  • Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced two lawsuits against 28 companies for their role in concealing the dangerous side effects of a chemical used in products ranging from shampoo and non-stick pans to firefighter’s equipment and foam.  Details here in CTNewsJunkie.