CRMA plans for big fall event in place
Mark your calendar
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • The CRMA Board of Directors has put some of the final pieces into place for a big fall event that you won’t want to miss.  
  • Here are some of the basic details of what we have planned…
  • When: The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, beginning with registration and a full breakfast at 9:00 am 
  • Where: We are once again happy to be back in-person at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Autorino Room. 
  • We have extended invitations to both Governor Ned Lamont and his Republican opponent in the fall election, businessman Bob Stefanowski. 
  • We have not received formal confirmation just yet from both camps, but we are looking forward to, and anticipate, having them join us. It will allow YOU to have an opportunity to hear from the candidates directly, in person, so you can then judge for yourself who should hold the office of Governor of our great state.  


Please mark your calendar

  • We hope you will mark your calendar for Oct 12th beginning at 9:00am for this event. It will be our first in-person event in over 2 years and we are very excited about it. 
  • The breakfast event, which we hope will include Governor Lamont and Bob Stefanowski, plus some important CRMA news – will wrap-up by no later than 11:30am. 
  • There are still some final details that we’re in the midst of ironing out, so please look for additional information in the weeks ahead about our fall event. We hope you will join us as we put the retail industry front and center with the future governor of the State of Connecticut.  


News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Keith Phaneuf of CT Mirror has an important story about the collections of sales tax from out-of-state online sellers and the lack of compliance and enforcement of the requirement to collect and remit that sales tax. You can go here to see that story.
  • The Legislature’s Office of Legislative Research has released their annual summary of Public Acts for all bills that passed the General Assembly and were signed into law. 
  • You can go here to see that comprehensive report. 
  • Both political parties have decided the majority of the candidates, and some will be uncontested.  A quarter of races for the state House of Representatives will be uncontested, with 14 Republicans and two dozen Democrats currently running without opposition, according to a Hearst Connecticut Media analysis, here.
  • But before November, there will be primaries to select House and Senate candidates in some districts.  Those primaries will take place August 9th.   
  • You can take a look at each parties websites to see how they list those candidates and provide information about where to vote in any primaries that will take place. The Democrats have information here; the Republicans here
  • You can see the Republicans and Democrats primary ballot for each community in Connecticut here at the Secretary of the State’s website. 


News and notes from around the state

  • The campaign’s final gubernatorial debate, between Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski, has been rescheduled for November 1, sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WTNH News8, taking place at Mohegan Sun Casino.  It has initially been scheduled for Oct. 25.  The latest details are here. 
  • A majority of the state’s community colleges will launch new technology programs as part of an effort to boost the state’s tech workforce and support an industry Connecticut sees as a major growth opportunity.  Hartford Business Journal reports on the plans here. 
  • Connecticut’s Social Equity Council voted this week to approve 16 of 41 applications of businesses applying to grow recreational marijuana.  CT Examiner has the story here. 
  • A Swedish company that provides live casino games for online betting sites has opened a new studio in Fairfield that has already hired 140 workers and expects to add 260 more, according to state officials.  Danbury News-Times reports on the company’s plans here. 
  • Southern New England is experiencing worsening drought conditions, government officials said Thursday, urging residents to voluntarily take steps to reduce their water consumption.  The Associated Press updates the news, here