GOP calls for special session
Other news and notes from around the Capitol
CRMA Golf Outing update
Welcome new CRMA Board members
News and notes from around the state

  • With gas prices soaring and inflation hitting consumers with every purchase, Connecticut House and Senate Republicans held a press conference this week calling for a special session of the State Legislature to do something about it.
  • On Tuesday of this week, Republican leaders called for the special session asking the Legislature to consider $750 million in additional tax cuts. Highlighted among the tax cuts was a cut to the diesel tax that is expected to spike on July 1, 2022.
  • The GOP also asked for a reduction in the income tax, and a temporary suspension of the sales tax. Keith Phaneuf of CT Mirror has all the details. You can go here to read that.
  • Finance Committee Co-Chair Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), said that his party is “open to additional relief but the question is: What is sustainable?”
  • With Senate Democrats also skeptical of the R’s plan, it seems very unlikely that a special session will be called this summer.
  • Starting next week, legislative Republicans are taking their call for more tax relief on the road with six rallies in different towns. CTNewsJunkie reports on the plans here.
  • We will keep a watch on this issue and will keep you posted if things change.


Other news and notes from around the Capitol

  • The campaign season is beginning to really kick into gear, especially in the race for Gov.
  • Both candidates this week took aim at voters’ concerns about inflation and gas prices.
  • Mark Pazniokas of CT Mirror does a deep dive into that, here.
  • DECD Commissioner David Lehman is no fan of the state’s film tax credit and is calling for it to be cut back. You can go here to read more about his position.
  • Former Speaker of House Brendan Sharkey has some advice for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on the challenges he will be facing in trying to craft legislation around gun safety. Sharkey was the Speaker of the House when the tragedy at Sandy Hook took place.
  • Our friend at CTNewsJunkie, Christine Stuart, looks at the controversy surround a new county song that promotes CT – and whether it was endorsed by the State. You can go here to see Christine’s story and listen to the song for yourself.
  • Governor Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut recently received national recognition for its use of technology to streamline and improve state regulatory practices and provide better service to Connecticut residents. See the announcement here.


CRMA Golf Outing update

  • To those who’ve signed up since last week, thank you!
  • For others, there’s still time to participate in the CRMA Golf Outing, coming up on June 28, 2022 at Wampanoag CC in West Hartford. You can go here for more details.
  • We hope you can join us or find some other way to help us with this important CRMA fundraiser.
  • This is a key fundraiser for us, so we appreciate you giving this consideration.


Welcome new CRMA Board members

  • CRMA’s Board of Directors met yesterday and among the agenda items was the election of three new Board members.
  • We are pleased to inform you that the following individuals will now be serving on the Board, and we are very grateful for their willingness to give of their time and talents.
    • Christina Fisher, Amazon
    • Stephany Blozy, Fleet Feet Hartford
    • Shawn McCann, Best Cleaners


News and notes from around the state

  • More than 90,000 Connecticut households filed for the state’s new child tax rebate in the program’s first week, according to state officials. CT Mirror has the details here.
  • Baristas at a West Hartford Starbucks successfully passed a union vote Thursday afternoon, making their coffee shop the first unionized Starbucks location in the state. The Hartford Courant reports on the vote here.
  • Connecticut and New York – ranking 6th and 7th – are among the most expensive states for household bills. Fairfield County Business Journal has the details here.
  • Frontier Airlines is adding a nonstop route to Las Vegas from Bradley International Airport, the Connecticut Airport Authority announced this week. Details from Hartford Business Journal, here.
  • Trinity Health of New England has decided to extend its presenting sponsorship agreement with the Travelers Championship through 2025. This year’s PGA TOUR event will be held in Cromwell during the week of June 20.  Hartford Business Journal has the latest here.