Special Session looks likely
CRN Golf Outing update
Dan Hurley is staying
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • It is looking more and more likely that the General Assembly will go into Special Session to deal with the issue of property tax on cars, that is levied by local municipalities. 
  • That issue seems pretty straightforward as we described in one of our previous FF.  You can go here to review what we wrote about that. 
  • The interesting factor about this Special Session is what else might be taken up in addition to the car tax issue. 
  • One big issue that the environment community would like the legislature to take action on is the so-called climate bill that failed in the State Senate on the last day of session. 
  • They are pushing hard, but the Governor didn’t sound too enthused about the legislature taking that bill up when he held a post bond commission meeting press conference last week.
  • Mark Pazniokas has more on that story which you can view by going here.
  • We will continue to keep you updated on what is taking place prior to – and during – the Special Session, which is scheduled for the week of June 24th.

 

CRN Golf Outing update

  • The countdown to our annual Golf Outing has officially begun. We are just about 10 days away from the big event. 
  • And you still have an opportunity to purchase a tee sign, donate a raffle prize, or enter a foursome. 
  • In fact, just yesterday our golf committee entered another foursome and as we go to print, we just had another supporter purchase a tee sign. 
  • The Golf Outing is going to be a GREAT event and you won’t want to miss it. Please consider helping us by acting TODAY.

 

Dan Hurley is staying!

  • Almost as exciting as our Golf Outing is the news that had CT residents on edge all weekend.  UConn men’s coach Dan Hurley turned down the NBA’s Los Angels Lakers offer to become their head coach and will remain at UConn for the foreseeable future. 
  • To no surprise, the Hartford Courant has a great look at Hurley’s decision to remain in CT.  (By the way, it seems we may have Mrs. Hurley to thank for that decision.) 
  • You can read the Courant story by going here

 

News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Gov. Ned Lamont finished his review Thursday of the 175 bills passed by the General Assembly in the regular 2024 session.  The final score: 173 bills signed, two vetoed.  Mark Pazniokas of CT Mirror has the recap here.
  • Frank Suarez, who oversees the lottery in Washington, D.C., was named Thursday as the president and chief executive of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.  Details here from CT Mirror. 
  • Connecticut has selected applicants to install chargers for electric vehicles at nine locations just off interstate highways around the state.  CT Mirror reports on the plans here.
  • Gov. Lamont on Tuesday vetoed the hotly contested “striker’s aid bill,” which would have provided $3 million in aid to striking private-sector workers, but was labeled by some as vague or as an improper use of state funds.  Details from CTNewsJunkie here.
  • As part of a $700 million settlement that includes 42 other states, Connecticut will receive a payout of over $9 million from Johnson & Johnson based on a finding that the company sold products containing a carcinogen – as well as deceitful marketing.  Details reported here by CTNewsJunkie.

 

News and notes from around the state

  • Connecticut State Community College President John Maduko called the institution’s decision to hire nearly 200 student advisors with the expectation that they would be self-sustaining as “an overshoot.” The miscalculation will cost the college system $8 million in the coming year.  The story here from CT Examiner.
  • A new report from the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors found that housing prices are still rising, as interest rates remain high.  Hartford Business Journal has the numbers here.
  • The future of the Crystal Mall in New London is in doubt.  WTNH News 8 reports on what may be next for the once-thriving mall here.
  • Charter Oak State College, which offers online higher education for residents, has failed to adequately plan for cyber attacks, natural disasters and environmental threats, a recent state audit concluded.  Details from CT Insider here.
  • The state Department of Consumer Protection issued an alert recently about an ongoing “phishing” scam aimed at Connecticut credential holders.  Details reported here by CT Insider.
  • A Residence Inn by Marriott is scheduled to begin construction in Bridgeport next year, according to the developer of the mixed-use Steelpointe Harbor.  Bridgeport’s only downtown hotel, a Holiday Inn, closed amidst COVID in 2022.  Details on the Marriott plans reported by Only in Bridgeport here.
  • Two Connecticut dentists have filed an application with the state seeking to create for-profit dental ambulatory surgical centers in six cities around the state.  Hartford Business Journal has the details here.