Last call for CRN Golf Outing
Special Session scheduled for next week
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • The CRN annual Golf Outing will be held next Tuesday, June 25, at the Farms CC in Wallingford, CT.  As we go to print with this week’s FF, we are still receiving additional foursomes, raffle prizes, and sponsors for the event.
  • The finish line for the event is now right in front of us, but we still have room for more golfers and would welcome more raffle donations and any additional sponsorships. 
  • As we have mentioned many times in this space, the Golf Outing is an important fundraiser for CRN with all of the funds raised going right to our bottom line. 
  • So, please consider helping us this year.  IT IS NOT TOO LATE!

 

Special session planned for next week

  • Looks like the Senate will go first in next week’s Special Session of the General Assembly. 
  • The Senate is scheduled to go into special session next Wednesday, with the House convening on Thursday.
  • It doesn’t appear that there will be much action other than what has already been agreed upon, which is acting on a local property tax issue that did not get through during the regular session. 
  • We believe the Legislature missed an opportunity to take action on another bill that would have allowed small businesses to pool together to negotiate with health insurance carries like big companies and unions can to help lower healthcare costs. 
  • With the recent decision of Aetna to leave the small business market by 2025, this issue becomes even more critical for small independent retailers. 
  • We have submitted an op-ed in advance of the Special Session and anticipate it will be published early next week, hoping to gain the attention of lawmakers to pass the Association Health Plans bill NOW. 
  • You can read our op-ed by going here

 

News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Alongside lawmakers and advocates, Gov. Ned Lamont held a special ceremony signing a wheelchair repair bill passed in this year’s legislative session.  Details reported by WTNH News8 here
  • Republican lawmakers want a bipartisan commission to focus on election reform, with the goal of making recommendations before the next legislative session in January.  Details reported by NBC CT here.  
  • State government has reduced inequities in representation and pay among Black workers as its workforce experienced massive turnover, but the gaps have worsened for Hispanics and Asians, according to a new report from state Comptroller Sean Scanlon and the University of Connecticut’s School of Public Policy.  CT Mirror reports on latest data here.  
  • Is a statue going to be added to the top of the State Capitol dome?  CT Post reports on where that proposal stands, here.  
  • Cosmetology students in Connecticut will now be given more instruction on how to cut and take care of textured hair because of a new law that the governor signed Monday.  Details reported here by CTNewsJunkie.  
  • A Connecticut law doubled container redemption values as 2024 began, but early data on the returns don’t yet show a clear impact on the state.  That news here from WNPR.  
  • Democrat Rob Blanchard – the chief of staff for state Comptroller Sean Scanlon – is looking to unseat veteran State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, on a platform of affordability and workforce training.  CT Examiner looks at the campaign here

 

News and notes from around the state

  • The corporate parent for Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware, CT Insider reports here
  • Connecticut’s trucking industry will face a small tax hike next month when the state tax on diesel fuel rises slightly more than 3 cents per gallon.  Details from CT Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf here.  
  • Attendance at events held at the XL Center in Hartford have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to a report presented Tuesday to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA). Hartford Business Journal has the numbers here
  • The typical Hartford remote worker hails from the Gen X or millennial generations, has a bachelor’s degree or higher, and earns around $80,000 a year. Women also make up 52.1 percent of the remote workforce in Greater Hartford, according to reporting by CT Insider, here.
  • The Town of Enfield and the Board of Education have been ordered to adopt a policy to allow elected officials with disabilities to request auxiliary aids and services after a former Board of Education member won a discrimination case against the town earlier this year.  Details reported by CT Insider here.  
  • If you’re planning to travel July 4th week, traffic on the roads is expected to be more congested than any other Independence Day holiday travel period on record, according to AAA, as CT Post reports here.   Travel safely!