CRMA Golf Outing update
Capitol news and notes
News and notes from around the state

  • As we begin the month of June, we’d like to lead this week’s FF with a friendly reminder and a request.
  • As you know, CRMA is an advocacy organization, working full-time to protect retailers interests at the State Capitol while also promoting retail with members of the general public and media.
  • To keep operations of the Association strong, we ask retailers to join us as dues paying members, and we also have membership events to help raise money to sustain CRMA.
  • One of those important fundraisers is coming up at the end of this month – our annual Golf Outing. You can get more information about the specifics of the Golf Outing, coming up on Tuesday, June 28, by going here.
  • As you will see, there are many ways that folks can support this important fundraiser, and ways that you can participate in it as well.
  • Our request to you today is to please consider helping us with this event. You can do that by purchasing a foursome, or being one of our sponsors, or by donating a raffle prize.
  • We would welcome any and all of those, and appreciate your consideration.
  • Remember, the funds we raise during this event – as well as the membership dues and our annual Awards Luncheon in October – all go to the keeping CRMA the Voice Retail in Connecticut.
  • It is critically important that we remain a strong and vibrant organization, so that we can continue our mission of being the Voice of Retail for YOU!


Capitol news and notes

  • With session concluded, things are relatively quiet in the Legislative Office Building Complex. Most legislators are home in their districts, gearing up for the fall elections.
  • So now might be a good time to catch up on some reading about some of the issues legislators are dealing with, and a look back at what took place this past session.
  • A good place to start is with the Legislature’s Office of Legislative Research summary of Public Acts that were adopted past this session.
  • You can go here to look thru that report.
  • If you really want to get into the weeds on an important issue, take a look at the revenue projection that the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis put together for the current fiscal year.
  • You can look at that by going here.
  • This week, Governor Lamont vetoed a bill that would have allowed the City of West Haven to purchase a military style vehicle from the town Farmington. This was only the second veto by the Governor this year.
  • Mark Pazniokas from the CT Mirror has more here on the Governor’s veto.


News and notes around the state

  • One month after the 2022 budget was adjusted, state Comptroller Natalie Braswell has estimated the state will end the fiscal year with a $956.4 million surplus. CTNewsJunkie’s Christine Stuart has the latest numbers here.
  • More than 4,330 state employees have retired since Jan. 1 or filed their written intention to do so, according to data released this week. That’s nearly double the number of retirements state government has faced annually between 2019 and 2021.  CT Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf has the details here.
  • The number of new coronavirus cases in Connecticut continued to fall this week, along with hospitalizations, though Hartford Healthcare’s COVID-19 expert warned the virus is not going away anytime soon, as the Hartford Courant reports here.
  • State officials say their goal is for adult-use marijuana products to be available for sale in Connecticut by the end of this year or early next year, but there’s no set date. CT Mirror reports on the process ahead before sales can begin.
  • Breeze Airways is celebrating their one-year anniversary at Bradley International Airport in a huge way: launching seven new flights from BDL. The new flights are set to take off to Nashville, Tennessee; Akron/Canton, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; and Jacksonville, Florida this week, followed by a launch to Las Vegas, Nevada in September.  News8 has the story here.
  • Connecticut has been approved to build new train station in Enfield, after more than a decade of efforts to earn federal approval. NBC Connecticut has the story here.
  • A contract with Aetna to become the state’s Medicare Advantage administrator for the state health plan will save $400 million over three years, according to state officials. The Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • Newman’s Own Inc., the Westport-based food and beverage company founded by Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman, has introduced two new products. Fairfield County Business Journal has the introductions here.
  • Gov. Susan Bysiewicz visited an East Hartford school to launch the state’s new online STEAM Portal focused on resources and opportunities for women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. She was joined by business leaders including Abby Jewett of AT&T, who serves as Board Chair of CRMA.  The Journal Inquirer reports on the announcement here.