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Gov signs PFAS bill but has some concerns
Say it ain’t so, Danny
News and notes from the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • As we enter the month of June, our annual Golf Outing is now just weeks away. 
  • The CRN Golf Outing is a critical fundraiser for the CRN. The funds we raise at this event go directly to our bottom line and help keep CRN the Voice of Retail at the State Capitol and in the marketplace.
  • We are very excited about this year’s event on June 25, because it’s going to be a great event and will be the Place to Be!  You won’t want to miss it. 


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  • Thank you for considering helping us this year. It is really important, and we appreciate your help. 


Governor Signs PFAS bill

  • One issue that CRN was following this session dealt with the use of PFAS in products sold in retail stores. PFAS is part of the forever chemicals that have received lots of attention by not only the CT General Assembly but in legislatures throughout the country. 
  • CRN was successful in having a key phrase included, that PFAS could not be “intentionally added” in products, and we were pleased to see the General Assembly did that before final passage of the bill. 
  • Governor Lamont signed the bill yesterday but warned lawmakers the law needs to be tweaked.  Details here reported by Mark Pazniokas of CT Mirror.


Say it ain’t so, Danny

  • We depart from our normal business and politics portion of our FF to report what might be the biggest story in CT today: Will UConn men’s basketball coach Danny Hurley leave the Huskies to become the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers? 
  • Hurley has led the Huskies back to the top of men’s college basketball by winning back-to-back national championships and appeared to be assembling another team that can win another national championship. 
  • But earlier this week the news broke that the Lakers were preparing to make a major offer to Hurley, who is also in negotiation with UConn on a contract extension. UConn fans throughout the state are holding their collective breath as this story develops. 
  • As we go to print,  Hurley is traveling to Southern California for a meeting with Los Angeles Lakers ownership this weekend.  Here’s the story, reported by ESPN. 
  • The Hartford Courant and CT Insider also have a good look at the latest between UConn and Hurley and the Lakers and Hurley. You can go here and here to read those stories. 


News and notes from the State Capitol

  • Despite huge surplus projections and unprecedented state budget reserves, the financial future is described as scary for public colleges and universities, social service providers, and municipalities.  The CT Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf explains here
  • State Rep. Liz Lenahan (D-Cheshire), made news this week when photographs of her outside former President Trump’s office in NYC circulated. You can read more about the details of that story by going here.   
  • The coalition representing nearly all unionized state employees criticized Gov. Lamont yesterday along with an analysis he commissioned that outlines options to sell or privatize John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  CT Mirror has that story here.
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) removed 379,992 late fee accounts from its records without documentation to support the decision according to a recent audit finding from the Auditors of Public Accounts.  Details reported by Connecticut Inside Investigator here.
  • Connecticut State Police leaders say they are implementing a series of reforms in response to recommendations from a report earlier this year that found “serious failures” led troopers to enter faulty data on traffic tickets for years.  Connecticut Post has that news here


News and notes from around the state

  • Connecticut’s first lady, Annie Lamont, was named to Forbes’ 2024 Midas List, a ranking of the world’s top tech investors.  She was #86 in the ranking, making the list for the first time since 2015.  Hartford Business Journal has the details here.
  • Coinciding with Stamford Tech Week, the Stamford Partnership and Bridgeport-based workforce development company The WorkPlace announced the launch of the Southwest Connecticut Tech Hub.  Fairfield County Business Journal has that news here
  • Hartford Mayor Arunan Arulampalam this week named Jeff Auker as the city’s director of development services, responsible for plotting an economic development strategy for the city..  His corporate career spans three decades.  His move is to the public sector reported by the Courant’s Ken Gosselin here.
  • While more than 200 bank branches have closed in Connecticut since 2019, Chase has opened about 20 branches in the state since then, the latest planned for Groton.  Details on the Chase strategy reported here by Connecticut Post.
  • After 175 years the Savings Bank of Danbury is retiring its trusted name.  Starting later this year the institution will be known as Ives Bank.  Details of the name change, and its history, reported here by Fairfield County Business Journal.  
  • A new report warns that climate change and natural disasters could cause over $31 million in annual damages in Fairfield County, with vulnerable populations in Bridgeport and coastal towns being disproportionately affected.  CT Examiner has that news here.
  • Connecticut ranks as the worst place in the nation for renters, driven by high unemployment rate and low apartment availability, according to a new analysis.  Connecticut Public reports on that news here.