Governor Lamont to speak at CRMA Virtual Meeting
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Legislative Updates
FOX61 Saluting CT Businesses
COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Increase
News and Notes from Around the State

  • We are thrilled to announce today that we received word from Governor Lamont’s office that the Governor will in fact be our guest during our 2020 Virtual CRMA membership meeting.
  • The event, which will take place next Thursday, November 19th, has a top-notch line-up, featuring guests including political reporters, Legislative leaders; U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, retail industry leaders, and will conclude with Governor Lamont.
  • In this crazy year of COVID-19, we hope this year’s virtual meeting will provide members with the most up-to-the-moment information about plans for the remainder of 2020 and what to look for in 2021.


Register today

  • Registration for the virtual meeting is FREE and we encourage members who can join us to please do so. All are welcome.
  • If you are interested in joining us, please register TODAY!
  • You can do that by going here.
  • Also, if you would like to help CRMA’s bottom line by making a contribution to us or by being one of our sponsors for the event, you can do that as well by going here.
  • Hope you can join us November 19th!


Legislative Updates

  • Incoming House Speaker Matt Ritter has named Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, as co-chairman of the Finance Committee when the 2021 legislative session begins in January.
  • As we reported in last week’s FF, the previous chairman, Rep. Jason Rojas, will be House Majority Leader. Toni Walker (D-New Haven) will remain as Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee. CTNewsJunkie has the story here.
  • A recount in the 90th House district expanded Republican incumbent Craig Fishbein’s victory margin by more than 850 votes Thursday. It initially appeared that his Democratic challenger had won, but an election night counting error was subsequently discovered.  Meriden Record-Journal has the latest update here.
  • A statewide coalition of lawmakers, activists and health experts have announced that health care reform will be a top priority heading into the next legislative session. WNPR reports the story here. And the CT Mirror has more on legislative leaders plans for a CT “public option” bill.


FOX61 Saluting CT Businesses

  • FOX61 is launching a new initiative, CT Business Salute, airing Tuesdays and Thursdays in the FOX61 Morning News.
  • The segments will be video content created by Connecticut businesses, highlighting what makes their business unique. It is an amazing opportunity to showcase Connecticut retail merchants at no cost. This is an informational video about a local business, NOT a produced commercial.
  • Video should be recorded horizontally, not vertically, and run 61 seconds or less; include the business name, where it is located, and any distinctive messaging (such as what you’re doing to ensure customers’ safety, what makes your business special, etc.) If possible, show your business/product/service.
  • Upload your video to: com/CTBizSalute. Also, send your logo in white.  Questions:  contact FOX61 Community Marketing Manager Trish Hesslein at


COIVD-19 Numbers Continue to Increase

  • The surge of COVID-19 cases has reached red-alert status in 100 of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns, and hospitalizations statewide more than doubling in the past two weeks. CT Mirror has the latest here.
  • The State has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will allow parents of students to track coronavirus spread in their community. News8 has the story here and the new dashboard can be seen here.


News and Notes from Around the State

  • The Paid Family and Medical Leave program is scheduled to begin collecting money from about 1.7 million Connecticut workers on Jan. 1, 2021. NBC Connecticut’s Christine Stuart has the story here.
  • Nearly 100 small towns across Connecticut will share a total of $11 million in state funding for various infrastructure improvement projects. The grants are being made through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) for the first time since 2016. Fairfield County Business Journal reports the story here.