Election Day is Tuesday
Bottle deposit fee to increase in January
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • Tuesday of next week is Election Day through Connecticut. 
  • While CRN does not get deeply involved in local municipal elections like those that will be taking place on Tuesday, we still encourage all members to get out and vote. 
  • There are important issues at stake in Connecticut’s municipalities, and many of the local leaders that serve on the Board of Selectmen or Board of Education or Planning and Zoning, oftentimes later decide to run for a state legislative seat. 
  • We will keep a close eye on the election results on Tuesday and will report back to you next week, including what takes place in places like Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, plus many more. 
  • Here is a good preview of what we will be watching on Tuesday. 


Bottle bill deposit will increase in January

  • An early reminder to those members who are subject to bottle returns. In January, Connecticut will increase our bottle deposit fee from .05 to .10 cents. 
  • The expectation is that the change will increase the return rate, with more and more customers returning eligible bottles and cans to retail stores and redemption centers throughout the state. 
  • The CT DEEP has a good overview of the new fee and the bottles and cans that are eligible. You can go here for that information. 


News and notes from around the state Capitol

  • With the election on everyone’s mind and with the controversy taking place in Bridgeport around absentee ballots, we suggest folks look at a recent story that our friends at the CT Mirror did about the Connecticut Election Enforcement Commission. 
  • You can go here to read that story.
  • Speaking of the CT Mirror, the great Keith Phaneuf has a story about what might be the next big fiscal challenge the State of Connecticut faces: retired state employee health insurance costs. 
  • You can go here to read Keith’s story.
  • Housing issues are expected to be a one of big issues that the General Assembly will deal with in February, and Thursday of this week, Governor Lamont headlined a conference that his Department of Housing held to discuss the issue in more detail. 
  • Our friends at the Hartford Courant have more on the conference. You can go here to learn more.


News and notes from around the state

  • The population in Waterbury, Stamford, New Haven and Bridgeport is growing, according to a new published report, while the population in Hartford has dropped slightly.  WTNH News 8 has the numbers here.
  • The Hartford Public Library has received a two-year, $450,000 grant to expand the library’s citizenship and immigration services – the first in the nation to receive a grant at that level with that focus.  CT Mirror has the details here
  • Connecticut is slated to receive $8.8 million in federal public safety grants, including more than $3 million for the Hartford Police Department to hire 10 officers, according to an announcement Friday by the U.S. Justice Department.  CTNewsJunkie has details here
  • Attorney General William Tong pressed genetic testing company 23andMe for information this week related to a hack which has exposed records in at least one million data profiles.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the AG’s action here
  • Two business owners in Old Saybrook are asking a judge to stop Fine Fettle from opening a marijuana retail store nearby until their appeal of the store’s zoning approval is resolved.  Details here from the CT Examiner.
  • A new Hallmark Channel holiday movie “Mystic Christmas” was filmed at several Connecticut locations earlier this year, including Mystic attractions and BioCT Innovation Commons.  Details from Hartford Business Journal here.
  • Don’t forget to change your clocks – back one hour – Saturday night/Sunday morning!