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News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • We’re on the doorstep of October, which means the Connecticut Retail Network’s BIG Fall Event is just two weeks away, on Wednesday, October 11.
  • Highlights of the breakfast event at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford include the presentation of our Retailer of the Year award, recognizing an outstanding retailer in our state, and a presentation on what retailers can expect this upcoming holiday season by Mark Mathews, Executive Director of Research for the National Retail Federation.
  • Rep. Kerry Wood, a strong supporter of the retail industry, will receive recognition as the CRN Legislator of the Year, and share a preview of next year’s legislative session. 
  • Reserve your space for this special event, as retailers from across Connecticut gather together to highlight the impact of the retail industry in Connecticut.  Go to for tickets and sponsorship information.  Credit card payments can be made online, and a link to PayPal is available.  
  • The program begins at 9:00 AM; registration opens at 8:30. Our deluxe Breakfast Buffet will be catered by the popular Max Restaurant Group. We look forward to seeing you on October 11!


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Gov. Ned Lamont’s nominee, Nora Dannehy, for the Connecticut Supreme Court when they met in Special Session earlier this week.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the vote here.  
  • State lawmakers also voted Tuesday to approve $150,000 in funding for a special election monitor for Bridgeport, as the state’s largest city remains enveloped in controversy stemming from a Mayoral Primary earlier this month.  Associated Press reports on the legislative action here.
  • The state of Connecticut has agreed to pay $200,000 in order to settle a lawsuit brought by former Public Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell, who filed a wrongful termination complaint after the governor fired her during the outset of the pandemic.  Details of the settlement are reported by CTNewsJunkie here.
  • The State Bond Commission is scheduled next week to allocate $25 million to replace outdated voting machines used at polling locations across Connecticut.  CTNewsJunkie outlines the details here


News and notes from around the state

  • The Connecticut Airport Authority is getting nearly $100 million of federal funding for three of its airports, led by Bradley International Airport.  Details on the funding reported here by the Connecticut Post.  
  • Eversource is warning that a rate hike is planned for the winter, adding utility customers should consider “shopping around” for a third-party energy supplier.  The utility is slated to file a new rate proposal with the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in mid-November, Fairfield County Business Journal reports.
  • UConn fared well in college rankings released this month, coming in at No. 26 in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of public universities in the country and cracking the top 50 in The Wall Street Journal’s ranking of both private and public institutions.  Details in Hartford Business Journal here.
  • UConn will continue to play men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s hockey games at the XL Center, now that the Board of Trustees has approved a $1.55 agreement with Global Spectrum/Oak View Group, the management company that operates the arena for the city of Hartford.  The Hartford Courant reports on the agreement here.
  • International life insurer Talcott Financial Group, announcing plans to have an office in Hartford, said it will receive $1.1 million in tax rebates through the state’s JobsCT program, contingent upon it retaining 389 jobs and creating 51 new full-time jobs over the next seven years.  Details reported by Hartford Business Journal here.
  • Twenty-one municipalities and nonprofits are in line to split $101.3 million in state grant funds approved Tuesday by a board of leading Connecticut lawmakers and state agency heads, the Community Investment Fund 2030 board.  Hartford Business Journal reports on the numbers here.
  • COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increased in Connecticut last week, state data shows, as influenza continues to spread as well.  Connecticut Post has the numbers provided by the state here.