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Thirteen of Connecticut’s largest business groups have sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont and the state’s legislative leaders seeking the creation of a new, $70 million small business grant program.
According to a new study, Connecticut could reap $35-$48 million in direct new revenue during the first year of legalized marijuana sales, which would escalate to $188-$223 million in the fifth year.
"You’ve got to be willing to change your mind," Fasano says. "If you walk into this chamber, stay for several years, and then walk out as the same person, you’ve missed a great opportunity."
The chambers may have to change their voting protocols, with social distancing mandates expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Staggering votes on the floor by 10 members at a time, or allowing voting to be done by video feed, are among the approaches being considered.
The panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts organized by AdvanceCT will consult with the governor's administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system.
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R) joins Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D) and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R) in not seeking re-election this November.
As for personal protective equipment (PPE), the governor said that while the wait continues for federal supplies to arrive, "We're not gonna sit around and wait for the cavalry to come in." Lamont said the state is "vetting lots of different options, offers" for PPE, "some of which seem a little shady, frankly."
“We can no longer stick our heads in the sand,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in written testimony on Monday. “Cannabis currently, and will be increasingly, available to residents of Connecticut. While I do not believe that cannabis is a riskless drug, I do believe our state is better off developing a well-regulated market for cannabis.”
Gov. Ned Lamont has announced plans to bond $200 million this year in place of the tolls income – something that Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano likened to his party’s Prioritize Progress plan. Introduced in 2015, that plan involved borrowing $700 million annually.
While Gov. Ned Lamont said "I think it's time to take a pause” on the issue, Senate Democrats insist they're still working on bringing the trucks-only toll bill up for a vote.
The bill leaves room for individual municipalities to determine their own policies when it comes to allowing retail sales of marijuana within their jurisdictions, but they would not be allowed to prevent delivery services from operating within their borders.
"Connecticut can no longer afford to kick the can down the potholed road,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Over the coming days, I look forward to continuing these discussions so we can adopt a plan to finally fix our transportation system and get our state’s economy moving again, in short order.”
Meanwhile, according to a new report, some Connecticut lawmakers have discussed leasing part of the state’s tolling infrastructure to telecommunication companies looking to develop 5G wireless technology.
Treasurer Shawn Wooden says that the Republicans' proposal "especially in the event of a possible future recession, creates serious liquidity, market and credit risks for the state.”
House Democratic leaders have proposed a new plan that would install highway tolls for trucks only on 12 bridges across the state, as opposed to Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT2030 initiative, which would have included tolls on 14 bridges for all vehicles.