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“If we want effective, efficient government, then zoning has to be in the hands of the towns,” says State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello (R-Greenwich).
Although one supporter calls Lamont's bill “as tightly written as I have ever seen,” others say it does not go far enough in making the playing field equitable -- and other opponents object to legalizing marijuana at all.
Fairfield County unit sales were up in December 2020 by 59% compared to the previous December, with the median sales price of $606,000 representing a 34.7% increase.
The Senate President Pro Tem’s proposal would require homeowners to pay an additional $50 in property tax a year for a house with a market value of $500,000, and another $400 a year for houses valued at $1 million.
The extension keeps in place a 9:30 p.m. curfew for businesses, with restaurants still restricted to 50% indoor capacity.
"We all need to create a more viable, sustainable, and financially sensible form of government," says the Deputy Senate Republican Leader, whose 28th District includes Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.
The state expects a 26% drop in carbon emissions from transportation between 2022 and 2032.
"We don’t always agree," Kelly (R-Stratford) says of Gov. Ned Lamont. "I don’t expect for us to always agree, but as long as discussions can be held in a candid and frank way, we can work together."
The state's Special Transportation Fund could become insolvent by 2024, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.
The idea, Comptroller Kevin Lembo said, is to make health insurance more accessible and affordable due to the size of Connecticut’s state insurance base.
Revenue estimates in the current fiscal year have improved by $326 million from October’s estimate, and by $875 million and $704 million in each year of the next biennium from the April forecast.
Kelly -- who ran unopposed for reelection this year -- succeeds Len Fasano (R-North Haven), who had served as leader since 2014.
In addition, the Lamont administration "still unbelievably does not have a plan for a second wave and only now is organizing this working group," says State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Aging Committee.
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.
In Fairfield County there have been 18,385 confirmed and 750 “probable” cases, along with 1,103 confirmed and 314 probable deaths related to the virus.