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"We donâ€™t always agree," Kelly (R-Stratford) says of Gov. Ned Lamont. "I donâ€™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."
Kelly -- who ran unopposed for reelection this year -- succeeds Len Fasano (R-North Haven), who had served as leader since 2014.
Thirteen of Connecticutâ€™s largest business groups have sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont and the stateâ€™s legislative leaders seeking the creation of a new, $70 million small business grant program.
State statute requires that when the comptroller certifies a shortfall in the General Fund in excess of 1%, the governor musts present lawmakers with a deficit mitigation plan within one month "to modify such allotments to the extent necessary to prevent a deficit."
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) called Lamontâ€™s agenda â€œa disappointing display of one-party rule and partisan politics."
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.
â€œThere is a process for the governor to request an extension of his emergency powers and seek legislative approval," said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven). "That process has not happened yet."
The inquiry will help "determine whether the companies are meeting their legal obligations and whether any penalties need to be applied," Gov. Ned Lamont said. "The people of Connecticut deserve better than the service they are receiving.â€
â€œThere is no place like Oz, and there was no one like Oz," Gov. Ned Lamont -- who faced Griebel in the 2018 gubernatorial election -- remarked.
As of June 10, Connecticutâ€™s nursing homes had recorded 8,669 confirmed COVID cases and 2,106 deaths.
â€œNobody should need to make a decision between their health and their right to vote,â€ the governor said. â€œWe must guarantee access to the ballot, and this is a way to do that during these extraordinary circumstances. I do not take this decision lightly, and it is with the public health and welfare of residents in mind.â€
"Youâ€™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, youâ€™ve missed a great opportunity."
Impatience among restaurant owners and questions about how an outside consulting group is working on Connecticut's soft reopening on May 20 rose to the fore today, as Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged.
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.