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“The terrorists, traitors and enablers who instigated, aided, and abetted this coup -- including those in Congress -- must be held accountable and never walk these halls of democracy again," said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong.
This year, the governor said, “We will continue to emphasize our best-in-the-nation public schools and workforce development, making sure every child, regardless of zip code, race, color, or creed, has the best opportunity at the starting line of life.”
Mark Boughton, who is in the midst of his record 10th term as the city’s mayor, will begin his new job on Dec. 18.
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.
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) called Lamont’s agenda “a 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.
Meanwhile, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is projecting the state’s General fund will close Fiscal Year 2020 – which ended on June 30 -- with an operating shortfall of $153.1 million.
Among other items, the Senate Democrats are looking to ban chokeholds and other “unnecessary” police actions.
"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."
A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.
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.
Even with the gloomy forecast -- which Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw said were conservative -- "Connecticut is in a stronger position than most states, thanks to our fiscal prudence and the safeguarding of our budget reserve," according to Democratic state Senate leaders Martin Looney and Bob Duff.
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.