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As Gov. Ned Lamont promised, there are no new major tax increases.
"I’m hopeful the spirit of collaboration that led us to this point will fuel additional conversation about action we can take together to create a more competitive business climate," said House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).
Employers currently are solely responsible for repaying the $700 million that the state borrowed from the federal government to pay pandemic-related unemployment compensation benefits. With interest, they said, that sum could rise to $1 billion.
The extension keeps in place a 9:30 p.m. curfew for businesses, with restaurants still restricted to 50% indoor capacity.
“Whether it’s from part of the $1.4 billion sent by Congress through the CARES Act, or from the rainy day fund, those funds need to be opened up now to keep our industry afloat,” said CT Brewers Guild Executive Director Phil Pappas.
Those expecting incoming state GOP leadership and Gov. Ned Lamont to agree on Connecticut’s path forward should think again.
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.
Dalio also faulted "some media folks who wanted to write sensationalistic stories."
Questions about the Partnership for Connecticut's transparency have dogged the group for months, while the alleged mistreatment of its president and CEO have gone unaddressed.
“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.”
"It is simply a money grab, that's all it is," said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.