Group of Northeastern Governors, Representatives Reach Agreement on Common Core Principles for Regulating Cannabis, Vaping

In the spirit of collaboration, Governors and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island recently gathered for a regional summit to begin grappling with the vexing issues surrounding regulation of cannabis and vaping.  Following is a synopsis of the Core Principles framework that was agreed upon by the northeastern leaders. MARKET …
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The Capitol Beat: November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018 Governor-Elect Upbeat After Win, Says He’ll Name Transition Team by Week’s End; House Dems Hold Presser to Discuss Election, Next Steps Governor-elect Ned Lamont addressed the media at noon and said he’s is going to hit the ground running and is ready to “shake up Hartford and start bringing back jobs and …
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The Capitol Beat: September 4, 2018

September 5, 2018 Update on 2018 Gubernatorial, CT General Assembly Races Oz Griebel, former Republican gubernatorial candidate from Simsbury and regional Hartford business leader, and Democratic lawyer Monte Frank of Newtown, have petitioned and secured the requisite number of signatures of CT voters to be placed on the statewide ballot in November’s general election. The …
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The Capitol Beat: June 7, 2017

What a difference an election year can make. After November’s election when, for the first time in nearly 40 years, Republicans gained enough seats to tie the Senate 18-18, and took eight seats in the House, creating a 79-72 four-vote swing margin, a new political dynamic took shape in the CT General Assembly. It’s a …
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The Capitol Beat: January 4, 2017

In with the New, In with the Old: 2017 Legislative Session Convenes The 2017 General Assembly session convened today, featuring the swearing in of new and veteran lawmakers in the state Senate and state House of Representatives and an austerity speech from Governor Dannel Malloy. The Governor addressed a joint session of the Legislature to …
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The Capitol Beat: December 16, 2016

Still No Announcements on Legislative Committee Makeup for 2017 With just two and a half weeks before the gavel sounds on January 4th convening the 2017 General Assembly session, there have been no formal announcements from legislative leaders on the makeup of committees. Historically, these announcements are made before the holidays, but decisions have been …
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The Capitol Beat: November 8, 2016

Connecticut GOP Ties Up Senate 18-18, Narrows Margin in House Election day has come and gone, but its shockwaves are sure to be felt for some time on the national and state levels. As of 11 p.m., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had prevailed in key Midwestern states, including Ohio,and was leading with 228 electoral …
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The Capitol Beat: October 10-14, 2016

Commission on Economic Competitiveness Hosts Panel on Revitalizing CT Cities Today’s panelists at the CEC meeting had some very interesting observations to share about how to revitalize Connecticut’s cities. Below is a highlight of some of their comments and a link to their presentations, which can be found under today’s date. Some highlights: CT’s job …
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The Capitol Beat: January 15, 2016

Transportation Finance Panel Issues Final Recommendations The panel convened by the Governor to develop both short- and long-term financing plans to repair and improve all major components of the state’s multi-modal and integrated transportation system today issued its recommendations. These proposals would serve to keep the State Transportation Fund (STF) solvent, eliminate major bottlenecks, expand …
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The Capitol Beat: September 30, 2015

State Tax Panel Hears Presentations on CT’s Competitiveness, Fiscal Health Members of the State Tax Panel today heard from two different academics about how the state measures up regionally and nationally in terms of its tax structure and the role of other fiscal variable in economic growth (see accompanying handouts). Some interesting takeaways from the …
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