Overwhelming Response to State Bridge Loan Program Forces DECD to Hit ‘Pause’

At 6 p.m. today, the Department of Economic and Community Development announced it will stop accepting applications for the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, having received more than 4,000 applications since the program was launched yesterday morning.  Within the last 24 hours, DECD, along with its partner, Connecticut Innovations, has added additional staff to process …
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Capitol Beat – March 24 Update

Let’s start with the good news: today the stock market closed with all the major indices up! Lest we get too giddy, we are still in the thick of it.  In his afternoon briefing today, Governor Lamont reminded listeners to continue exercising an abundance of caution and social distancing in order to try to arrest …
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Capitol Beat – Governor’s Briefing

In what will likely become a regular routine, Governor Lamont today held a news conference to bring the media and public up to speed on the status of COVID-19 operations statewide.  At 8 p.m. this evening all non-essential businesses have been directed to close, and for those businesses that have been deemed essential, if there …
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Capitol Beat – DECD Guidance

Attached please find the legally binding guidance issued today by the CT Department of Economic Development providing further guidance on which businesses are deemed “essential” to public health and safety and the economy in Connecticut.  Those covered in this guidance are not subject to the restrictions and closure requirements outlined in Executive Order 7H issued Friday.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: CT GDP Increased to 2.1% in 3Q of 2019

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman today remarked that the administration’s efforts to get Connecticut’s fiscal house in order are succeeding as reflected in the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ announcement that Connecticut’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 2.1 percent during the third quarter of 2019. They …
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Governor Lamont and Senate GOP Release Transportation Plans

On Thursday, November 7th, Governor Lamont released a scaled-back transportation plan which included fewer toll locations. The plan, CT2030, calls for transforming the state’s transportation system, using a combination of financing mechanisms, including low-interest federal loans, tolls and state bonding. One week later, the Senate GOP released its alternative transportation improvement plan, FASTR CT. This …
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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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“Influence isn’t a Dirty Word”

by Greg Bordonaro Originally Published: July 16, 2012 When Jay Malcynsky started practicing law with Brian Gaffney in the mid 1980s, lobbying wasn’t a big part of their business. The University of Bridgeport Law School graduate was a general practice lawyer focusing on criminal law, real estate transactions and local planning and zoning work. Influencing …
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