The wrap-up for Connecticut retailers from the State Capitol:
- Legislature gives final approval to state budget.
- Short session finally over, as Special Session concludes.
- What to look for during the interim. (And please take our special CRMA survey!)
- Campaign update – including the unexpected news that the Speaker of the House will not seek re-election.
Legislature gives final approval to state budget.
- The State Senate gave final approval to a $19 billion state budget that was centered almost entirely on budget cuts.
- The state budget, along the statutory language to put the budget in place, known as the budget implementer, was approved along party lines as Senate Republican all voted against the budget.
- The Senate – and later the House - failed to take up one of Governor Malloy’s priorities legislation, called Second Chance Society, which would have made a series of reforms in the criminal justice system.
- Following the Senate action, the House debated the state budget throughout the afternoon and into the evening last Friday, with the budgetgaining approval narrowly, 74-70. A switch of just two votes would have resulted in a tie vote.
- As usual, we can count on the CT Mirror and Keith Pfanuf, who does a super job of filtering out all the right stuff for us to look for in this budget. You can go here to read more about the session’s final hours and here for key budget decisions made.
Legislature now done for the year.
- Last Wednesday at midnight the Legislature adjourned its’ business for the regular session and with the final passage of the state budget in the House the special session also adjourned for the year.
- So, now we can report that the General Assembly is done with its business for the year. And that is a good thing for the state and for CRMA.
- We will, of course, continue to keep an eye on any task forces or committees that meet in the coming months that might impact our members during the interim, and we continue to reach out to YOU as we go thru the election season and prepare for another 2-year legislative cycle.
- While this will be our final Friday Facts for this session, we have plans to continue to update you periodically throughout the interim, as events warrant.
- We also want to make sure to express our appreciation to our sponsor for this years’ FF, United Bank. United Bank is great Connecticut-based bank that we are proud to have as our sponsor. We strongly encourage you to visit their website and learn more about all of the ways that they can help you with your business needs.
What to look for during the off season.
- For the most part, legislators scatter after the end of a short session, mostly to prepare for the upcoming elections.
- There are local nominations that take place by town committees in both political parties this month, and other work that needs to be done before the general election season gets really rolling during the summer and early fall.
- And CRMA is putting together plans for keeping you up-to-date on some key State House and State Senate races that could determine which party holds the majority after the November elections.
- So, in order to help us with that we ask that you take a special CRMA survey this week. We want to know from you what you are looking for from your candidate for State House and State Senate.
- If you could take just a few minutes to complete this online survey, we would really appreciate it - and it will be a great help to us as we prepare for the fall elections.
Campaign update, including a surprise announcement.
- House Speaker Brenden Sharkey of Hamden surprised the political world announcing at the start of this week that he would not seek re-election to the legislature. He has served two terms as speaker. Current Democratic Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz immediately announced that if Democrats retain the majority next year, he will be seeking the post.
- Yet another veteran legislator has announced she will not be seeking re-election this fall – Rep. Peggy Sayers, who has represented Windsor and Windsor Locks.
- Rep. Robert W. Megna of New Haven has also announced he will not be running this fall. CT Mirror has the latest list of incumbent legislators who will not be candidates for re-election here.
Thanks for your input, and for reading Friday Facts throughout the legislative session!Remember, CRMA is YOUR Voice at the State Capitol. We lobby full-time for your interests and care ONLY about how legislative issues impact the retail industry.