COVID Update 6.22

June 22, 2020

This weekend included a graduation for the record books, as the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Class of 2020 celebrated theirs at Lime Rock Park racetrack on Sunday, which was also a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.

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State Capitol Update Week of June 15

June 18, 2020

here are many occasions this weekend to celebrate and honor people and issues of importance to us.

The first happens today, which is Juneteenth, sometimes known as Emancipation Day, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. This year is the 155th anniversary of the day in 1865 when General Gordon Granger led Union troops to Galvieston, Texas to make the announcement that the Civil War was over and enslaved people were free, two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation

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COVID Update 6.17

June 17, 2020

Dear Neighbor,
As of today, when Phase 2 of the state’s reopening begins, 95% of our economy is now open. In order to bring our economy back, we must build confidence with business owners, who need both clear rules and flexibility from the state as they respond to the challenges ahead; with workers, who need access to reliable and safe childcare, and to know that their workplace is safe so they don’t bring infection back to their families, and with consumers, who want to see that businesses care about their health so they can access the services and products they need.

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State Capitol Update Week of June 8

June 12, 2020

With a special session now on the horizon for July, the Appropriations Committee is scheduling meetings again: I have two so far on my calendar for next week. They’re still virtual meetings, but they are more formal than the phone and zoom calls with overlapping sets of legislators that have been taking place as we home in on what will be on the agenda. There are still logistics to be worked out for the special session itself: legislators will be at the capitol, but we may be able to vote from offices rather than the chamber in the Capitol Building, for example.

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COVID Update 6.10

June 10, 2020

After many phone calls and letters from legislators to leadership, from leadership to the Governor, and yesterday from the Governor back to legislative leadership: the Governor has called the legislature for a special session this summer, which we agree should focus on COVID-19 response, making absentee ballots available in the general election in November, and police accountability and transparency in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

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COVID Update 6.3

June 3, 2020

I went to Hartford yesterday for the first time since March 11, to retrieve some items from my office. It was eerie to be in the empty Legislative Office Building, where I saw a total of three people, the first of whom was a member of the State Capitol Police.

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COVID Update 6.1

June 1, 2020

It was a different kind of long weekend, filled with jarring contrasts. While our daughter in Minneapolis was sending us first hand reports of that city’s pain, fear, and violence, our other daughter attended a friend’s online college graduation.

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State Capitol Update Week of 5/25

May 29, 2020

One of the by-products of the pandemic is anxiety. Whether related to health concerns, economic concerns, or a combination of the two, much of it is due to the fact that so much is beyond our individual control.

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