State Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw (D-Avon, Canton), State Representative Tammy Exum (D-West Hartford, Avon, Farmington), and State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8th District) announced that a $700,000 grant has been secured to expand fiber optic internet service throughout Avon. The State Bond Commission approved the funding at its meeting Friday
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford, Manchester) today announced the appointments of Rep. Jeff Currey (D-East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor) as House Chair of the Education Committee, Rep. Eleni Kavros DeGraw (D-Avon, Canton) as House Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Rep. Stephen Meskers (D-Greenwich) as House Chair of the Commerce Committee, Rep. Lucy Dathan (Norwalk, New Canaan) as House Chair of the Regulation Review Committee and Rep. Mary Welander (D-Orange, Woodbridge, Derby) as House Chair of the Internship Committee.
With many families in Connecticut facing added financial strain due to rising prices, the legislature went into special session earlier this week to provide some relief. A bipartisan bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Lamont extends the current suspension of the gasoline tax, provides additional funding for energy assistance programs, and continues premium pay for frontline workers.
I am sure we share the same concerns about Eversource and United Illuminating, the state's two main electric distribution companies, which both filed their new rates for standard service supply rates with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) that will increase rates by approximately 40%.
Once approved by PURA, these new rates will go into effect from January 1, 2023, through the first six months of the year.
A recent report detailed that throughout Connecticut there was an increase of 13% in overall homelessness from 2021 to 2022.
My legislative colleagues and I are actively working on solutions ahead of the upcoming winter season. Most recently, as part of the state budget adjustment passed during the 2022 legislative session, we included $5 million for the Connecticut Department of Housing (CTDOH) for eviction prevention. The funding will be divided as follows:
In its first full year, Connecticut's "nickel-per-nip" program has generated over $4.2 million for municipalities throughout the state. The program, which places a 5-cent surcharge on every 50 mL container of alcohol, commonly called a "nip", was passed in 2021 as part of updates to our state's Bottle Bill. Each municipality receives 5 cents for every nip sold within its borders. Checks are sent to cities and towns every April and October.