I wanted to highlight some of the work happening at the Capitol. In addition to highlighting one of the bills I've co-introduced, I've also included information regarding our Pints and Policy event, the Women Owned Business Equity Match Grant being offered, and information about an event hosted by United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas Company to discuss energy saving opportunities.
Reflecting on the loss of a colleague, a friend, and extraordinary leader.
This week is 10 years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. So many lives were affected that day and many continue to struggle with the trauma that followed.
I hope you've been well. As the holiday season progresses, if you are able, please consider helping those in need by donating to a local charity. With the large increase in refugees to our state, our resettlement agencies are conducting winter toy and coat drives. This past legislative session we were able to, for the first time ever, secure $1 million in funding to help our resettlement agencies support refugees during the period between the Federal funding drying up and before they are economically independent. If you are looking for a worthy cause to contribute toward, I’ve included information below.
I hope you had a great holiday with friends and family. This past week we were at the Capitol for a Special Session to extend the gas tax holiday, allocate additional funds to home heating assistance, allocate additional funds and tweak the formula for pandemic hero pay, and make some technical changes to the Bottle Bill. Please find more details below. We know that families are getting hit hard by rising energy costs and inflation generally and are working to expand supports to our families who need it the most. This work will continue in earnest all session.
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.