Starting this week, more than 1,700 eligible CT-based hospitality businesses will receive checks in the mail through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development's CT Hospitality Industry Support Program.
Insurance companies are requesting to rate increases of an average of 20.4% for plans starting in 2023, a steep spike from the 8.6% average rate increase request for 2022. These massive rate increase requests showcase why I did and will continue to advocate for a public option - our small businesses and nonprofits simply cannot afford to offer the basic benefit of health care.
We have long championed measures that promote a healthier environment. During the 2022 session, I proudly supported the Connecticut Clean Air Act, which is now law. I coauthored a provision that creates a voucher program to make electric bikes more accessible. On Friday, I was happy to join the Governor, state agency leaders, and my legislative colleagues to announce this new, landmark law.
The summer's first heat wave is here. The next several days are set to see temperatures in Connecticut reach more than 90 degrees with a heat index of triple digits at times, which has prompted activation of the state’s extreme hot weather protocol which is in effect through 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.
I am pleased to share ReEmployCT, a revamped and modern Connecticut Department of Labor online platform that streamlines services and facilitates unemployment and tax filing.
Today, July 7, the Department of Revenue Services will host a webinar to discuss the 2022 Connecticut Child Tax Payment. If you would like to learn more about the payments, we passed in this year's budget adjustment, I encourage you to participate.