New Laws and Tax Cuts from January 1

January 11, 2024

Dear Neighbors, 

As we ring in the new year, there are some laws that became effective on January 1 that were passed during the 2023 legislative session addressing key issue areas including early voting, health and mental health, and online privacy and data protection.
There was an increase in the minimum wage effective January 1 from $15.00 to $15.69 made possible through legislation passed in 2019, which implemented five incremental increases in the minimum wage followed by future adjustments that are tied to the percentage change in the federal employment cost index.
Although the list is extensive, below I share some highlights, and a link to the complete list. Please feel free to share and reach out to my office if you would like more detail on any of the new laws.


  • Establishes a framework for early, in-person voting
  • Requires a 14-day early voting period for general elections
  • A seven-day period for most primaries
  • A four-day early voting period for special elections and presidential preference primaries.


  • Includes the creation of a Hospice Hospital at Home pilot program to provide in-home hospice care to patients through in-person visits and telehealth.
Look at the List of New Laws Effective January 1, 2024
  • Establishes a new license category for freestanding birth centers
  • An Infant Mortality Relief Program to review medical records and other data on infant deaths
  • A midwifery working group to study and make recommendations on advancing choices for community birth care.


  • Makes various changes to laws on data privacy and related issues, including:
    • Provisions on consumer health data
    • Minors’ social media accounts and online services
    • Online dating operators
    • A task force on internet crimes against children.


  • Among many supportive measures, creates a plan to establish a Transitional Life Skills College program to support certain people with IDD who are transitioning out of high school or to independent living.


  • Expands eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress injuries to all employees covered by the workers’ compensation law.
Look at the List of New Laws Effective January 1, 2024
As always, I am here to listen and help. If you have questions or ever need any help, please don't hesitate to reach out by phone, 860-240-8585 or 203-564-9516, or email

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Rachel Khanna
State Representative

A New Year's reminder to please respect ♿️ accessible parking spots around the town of Greenwich. They are designed and used by members of our community who require such parking, and it is not permitted to park in these spots for any length of time without a placard. This includes the access aisles/hash-marked sections next to the accessible parking spots.They are not meant for short-term parking, but rather to provide space for people to enter and exit their cars with a wheelchair.
Tax Cuts Coming in 2024

As a result of fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship in 2023, I am pleased to announce that significant relief is on the way for many Connecticut taxpayers in 2024!
Three tax relief measures will go into effect on January 1, including the largest income tax cut in state history, an increase in a tax credit aimed at the lowest-income workers, and an expansion of exemptions on certain pension and annuity earnings that will benefit the senior population.
Here's a closer look at the tax cuts, who specifically benefits, and how:
One million filers to benefit from income tax cuts:
The changes enacted in 2024 will see a decrease in the two lowest rates: 

  • The 3% rate on the first $10,000 earned by single filers and the first $20,000 by joint filers will drop to 2%.
  • The 5% rate on the next $40,000 earned by single filers and the next $80,000 by joint filers will drop to 4.5%.

The relief targets middle-class tax filers and is capped at $150,000 for single filers and $300,000 for joint filers. This is the first time that rates have been reduced in the state since the mid-1990s and it represents the largest income tax cut enacted in state history.
For more information, single filers click here. For joint filers, click here.

Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers becomes one of the largest in the U.S.
The EITC in Connecticut is increasing from 30.5% to 40% of the federal EITC and will provide an additional $44.6 million in state tax credits to the approximately 211,000 low-income filers who receive the credit. More than 95 percent of filers who receive this credit are families with children.

The Connecticut EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for the lowest income working individuals and families that mirrors the federal EITC.

Expanding certain deductions for IRA distributions and pension and annuity earnings for seniors
The state budget eliminates the retirement income tax cliff by adding a phase-out for allowable pension annuity and IRA distribution deductions against the personal income tax.
Approximately 200,000 filers benefit from the currently enacted retiree exemption limits. It is estimated that with these changes, an additional 100,000 filers could benefit from the elimination of the retirement cliff via the exemption phase-out.

I would like to thank all my colleagues for working diligently during the 2023 legislative session to help provide this tax relief for many of our hardest-working state residents. The three measures will reduce tax burdens on CT taxpayers by $460 million!
Focusing on the Health of All CT Residents
Take My Survey Below!

The General Assembly will be back in session starting February 7, 2024. To serve you effectively, I’d be most grateful if you could complete this quick survey so I can better understand your priorities and thoughts on issues. Decisions will be required for the many proposals that will be introduced in the upcoming legislative session and the survey will provide the information I need as I’m making those decisions.

There’s even a space where you can suggest legislation you want us to consider, so please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.
YWCA Greenwich Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Conversation 
Dancing for D.C.
The Greenwich Alliance for Education and the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee cordially invites you to Dancing for D.C., a live band fundraiser on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 6-9 pm at Old Greenwich Social Club. Dance the night away to rockin’ tunes from That’s What She Said. Cash bar and free appetizers with ticket purchase. 

Tickets are $50/person and all proceeds will go toward funding the D.C. trip for current and future GPS 8th graders. Click

HERE to buy tickets to Dancing for D.C.

Can’t make it to the event? Consider buying

raffle tickets! Only $5 a ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes from area merchants. You don't need to be present to win.

Additionally, you can make a donation of any amount to the D.C. Trip fund at any time directly byvisiting the

Greenwich Alliance for Education website and typing in “D.C. Trip” under Allocation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please note that the charge on your credit card statement will appear as "Greenwich Alliance for Education."  

Thank you in advance for your support of the Greenwich Public Schools' 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C!

Prelude Light Show at the Mill River Park
Screenagers: Under the Influence
Greenwich Together is offering a free opportunity to view Screenagers: Under the Influence. This film shows the impact and influence of the digital age on teens and their decisions around substances. It is informative and powerful.
Waste Free Greenwich's Sustainable Solutions
Christmas Trees
  • Drop off your Christmas tree from December 26-January 31 at Byram Park, Bruce Park, Greenwich Point, Holly Hill to be chipped into mulch for town properties. Be sure to remove lights, stands and decorations!
  • Trout Unlimited is hosting drop off events for natural trees on the next two Saturdays - January 6th and 13th - at Mianus River Park in Stamford to provide habitat for species and improve the health of our local rivers! 
  • Or you can leave them on your property to decompose, providing wildlife habitat and enriching soil.
Broken String Lights
  • Whether they're stepped on or the dog chews them, string lights don't last forever. ​Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board is again sponsoring string lights recycling- only broken lights please! - at the designated electronics area at Holly Hill transfer station.
  • Or send your old Christmas lights to companies, like ​Holiday LEDS​ and ​Christmas Light Source​ for recycling and a discount coupon. 
Electronics & Batteries
  • If you give or receive gifts with batteries this season, consider using rechargeable batteries. Otherwise, batteries should be disposed at the battery drop off at Holly Hill or the collection at the Old Greenwich food scrap drop off on Wednesdays 12-2. Please do not put batteries in the trash.
  • When replacing old electronics, bring them to the designated electronics area at Holly Hill or to Staples for recycling. Or donate them if they're still in good condition.

Have recycling questions? Know before you throw with Waste Wizard!
Drive for Barbara's House
Time to clean out your closets and pantries! Barbara's House, a Greenwich non-profit social service agency dedicated to building skills that empower clients to overcome educational, social, and economic barriers, is need of:
  • Full size brown paper and reusable (Fresh Direct) bags with handles 
  • Disposable utensils (wrapped)
  • Games & art supplies (in good condition with all pieces)
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates & disposable cups
  • Take out containers are no longer needed!
Donations can be delivered to their offices at 100 Melrose Avenue, suite 100 between 9:30-4:30 Monday through Friday. You may call ahead to 203-869-1276. They may also be brought to the food scrap drop site at Living Hope Community Church on Wednesdays 12-2.
Cork Recycling
Every year, millions of corks get tossed into the garbage to be incinerated or landfilled. Because of their small size, wine corks aren't easily processed in most major recycling facilities and are rarely accepted in municipal recycling programs.
Unfortunately, Whole Foods has ceased collecting corks at their stores. However, Cap, Cork & Cellar is accepting corks at their store 102 Bruce Park Avenue in Greenwich for recycling through the ReCork program. You can also drop off your cork at the food scrap drop site at Living Hope Church in Old Greenwich on Wednesdays 12-2. Real cork only - no synthetic!
Drop Off Your Food Scraps
Back CountryRound Hill Community Church (395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich) - Wednesdays 10 am to 12 noon. 
Old Greenwich: Living Hope Community Church (38 West End Avenue, Old Greenwich) - Wednesdays 12 noon - 2 pm.
**Household batteries and cork will be collected at this location every week **
Volunteers will be on site at these locations to assist, answer questions and sell starter kits and BPI certified compostable bags.
In case you miss this opportunity, food scraps are also collected at Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility during their hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7 am - 2:30 pm and Saturday 7 am - 12 noon.
 Permit is required for entry to the facility.\
These items are not accepted in the Greenwich Food Scrap Recycling Program:
  • NO plastic bags - paper bags or BPI-certified compostable bags only
  • NO compostable food service ware
  • NO shredded paper (instead - use the special container at Holly Hill please)
Do you have questions about the municipal food scrap recycling program? Check out our website or two-minute video for more information.