9 Days Left to Apply for CT Child Tax Payments

July 22, 2022

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Dear Friends,

There are nine days left to apply for the 2022 Connecticut Child Tax Payment! If you have a child born before January 1, 2022 and are a single parent who earned less than $100,000 or a two-parent household who earned less than $200,000 during the 2021 tax year, you are eligible for a child tax payment of $250 per child, up to three children. For more information on the payment and to submit an application with the Department of Revenue Services before the July 31 deadline, click the button below.

Information and Application on the 2022 CT Child Tax Payments
Extended Heat Wave in CT Forecast
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 will be in effect through 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.
The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from hot conditions. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to make sure that information regarding cooling centers is available statewide, providing a location to get some relief from the hot conditions.

Anyone in need of a cooling center should call 2-1-1 or look online at 211ct.org to find their nearest location.

Heat-related illness can affect anyone, though some people are at greater risk than others, including infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, those who are overweight and anyone who overexerts during work or exercise or is physically ill with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

Below are some additional tips to stay safe in extreme heat.

Additional safety tips and extreme heat-related information can be found on 211ct.org's Extreme Hot Weather Page or in 2-1-1 Extreme Heat Precautions and Safety Tips.
Bill Addressing Public Safety Signed into Law
Thank you to Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz for coming to Glastonbury on Tuesday to discuss PA 22-115, an Act Concerning Juvenile Justice and Services. This bill was an important one and I was proud to be part of a bipartisan coalition of legislators to develop it and guide its passage in the Connecticut General Assembly. 
988 Lifeline Offers 24/7 Crisis Support
Those who are experiencing a mental health crisis no longer need to remember 1-800-273-8255 or wait hours for help. They can now call or text the 988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to connect with mental health professionals who are trained to respond to these emergencies.

The three-digit number replaces the 10-digit 800 number to the Lifeline. Individuals can call, chat, or text 988 to reach free and confidential emotional support around the clock, seven days a week.

The Lifeline consists of a national network of more than 200 local crisis centers to get people the help they need, when they need it. Last year, one in five calls to a suicide crisis hotline resulted in a dropped call while others waited hours for assistance.

The three-digit Lifeline is a step forward in transforming America's mental health response and suicide prevention. You can learn more about the Lifeline here.

For further crisis intervention resources available here in Connecticut, click here.

New Loan Program Aims to Diversify CT Classrooms
I was happy to champion passage of the Alliance District Teacher Loan Subsidy (ADTLS) Program during the 2021 legislative session and even happier to see this program now up and running!

Teachers in Connecticut’s 36 alliance districts, which includes Manchester, can now apply for a loan through this new program that offers a 3% interest rate subsidy to refinance their existing private student loan debt. This program is offered through a partnership by the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) and the State Department of Education (SDE) to recruit and retain educators in Alliance Districts.

To learn more about the program and apply, please click here.

Glastonbury TPZ Votes on Manchester Rd. & Hebron Ave. Development
Although I don’t often weigh in on local zoning decisions, I must say I am disappointed in the Glastonbury Town Plan and Zoning Commission's decision to approve the proposed development at Manchester Road and Hebron Avenue.

I fully acknowledge that CGS 8-30g is far from perfect, and I am open to exploring modifications to it in future legislative sessions, but I believe that this proposal should have been denied under the health and safety exceptions set forth in 8-30g - particularly the potential for exacerbating the well-known problem of well water uranium in that area. 

Breaking Ground at Putnam Bridge Bike & Walk Path
The Putnam Bridge Bike and Walk Path that runs from Glastonbury to Wethersfield will help connect communities and make them more walkable and bikeable. It was great to join my legislative colleagues in Glastonbury and Wethersfield to finally get a shovel in the ground for this valuable initiative! Thank you to Bike Walk Glastonbury for continuing to push this project forward. 
Touring the Dennison Cabin at Case Mountain
The Dennison Cabin at Case Mountain is a Manchester treasure. Built in 1917, it has a storied history and is part of the Case Brothers National Historic District. Last week, I was happy to take a tour of the property with town staff, Board of Directors, Historical Society members, community preservationists, and even descendants of the Case family. I strongly support the preservation of this community asset and look forward to seeing it flourish in the future.
As always, please feel free to email me at Jason.Doucette@cga.ct.gov or call my office at 860-240-8584.

Jason Doucette

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