Speaker of the House Matt Ritter announced that the House of Representatives will be acting on legislation that sets the stage to allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots in Connecticut in order to increase voter participation in our elections.
House Democratic leaders praise budget proposal that maximizes federal relief funds to respond to the ongoing pandemic and invest in Connecticut's future for all residents.
"Housing policy is central to growing our economy as we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic. The debate around housing policy is also central to the larger discussion we are having about equity and racial justice. We have a choice – we can continue the politics that defined the past several decades, or we can engage each other to develop solutions that address the legacy of morally bankrupt policies that perpetuate racial and economic segregation."
"Zoning and land use have prevented the development of diverse communities. As legislators, we have a choice – we can continue the politics that defined the past several decades, or we can engage each other to develop solutions that address the cost of housing and the legacy of morally bankrupt policies that perpetuate racial and economic segregation," said House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D – East Hartford, Manchester).
President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion relief package that will provide many Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks, a $3,000 Child Tax Credit per child up to 17-years-old, certain unemployment benefits, and more.
This week, in an effort to continue efforts to increase the equity of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the state Department of Public Health has identified 50 zip codes across the state to receive at least 25% of the vaccine supply for residents in these communities.