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November 30, 2022
Special Session Vote Helps Struggling Families
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. READ MORE

November 23, 2022
Addressing Homelessness
Connecticut continues to invest significant funding to help meet the ongoing societal challenge of homelessness in our state. READ MORE

November 16, 2022
Investing in Small Business
Recently, the state announced a five-year, $46.6 million investment to expand small business assistance programs across Connecticut, specifically helping small business owners who may have previously experienced barriers to accessing financial support. This initiative will also support startup businesses, which is great news for our economy. READ MORE

November 9, 2022
Time to Invest in Our Electric Grid
In a recent opinion piece, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport says climate change has created unique challenges for maintaining a reliable electric grid, and the time to invest in the future is now. READ MORE

November 2, 2022
More Funding for Energy Assistance
An additional $1 Billion boost in federal funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was recently approved by Congress, allowing more households to receive assistance with heating bills this winter. READ MORE

October 26, 2022
Early Voting Will Help Increase Voter Participation
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter encourages voters in a recent opinion piece to vote YES on a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that will allow the state to consider creating an early voting process. READ MORE

October 19, 2022
Health Insurance Subsidies Extended
With the recent signing of the federal Inflation Reduction Act, health insurance subsidies for Connecticut residents who purchase their insurance through Access Health CT are being extended. READ MORE

October 13, 2022
State Budget Outlook Remains Strong
Sound budgeting by the legislature and governor has kept state finances strong, and has led to record balances in the "Rainy Day" reserve fund and historic payments toward reducing long term pension and debt obligations. READ MORE

October 5, 2022
New Laws Take Effect This Month
Several new laws in Connecticut went into effect on October 1. READ MORE

September 28, 2022
Crime Rate Falls in Connecticut
This week, the annual crime statistics report that compiles data on crimes reported to state law enforcement agencies was released, and it shows violent and property crimes are down from the previous year, which preserves Connecticut's status as one of the safest states in the country. READ MORE

September 21, 2022
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 to October 15 we observe Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate, recognize, and feature the countless achievements of the many Hispanic Americans who have positively impacted and enriched our communities. READ MORE

September 14, 2022
Veterans Stand Down Day Highlights Available Help
In order to better connect military personnel and veterans to helpful state services and community-based nonprofits, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will hold its annual Veterans Stand Down on Friday, September 23 from 8am-2 pm. READ MORE

September 7, 2022
Winter Heating Assistance Application Available
The application period for the 2022-2023 winter season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is now open. READ MORE

August 31, 2022
All of Connecticut Benefits from Local Farmers' Markets
In recent years, House Democrats have expanded the state’s food assistance programs to Farmers' Markets with the goal of ensuring that households of all income levels have access to nutritious, fresh, locally grown food, while at the same time supporting local farmers. READ MORE

August 24, 2022
Job Training & Placement for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
CareerConneCT will help people whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 to get back to work. READ MORE

August 17, 2022
Addressing a Shortage of Nurses and Social Workers
CT Health Horizons is a new higher education program designed to address statewide shortages in nursing and behavioral health providers. READ MORE

August 10, 2022
Help for Hospitality Businesses Hurt by Pandemic
Connecticut's hospitality industry was hit hard by COVID-19, and a new state program will help those businesses hurt by the pandemic. READ MORE

August 3, 2022
New Loan Program for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Targeted loans will provide small businesses and non-profits, particularly those in low-income and historically underserved communities, with increased access to much-needed working capital. READ MORE

July 27, 2022
New Law Addresses Juvenile Motor Vehicle Thefts
Over the past two years, and in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut, like many states across our country, has experienced an uptick in juvenile motor vehicle thefts and other criminal activity. READ MORE

July 20, 2022
Heat Advisory in Effect Through July 24
The next several days are expected to see temperatures in Connecticut reach more than 90 degrees with a heat index of triple digits at times, which has prompted activation of state’s extreme hot weather protocol effective through 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. READ MORE

July 13, 2022
Minimum Wage Increase Helps Working Families
On July 1, minimum wage workers received a well-deserved raise. READ MORE

July 6, 2022
New State Laws Effective July 1
A number of new laws passed during the 2022 legislative session will implement positive and meaningful change in our state, and many took effect on July 1. READ MORE

June 29, 2022
Connecticut Stands Strong for Women's Rights in Face of Supreme Court Decision
In a 6-3 decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion after nearly 50 years, but Democrats in the legislature ensured a women's right to reproductive healthcare in Connecticut would continue under our state's laws. READ MORE

June 22, 2022
Investing in the Future of Our Communities
Last year, House Democrats led the way in creating the new $875 million Community Investment Fund (CIF). READ MORE

June 15, 2022
Meeting Our Children's Mental Health Needs
At the beginning of the 2022 legislative session back in February, Democrats and Republicans stood together and committed to addressing our children's mental and behavioral health needs. READ MORE

June 8, 2022
"Red Flag" Law Update Adds to Gun Safety
To better protect residents, families, and communities from gun violence, House Democrats led the way in passing critical updates last year to our groundbreaking "Red Flag" law, and key provisions of this law took effect on June 1, 2022. READ MORE

June 1, 2022
Free Bus Service to State Parks
It is now easier than ever to visit a Connecticut State Park by taking advantage of free shuttle service being offered to all residents this summer. READ MORE

May 25, 2022
Child Tax Payments Available to Residents
Beginning June 1, residents can begin applying for Child Tax Payments that are part of the historic $600 million in tax cuts contained in our 2023 state budget passed by the legislature this month and signed into law by the Governor. READ MORE

May 18, 2022
Juneteenth Declared Official State Holiday
Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. READ MORE

May 11, 2022
Juvenile Justice Reforms Approved by Legislature
Connecticut remains one of the safest states in the nation, but like many states we have experienced an uptick in juvenile criminal activity driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 4, 2022
Historic Tax Cuts Part of State Budget
With families struggling and Connecticut's finances in the black, House Democrats led the way in the legislature passing one of the largest tax cuts in state history. READ MORE

April 27, 2022
Combatting Lead Poisoning in Our Communities
Lead poisoning, particularly among minority children, continues to be a serious public health problem, and bipartisan legislation passed by the House of Representatives this week looks to mitigate this issue with stepped up identification and treatment of cases. READ MORE

April 20, 2022
Protecting and Expanding Access to Reproductive Healthcare
As we witness oppressive and extreme anti-abortion laws being enacted across the country and anticipate the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court, expanding access and protecting reproductive rights in Connecticut has never been more important. READ MORE

April 13, 2022
Expanding the Use of Absentee Ballots
Voting is a fundamental right that should be convenient, fair and accessible, but Connecticut's voting laws are needlessly restrictive when it comes to voting by absentee ballot. READ MORE

April 6, 2022
Outdoor Dining Season is Back
Last month, the legislature approved extending outdoor dining provisions through April 30, 2023. READ MORE

March 30, 2022
Gas Tax Savings, Free Bus Service, Sales Tax-free Week
Legislation passed by the General Assembly last week suspended the state's 25-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax from April 1 through June 30, provides free bus service through June 30 and creates an additional sales tax-free week on clothing and shoes under $100 from April 10-16. READ MORE

March 22, 2022
Addressing the Student Loan Debt Crisis
House Democrats are working on legislation to help address Connecticut's student loan debt crisis. READ MORE

March 9, 2022
Expanding Children's Mental Health Services
Meeting the growing mental health needs of Connecticut children is a top priority for House Democrats this legislative session. READ MORE

March 2, 2022
March is Women's History Month
Since 1987, the month of March has been recognized as National Women's History Month. READ MORE

February 23, 2022
Good Can Happen When We Focus on the Greater Good
In a recent op-ed, House Majority Leader Jason Rojas shares his thoughts and goals for the 2022 legislative session. READ MORE

February 16, 2022
Program Offers Free Legal Counsel for Eligible Tenants Facing Eviction
Connecticut has launched a tenants' Right to Counsel (RTC) program that will make attorneys available at no cost to eligible tenants at risk of eviction. READ MORE

February 9, 2022
Black History is American History
Each February during National Black History Month, House Democrats and our entire nation celebrate the achievements, accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made to this country. READ MORE

February 2, 2022
Remote Rules for Legislative Session Increase Public Access to General Assembly
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas announced the remote access rules for the beginning of the 2022 legislative session of the General Assembly which opens Wednesday, February 9. READ MORE

January 26, 2022
Training Grants Available to Help Workers Impacted by COVID-19
A new job training program called CareerConneCT offers grants to help workers whose employment was impacted by the pandemic. READ MORE

January 19, 2022
Assistance for Essential Workers
The legislature authorized The Connecticut Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistance Fund to help ease the financial burden on essential workers who became ill and were unable to work, or died, between March 10, 2020 and July 20, 2021, and that program is now up and running. READ MORE

January 12, 2022
New Chairs Named to Housing and Aging Committees
Representative Quentin “Q” Phipps of Middletown was recently named House Chair of the legislature's Housing Committee and Representative Jane Garibay who serves Windsor and Windsor Locks was named House Chair of the Aging Committee by Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas. READ MORE

January 5, 2022
Connecticut Must End the Ignorance Surrounding Endometriosis
In a recent opinion piece, Representative Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford discusses the misunderstanding and often misdiagnosis of Endometriosis in women. READ MORE