Governor Lamont applauds Biden administration selection of Connecticut’s Nick Simmons to serve as senior U.S. education official

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the announcement on Friday that the Biden administration has selected Nick Simmons to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education for School Reopening and Recovery in a position that will have him coordinating efforts on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education to safely reopen…

CT DPH confirms case of measles in Connecticut child

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Friday said it has confirmed a case of measles in a Fairfield County child.  The child, who was not yet vaccinated against measles, acquired the infection while traveling internationally.  DPH is collaborating with local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures. Measles…

Rep. Rojas Hails Committee Approval of Fair Housing, Zoning Bills

HARTFORD, CT – State Representative Jason Rojas (D – East Hartford, Manchester) is applauding the legislature’s Planning & Development Committee’s approval of legislative proposals that will update, re-organize and clarify Connecticut’s zoning enabling statutes. Committee members voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to move the proposals to the next step of the legislative process. Connecticut’s zoning statutes empower…

Governor Lamont announces Connecticut receives first credit rating upgrade in more than 20 years

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Ned Lamont on Wednesday announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Connecticut’s General Obligation bonds credit rating from “A1” to “Aa3,” making it the first credit rating upgrade the state has received since February 2001. “This upgrade from Moody’s is the first for our state in more than 20 years and…

Murphy Applauds Inclusion of Rail Funding in American Jobs Plan

HARTFORD, CT – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, on Wednesday applauded the inclusion of rail funding in the American Jobs Plan as laid out by the Biden administration this morning: “The rail funding proposed in President Biden’s American…

CT Department of Public Health announces partnership with Access Health CT to increase vaccine access

HARTFORD, CT – The Department of Public Health (DPH) on Friday announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Access Health CT, a quasi-public state agency, to increase vaccine access in communities high on the social vulnerability index (SVI). This partnership will utilize and expand on Access Health CT’s existing outreach…

Governor Lamont signs order enabling expanded use of telehealth services to continue during COVID-19 pandemic

HARTFORD, CT – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed an executive order modifying certain state laws in order to allow expanded access to telehealth services to continue in Connecticut during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services are those that enable healthcare providers to interact with patients, including those with Medicaid coverage, without…

Payroll jobs post slight January 2021 decline (-100): unemployment rate at 8.1% on newly benchmarked data

WETHERSFIELD, CT – Connecticut payroll employment was essentially unchanged in January 2021, dropping just 100 jobs (‑0.01%) after a revised 4,600 (‑0.3%) decrease in December 2020. This is the third monthly job loss after six consecutive seasonally adjusted monthly jobs gains. Statewide employment is now 127,300 (-7.5%) positions lower than a year ago at 1,570,700…