General Assembly Back in Session – Again

Governor Malloy’s Last Opening Day Address

CRMA Legislative Committee Gearing Up

Save the Date for CRMA’s First Big Event of The Year

    • On Wednesday of this week, the Connecticut General Assembly gaveled themselves into formal session.
    • As many of you know, CT’s constitution calls for the General Assembly to convene in EVEN numbered years like this year, from February to May.
    • During this so-called “short session” the General Assembly is supposed to deal just with budgetary issues, but recently they do that and a whole lot more.
    • The budget issues remain front and center for CT. While there was some good news recently, with some stronger than anticipated growth numbers as well as an influx of cash from prepaid taxes, we remain in debt both short and long-term.
  • This General Assembly will once again have to deal with these challenges. Along with the challenges of funding long-term pension obligations, while balancing the political tightrope of an election year session.
  • It will be busy for sure, and we will keep you updated all session long.

Governor Malloy’s Last Opening Day Address

    • With this being his last budget that he would present to the General Assembly before he leaves office at the end of the year, the Governor took a little different approach to doing that.
    • Instead of laying out all of his budget priorities in his address to the General Assembly, he announced the majority of them, including a proposal to increase the gas tax and introduce tolls as a way to prop up the Special Transportation Fund, days ahead of the speech.
    • Many observers of the Capitol thought he would repeat those priorities, but rather the Governor barely mentioned them in his last opening day remarks to a joint session of House of and Senate members.
    • Instead, his theme of this final address was CT fairness.  You can go here for a more detailed look at his speech.
  • Our friends at the CT Mirror, do another outstanding job of laying out the governor’s budget proposals. You can go here to review them.

CRMA Legislative Committee Gearing Up

    • The CRMA Legislative Committee held its first meeting of the year this past week.
    • The Legislative Committee meets bi-weekly via conference call to discuss all the legislation and the politics that is going on at the State Capitol.
  • If you would like to participant on the call, please call us 860-527-1044 or email Cathy at cathy@crmaonline.com.

Save the Date for CRMA’s First Big Event of The Year

    • We know its cold outside and the threat of snow is still there, but we can’t help but look forward to spring. It will be here before we all know it.
    • And so will our Annual Golf Outing.
    • The CRMA Golf Outing is a great event. Not only is it held at one of the most prestigious private clubs in CT, you’re playing fees includes all your golf and greens fees, lunch and lite dinner fare and one of the best raffles for any outing in CT.
    • Please save the date – May 15th to participate in our Golf Outing.
  • If you are interested in participating in our Golf Outing, email Cathy today at cathy@crmaonline.com.