If you're surprised by that, you haven't been paying attention. I know the presidential primaries have been distracting, to say the least, but what's happening in Hartford is worth your time. As a certain candidate would say, "it's hyuuuuuuge."
The Senate has set Thursday, May 12, as the date to resume business as part of a special session. The House has yet to announce when it will reconvene, but it will also return next week.
Here's what you need to know about the messy end to the session.
While the budget didn't get done, here's a glance at some things that did:
Several bills the Chamber supported during the session were approved by both the House and Senate, including a bill allowing for the creation of Brownfield Land Banks (HB 5425) and one expanding eligibility for the apprenticeship tax credit to S corporations and LLCs (HB 5636), and one supporting efforts to encourage students to consider manufacturing careers (HB 5423). A bill that would have helped reduce unemployment compensation tax costs for businesses, which the Chamber supported, was approved by the House by stalled in the Senate.
Some bills we opposed also failed to pass, including paid family and medical leave (SB 221) and the bottled water bill (SB 422).
Unfortunately, the bill creating a state retirement security program (HB 5591) was approved when Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.