Urban lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee charged Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget largely ignores inequities in education and health care.
While Lamont’s plan provides short-term stability, it also could leave Connecticut with challenges after the 2022 elections.
Gov. Ned Lamont and the legislature still struggle at times to figure out what the other is about.
The governor’s draft bill proposes taxing marijuana and erasing convictions for possession that occurred prior to Oct. 1, 2015.
Progressives objected, but CT delegates backed a platform that rejected Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal or defunding the police .
Gov. Ned Lamont proposed a lean $22.3 billion budget Wednesday that would push Connecticut’s emergency reserves close to $3 billion while keeping taxes largely flat.
Though Connecticut legislators tend to shy away from controversial issues during re-election years, Senate Democrats insisted Thursday that legalization of recreational marijuana use still could be enacted this year if bundled with social justice components.
The governors of four northeastern states are exploring a regional approach to the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The governors of Connecticut and New York are singing the same song on legalizing marijuana, promising a coordinated push next year.
The governors of Connecticut and New York share an interest in regionalism.
While Connecticut opted not to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales this year, many lawmakers saw the pot market as a revenue source that could rake in tens of millions of dollars annually for the state’s coffers. But a new analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts found that states with legalized pot sales are struggling to predict how much they can haul in on an annual basis.
A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana and erase the criminal records of people who have committed low-level drug offenses cleared a key committee on Monday.
Lawmakers said legalizing pot is a necessary step in efforts to upend decades of inequality in arrests and convictions against minority communities.
Top lawmakers outlined a marijuana legalization blueprint Thursday that includes erasure of certain criminal records, a tax of roughly 20 percent, and “equity” incentives for communities where large numbers of pot-related arrests have occurred.
Gov. Lamont is using his first budget to start a conversation, rather than drive specific solutions, about a host of key issues ranging from tolls and sports betting to recreational marijuana and labor cost-savings.