From CT Mirror.
Since the regular General Assembly session wrapped on June 5, lawmakers have said they’d be back this fall to tackle unfinished business.
A legal settlement with the hospital industry and a new state bond package have been on the to-do list since early June. Not long after that, Gov. Ned Lamont made it clear he wanted another crack at a long-term plan to rebuild transportation infrastructure.
And, as the summer waned, restaurant wages, payments to nursing homes and a potential ban on vaping cropped up.
And now, with two months left before the winter holiday season brings new scheduling challenges, Lamont and legislators are struggling to solve a Rubik’s Cube of policy issues and agree on an agenda they can adopt in special session this fall.
Legislators from both parties want a state bond package resolved soon, especially because tied up within that are key grants for cities and towns.
They also want to reverse a cut in funding for nursing homes with high vacancy rates.
Lamont says the bond package is fine, it should be on the agenda — and nursing homes at least can be discussed — provided legislators are ready to craft a long-term plan to rebuild highways, bridges and rail lines.
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