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Dear Neighbor,

The Connecticut General Assembly is scheduled to return for the regular legislative session the first week of February and in preparation, I plan to hold Office Hours and Town Hall events to meet directly with constituents to better inform myself on what is important to the residents of Northeastern Connecticut. I have been spending time this fall meeting with local businesses, municipal leaders, hospital administration, schools, and organizations to better connect the needs of our region with the government bureaucracy in Hartford. 
 
The House was in Special Session this past Monday to debate the Governor's request to extend his declaration of emergency surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic. A good summary of the session can be found here.
 
While I am looking forward to the Pomfret Lions event on Monday, October 11th at Lapsley Orchard, I hope that I will not have to kiss a goat. More info can be found below. 
If you ever have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to contact my office at (860) 240-8370 or email me at Pat.Boyd@cga.ct.gov. To stay up to date with my work at the Capitol, visit my web page or like my Facebook page.

Sincerely,

Pat Boyd
CBIA Scorecard
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) published their legislative scorecards for the 2021 session. I am pleased to announced that I received a perfect score for my votes on matters of concern to our state's business community. Read the announcement here.
Celebrating Connecticut Agriculture
This past weekend was great to celebrate agriculture at the Woodstock Fair! I caught up with Connecticut Department of Agriculture Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt and Connecticut Farm Bureau President Paul Larson of Sprucedale Gardens in Woodstock. It was also fun to run into one of my former Pomfret School students, Melinda Buell, driving the tractor on the farm tour.

On Wednesday, the governor announced $10 million in COVID-19 relief funding as part of an effort to address food insecurity and help our state's agriculture producers recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be directed to two of the hardest hit industries - dairy and aquaculture - as well as several other programs to support regional farmers. Approximately $3.6 million will go to the dairy sector and about $3.3 million will go to the aquaculture sector. Connecticut Foodshare will receive about $2.5 million to continue its emergency drive-through food distributions through October. You can read more about this on the Hartford Courant website here.
Pomfret Lions Club Kiss-A-Goat Day
The Pomfret Lions Club does excellent work for the community, so I am happy to be on the KISS-A-GOAT Day ballot to help raise funds for the club and local initiatives. 50 cents a vote, and the winner will kiss a goat in public on Columbus Day at Lapsley Orchard!
CT Makes $1.6 Billion Payment on Past Pension Debt
"After failing for decades to save properly for public-sector pensions, Connecticut will take a big step in the other direction this autumn. Using surplus dollars from the fiscal year that wrapped June 30, the state will make more than $1.6 billion in supplemental payments into its pension systems for teachers and state employees combined, Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn Wooden announced Monday. And that’s on top of the $2.9 billion in regular pension contributions already budgeted for this fiscal year." Read the whole story on the CT Mirror website here.
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