Author: Kacie Candela

Sports wagering, online casino gambling nets state $1.7 million in revenue

Returns for the first month of sports wagering and online casino gaming have netted the state nearly $2 million in revenue. Gov. Ned Lamont announced in a news release the state generated $1.7 million, with $513,000 generated from sports wagering and an additional $1.2 million in revenue coming from online casino games. The revenue will be placed […]

General Assembly to take up ARPA spending bills in January

Identical bills that amend Gov. Dan McKee’s fiscal year 2022 budget proposal will be heard in the House and Senate chambers in January. The bills, House Bill 6494A and Senate Bill 1006A, passed through finance committees late Thursday. Each bill determines how the state will spend a portion of $1.13 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds through the […]

Maryland takes action to protect against COVID-19 hospitalizations

Maryland issued a series of actions aimed at addressing a potential surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations as the delta and omicron variants spread. Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a news release the state has established a Surge Operation Center that will focus on bed capacity as state health officials eye hospitalization thresholds. “As I announced last week, we […]

Ivey awards $7M in highway safety grants

Alabama is making a $7 million investment in highway safety, Gov. Kay Ivey said. In a news release, the governor highlighted efforts to support highway safety by making roads safer by preventing injuries and fatalities and ensuring prosecution against those committing highway traffic offenses. Funds will be dispersed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community […]

Senate, House ARPA spending bill not ready to be sent to governor

American Rescue Plan Act spending bills in the Massachusetts legislature need to be reconciled before heading to the desk of Gov. Charlie Baker. The House passed H. 4219 in October and the Senate ratified its spending plan last week. Each bill calls for investments in infrastructure, health care and mental health services, housing and workforce development. The Senate bill […]

White House to open border with Canada

As soon as next month, fully vaccinated tourists from Canada will be permitted to enter Vermont, the governor announced. In a tweet, Gov. Phil Scott said the White House has informed him that in November the border with Canada will be opened, allowing tourists to flow into the state. Scott said permitting international tourism is […]

Pilot program offers public transportation mobility assistance to the visually impaired

An 18-month pilot program to aid the visually impaired use Connecticut’s transit system is now underway. In a news release, Gov. Ned Lamont unveiled the program that will utilize Aira at no cost for individuals who are blind or have low vision, which in turn allows them to connect with trained, live agents in real-time to […]

Connecticut’s online gambling soft launch set for Tuesday

Connecticut’s seven-day soft launch window for online gambling goes into effect Tuesday, state officials announced. The Department of Consumer Protection, according to a news release, has reached out to the state’s lottery corporation, Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to inform all three entities the launch begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday. “We appreciate the hard work […]

Baker makes appointments to Bay Transportation Authority board of directors

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a new, permanent board, the governor said. In a news release, Gov. Charlie Baker said he appointed Betsy Taylor to serve as the chair of the board established through legislation that was signed in July. Taylor has served with the Finance & Audit Committee for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation […]

Delaware begins toll amnesty program starting Oct. 1

A new initiative designed to capture money from Delaware’s highway tolling system kicks in Friday, as drivers with unpaid tolls will be given a break at the ticket window. Senate Joint Resolution 5 was passed this summer, allowing a one-time Toll Violation Amnesty Program to provide a 3-month window for drivers to satisfy toll debt on State […]