Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says he will expedite the payout of the state’s share of emergency federal loans to small businesses in response to COVID-19. President Donald Trump announced the $50 billion loan package during his address to the nation on Wednesday.

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New York’s wine and grape industry has a multibillion-dollar impact on the state’s economy. That’s according to a recent report by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont launched his workforce council on Thursday. It’s a public private partnership with a number of CEOs, state government officials and educators. Their task is to recommend a strategy that would improve education and skills training in the state.

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A new report says the opioid epidemic has taken more than a human toll. Long Island’s economy loses more than $8 billion a year.

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Economists and financial forecasters, speaking at the New York State Capitol in Albany as part of an annual consensus forecast meeting on the state budget, are warning of an impending recession in New York and the nation. The state is already experiencing some warning signs, with the governor’s budget office predicting a $2.6 billion deficit.