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Shutdown day 32: CT towns fighting to be first on tax relief

January 23, 2019

It’s day 32 of the federal government shutdown and aside from what appears to be show-votes in the senate, there has been no movement to end it.

President Donald Trump is bearing the brunt of the shutdown, poll-wise, according to Politico.

“As the government shutdown enters its second month, President Trump continues to carry the bulk of the blame among voters for the stalemate,” pollster Tyler Sinclair told politico. “In this week’s poll nearly half of voters (49 percent) say the president is responsible — up 6 points since the shutdown began. At the same time, 35 percent of voters blame blame congressional Democrats, up 4 points, while 4 percent of voters blame congressional Republicans, down 3 points.”

If you need assistance, Connecticut’s 211 website has a comprehensive list of services.

Here are a few shutdown-related items of interest:

Communities fighting to be first on tax relief

Connecticut lawmakers approved a program to provide interest free loans to federal workers affected by the shutdown Tuesday night, but local communities, too, are trying to offer some relief.

State Sen. Matt Lesser tweeted first that Rocky Hill was the first municipality in Connecticut to vote in favor of tax relief.

“Incredible! The town of Rocky Hill is the first community in Connecticut to authorize tax relief for federal workers affected by the shutdown - just authorized a few hours ago,” he tweeted Tuesday night.

Soon after, though, Lesser tweeted that which town was first remained in question.

“I’ve been told that the town of West Hartford disputes this,” he said. “They claim they beat us by a few minutes, but I stand with Rocky Hill.”

Two more days of federal courts?

It’s crunch time. Money is running out for federal court operations, with reserves expected to last until Friday.

After that, services may cease at federal courts around the country, including Connecticut.

Robin Tabora, clerk for the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, told the Connecticut Mirror on Tuesday that the chief judge and the court’s board of judges were in the process of finalizing a draft plan that would determine which court functions and employees “would be deemed essential.”

“We’re looking at every position, we’re looking at every function,” she said.

Some employees will be required to work without pay. Others will be furloughed.

Free aquarium tickets

Government employees affected by the shutdown will get free admission to Mystic Aquarium in Norwalk Monday through Friday through the duration of the shutdown, according to a release.

“Our local community is directly impacted by the government shutdown, most notably through the Coast Guard and the Naval Submarine Base,” Roslyn Gilhuly, senior vice president of external relations, said in a release. “We have always taken great pride in our role not only in the community but as a destination for family fun and learning. We hope to be able to provide a fun diversion during what is undoubtedly a stressful time for local families.”

Important links for those in need

- Applying for unemployment

- Child care assistance

- Housing resources

- Legal services

- Energy assistance

Jordan Fenster is digital products editor for Hearst Connecticut Media. jordan.fenster@hearstmediact.com

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