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HARTFORD — Despite hundreds of remote committee meetings and COVID restrictions that closed the Capitol to the public and even prohibited full capacity in the House and Senate chambers until the very last hours of the legislative session, the General Assembly of 2021 had some notable achievements.
For starters, the two-year, $46.4-billion state budget that takes effect July 1, the chief goal of the 22-week session, was finished on time — mostly — and with bipartisan support. Gov. Ned Lamont’s opposition to proposed tax increases on the state’s wealthiest put him in a good position to run for re-election next year, whenever he decides to officially announce his candidacy.