Connecticut adjourned its 2018 legislative session sine die on May 9, and Governor Dan Malloy (D) finished acting on the bills sent to his desk on May 24. Governor Malloy signed a bipartisan budget with no tax increases on May
- Governor Malloy signed a bill providing a pay raise to healthcare workers caring for people with intellectual disabilities, increasing their minimum wage to $14.75 per hour from its previous rate of $13.53 per hour. Broader bills to increase the state minimum fair wage to $15 ultimately failed to get a vote in either chamber.
- The budget included additional transportation funding, allowing Governor Malloy to scrap planned fare increases for rail and bus riders.
- A bill that would have cleared the way for the state to negotiate sports gaming rights with its tribal nations failed to gain traction during the session. However, following the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision granting states control over sports gaming, a special session to address the issue may be in the cards.
- State legislators considered bills that would have legalized recreational marijuana, but the bills were unable to get a vote during the frantic second year of the session.
Connecticut voters will go to the election booths on November 6 to elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, comptroller, all 36 state Senate seats, and all 151 state House seats.
Governor Malloy is not seeking a third term in office, and voters at the state Democratic convention overwhelmingly endorsed former U.S. Senate candidate and businessman Ned Lamont as their candidate to replace him. He will be challenged in the primary by Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and business executive Guy Smith.
On the Republican side, the party’s chosen candidate is Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who will contest the nomination with Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Westport tech consultant Steve Obsitnik.
Along with Governor Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Treasurer Denise Nappier are not seeking reelection, contributing to a total of at least 10 primary contests in August.