Volume 37 | August 18, 2021

Governors' Statements of Support on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Governor Lamont Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: “Over the coming decade, every person in Connecticut will experience the impact of this transformative investment in our nation’s infrastructure. I applaud President Biden for sitting down with Republicans and Democrats in Congress and successfully negotiating an agreement that this country has needed for far too long,” Governor Lamont said.

“The policies in this bipartisan infrastructure bill will grow the economy, create good jobs here in Rhode Island and across the country, enhance our competitiveness, and make our economy more sustainable and resilient,” said Governor McKee.

“The Senate's passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package is an important step forward for our nation. The bill will create good paying jobs, modernize our transportation infrastructure, make important investment in the power grid and broadband buildout, and so much more,” said Governor Scott.
Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

A bipartisan group of Senators announced a $1.2 trillion framework with President Biden in June that would include nearly $600 billion in new spending on roads, bridges and broadband. The Senate cleared a major hurdle and voted to move the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan forward on a strong bipartisan vote of 67-32. All 50 Democrats were joined by 17 Republicans to begin consideration of the $550 billion deal. After the successful vote, President Biden released the following statement.
House Passes Minibus

The House has passed its seven-bill minibus spending package, H.R. 4502 (117), by a vote of 219 – 208. The minibus increases budgets for the departments under the fiscal 2022 Labor-HHS-Education, Agriculture-FDA, Energy-Water, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD bills. Congress only has until the end of September to fully fund the government. A House Democratic aide said "we’re continuing to work on the remaining bills,” adding that timing for floor consideration of the measures “is fluid.”
Canada Opens Borders While U.S. Remains Closed
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has loosened border restrictions and announced Canada will begin to allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the United States who are fully vaccinated to enter for nonessential travel without quarantining. Meanwhile, the U.S. has extended border restrictions on nonessential travel, keeping its borders with Canada closed until August 21 amid surging cases triggered by the Delta variant.
EPA Agrees to Interstate Ozone Deadlines - NY, MA, CT Among the States
EPA has agreed to a set of timelines to act on interstate ozone pollution plans from six states in response to a lawsuit filed by the city and state of New York, New Jersey and several other states. The blue states took legal action after the Trump EPA whiffed on deadlines to address plans filed by Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.

EPA has until April 30, 2022, to approve or disapprove the submissions, according to terms described in a Federal Register notice today. If it proposes disapproving any of them by February 28, EPA would have until December 15, 2022, to finalize that action. Such disapproval would trigger a statutory clock to issue a federal plan addressing the pollution instead. The consent decree will be open for public comment through August 30.
News from the States
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit Increasing to 30.5% Under Newly Enacted State Budget

Governor Lamont Issues Executive Order Allowing Municipalities To Implement Universal Mask Requirements, Announces Unvaccinated Nursing Home Staff Will Be Required To Receive Weekly Tests

Mills Administration Requires Health Care Workers To Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 By October 1


Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Federal Grant for Massachusetts Apprenticeships, Promotes Further Job-Training Investments

New Hampshire
Executive Council approves $250,000 in federal money to study the impact of offshore wind (New Hampshire Bulletin)

Governor Chris Sununu Signs 23 Bills Into Law, Vetoes 2
New York
All Healthcare Workers in New York Will be Required to be Vaccinated for COVID-19

New York Power Authority's Economic Development Power Allocations Supporting 2,831 Jobs Across New York State

Rhode Island
Governor McKee, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Education, Community Partners Announce Full Schedule of Back-to-School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Governor McKee, RIOPC, RIDOH Announce RI COVID-19 Milestone
Governor McKee Signs FY 2022 Budget

Governor Phil Scott Announces Latest Round of School-Based Vaccination Clinics

Governor Scott Reacts to Emergency Board Upgrade of Consensus Revenue Forecasts

Governor Phil Scott Certifies for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
Regional and Federal Updates

Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates release Regional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit (Georgetown Climate Center)
New analysis: US needs 1 million EV charging stations to meet demand (Third Way)

U.S. large-scale battery storage power capacity increased 35% in 2020 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Statement from NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad on new IPCC report (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Did you know?

Electric Vehicles are up to 67% less emissions intensive than gas powered vehicles.

Source: Wood Mackenzie