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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Cassano Providing Relief for Employers Regarding COVID-19 PPE Expenses Passes Senate


Tonight, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) joined the Senate in passing legislation benefitting businesses against the financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that he co-sponsored. The legislation takes an important step to benefit businesses by providing them with a tax exemption for purchasing necessary protective equipment to limit the spread of COVID-19.

"The extreme hardships that fell upon so many Connecticut businesses at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic were hard to bear," said Sen. Cassano. "After all this time, these businesses that acted to protect their employees and customers deserve relief. This legislation does just that, giving them financial relief and one less cost they must grapple with. I'm happy to vote to support our state's vital small businesses."

Senate Bill 711, "An Act Concerning COVID-19 Relief For Small Businesses And Requiring Federal Regulatory Analysis For Proposed State Regulations," establishes a sales and use tax exemption for small businesses for personal protective equipment used or worn to prevent COVID-19 infection or transmission. Small businesses will need to present certificates at point of sale; "small business" is defined as a business with 100 or fewer full-time employees.

The legislation previously passed the Commerce Committee by a unanimous vote.


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