Legislative Agenda

2021

Advocate for Limited Safe Harbor from Liability for CCIC Institutions due to COVID-19
While the independent colleges around the state diligently implemented the state’s Re-Opening guidelines for higher education, doing so could not guarantee that no student, faculty, staff, or visitor will be exposed to the virus. As a result, even institutions that strictly adhered to public health standards could face COVID-related lawsuits that would be costly to defend. CCIC will advocate for a limited safe harbor provision that would protect colleges and universities from lawsuits from students who may have transmitted the virus while enrolled at an institution in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Maintain Current Tax Status of CCIC Institutions
CCIC will work to ensure that current tax exemptions for non-profit independent colleges and universities remain intact.

Advocate for the Independent Colleges to be Included in Economic Development Strategies, including the Governor’s Workforce Council strategic plan
CCIC will continue to educate lawmakers about the economic impact of the independent college sector in the state.  In addition, we will advocate to ensure that the independent college sector 
continues to be considered a key partner in state economic development strategies, including the Governor’s Workforce Council strategic plan, with a specific focus on educating policymakers around our capacity to support efforts to:

  • Retain Talent in CT
  • Expand Dual-Credit Opportunities
  • Align degree production with workforce needs
  • Promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Maintain Support for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program
CCIC will seek to maintain or increase current appropriation levels for PILOT grants to municipalities.

Advocate for Increased funding for need-based aid within the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
CCIC will work to maintain or increase funding for need-based aid under the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program.

Leadership, Advocacy and Ongoing Review of Proposed Legislation
CCIC will provide information to the General Assembly regarding the impact of independent colleges and universities on the educational, economic, and community life of Connecticut and its citizens. An ongoing review of all bills and amendments introduced during the legislative session will be conducted to determine whether there are impacts on independent colleges and universities. CCIC will take positions on legislation affecting member institutions as appropriate.

 

Approved by CCIC Board on October 29, 2020.

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