CHAPTER 588n
CREDIT, JOBS, CAPITAL INVESTMENT
AND TAX INCREMENTAL FINANCING PROGRAMS

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Sec. 32-277. Conditions for financial assistance.
Sec. 32-285. Tax incremental financing program. Application and approval procedure. Bond authorization. Reports. Independent financial analyses.
Sec. 32-290. Financial assistance for entrepreneurial development of low-income persons.
Sec. 32-290a. Entrepreneurial training program.
Sec. 32-291. Bond authorization.

      Sec. 32-277. Conditions for financial assistance. A regional corporation shall not provide any financial assistance authorized by sections 32-271 to 32-284, inclusive, unless the following conditions are met:

      (1) The applicant has demonstrated that there is little prospect of obtaining the conventional project financing requested from either private or public sources of funding within the region, and that there is little prospect of obtaining adequate project financing from private sources of capital, or in the case of a loan guarantee, that there is little prospect of obtaining project financing without the guarantee;

      (2) There is a reasonable prospect of repayment;

      (3) The project is located in the region represented by the regional corporation;

      (4) The project will comply with any applicable environmental rules or regulations;

      (5) The applicant has certified that it will not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression or age;

      (6) A staff member or a representative of the regional corporation acting in an official capacity has personally visited the project site and the applicant's place of business; and

      (7) Financial commitments or contingent financial commitments for the project have been obtained from other public and private sources.

      (P.A. 92-236, S. 18, 48; P.A. 11-55, S. 18.)

      History: P.A. 11-55 amended Subdiv. (5) to prohibit discrimination on basis of gender identity or expression.

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      Sec. 32-285. Tax incremental financing program. Application and approval procedure. Bond authorization. Reports. Independent financial analyses. (a)(1) There is hereby established a tax incremental financing program, under which the incremental hotel taxes collected under subparagraph (H) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 12-407, which are generated by a project approved by the authority under this section may be used to pay the debt service on bonds issued by the authority to help finance, on a self-sustaining basis, significant economic projects and encourage their location in the state.

      (2) The incremental sales taxes collected under chapter 219, other than the sales tax referenced in subdivision (1) of this subsection, and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes collected under chapter 225 which are generated by a project may, subject to approval pursuant to this section by the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and finance, revenue and bonding, and the authority, be used to pay the debt service on bonds issued by the authority to help finance, on a self-sustaining basis, significant economic projects and encourage their location in the state.

      (b) As used in this section: (1) "Authority" means the Connecticut Development Authority; and (2) "eligible project" means a large-scale economic development project (A) that may add a substantial amount of new economic activity and employment in the municipality in which it is to be located and surrounding areas, and may generate significant additional tax revenues in the state; (B) for which use of the tax incremental financing mechanism may be necessary to attract the project to locate in the state; (C) which is economically viable and self-sustaining, taking into account the application of the proceeds of the bonds to be issued under the tax incremental financing program; (D) for which the direct and indirect economic benefits to the state and the municipality in which it will be located outweigh the costs of the project; and (E) which is consistent with the strategic development priorities of the state.

      (c) Any person, firm or corporation wishing to participate in the tax incremental financing program, or any municipality wishing to obtain tax incremental financing to support a project within its boundaries, may apply to the authority in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. The application shall contain such information as the authority may require, which may include information concerning the type of business proposed to be established and its location, the number of jobs to be created or retained and their average wage rates, feasibility studies or business plans for the project and other information necessary to demonstrate its financial viability, the amounts and types of bonds proposed to be issued for the project and the proposed use of the proceeds, information about other sources of financing available to support repayment of the bonds proposed to be issued, including property tax increments to be made available by the municipality, a geographic description of the area surrounding the proposed site of the project and the existing firms doing business in that area, an economic impact assessment of the effects of the project on the municipality, an assessment of the incremental hotel taxes, or, if applicable, the incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes to be generated by the project, an analysis of necessary infrastructure development to support the project and any available sources of financing for such infrastructure and other information which demonstrates that the bonds will be self-sustaining from the incremental taxes collected and any amounts made available by a municipality under subsection (i) of this section, and that the project will provide net benefits to the economy and employment opportunity in the state. The authority shall impose a fee for such application as it deems appropriate. Any costs incurred by the authority which are associated with such application and are not covered by such fee shall be paid from funds of the authority which are not otherwise committed or pledged.

      (d) Upon receiving an application for participation in the tax incremental financing program and any supporting information, the executive director of the authority shall make a preliminary determination as to whether a proposed project may be eligible for participation in the program.

      (e) (1) The authority shall review each application that has been preliminarily determined to be eligible under subsection (d) of this section. In reviewing an application, the authority shall obtain such additional information as may be necessary to make a final determination as to whether the project is eligible for participation in the program, whether the project is economically viable with use of the tax incremental financing mechanism, the effects of the project on the municipality and whether the project would provide net benefits to economic development and employment opportunity in the state. The authority may require the project sponsor to submit such additional information as may be necessary to evaluate the application.

      (2) The authority shall retain such financial advisors and other experts as it deems appropriate to conduct an independent financial assessment of the application and supporting information, including, in particular, the amount of the incremental hotel taxes, or, if applicable, the incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes to be generated by the project, whether the project will be economically viable and whether the bonds will be self-sustaining.

      (3) The authority shall prepare a revenue impact assessment that estimates the incremental hotel taxes or, if applicable, the incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes that would be generated by the project, the state and local revenues that would be foregone as a result of the project, all state and local revenues that would be generated by the project and the economic benefits that would likely result from construction of the project, including revenue effects of such economic benefits.

      (4) (A) Not later than seventy-two hours before presenting a proposed project to the board of directors of the authority for final approval, if such project uses incremental hotel taxes, the executive director of the authority shall give notice of the proposed project and meeting to the president pro tempore and minority leader of the Senate, the speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding and the Department of Economic and Community Development. Such notice shall include such information about the project, the estimated tax increments and the revenue impact assessment, as may be appropriate, consistent with the protection of any confidential financial information provided by the project sponsor. Any such member of the General Assembly may, by notifying the executive director, request that the board of directors of the authority defer final consideration of the project for thirty days.

      (B) If such project uses incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, the notice required pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this subdivision shall not be required, but the procedure in subdivision (6) of subsection (f) of this section shall be followed after the board of directors of the authority has given approval to such project.

      (f) (1) Upon consideration of the application, the results of the independent financial assessment, the revenue impact assessment and any additional information that the board of directors of the authority requires concerning a proposed project, such board of directors shall determine whether to approve the project for participation in the tax incremental financing program and, if so, the amount and type of bonds the authority shall issue to support the approved project, the purposes for which the funds generated by sale of the bonds may be applied and the amount of the incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes that shall be annually allocated to pay principal and interest on the bonds to be issued for the project. The amounts so allocated shall not exceed the estimated amount of incremental taxes to be collected, except that in the case of retail shopping center projects, the amount of incremental sales allocated to calculating incremental sales taxes shall not exceed thirty per cent of gross sales directly associated with the project. From the amount of incremental taxes so allocated by the authority, the amount required for payment of principal and interest on the bonds issued in accordance with subsection (g) of this section shall be deemed appropriated from the state General Fund, provided, for projects using incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, an amount shall be deemed appropriated only upon final approval of such projects pursuant to subdivision (6) of this subsection.

      (2) The authority may approve a project only if it concludes that: (A) The project is an eligible project; (B) the incremental hotel taxes or, if applicable, the incremental sales taxes collected under chapter 219 and the incremental admissions, cabaret and dues taxes collected under chapter 225 that are generated by the project, together with other dedicated sources of financing available to pay debt service on the bonds, will be sufficient to pay interest and principal on the bonds as they come due; (C) the project will be economically viable and will contribute significantly to economic development and employment opportunity in the state; and (D) the direct and indirect economic benefits of the project to the state and the municipality in which it shall be located will be greater than the costs to the state and such municipality.

      (3) The authority shall seek to obtain diversification among the types of projects supported under this program and among the geographic regions in the state in which projects are located.

      (4) The approval of a project by the authority may be combined with the exercise of any of its other powers, including but not limited to, the provision of other forms of financial assistance. The proceeds of the bonds may be combined with any other funds available from state or federal programs, or from investments by the private sector, to support the project.

      (5) Upon approving a project, the authority may require the project sponsor to reimburse the authority for all or any part of the costs of the independent financial assessment conducted in reviewing the application and any other related costs incurred.

      (6) For final approval of any proposed project using incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, the authority shall submit, in a manner consistent with the protection of any confidential financial information provided by the project sponsor, copies of the application, the independent financial assessment, the revenue impact assessment, and the proposed financial assistance to be offered by the authority to the proposed project, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and finance, revenue and bonding for final approval. Not later than forty-five days after said committees' receipt of such proposed project information, said committees shall advise the authority of their approval or modifications, if any, to such proposed financial assistance. If said committees do not agree, the committee chairpersons shall appoint a committee on conference which shall be comprised of three members from each joint standing committee. At least one member appointed from each committee shall be a member of the minority party. The report of the committee on conference shall be made to each committee, which shall vote to accept or reject the report. The report of the committee on conference may not be amended. If a joint standing committee rejects the report of the committee on conference, the proposed financial assistance shall be deemed approved. If the joint standing committees accept the report, the committee having cognizance of finance, revenue and bonding shall advise the authority of their approval or modifications, if any, of such proposed financial assistance, provided, if the committees do not act within forty-five days, the proposed financial assistance shall be deemed approved. Financial assistance by the authority for the proposed project shall be in accordance with the proposed financial assistance as approved or modified by the committees.

      (g) (1) The authority may issue one or more series of bonds in accordance with the provisions of chapter 579, to the extent not inconsistent with the provisions of this subsection, payable in whole or in part from the incremental taxes allocated and deemed appropriated from the state General Fund under subsection (f) of this section and any amounts contributed by a municipality under subsection (i) of this section, to finance a project approved under this section or to refund bonds previously issued under this section. The authority is authorized to make a grant of all or part of the proceeds of such bonds to any person in connection with the acquisition, construction and equipping of an eligible project, including the expense of the state or any municipality, or any instrumentality or agency of the state or any municipality, in connection therewith. Subject to applicable federal tax law, the authority may issue such bonds, the interest on which is excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes, or such bonds, the interest on which is not so excludable. The authority, when authorizing the issuance of any series of such bonds, shall, in conjunction with the State Treasurer, determine the rate of interest of such bonds, the date or dates of their maturity, the medium of payment, the redemption terms and privileges, whether such bonds shall be sold by negotiated or competitive sale and any and all other terms, covenants and conditions not inconsistent with this section, in connection with the issuance thereof, including but not limited to, the pledging of special capital reserve funds authorized under subsection (b) of section 32-23j.

      (2) The issuance of any bonds by the authority under this section shall be subject to the approval of the State Bond Commission. Upon approving a project, the authority shall submit the matter to the State Bond Commission for final approval. The State Bond Commission shall not approve any project unless it has received the submission from the authority at least ten days prior to the meeting at which such project is to be considered. Such submission shall include the information considered by the authority in approving the project, the independent financial assessment and such other information as the commission deems appropriate. In reaching its decision, the State Bond Commission may consider such information as submitted. After such approval by the Bond Commission, no other approval shall be required for the project.

      (h) For such period of time as bonds issued to support an approved project are outstanding, the Treasurer shall make payment of interest and principal on the bonds to the trustee when due, but not exceeding in any fiscal year the amount deemed appropriated pursuant to subsection (f) of this section.

      (i) A portion of the proceeds of bonds issued pursuant to this section may be made available to a municipality in which a project is located for the purpose of carrying out or administering a redevelopment plan or other functions authorized under chapter 130 or chapter 132. Such municipality may contribute all or any part of the money specified in subdivision (2) of section 8-134a or subdivision (b) of section 8-192a to the authority for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds issued by the authority under this section to support such approved project. In exercising such power, such municipalities shall proceed as provided in said chapter 130 or 132, as the case may be, except that the references therein to bonds and bond anticipation notes shall be deemed to refer to the bonds issued by the authority under this section.

      (j) (1) Not later than July first in each year that bonds issued to support an approved project are outstanding, the authority shall submit a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and finance, revenue and bonding with respect to the operations, finances and achievement of the economic development objectives of the projects approved under this section. The authority shall review and evaluate the progress of each project and shall devise and employ techniques for forecasting and measuring relevant indices of accomplishment of its goals of economic development, including, but not limited to, (A) the actual expenditures compared to original estimated costs, (B) whether there have been significant cost increases over original estimates, (C) the number of jobs created, or to be created, by or as a result of the project, (D) the cost or estimated cost, to the authority, involved in the creation of those jobs, (E) the amount of private capital investment in, or stimulated by, the project, in proportion to the public funds invested in such project, (F) the number of additional businesses created and associated jobs, and (G) any impact on tourism.

      (2) Not later than July first in each year that bonds issued to support an approved project are outstanding, the Office of Policy and Management shall retain independent financial experts to conduct an analysis of the financial status of each project approved under this section. The independent financial analysis shall include, but not be limited to, determinations as to whether the incremental hotel taxes or, if applicable, the incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes actually generated by the project are equal to the estimates made at the time the project was approved, whether the project is economically viable and whether the bonds issued are self-sustaining with the incremental taxes actually collected and other financing sources dedicated to repayment of the bonds. The authority shall require the project sponsor to reimburse the Office of Policy and Management for the costs of such annual analyses. The results of such analyses shall be made available to the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of both houses, and to the chairpersons and ranking members of said committees.

      (P.A. 92-236, S. 26, 48; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4, S. 68, 85; P.A. 95-160, S. 64, 69; 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; 96-264, S. 6, 8; P.A. 98-179, S. 25, 26, 28, 30; P.A. 01-210, S. 1, 3; P.A. 05-113, S. 2; P.A. 08-162, S. 3; P.A. 09-61, S. 2; P.A. 11-103, S. 2.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4 in Subsec. (k) extended program from July 1, 1994, to July 1, 1996, effective June 9, 1994; P.A. 95-160 revised effective date of May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4 but without affecting this section; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 96-264 amended Subsec. (k) to extend program from July 1, 1996, to July 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 98-179 amended Subsec. (g)(2) to prohibit the State Bond Commission from approving a project unless it received the submission from the authority at least ten days prior to the meeting at which the project is considered, amended Subsec. (j) to require certain details in the report required under that subsection, and amended Subsec. (k) to extend the sunset date for this section to July 1, 2001, effective June 5, 1998; P.A. 01-210 amended Subsec. (k) to extend the sunset date for section to July 1, 2005, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 05-113 amended Subsec. (k) to extend date from which authority prohibited from approving commitments for new projects from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2008, effective June 24, 2005; P.A. 08-162 designated existing provisions of Subsec. (a) as Subdiv. (1) and amended same to apply to hotel taxes collected under Sec. 12-407(a)(2)(H) rather than sales tax collected under Ch. 219 and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes collected under Ch. 225, added Subsec. (a)(2) re sales tax and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, amended Subsec. (c) and Subsecs. (e)(2) to (e)(4) to include references to incremental hotel taxes, designated existing provisions of Subsec. (e)(4) as Subsec. (e)(4)(A), added Subsec. (e)(4)(B) re notice for projects using incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, amended Subsec. (f)(1) to provide, for projects using incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, that an amount be deemed appropriated only upon final approval, amended Subsec. (f)(2) to include reference to incremental hotel taxes, added Subsec. (f)(6) re final approval of proposed projects using incremental sales and admissions, cabaret and dues taxes, amended Subsec. (j)(2) to include a reference to incremental hotel taxes, and amended Subsec. (k) to change commitment deadline from July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2010, effective June 12, 2008; P.A. 09-61 made a technical change in Subsec. (f)(6) and amended Subsec. (k) to change commitment deadline from July 1, 2010, to July 1, 2012, effective May 27, 2009; P.A. 11-103 deleted former Subsec. (k) re final date for commitments for new projects, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-290. Financial assistance for entrepreneurial development of low-income persons. Section 32-290 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 92-236, S. 40, 48; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-382, S. 16, 69; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 99, 165; P.A. 11-131, S. 5.)

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      Sec. 32-290a. Entrepreneurial training program. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services and the Labor Commissioner, may establish, within available appropriations, an entrepreneurial training program for the purpose of training and preparing former recipients of temporary family assistance, general assistance, state-administered general assistance and aid to families with dependent children, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, displaced homemakers and high school drop-outs for self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

      (b) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of this section.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 56, 131; P.A. 11-140, S. 24.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 11-140 amended Subsec. (a) by adding dislocated workers and displaced homemakers to list of eligible participants, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 32-291. Bond authorization. Section 32-291 is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 92-236, S. 46, 48; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 11-131, S. 5.)

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