**Meghan Portfolio contributed to this article**
If it seems like there has been a new executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont every day, you might not be too far off – it’s closer to every other day.
Since the public emergency declaration 78 days ago on March 10, Lamont has issued 49 executive orders affecting schools, tax collection, regulations, public health and the way municipalities handle their business.
In counting, we excluded the initial public emergency declaration, and counted extensions of previous actions. Different states count executive actions differently and don’t necessarily call them “executive orders.”
Obviously, the scope of the executive actions range from large to small and the number of actions or orders doesn’t, in itself, capture the extent of what is contained in those orders.
In Connecticut, for example, one executive order can contain multiple orders affecting different sectors of government and the economy. The closure of schools and non-essential businesses has a huge effect on all Connecticut residents, whereas, perhaps, extending administrative deadlines would likely not be noticed by most residents.
Essentially, we counted every unilateral action implemented by a governor, whether they are called “proclamations” or “executive orders” or addendums to existing executive orders.
The average number of executive actions across all states was 34, with Michigan – the focal point of numerous protests by groups demanding the state reopen – taking the top spot with 87 executive orders issued to date. Wyoming issued only 15 executive orders, the fewest in the United States.
Massachusetts had the most in the Northeast, followed by Connecticut. Neighboring New York, a COVID-19 hotspot, had issued 31 executive orders, according to the list on NCSL.
Below are the ten states that have issued the most executive orders as of May 22.
1. Michigan – 87 Executive Orders
2. Colorado – 75 Executive Orders
3. Massachusetts – 59 Executive Orders
4. Minnesota – 57 Executive Orders
5. California – 51 Executive Orders
6. Connecticut – 49 Executive Orders
7. Washington – 48 Executive Orders
8. Arizona – 47 Executive Orders
9. Maryland – 46 Executive Orders
10. New Hampshire and New Jersey – 45 Executive Orders
Connecticut, like many other states, has seen its own protests which, until the Liberty Rally on May 20, were largely conducted from the safety of cars driving past the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion.
The small Liberty Rally was held outside the Capitol and protesters gathered on foot calling for the governor to reopen the state.
Phase one of Connecticut’s reopening plan began on May 20 with restaurants able to serve customers in outdoor venues and retail establishments and offices can open but must maintain 50 percent occupancy and self-certify with the state to follow safety precautions.