With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 20th through Saturday, August 26th.
This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s current 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.
Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the 6.35% sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.
State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) today expressed his continued frustration and disappointment that the legislature was called into special session yet has not introduced, debated or voted on a state budget.
During the opening minutes of today’s special session, House Republicans proposed an amendment to the session rules to allow a vote of 1/3 of the legislature – 51 votes out of 151 total House members – to be able to call a budget for a consideration and debate. By rule, the majority party controls which bills get called on the House floor for debate, and the proposed rule change would only allow legislation be called for consideration with members free to debate and vote on the measure as usual. That amendment was defeated along strict party lines by a vote of 77-71.
Hours later, House Republicans again called a separate amendment in order to introduce, debate and vote on the budget proposal. That amendment was also defeated along party lines by a vote of 75-71.
“Instead of allowing debate and an up or down vote on the merits of a fully vetted, no-tax-increase budget package proposed by House Republicans, majority party Democrats chose, once again, to stifle debate and summarily rejected the only plan offered to date,” Rep. Fishbein said. “The legislature is supposed to work for all of Connecticut and not just the municipalities served by Democrats.”
For more than two hours Tuesday evening, State Representative Craig Fishbein and State Senator Len Fasano, along with State Reps. Mushinsky and Linehan, held an open discussion and answered questions from more than 60 constituents in Wallingford and surrounding towns on issues related to state government. The forum, one of several hosted by the Republican lawmakers in the district, is a way for them to listen and learn directly about the issues affecting Wallingford residents.