DERBY– House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria in cooperation with the Errera Community Care Center of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are encouraging Valley residents this holiday season to help veterans in need by donating clothes, comfort items, or games to their donation drive.
The Klarides Sisters said the 2nd Annual Donation Drive to Help Connecticut Veterans will run from December 6th to December 20th with a collection box located at the Derby Library 313 Elizabeth St, Derby, CT.
Items needed include:
DERBY-The Derby State Legislative Delegation will be hosting a Coffee Hour at the Valley Diner Restaurant on Friday, November 17th, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The lawmakers will be discussing the recently passed bipartisan state budget and issues impacting the state.
HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, and Senator George Logan today announced the final approval of a bipartisan budget that averts Gov. Malloy’s devastating education cuts to cities and towns and installs structural municipal mandate reform that will provide long-term relief sought by local leaders and the taxpayers they serve.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “This is a day of hope for the people of Connecticut. The budget we have put in place includes historic spending constraints that will hedge against future deficits. While this budget is not perfect, it reflects the core Republican components of spending restraints, less borrowing so that we can finally start living within our means.”
Klarides said the state will be able to close the massive deficit with less than a 1 percent increase in taxes and fees. The bulk of the tax hikes are on cigarette sales and the hospital taxes that will be refunded by the federal government once the state completes its application to the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).
Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, “It has been 117 days without a state budget in place, and over a month since the governor’s reckless executive order went into place. Our communities would have been devastated if the governor continued to control the state finances. As a freshman State Representative, I was proud to see Democrats and Republicans work together to craft a budget that makes real structural changes. We still need to make more spending and tax reforms, but this budget moves us in that direction.”