The Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing on three bills that I am watching very closely tomorrow regarding tolls, railroad fare increases, and a new Transportation Authority.
All three of these bills are very concerning for our communities. If you are concerned, you can have your voice heard by submitting testimony to the Transportation Committee.
How to submit your testimony? You can testify in person or send the committee an email. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at Nicole.Klarides-Ditria@housegop.ct.gov.
In his budget proposal at the beginning of the month, Governor Malloy proposed a series of new taxes and fees as a means of closing Connecticut’s $245 million budget deficit.
The governor’s proposed taxes and fees were submitted to the General Assembly in a bill called SB 10, which includes the following:
1. A new tax on nonprescription drugs and medicines.
2. A new CT Tire Tax. $3 per tire.
3. A new tax on low-income working families and elderly individuals by eliminating the $200 property tax credit
4. A gas tax hike.
5. A 25-cent deposit fee on wine and liquor bottles. Fruit, tea, sports, and energy drinks would also be subject to the redemption fee.
6. A penalty on businesses by maintaining a temporary surcharge on the corporation tax that was due to expire June 30.
7. A hike in the hotel tax.
8. A hike in the tax on real estate conveyances.
9. The elimination of the $500 credit on the income tax for recent college graduates who earn a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.
DERBY — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Senator George Logan, and State Reps. Nicole Klarides-Ditria and Linda Gentile will join Mayor Richard Dziekan at the Derby City Hall (Council Chambers) on Monday, January 29th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session with residents.