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“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. Bocchino is available at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.

Rep. Bocchino Meets with Greenwich Officials to Discuss Sidewalk Installation on Harding Road

Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin


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In 2010, the Selectmen’s Pedestrian and Safety Advisory Board submitted its recommendation to the Greenwich Board of Selectmen regarding potential sidewalk and crosswalk improvements along with potential construction of new sidewalks.

Unfortunately, a section of Harding Road was mistakenly omitted. This section runs from the intersection of Brown House Road to the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.

As state representative for this section of Greenwich, Mike Bocchino met with town officials in hopes of having this sidewalk installed. If the project moves forward, the sidewalk would provide our residents, especially children and seniors, with safe access to the civic center.

You can view Rep. Bocchino’s comments on the project by clicking here or on the video link below.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or comments regarding this potential project at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Bocchino may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.