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I-84 East Exit 25 Off-Ramp Detour Begins Wednesday, October 18

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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

I-84 Eastbound (EB) Exit 25 Off-Ramp to Detour to Exit 23

On the night of Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the existing EB 25 off-ramp will close. Traffic will be detoured to the EB 23 off-ramp and then onto the new ramp to Harpers Ferry Road as follows:

  • EB Exit 25 off-ramp traffic will exit at the EB 23 off-ramp and follow the detour signs
  • Traffic will split further ahead with EB 23 off-ramp traffic staying to the right and EB 25 off-ramp traffic and I-84 EB on-ramp staying to the left
  • After that split, I-84 EB traffic will proceed straight ahead while EB 25 off-ramp traffic will fork to the right, where it will proceed on the new ramp alignment under the Hamilton Avenue Bridge and continue for 3/4 mile where it will meet up with Harpers Ferry Road

If inclement weather causes postponement, this will occur the following night.

This temporary traffic shift will allow for the continued construction of I-84 from the Mad River’s western crossing to the east of Harpers Ferry Road.

Legislative Internship Program for Undergraduates

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I would like to let the students in my district know that the Connecticut General Assembly is now accepting applications for the 2018 Legislative Internship Program! Starting in the Spring, interns at the Capitol will see how state government works first-hand, work one-on-one with a state legislator and legislative staff members, and earn school credit while gaining job experience in public service and/or law.

To apply, you must comply with the following qualifications:

  • Be an undergraduate student attending a two or four-year institution of higher education in Connecticut, and/or state resident attending an out-of-state college. (CT residents attending out of state colleges should contact the program director prior to applying)
  • Be 18 years of age or older by program start (January)
  • Have completed 20 credits by program start (January)
  • Have a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Be prepared to register for a course (varies by institution) in order to receive credit for the internship during the participating semester

If you have any questions about the program, Program Director Lisa Roy encourages you to call her at 860-240-0520 or email cgaintern@cga.ct.gov. You can also visit the program’s website or Facebook and LinkedIn pages for more information, including instructions on how to apply.

Click Here to Submit An Application

Please pass this information along to students who may be interested and eligible.

I have personally seen the positive impact that the invaluable work of a legislative intern can have on our caucus. Many interns, in fact, later become staff members or legislators. This is a wonderful opportunity – I hope to see you at the Capitol in 2018!

Photo Credit: CT Legislative Internship Program

CT Veterans Stand Down, September 22nd

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On Friday, September 22, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (CTVA) will host the 2017 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services they have earned.

Several community providers will have booths set up and staffed with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings and legal services.

Additional details are in the flyer below, provided by the CTVA:

Sales Tax Free Week Begins August 20

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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 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.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

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House Republican Budget Update

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On Tuesday, July 11, House Republicans held an open budget presentation for all lawmakers and the public to receive a comprehensive review of our no-tax-increase budget proposal.

The House Republican Caucus has offered four proposals since January. The current plan:

• Increases school aid for every town and city and preserves municipal funding overall
• Rejects the shift of $407 million in teacher pension payments to municipalities to avoid property tax hikes
• Has no tax or fee hikes whatsoever, unlike House Democrats who proposed sales tax hikes of up to 26 percent
• Offers municipal mandate relief and limits state borrowing to $1.3 billion
• Eliminates the property tax on hospitals

The budget balances without tax hikes through $2 billion in state employee union concessions over two years, a reduced state workforce through attrition and privatization, and numerous other savings throughout state government:

• Implements a defined contribution plan for new hires and increases pension and healthcare payments for all state workers
• Provides overtime savings and enhanced fraud detection programs to make government more efficient

You can watch the full presentation of our budget by clicking here, or you can view our presentation document by clicking here.

We are scheduled to gavel in for a special session to vote on a budget on Tuesday, July 18th. The House Republican Caucus has been ready to vote on our no-tax-increase budget proposal, and we have continued to show that we can balance the state budget without raising taxes.