Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 8, 2018 by admin


With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

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

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

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, watches, etc.

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

Rep. Fishbein Calls for Special Session on Tolls

Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin


State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) today joined his Republican colleagues and signed a petition calling for a special session to deal with Governor Malloy’s latest proposal to spend $10 million to study implementing tolls on Connecticut highways.

In a letter to the Governor last Wednesday, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Representative Christopher Davis, Ranking Member of the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee, urged him to “reconsider your proposal to seek a $10 million bond allocation for a study of tolls at the next State Bond Commission meeting.”  The letter also pointed out that his proposal to spend “taxpayer money on a study of tolls without approval from the legislature is a blatant circumvention of our democratic process.”

Unfortunately, that request was ignored and the bond commission passed the measure at their meeting on Wednesday, July 25.     

“Once again the governor refuses to abide by the will of the people and their elected representatives in the legislature and plans to push another $10 million expense onto the taxpayers,” Rep. Fishbein said. “With only a few months left in his term, and after previously suspending transportation-related projects due to a lack of funding, the governor now decides to waste millions to study an issue that has been soundly rejected by the people of the state.  It doesn’t make sense.”

Over the last several years Republican lawmakers have proposed viable alternatives to fund infrastructure in a sustainable way, including plans to require the state to use a set amount of General Obligation Bonds solely for transportation priorities, preserving Special Tax Obligation bonds for transportation projects and re-establishing the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) to assess proposed projects and identify community needs, Rep. Fishbein said.

“We can work together to fund important projects without adding even more pressure on taxpayers,” Rep. Fishbein said.

The petition signed today states that signatories deem it necessary to hold a special session to prohibit the “expenditure of taxpayer funds to study and evaluate the establishment of tolls on Connecticut highways.”

“No one knows what the future makeup of the legislature will be, or who will occupy the governor’s seat, but from my perspective it doesn’t matter because at this point tolls are not a viable option or priority,” Rep. Fishbein said. “The state has already wasted far too much time, resources and money in an effort to implement a system of taxation the people have said they do not want.”

Rep. Fishbein, Sen. Suzio Host Town Hall

Posted on July 13, 2018 by admin


Rep. Fishbein and State Senator Suzio recently hosted a successful town-hall-style meeting for constituents in the council chambers of the Cheshire Town Hall building.

About 20 concerned residents attended to listen to a breakdown of the recently-ended 2018 regular and veto sessions, and to ask questions about specific issues.  The conversation varied between topics, but most of the evening was spent discussing the state budget deficit, the SEBAC union contract, how those two are linked and how they affect Connecticut’s overall fiscal health.  Other topics included the bump stock ban,  road and bridge construction and repair, tolls and social safety net programs.

Reps. Fishbein and Zupkus, Delegation Honor Essay Winner

Posted on May 24, 2018 by admin


During a brief presentation Thursday morning, State Representatives Craig Fishbein and Lezlye Zupkus were joined by Rep. Linehan and State Senator Suzio and principal Scott Jeffrey to honor Leila Hyder, 12, for her women’s history month essay on author Luanne Rice. Leila’s parents, Anita Sharif-Hyder and Fahmeed Hyder, surprised their daughter by attending the presentation.

The Women’s History Month essay contest titled, “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me,” was organized by Rep. Fishbein to honor Women’s History Month. Unfortunately, due to the legislative session the legislators were unable to meet with Miss Hyder during March. During the presentation before her 6th grade class, Hyder was given an official state citation and explained who author Luanne Rice is, and how she overcame incredible difficulty to become a respected author, before posing for pictures with her parents, the legislators, school officials and her classmates.


Rep. Fishbein Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week

Posted on May 17, 2018 by admin


In honor of National Police Week, I want to let members of the law enforcement community, especially our Cheshire and Wallingford officers, know how much we appreciate their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to our safety.

Thank you!

Important Contact Information and Safety Tips

Posted on May 17, 2018 by admin


As we continue to assess and clean up from this week’s devastating storms, I wanted to pass along important information and tips that may help you or your family during this difficult time.


Power outages and other emergencies (24 hours) 203-265-5055

More information on storm outage safety:


To report downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment, call 800 722-5584 (800.7.CALL UI).


Call Eversource at 800-286-2000 to report an electric outage, or go online at Follow Eversource on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook ( Sign up to receive storm outage updates via text, email, phone call at gas leaks, call 877-944-5325


Questions about your insurance and storm damage? Contact or check out these tips:



  • Falling branches and uprooted trees can become tangled with electrical wires and become energized.  Please stay clear and report any fallen trees or wires immediately.
  • If you use a generator, always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu. If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; then call 911.


If you need additional assistance, call Connecticut’s toll-free Infoline, 211, for information, referrals and other services.