Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin
With the start of school just around the corner, Rep. Floren wants 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:
Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.
As always, you may contact Rep. Floren if you have any questions at (800) 842-1423 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin
CT State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the approval of a bond package, which will assist the Greenwich Housing Authority with their work on the Armstrong Court project.
“Since 1946, he town’s housing authority has been an effective and successful producer, owner and management of housing options for low and moderate income people, residents and seniors and this loan is a real boost to the ongoing effort on our part to increase our affordable housing inventory,” Rep. Floren told the Bond Commission during a meeting on July 25, 2018.
Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin
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. Floren may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at email@example.com or toll free at (800) 842-1423.
Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.
“Education has always been a priority for me as a parent and legislator, and I was thrilled that the House was able to override the governor’s decision,” Rep. Floren said, who was unable to attend today’s veto session due to an urgent family medical issue. “With that said, I am disappointed the Senate was unable to do the same. Many towns across Connecticut were blindsided last year by the cuts to education funding. It is unfair to put our students and educators in this predicament when they rely on us to give them the funding they need. I hope the General Assembly reconsiders this legislation in the near future.”
Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.
Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.
The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.
Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.
In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.
The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.
“‘I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have,’” Rep. Floren said, quoting President Thomas Jefferson. “The plan we passed today is not the be-all-end-all of budgets, but it brings us one step closer to economic recovery, and that is a win for the State of Connecticut. Our problems will not solve themselves. We must work hard to resolve them as a state. Assisting our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, investing in education, and avoiding further tax increases are the priorities that matter to us, and this budget sets those priorities. However, we must keep pushing for more fiscal reforms in the future. We cannot stop here.”
S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.
Click below to watch Rep. Floren’s comments on the bond bill, H.B. 5590, which passed the House and Senate unanimously shortly before the budget vote.
Click below to watch Rep. Floren on “Meet the Leaders” with David Smith – May 8, 2018.
Posted on May 5, 2018 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There are only five days left in the 2018 Session, and we have a lot of work to do. With that said, I am happy to report that we made progress this week in the struggle to provide stability and sustainability to the State of Connecticut.
Revised Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal
On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released our second balanced budget proposal for FY 2019. Our plan does the following:
Toll Bill Blocked for this Session
After months of Republican opposition, the Speaker of the House has decided not to call for a vote on tolls because he no longer has the votes.
Tolls are just another tax on Connecticut residents, and I do not support their installation. With that said, I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the toll debate in the future, but we will be ready.
I will keep you updated as these final days of session unfold. Until then, please contact me at (800) 842-1423 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding state government.
Rep. Livvy Floren, 149th district