Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, I would like to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week,” beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending Saturday, August 25, for back-to-school shopping!
This one-week long event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Please note that since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, the sale will still be exempt from taxes as long as the final price is less than $100. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.
Tax Free Week, which occurs the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday, was first enacted in 2000. It applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Legislation enacted in 2015 reduced the exemption to clothing and footwear costing less than $100; which is substantially reduced from previous years.
For a complete listing of items that qualify as tax exempt and others that do not, please click here. If you would like to review additional details about the event, you can consult the Department of Revenue Services webpage by clicking here, or by speaking with your local retailers.
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Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – Led by State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), lawmakers from all over Southeastern Connecticut joined together last week in an opinion-editorial to urge the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to amend its draft RFP (Request for Proposals) that essentially excludes Millstone from participating in a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity until 2023. The legislators reminded DEEP of their responsibility to comply with a law passed last year which requires that Millstone be allowed to compete in a competitive auction for carbon-free resources.
This week, legislators from across the state have joined Rep. McCarty’s effort, with the help of Senator Paul Formica, and sent a letter directly to DEEP Commissioner Klee. In the letter, 46 Representatives and 9 Senators in a bipartisan manner informed DEEP of the adverse economic and environmental ramifications of a premature closing of Millstone.
“While we are pleased that DEEP recently issued a draft RFP, we were shocked and dismayed to discover DEEP is ignoring the legislative intent of the law,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, in the draft RFP, DEEP usurped legislative authority by defining a new term, “at risk time period” to 2023, which would significantly delay the time frame of potential contracts for certain resources. This language is inappropriate and unfair.
“Millstone Power Station – the source of 50% of the state’s power, 90% of its carbon-free electricity and 1500 jobs – is the only resource participating in the comprehensive “At Risk” determination process and thus is the only resource potentially impacted. What’s more,” they continue, “DEEP waited until it knew that Millstone was the only resource seeking “At Risk” treatment before it defined the new term. This language in the draft RFP is unacceptable and MUST be removed before the Final RFP is issued on July 31, 2018. If Millstone is determined to be an existing resource confirmed At Risk, the risk is NOW and it should not be forced to wait until 2023 to be treated as such.”
DEEP has confirmed the receipt of this letter and states that they “appreciate” the legislators’ input and “will take [their] comments into consideration.”
de la Cruz
Posted on July 13, 2018 by admin
Last year, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed a bipartisan bill that offers the potential of lowering electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers. The bill authorized energy regulators to conduct a competitive auction for carbon-free resources if they determined it was necessary. The bill created a path forward for Connecticut to meet its energy, environmental and economic goals. Importantly, the bill also would potentially protect Millstone Power Station, the source of 50% of the state’s power and 90% of its carbon free electricity and 1500 jobs, by allowing it to compete in the competitive auction too.
Unfortunately, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is charting a different course than the legislation directed. The legislature directed DEEP to conduct a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity and to allow Millstone to participate, if regulators determined that it was necessary. They made the determination in February that it was necessary.
Now, after beginning the process, DEEP is unilaterally changing the legislative intent of the law by inserting language into the draft Request for Proposals that would essentially exclude Millstone’s offer from being considered until June 1, 2023. They do so by creating a new term and definition, “at risk time period” that does not exist in the statute. DEEP must eliminate this definition in the final Request for Proposals in order to be in compliance with the legislative intent of the law. Otherwise, DEEP will be usurping the legislative authority from the women and men elected to represent the people of this state.
Dominion Energy, the owner and operator of Millstone Power Station, acted in good faith throughout the entire legislative process. It has responded to all legislative and regulatory requests, including voluntarily providing its proprietary and independently audited financial data. If Millstone is the winning bidder in the competitive auction, its contract has to take effect now and not in 2023. That is what the legislature intended by passing and enacting Public Act No. 17-3.
What’s more, Dominion Energy is facing an important decision now about investing more than 700 million dollars into Millstone Power Station to maintain exemplary operations. Neither Dominion Energy, nor the workers at Millstone Power Station, nor the ratepayers, nor Connecticut can afford the delayed implementation of the auction to 2023.
A premature retirement of Millstone will certainly result in higher electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers, the loss of thousands of jobs, thirty million in local taxes, 1.5 billion to the state economy and the inability of the state to meet its clean air goals. The adverse economic and environmental ramifications cannot be overemphasized.
The debate over the future of Millstone has been settled by the legislature. It is the job of Connecticut’s energy regulators to follow the legislature’s will. The Southeastern delegation cannot overstate the urgency and necessity for them to comply with the legislative intent of Public Act 17-3.
We urge DEEP to amend its draft RFP, eliminate the language regarding the 2023 start date and comply with the law enacted.
Rep. Mike France (R-42)
Rep. Kathleen McCarty (R-38)
Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-37)
Rep. Devin Carney (R-23)
Rep. Christine Conley (D-40)
Sen. Heather Somers (R-18)
Rep. Chris Soto (D-39)
Rep. Emmett Riley (D-46)
Rep. Kevin Ryan (D-139)
Rep. Linda Orange (D-48)
Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34)
Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47)
Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (R-45)
Sen. Paul Formica (R-40)
Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19)
Rep. Joe De La Cruz (D-41)
Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is continuing their 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program with milling work on a 4.32 mile segment of Route 82 in Salem, Montville and Bozrah starting Monday, July 16th. Resurfacing will begin on Tuesday, July 24th and is expected to conclude on Monday, August 6th.
Please expect lane closures to occur on Route 82 from Route 354 in Salem, through Montville, to South Road in Bozrah. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. As always, please maintain a safe speed when driving through this vicinity.
Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin
NEW LONDON – State Representative Mike France (R-42) joined fellow lawmakers and local officials recently at the Submarine Force Museum for a ceremony to honor our state’s veterans.
The historical ship Nautilus (SSN 571), the first and now-retired nuclear powered submarine served as the backdrop to the 9th annual “To Honor and Remember” event. The ceremony pays tribute to soldiers from all branches of the military and the merchant marines for their dedication and service, along with a special Veterans Remembrance Event for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“As a 20-year Navy veteran, I appreciate the significance of the sacrifice made by all servicemen and women – and especially their families – but in particular those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” said Rep. France. “This is the fourth year that I have had the honor to attend this ceremony, and I appreciate VITAS hosting this great opportunity to show gratitude and support for our local veterans, as well as those currently on active duty.”
The event also featured a “shipmates remembrance ceremony” to honor all those who have served in the various branches of the military. Each branch was recognized individually while the armed service songs from each military branch were played.
The annual event is hosted by VITAS Healthcare, who offers hospice care to veterans with a wide range of terminal conditions.