House and Senate Pass Republican No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Hartford – Early Saturday, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) and Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) joined together with a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate colleagues to approve a two-year state budget proposal with no new taxes that would put a stop to the governor’s draconian executive order cuts, and restores funding to core social services. The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan budget by a vote of 77 -73.

“This is the first step toward getting the state back on sane fiscal footing and putting Connecticut back on the road to solvency,” Klarides said. “We owe it to the state of Connecticut to act and have the Governor sign this bipartisan legislation.”

“Our bipartisan budget solution doesn’t take the easy way out or repeat budget mistakes of the past,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “We made bold structural changes and made sure to reform and reshape the size of state government. A veto by the governor will jeopardize our children’s education, raise local property taxes, and keep Connecticut going down the wrong fiscal path. Signing our budget is the right thing to do for the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

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Republican State Lawmakers Release Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Hartford –  Yesterday, State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria joined together with her Republican colleagues to release a revised two-year state budget proposal with no tax increases that would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and core social services, and provide stability for towns and cities.

“We are continuing to show taxpayers that we don’t need to raise taxes to balance the budget,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “The Democrats’ tax and spend mindset has resulted in bigger budget deficits and has resulted in more businesses and residents leaving. Our budget takes a different approach and will provide Connecticut with a more stable budget future.”

The revised budget proposal offered by Senate and House Republicans includes no tax increases and rejects the governor’s proposal to shift teacher pension costs onto towns and cities that would further burden municipalities and lead to increased property taxes. The Republican budget proposal combines elements of the Senate and House Republicans’ multiple prior budget proposals released earlier this year, feedback from Democrat lawmakers and the governor, and factors in the legislature’s passage of the state employee labor concessions deal that is now law.

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CT Veterans Stand Down Event

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Dear Neighbors,

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

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

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