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“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 8, 2018 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

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 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.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 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 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.

For any questions please call my office at the State Capitol at 1.800.842.1423 or email Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

Stop the Governor’s Toll Study

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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Latest News from the State Capitol

Outgoing Gov. Dan Malloy has decided that after seven and a half years in office, he wants to put $10 million on the state taxpayers’ credit card to study the issue of tolls in Connecticut.

Think about that.

As Gov. Malloy is leaving the job…he wants to borrow $10 million of OUR money…to study tolls!

Tolls on I-95, I-91, I-84, Routes 8 and 25, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and more.

The state Bond Commission is expected to vote on the $10 million allocation on July 25.

If you want to help defeat this $10 million proposal, please contact members of the Bond Commission and urge them to Vote NO on the Tolls Study!”

Contact information for members is listed below:

Let them hear you!

Governor Malloy

(860) 566-4840

Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management

(860) 418-6500, Ben.Barnes@ct.gov

Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer

(860) 702-3010, state.treasurer@ct.gov

Kevin P. Lembo, State Comptroller

(860) 702-3301, Comptroller.Lembo@ct.gov

George C. Jepsen, Attorney General

(860) 808-5318, attorney.general@ct.gov

Melody A. Currey, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services

(860) 713-5100, Melody.Currey@ct.gov

John W. Fonfara, Senator and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8600, John.Fonfara@cga.ct.gov

Jason Rojas, Representative and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8500, Jason.Rojas@cga.ct.gov

For any questions please call my office at the State Capitol at 1.800.842.1423 or email Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

CT Early Childhood Alliance Names Rep. Kokoruda as a 2018 Children’s Champion

Posted on June 27, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Noreen Kokoruda as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.

(l to r): Amanda Dalton, Director of Madison Educational Playcare Center; State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Jane Porterfield, Educational Playcare Center Owner and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at CT Early Childhood Alliance.

“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.

“While at the state Capitol in Hartford, children, their families, and educators are always a priority of mine,” said Rep. Kokoruda, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “I am honored to receive a 2018 Children’s Champion Award from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as they are a wonderful partner and advocate for children throughout the state of Connecticut. I look forward to working with them during the next legislative session to advocate on behalf of our children.”

Legislators honored this year are: Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D-Meriden), Rep. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk),  Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain),  Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven), Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20), Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), and Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19).

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.