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Rep. Labriola to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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NAUGATUCKState Representative David Labriola (R-131) has volunteered with Rep. Rebimbas and Sen. Logan to yet again raise money for local residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at the Naugatuck Walmart on December 5th and 9th. All proceeds collected during the bell ringing will be donated directly to the Salvation Army.

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Walmart, 110 New Haven Road, Naugatuck

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Walmart, 110 New Haven Road, Naugatuck

Rep. Labriola welcomes all constituents to stop by the store and help make the fundraising event a success! If you are unable to make it on the dates listed above, you can text “CTREP” to 71777 to donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle. You can also visit the Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyusa.org to learn of other ways to do good this holiday season; for example, by donating cars, clothing, household goods, airline miles, bonds and stocks, or volunteering for the community.

The House Republican Caucus as a whole has raised more than $186,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.

For more information on the event, please contact Rep. Labriola at 800-842-1423 or David.Labriola@housegop.ct.gov.

 

Rep. Labriola Provides Comments on Pretrial Justice at UConn

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HARTFORD – A symposium on pretrial justice brought criminal justice officials from all over the state and country to UConn’s School of Law on Thursday. State Representative David Labriola (R-131), UConn Law alumnus, member of the Legislative Judiciary Committee and a Criminal Justice Attorney, participated in the day’s events by speaking on a panel regarding legal and evidence-based practices and their future. Other panel members included Judge Robert Devlin, Justice Charles Daniels, and Connecticut Sentencing Commission Executive Director Alex Tsarkov.

Reps. Rebimbas, Labriola and Republican State Lawmakers Release Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

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HARTFORDState Representatives Dave Labriola (R-131), Rosa Rebimas (R-70) and fellow Republicans released a revised budget during a press conference on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Based on previous proposals put forth by the caucuses this year, this version balances the state’s $3.5 billion deficit without new or increased taxes.

“Our caucus has proposed a responsible, balanced budget,” said Rep. Labriola. “Our proposal contains no tax increases on the citizens of Connecticut and does not add any taxes onto our small businesses.”

“We are approaching three months without a two-year budget in place and our cities and towns have suffered as a result,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “Without assurances from the state, municipalities cannot plan ahead and have resorted to delayed school openings, layoffs and damaging spending cuts to offset the shortfall. House and Senate Republicans have been prepared to vote on a budget for months, but the majority’s refusal to entertain our proposals, or even permit a healthy debate, has blocked our efforts. We have offered a final version before Thursday’s special session and we believe this comprehensive plan is the best option for the entire state. I hope we have the opportunity to put it to a vote.”

This budget proposal would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and social services, and provide local governments with the clarity they need to form their own budgets. The package includes elements of House and Senate Republicans previous plans while incorporating suggestions and feedback from Democratic lawmakers and Governor Malloy. The new version also factors in the recent SEBAC agreement, which is now law.

The GOP budget restores the $200 property tax credit for all qualifying families and individuals, creates a more equitable ECS formula, provides predictable municipal support and crucial mandate relief, funds core social services for the poor and seniors, including Care4Kids and Meals on Wheels, and prioritizes education funding. The proposal seeks long-term changes by reducing the size of government through hiring freezes, consolidating legislative committees to increase efficiency, and implementing a spending and bonding cap. With these savings, Republicans were able to include phased-in tax exemptions for social security and pension income for middle income families.

The Connecticut House of Representatives is scheduled to meet this Thursday, September 14, 2017 for a Special Session. It is unclear if the majority party plans to call for a vote on the budget at that time.

New Laws Taking Effect July 1st

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This Saturday, July 1st, will mark the first day of the new fiscal year. On this day, new laws that may affect you and our community will become effective. Several of these laws were acknowledged by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) as Major Public Acts (PA) to pass through the Legislature this session. Examples include:

Education

PA 17-3: Increases teacher training requirements for supporting students with Dyslexia.

PA 17- 220: Provides state education mandate relief.

Environment

PA 17-144: Promotes clean energy initiatives by making changes to renewable energy policies.

PA 17-218: Requires consideration of the environmental and agricultural impacts (with a focus on prime farmland and core forest) of constructing new solar energy generating facilities.

Economic Development

PA 17-214: Authorizes the certification of new and existing nonprofit organizations as Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks to help municipalities clean up brownfields and prepare them for productive uses.

PA 17-90: Increases permitting for farmers’ market wine sales.

Healthcare

PA 17-135: Limits Medicaid provider audits and enhances the efficiency of the Electronic Visit Verification System (EVV).

PA 17-96: Ensures that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of state residents with disabilities.

PA 17-131: Helps prevent prescription opioid diversion and abuse.

An entire list of laws coming into effect July 1st can be found here. The full report on 2017 Major Public Acts is also available here.

 
Please note that the report does not include an OFA budget summary, as it normally does, because the General Assembly did not adopt a budget by the end of the regular session, which adjourned on June 7th. A supplemental report will be issued when that information becomes available.

Rep. Labriola Attends Ribbon Cutting for New Business in Naugatuck

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NAUGATUCK – Leilani Nail Spa, a beauty spa offering a range of nail and massage treatments, marked its grand opening June 15, 2017 at 1177 New Haven Road in Naugatuck. Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left front: Marianne Como, Ion Bank Branch Manager; Hwacha (Lisa) Yie, Owner of Leilani Nail Spa; Courtney Ligi, Director of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce; and Laurie Taf-Jackson, Naugatuck Burgess; from left rear: State Senator George Logan (R-17); Mayor of Naugatuck N. Warren ‘Pete’ Hess; State Representative David Labriola (R-131); and Ron Pugliese, CEO of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corp. and chairman of the Naugatuck Chamber.