Bipartisan Sober Home Bill Clears House

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo said on Monday that he was proud of the bipartisan work of the General Assembly for passing legislation that will help those suffering from addiction

The bill, House Bill 5149, permits a sober living home certified by an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, or a successor organization, to report its certified status to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). A home that does so must also provide DMHAS with the number of available beds it has at the time of its report and upon the department’s request.

In addition, the bill also requires DMHAS to post on its website a list of these certified sober living homes as well as the number of available beds at each home. The department must update this information daily.

“Those suffering from addiction and seeking help should know where available beds are and that the operators of sober living homes are certified,” said Rep. Perillo. “This legislation is another proactive step we are taking to tackle the opioid epidemic.”

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Republican Budget Focuses on Prioritizing Spending

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty announced yesterday that the House and Senate Republicans released their second complete balanced budget.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty said the Republican budget proposal restores funding to the Medicare Savings Program, funds the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund, and fully funds the FY 2019 enacted Education Cost Sharing grants.

“We are providing a vision for the state that doesn’t require tax increases or funding cuts to people that need it the most,” said Rep. Perillo. “It’s clear that residents and businesses are fed up with the taxes they have to pay in Connecticut. We are continuing to listen to those who are tired of tax increases, and with this budget, we can start to regain their confidence in Connecticut.”

Rep. McGorty added, “It is critical that we prioritize spending. Our budget does that, and as a result, we are able to fully restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program and other much-needed programs. Democrats shouldn’t play party politics with the future of Connecticut, and instead, work with us to pass this forward-thinking budget.”

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Rep. Perillo and McGorty Support Republican Budget Proposal

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty are backing a Republican budget proposal that fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and eliminates the projected $321.5 million deficit. It includes policies to address the state’s long term unfunded liabilities and put the state on a path toward stability and predictability.

“Maintaining tax breaks for seniors and working families and reducing the size of state government are just two of the many pro-taxpayer proposals we include in our budget plan,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Dan Malloy has proven that spending more and taxing more isn’t the solution to solving Connecticut’s growing budget concerns. A new direction for the state of Connecticut is needed and our proposal offers bold alternatives that will take us down a new road.”

“We protect funding for seniors, veterans, and those that need it the most in this budget,” added Rep. McGorty. “In addition, our budget will reduce state spending, reform state government, and protect taxpayers’ wallets from more tax increases being proposed by the majority party. We don’t need tolls or tax increases to solve our state’s budget crisis. It’s time to stop talking about raising new revenue and start talking about cutting unnecessary spending.”
The Democrat majority rejected the Republican budget in the Appropriations committee but instead voted for their own spending plan which ‘fails to address our unfunded liability and included $213 million more in state spending.

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Important Information from UI

Posted on March 21, 2018 by admin


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Below is important information from UI about the storm today

United Illuminating Ready for Another Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Be Prepared

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is operating in storm mode as yet another snowy nor’easter bears down on the state. The company urges customers to prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

UI storm readiness teams have been tracking the storm, holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and making arrangements for additional resources in case they’re needed to help restore service. The company is coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities. Also, after the storms earlier this month, UI completed a “sweep” of its electrical system to address lingering damage and mitigate threats to overhead wires and equipment.

Forecasts call for rain, snow and wind throughout Wednesday and into Thursday. The snow and wind are expected to intensify Wednesday afternoon, with gusts potentially reaching 40 mph. The combination of wet, heavy snow and wind has the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

UI reminded customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment to make arrangements and have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of electrical service. Life-support customers may also register with UI by calling 800-722-5584.

The company also warned customers to stay far away from downed lines, or anything that might be in contact with them. Even lines that appear dead can be dangerous. Report downed lines and other hazardous electrical conditions to UI by calling 800.722.5584.

Before a Storm:
• Visit Outage Central at uinet.com for storm-related information and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter to receive updates and other information.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• Make sure that smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are fully charged.
• Fill your car’s fuel tank.

Restoration Priorities:
UI follows an orderly process when restoring service that emphasizes public safety and seeks to make effective use of resources.

1. UI’s immediate concern after a storm is public safety. Restoration teams work with towns and the state to de-energize downed lines, clear roads and restore critical facilities such as hospitals and shelters.

2. Next, UI focuses on assessing damage and repairing the backbone of the electrical system: substations, transmission lines, circuits and primary lines. Crews visit locations where they can restore large numbers of customers at once.

3. Then, crews restore equipment and lines that serve smaller groups of customers.

4. Finally, crews focus on restoring remaining service lines to individual homes and buildings until every customer has service. This phase may begin while higher priority work is already underway.

If You Lose Service:
• Customers may report an outage using UI’s 24/7 automated phone system: Call 800.722.5584. To report an outage via mobile, text “OUT” to 839.884 (TEXT.UI), or visit Outage Central at uinet.com.

• Keep sensitive electronic appliances such as computers, TVs and stereos plugged into a surge protector, or unplug them. They could be damaged if a power surge occurs when electricity is restored.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. For information about food safety, visit http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
• Never use a stove or oven as a space heater to stay warm. Only use space heaters intended for indoor use inside or in enclosed spaces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are unable to keep your home heated safely and comfortably, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Home Generators:
• Any generator that plugs into a home’s wiring should be connected via a transfer switch by a licensed electrician. Improper installation can damage the generator, or create hazards for utility employees working on poles, or even the general public. UI leases and installs an affordable automatic transfer switch that safely connects your portable generator to your electric meter to allow you to run your home’s equipment directly from your circuit breaker panel. Call 877.447.8743 or visit www.uinet.com/shieldandconnect for information.

• If adding a natural gas-fired generator, consult your gas utility to ensure there is adequate pressure. Generators should be placed outdoors and away from doors and windows to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.

Restoration:

• UI can only reconnect service if the electrical system on the property is undamaged and capable of accepting service. Any damage on the property owner’s side must first be repaired by a licensed electrician. To learn more, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and select “What’s Ours and What’s Yours.” For more information, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter.

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Rep. Perillo Looks to Improve Medicaid Enrollees’ Health and Wellbeing

Posted on March 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113th) said on Monday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to help improve Medicaid enrollees’ health and well-being by incentivizing work and community engagement.

Senate Bill 270, An Act Concerning Work and Community Service Requirements for Recipients of Certain Public Assistance Programs, will require the Department of Social Services to apply for a waiver to impose work and volunteer participation requirements on able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid, similar to what is required in our TANF and SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) programs. The bill also reasonably excludes from the work requirements seniors, children, disabled individuals, child care takers, and students.

“We need to take steps to reform Connecticut’s Medicaid program,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Our current Medicaid program doesn’t encourage able-bodied adults to find work. I believe those that need our help the most should receive assistance, but letting adults who are able to work receive benefits is a strain on the program.”

Rep. Perillo added, “The proposal is consistent with the guidance letter that was issued on January 11, 2018 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to all state Medicaid Directors informing them of this opportunity through state tailored demonstration projects.”

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Stop Governor Malloy’s New Tax Plan!!

Posted on March 1, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends,

In his budget proposal at the beginning of the month, Governor Malloy proposed a series of new taxes and fees as a means of closing Connecticut’s $245 million budget deficit.

The governor’s proposed taxes and fees were submitted to the General Assembly in a bill called SB 10, which includes the following:

1. A new tax on nonprescription drugs and medicines.
2. A new CT Tire Tax. $3 per tire.
3. A new tax on low-income working families and elderly individuals by eliminating the $200 property tax credit
4. A gas tax hike.
5. A 25-cent deposit fee on wine and liquor bottles. Fruit, tea, sports, and energy drinks would also be subject to the redemption fee.
6. A penalty on businesses by maintaining a temporary surcharge on the corporation tax that was due to expire June 30.
7. A hike in the hotel tax.
8. A hike in the tax on real estate conveyances.
9. The elimination of the $500 credit on the income tax for recent college graduates who earn a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

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State Lawmakers Restore Funding to the Medicare Savings Program

Posted on January 9, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and state Senator Kevin Kelly voted on Tuesday for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The MSP plan was approved in the House and Senate by veto-proof majorities.

“The Medicare Savings Program helps over a 100,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities pay their medical bills,” said Rep. Perillo. “This was one area of the bipartisan budget that didn’t sit well with me and I knew that we had to get back to Hartford to restore this funding. I will continue to be a strong advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities and work to make sure they receive the necessary funding they deserve.”

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty Score Perfect Voting Attendance Records

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Reps. Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) achieved perfect voting records for votes cast on the floor of the state House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session and special session, according to the House Clerk’s Office.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty were present and participated in all 417 unique occasions when votes were taken in the House of Representatives during the 2017 sessions.

“Being your voice in Harford is an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously,” said Rep. Perillo. “Attending meetings, voicing your concerns, and fighting for our community is what I was elected to do on behalf of you and your families. I will continue to serve you with honor and will work hard next session to pass legislation that will get our economy back on track.”

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Rep. Perillo Meets 3rd Graders from Sunnyside Elementary at State Capitol

Posted on December 19, 2017 by admin


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SHELTON – State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) talked to 3rd graders from Sunnyside Elementary during their visit to the State Capitol on Friday, December 15th. Rep. Perillo met the students in the House Chamber to discuss the legislative process and the role of state government.

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty Vote for Bipartisan Budget Compromise

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – In a special session of the House today, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in support of a bipartisan budget compromise arrived at after a months-long budget impasse that lasted well beyond the close of the regular legislative session at the beginning June, and 118 days after the start of the current fiscal year.  The action today ends the longest budget impasse in Connecticut history.

The Shelton legislators noted that this budget, arrived at after marathon negotiations between Republican and Democrat leaders, passed the House by a vote of 126-23.  The budget had passed the Senate the previous evening by a vote of 33-3.  The margin of favorable votes in both chambers would be enough to override a veto from Governor Malloy if necessary.

“This budget is far from perfect, but it represents important concessions from both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Perillo, “We had important victories, and those include restoring the education aid to Shelton that the governor threatened to eliminate.  We also finally instituted a spending cap and a bond cap to reign in state spending, and phasied in exemptions on taxes on Social Security and pensions.  We also protected important programs like Care4Kids.  The alternatives being offered by the governor were not acceptable, and I am pleased we were able to arrive at a consensus that helps lay the framework for better budgeting moving forward.” (more…)

Reps. Perillo, McGorty Continue Push for Veto Override

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Michael Downes


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House Speaker’s Attempt to Kill Bipartisan Budget Fails- For Now 

HARTFORD – In a hastily called special session of the State House of Representatives convened with only one day’s notice, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) criticized House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) for his attempt to kill the bipartisan budget passed by the legislature in September, but vetoed by Governor Malloy. Firmly aware that there would not be the necessary 101 votes to override the veto, the session was called by the Speaker to quickly defeat the bipartisan budget – but that’s not how it played out.

House rules require the bill to be recalled by a member on the prevailing side of the bill, and none who voted in favor of the budget called the bill to assure its defeat. The Shelton legislators joined with supporters of the bipartisan budget, both Republicans and Democrats, in preventing action from being taken, thwarting the Speaker’s attempt to kill the budget bill. Having not taken action on it, the budget remains on the table, though both Shelton legislators recognize that getting an additional 24 Democrats to support the budget is a tall task.  (more…)

Reps. Perillo, McGorty Slam Governor’s Veto of Bipartisan Budget

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Towns like Shelton set soon to suffer under executive orders

Rep. Jason Perillo

On Thursday afternoon Governor Dannel P. Malloy delivered a veto of the bipartisan budget that passed the legislature during special session two weeks ago. State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) blasted the action as sharply partisan and short-sighted, consigning towns like Shelton to steep cuts in education aid as the state continues to operate under the governor’s executive orders. The budget Governor Malloy has vetoed would have restored these funding cuts municipalities.

“This budget, which began as our proposed Republican budget, was first offered back in April,” said Rep. Perillo.   “Unfortunately, Democratic leaders refused to call it then because they knew it would pass, just as it eventually did – with some Democratic support.  While their leaders produced no budget of their own until we were over seventy days into the new fiscal year, they would apparently prefer to have towns like Shelton get their funding slashed than sign on to a budget that doesn’t raise taxes, makes some hard choices, and forces the state to live within its means. The veto of this responsible bipartisan budget is shameful.”

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Join Us for A Senior Wellness Fair

Posted on September 21, 2017 by Michael Downes


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A Bipartisan Budget to Move Our State Forward

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Opinion by Rep. Jason Perillo

In the early morning hours of Saturday, September 16th, history was made.  For the first time in over forty years, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a no-tax-increase budget that was developed by legislative Republicans, and sent it to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.

What started as a Republican budget became a bipartisan budget as three Democratic State Senators, and then five Democratic Representatives, joined with all Republicans in voting in favor of this budget.  It had been 141 days since House and Senate Republicans put forward the first version of this budget, only to have Democratic leaders who hold a razor-thin majority refuse to call it.

These Democratic leaders in the legislature preferred failing to deliver any budget until 70 days after the start of the fiscal year, allowing the governor to run the state through ruinous executive orders, including a looming order that goes into effect on October 1st that takes away all of Shelton’s $5.8 million in Education Cost Share funding for our local schools. (more…)

Perillo Votes for No-Tax-Increase Budget

Posted on September 16, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Republican budget finally called in House – Passes with bipartisan vote

State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) was in Hartford for a second day in a row, resulting in an early Saturday morning vote on a biennial budget for the State of Connecticut.  Thursday evening the House failed to go in to take up a Democratic budget that had been negotiated with Governor Malloy.  Earlier Friday, the State Senate passed the House and Senate Republican budget with a surprise bipartisan vote including three Democrats.

The Republican budget moved to the State House of Representatives where five Democrats joined all 72 Republicans to pass the GOP No-Tax-Increase budget 77-73.

“The first step to turning this state around and reversing our economic downfall is ending the cycle of confiscatory tax hikes and spending increases,” said Rep. Perillo.  “With the passage of this no-tax-increase budget tonight, we have taken that first step.  It isn’t without sacrifice – but that is because it reflects the difficult choices we know are needed to get this state moving in the right direction.  I thank the Democrats in the Senate and the House who joined with us to make this budget a bipartisan reality.” (more…)

McGorty and Perillo Call for Restoration of Funeral Honors Funding for Veterans

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Michael Downes


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State Representatives Ben McGorty (R-122) and Jason Perillo (R-113) today called on Governor Dannel Malloy to reverse his executive order cutting funding to Honor Guard details provided by the state for funerals of veterans.  The executive order was issued by the governor to provide for operation of state government while no state budget is in place nearly three months after the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, and two months after the start of the current fiscal year.

“We understand that the governor has to run state government, and that he has to find cuts facing a massive $5.1 billion deficit,” said Rep. McGorty.  “But short-changing those who served and sacrificed for the freedom of our nation by cutting funding for their military honors as they are laid to rest is disgraceful.  Maintaining such honors should be a priority.”

“Needing to find places to cut and save is understandable – taking away the final military honors from a veteran who served his country is not,” said Rep. Perillo. “If this is what we are being handed due to legislative Democrats being inert on the budget, they should really reexamine their priorities.” (more…)

Rep. Perillo – Update from the Capitol: GOP Budget and Union Agreement

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) gives an update from the State Capitol on the status of the proposed House Republican budget and the union contract  revision agreement.  Click above for Jason’s message.

Perillo Supports Veto Override on Affordable Housing Reform Measure

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) voted in favor of overriding the veto of Governor Dannel P. Malloy of affordable housing reform legislation aimed at easing the ability of Shelton and other similar communities statewide to achieve a moratorium on certain affordable housing requirements under the state’s 8-30g statutory requirements.

The legislation, HB 6880,  passed both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly during the regular 2017 session, but was vetoed by Malloy earlier this month. In both chambers the override squeaked by with the minimum votes possible; 101-47 votes in the House and 24-12 in the Senate. (more…)

Rep. Perillo’s Capitol Update – Revised House Republican Budget Proposal

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Michael Downes


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As the state enters its second week of being without a budget, and operating under executive order of the governor, House Republicans put on an open presentation of their revised budget proposal.  Rep. Jason Perillo gives an update from the Capitol following the presentation.

Click above for Jason’s remarks.  Click below to check out the full House GOP budget proposal.

Join us for Pints and Politics in Shelton

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Reps. Perillo, McGorty Oppose Highway Tolls

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – During today’s session of the House, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) stood in opposition to legislation which would implement tolls on state highways, a measure tantamount to a new and heavy tax on state residents.

“What has been proposed to us is this concept that out of state drivers don’t pay their fair share – that this is about equity,” said Rep. Perillo.   If that is to be true, you have to also argue for true relief to residents of the state in the form of a gas tax.  Proponents of this measure say there is a cut in the gas tax included, but the bar is so high to achieve it, it is likely to never happen.  These proponents are merely interested in a money grab. This is neither fair or equitable- 70% of these tolls will be paid by residents of this state, not drivers coming in from other states.” (more…)

Perillo and McGorty Congratulate Shelton’s Jennifer Nguyen

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty were on hand at a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol to congratulate Jennifer Nguyen of Shelton, recipient of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship which provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to model students that engage in positive change for their communities.  Jennifer was one of a select number of statewide recipients for the 2017 award.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

Reps. Perillo, McGorty Usher Opioid-Combatting Legislation Through House

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Michael Downes


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During today’s session of the House, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted to advance legislation they cosponsored aimed at helping curb the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic facing the state.

“Unfortunately, there is no single or easy solution to the terrible and tragic problem of opioid addiction and abuse that has cost our communities so much in lives damaged and lost,” said Rep. Perillo. “This bill is not a lone solution, but one in a progressive number of changes that are aimed at altering the way opioid medications are handled and dispensed, which limits the potential opportunities for abuse.  I’m pleased to have worked on this legislation, and I hope to see it make it to the governor’s desk before the session ends.” (more…)

Reps. Perillo, McGorty Support Nomination of Attorney Thomas Welch of Shelton to Superior Court

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Michael Downes


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During today’s session of the House, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in support of the nomination of Shelton Attorney Thomas J. Welch to a seat on Superior Court.

“Attorney Welch is perfectly suited to serve on the bench,” said Rep. Perillo, noting that Welch has worked as his family attorney, and Welch’s father was Perillo’s grandfather’s family attorney.  “That kind of family lineage of multi-generational service is earned only through great trust and honesty.  This state will be well- served by the addition of Thomas Welch to the bench of the Superior Court.” (more…)

Wishing You a Happy Memorial Day

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Michael Downes


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As Memorial Day arrives this weekend, I wish you and your families the best, and ask that you join me in reflecting on the service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives to preserve the freedom and propserity we enjoy today as a nation.

OBSERVANCES IN SHELTON

There will be a Memorial Service Sunday, May 28, at the Shelton High School at 7:30 p.m.  The Derby – Shelton Memorial Day Parade will begin Monday, May 29, at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Howe Avenue in Shelton, and conclude at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Cottage Street in Derby.

Perillo and McGorty Recognize Sabrina Maldonado, CT Youth of the Year

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Michael Downes


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At a brief ceremony in the State Capitol, Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) and Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) offered congratulations to Sabrina Maldonado, and presented her with a citation from the General Assembly for her accomplishments in being named the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley’s 2017 Youth of the Year, and now 2017 Connecticut Youth of the Year. (more…)

Perillo Proposes Voter ID Requirement

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Michael Downes


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During an early evening session of the State House of Representatives, debating legislation aimed at advancing an amendment to the state’s constitution that permits early voting, Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) offered an amendment that would require those who cast votes in municipal, state and federal elections to present a valid photo ID to election officials that contains their name and address before casting their vote.

“Most people are surprised to learn that in the State of Connecticut, you are not required to provide identification that demonstrates clearly that you are who you say you are when you go to cast a vote,” said Rep. Perillo, who noted that elections officials he has dealt with are often under the assumption that it is required.  “If we are really serious about preventing voter fraud in this state, why don’t we take this important and easy step that will easily validate the identity of an elector?  I think the majority of state residents would want us to have a voter ID requirement.” (more…)

Perillo and McGorty Recognize EMS Service at Capitol Ceremony

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Michael Downes


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L-R: Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113), Trumbull EMS Chief and former Shelton Echo Hose Ambulance Asst. Chief Joe Laucella of Shelton, and Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) at the EMS recognition at the Capitol today.

Recognizing the 51st anniversary of the creation of the nation’s modern Emergency Medical Services (EMS), National EMS Week was kicked off today around the country.  Here in Connecticut, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) took part in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Hartford to honor the dedicated EMS personnel across the state, and in their hometown of Shelton. (more…)

Rep. Perillo Advances Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Michael Downes


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined House Republicans as they issued their revised no-tax increase budget for 2018-19.  The fine-tuned budget proposal eliminates the projected $5.1 billion budget deficit, increases school funding for Shelton, reduces the corporate surcharge and mitigates municipal aid losses by reallocating funds.

“After six years of serious fiscal mismanagement compounded by massive tax increases, Democrats are looking to plug the newest gaping hole in the state budget with increased fees, legalized marijuana, casino gambling and pinks slips to state employees,” said Rep. Perillo.  “These are more bad decisions that the state can’t afford, and there is another way.  Our plan makes some tough decisions, but we managed to put together a budget that restores the governor’s cuts to our municipalities and local education without a tax increase.” (more…)

Rep. Perillo – Observing National Police Week

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) discusses National Police Week, and honoring those who serve as public safety officials to protect our communities and our families – from the Hall of the House – May 16, 2017.  Click above for video.

Rep. Perillo on the Opioid Crisis – FOX 61’s “The Real Story”

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo joined Jerry Schwab of the High Watch Recovery Center to discuss the opioid crisis in the state of Connecticut on “The Real Story” with Al Terzi and Jen Bernstein.  Aired May 14, 2017.  Click below to watch the segment.

Perillo Participates in Housatonic River Clean-Up

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R- Shelton) participated in the annual Housatonic River Clean-Up with Rep. Ben McGorty (R-Shelton) and numerous volunteers and students on Saturday, May 6th.  Volunteers gathered at the Sunnyside Boat Ramp behind Sunnyside School to clear the water and shores of trash and debris.

Rep. Perillo and Republicans Unveil “Confident Connecticut” State Budget Proposal

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined his Republican colleagues in the Senate and House today to share a state budget proposal that closes the current projected state deficit over the next two years without new taxes and without pushing state expenses onto towns, cities or hospitals. The “Confident Connecticut” budget includes increased education funding with a new funding formula, restores money for core social services, and provides for significant structural changes to state government that roll out into the future.

The budget restores $3.8 million in education losses to Shelton and replaces a further $3.7 million due to the removal of the teachers retirement pension obligation the governor tried to place on the town. (more…)

Reps. Perillo, McGorty Visit Beta Shim on Business Tour

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Zach Pratt, VP of Manufacturing at Beta Shim shows Reps. Perillo and McGorty some of their work.

State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have launched a new tour of small businesses throughout Shelton, and started off with Beta Shim manufacturing.  They met with Zach Pratt, VP of Manufacturing; John McCue, CEO; Sandra McCue, CFO; and other executives and business industry association leaders for two hours on Tuesday, April 11th.

“Particularly in Connecticut’s current business climate, we are very interested in visiting our area businesses and finding out what we can do in the General Assembly to help them be as successful as possible,” said Rep. Perillo. “On this tour, we are looking for more than a photo opportunity, but a true opportunity to learn from a key Shelton manufacturer about what we can do to help make them more successful.” (more…)

Perillo Supports Bill Promoting Parity for Farm Distillery Businesses

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo talks to WFSB 3 about legislation he is pushing which will create greater parity for farm distillery businesses in the sate.  Click below for the video.

Rep. Perillo talks to WFSB 3 about Tax Proposal on Sugary Drinks

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo talked to WFSB Channel 3 about the proposal to tax sugary drinks in Connecticut.  Video below.

PERILLO, AREA LEGISLATORS MEET WITH LOCAL HOTELIERS, DISCUSS STATE ECONOMY

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Michael Downes


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STRATFORD- State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined area legislators, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and Stratford, Shelton and Trumbull hotel managers and owners to talk about state issues related to the hotel industry. The meeting was held at the Homewood Suites in Stratford last Friday.

“The hotel industry in our region and across the state have very tangible, significant concerns that mirror those of other industries in Connecticut,” said Rep. Jason Perillo.  “Whether it is the slashing of tourism dollars, or the oppressive tax policies in this state, Connecticut has constructed numerous obstacles to their continued success. We wanted to learn directly from them about the issues that are dramatically impacting their businesses so we can actively work toward correcting them.”

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Perillo Gives House Republican Weekly Update from the Capitol

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Perillo Calls for Greater Oversight on “First Five” Investments

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – On the heels of the recent announcement that Alexion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven plans to lay off 210 workers, State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) is joining the growing call for greater oversight of Governor Malloy’s “First Five” Program.  Under provisions of the plan, Alexion received $51 million to relocate from Cheshire to New Haven. Perillo, a member of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, says that committee should have greater oversight over such agreements between the state and businesses.  A public hearing was held on the bill this afternoon in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

“This news comes right after we learned that ESPN, another recipient of ‘First Five’ funding from the state, will be making layoffs,” said Perillo.  “The purpose of these investments was to grow jobs, and since we are losing them, it’s pretty clear that these arrangements aren’t working very effectively.  I want to work to create conditions in the state that support all businesses instead of relying on the administration to arbitrarily pick winners and losers – particularly when we now have evidence that they aren’t very good at making those choices.” (more…)

Perillo and McGorty Oppose Governor Malloy’s Call to Hike Pistol Permit Fees

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Ben McGorty (R-122) and Jason Perillo (R-113) are opposing an effort by Governor Dannel Malloy to dramatically increase pistol permit fees, raising the application fee for the five-year permit from $140 to $370, and the renewal fee from $70 to $300.  Testimony concerning the proposed fee hike was heard today by the legislature’s Finance Committee.

“This is a proposal that jeopardizes the Constitutional rights of state residents to bear arms,” said Rep. Perillo.  “By suggesting such a massive fee hike, Governor Malloy is essentially saying that he feels only wealthier people should have the right to own firearms, and that middle-class people should struggle to legally own them.  Most people see this for what it is – the governor lashing out at a constituency that doesn’t support him, and targeting their wallets.  What it really does is ensure that some of the state’s most vulnerable and less affluent residents will be unable to protect themselves as is their right.” (more…)

Perillo & McGorty Push for Disabled Parking for Veterans With PTSD

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) & Ben McGorty (R-122) are cosponsoring a bill this session of the Connecticut General Assembly that will qualify veterans that suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, for removable state-issued disabled parking placards that will allow them to park in designated handicapped parking spaces.  A public hearing was held on the bill today in the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

“Following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Connecticut has a significant number of veterans who served in combat, and who have returned to us after their honorable service with wounds and trauma that aren’t always obvious to casual observation,” said Rep. Perillo, who submitted testimony in favor of the bill to the Veteran’s Committee.  “For combat veterans who have physical disabilities resulting from their service, we make this accommodation.  It is time for us to recognize mental disabilities in a similar fashion.” (more…)

Perillo, McGorty and Kelly to Host “Pizza and Politics” in Shelton

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Michael Downes


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State Representatives Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly are hosting a pizza-and-conversation event to meet with residents and answer questions about state government.

WHAT:            PIZZA AND POLITICS EVENT

TIME:             6 PM-7 PM

DAY:               MONDAY, MARCH 20TH, 2017

WHERE:        CALOROSO EATERY AND BAR, 100 CENTER STREET, SHELTON, CT

 See flyer below for further details. (more…)

Reps. Perillo, McGorty: Malloy Directives on Illegal Immigrants Reckless

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) reacted this week to a memorandum issued by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to heads of local law enforcement agencies, municipal police departments, state police and other executive and law enforcement entities across Connecticut, which essentially encourages and directs them to refuse compliance with federal law enforcement authorities that might seek to enforce U. S. immigration law in the state.

Calling the memo “a reckless political move with substantial public safety risks” attached to it, the two Shelton legislators urged the governor to reconsider, and direct state resources to assist any federal law enforcement agency seeking to uphold federal law. (more…)

Perillo: Governor’s Plan Hikes Taxes on Middle Class, Shifts Burden to Municipalities

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy addressed a joint session of the State House of Representatives today, laying out his vision for the next biennial budget for the State of Connecticut.  State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) noted that the budget did nothing to change the administration’s lack of fiscal responsibility by simply increasing taxes on the middle class, and sending the tab for bad financial management to cities and towns.

“With this budget today Dan Malloy is letting us know that he is now just as good at raising local property taxes as he is at raising state taxes,” said Rep. Perillo. “That’s exactly what this budget does by sending cities and towns the bill for a third of teacher pensions, and reforming the Education Cost Share formula so it will shortchange virtually everyone.  The long and short of what we heard today is that this governor’s economic policies continue to fail, so now towns and cities get the bill. It’s a terrible way to govern.” (more…)

Rep. Perillo Pushes for Pension Reform and Refinance

Posted on February 1, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) today stood in opposition to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s pension funding agreement and instead joined with other Republican lawmakers in urging the full legislature to work together to assess alternative methods to address the state’s growing pension system problems.

Republican legislators also released data obtained from two actuarial analyses that show how additional steps can rein in the state’s unfunded pension liabilities. Both reports show how pairing pension finance changes with modifications to state employee benefits could increase the solvency of the state pension plan.

“When you roll out a package that stretches out a large payment over fifteen years at $11 billion increased cost to the state, it takes real gall to refer to it as ‘reform’,” said Rep. Perillo.  “But that’s what majority Democrats have done today in supporting Governor Malloy’s restructuring of state pension payments today.  Future generations will be once again be footing a larger bill for inadequate action taken by the legislature today.  We have a plan that begins the necessary fundamental reformation of the pension process that simply has to take place before the state can get back on its feet fiscally.” (more…)

Perillo Proposes Measure to Reduce Fraud and Abuse in Public Assistance

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Click above to watch a message from Rep. Perillo on his proposed bill.

HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) has proposed legislation this session of the Connecticut General Assembly aimed at targeting and reducing fraud in the state’s public assistance services.  HB 5131, An Act Establishing Safeguards Against Improper Use of State-Administered Cash Assistance, would crack down on the illegal use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards which allow state welfare departments to issue benefits to recipients via magnetically encoded payment cards.

“Being serious about the current budget conditions in this state means taking seriously the fraud and abuse of benefits we intend to provide to those in need,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Such fraud and abuse is a theft from the state, its people and those needy individuals who depend on this assistance to get by. One of the chief ways of detecting such fraud is determining which of these cards is used outside the state, as they are often illegally traded and sold to people living in other states, and sometimes other countries.”

Perillo’s proposal would monitor, and when abuse is suspected, prevent the use of these EBT cards outside the territorial limits of the State of Connecticut.  He has requested data from the state’s Department of Social Services on the use of these EBT cards outside of Connecticut, but has yet to receive that information. (more…)

Rep. Perillo talks bigger penalties for opioid dealers on WFSB 3

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) talks about legislation proposed this session he is supporting which will make those who deal fatal doses of opioids liable for murder charges. WFSB Channel 3 interview, aired Jan. 23, 2017.

Perillo & McGorty Give Legislative Update to Shelton Seniors

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Michael Downes


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SHELTON – There was a packed house at the Shelton Senior Center last Tuesday as State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) presented a legislative update on senior’s issues in a forum sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  The event has held at the Wheeler Street facility in Shelton.

Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) and Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) with Phyllis Kupec, President of AARP, at the Shelton Senior Center.

The legislators discussed the 2017 legislative session which began January 4th, and the current state of the budget – already $1.5 billion in deficit.

“This coming session will have tremendous implications for seniors, particularly those who have retired or are looking to retire in Connecticut,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Our seniors deserve to be able to retire in the same state they worked and raised families in, not forced out of state by high taxes and the fiscal mismanagement of state government.”

“The bad economic decisions of the last six years have hurt everyone in the state, especially our seniors,” said Rep. McGorty.  “Connecticut continues to be consistently rated as one of the worst states in the U.S. in which to retire.  We need to take steps to correct that.” (more…)

Perillo, McGorty and Kelly Host Update to Shelton Seniors

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Michael Downes


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Reps. Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122) and Senator Kevin Kelly (R-26) will host a discussion on 2017 issues with Shelton Seniors on Tuesday, January 17th, 2-3 pm at the Shelton Senior Center.

See below for details.

Perillo Sworn in, Receives Committee Assignments

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Michael Downes


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HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) was sworn in to a new term today in the State House of Representatives as the legislature began its 2017 session, and has received his committee assignments.

Perillo will return as a Republican Whip, while serving on several key legislative committee including the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which has jurisdiction over all matters relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, fees and taxation. He will also serve on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, which reviews appointments to key state posts by the governor and the legislature, and will return to the Public Health Committee which acts on all programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health; the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Developmental Services; the Office of Health Care Access; in addition to emergency medical services, licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, food and drug purity, controlled substances, and the treatment of substance abuse.

“The coming legislative session offers many challenges and opportunities as our state faces a large budget deficit under poor fiscal management,” said Perillo. “I look forward to tackling the many significant challenges facing our state in this new legislative session.”

Perillo returns this year to a House of Representatives with greater partisan parity with 72 Republicans and 79 Democrats following the 2016 election.

 

Perillo Attends Sikorsky Ceremony for 1000th Black Hawk Helicopter Delivery

Posted on October 18, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined area legislators and dignitaries at a ceremony at Sikorsky Aircraft honoring the 1,000th delivery of the H-60M Black Hawk helicopter on October 13th, 2016.

The helicopter has been in production since 2007 for military use by the United States government and allied forces. The two models produced during this time are the UH-60M and HH-60M MEDEVAC, which have been heavily sought after by the armed services for their unique capabilities.

The ceremony featured multiple speakers including the governor, Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, Sikorsky officials and ranking military personnel, including Brigadier General Bob Marion and Colonel William D. Jackson.

Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) and Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) at the Sikorsky Black Hawk ceremony.

The celebration comes only weeks following a deal reached by Sikorsky and the State of Connecticut where the helicopter manufacturer will produce CH-53K Stallion helicopters in-state through at least 2032. As part of the deal, Sikorsky must increase its investment in the state by creating more jobs and increasing its dependence on local suppliers.

Area legislators and dignitaries assembled in front of the 100th Black Hawk helicopter delivered by Sikorsky to the U.S. Army.

PERILLO, MCGORTY, AND KELLY HOST WORKSHOP: HOW TO LOWER YOUR ELECTRIC BILL

Posted on October 18, 2016 by admin


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Shelton State lawmakers hosted a workshop for constituents, Wednesday, October 12 to discuss how to lower electric bills. Representative Jason Perillo (R-113), Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21), and Representative Ben McGorty (R-122) met with community members at the Shelton Senior Center

“While we have taken steps to combat the high electricity rates here in our great state, the reality is that many families feel the sting of high electricity bills, especially as we near the holiday season and colder weather,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “I am thrilled that we were able to team up with PURA to bring this forum to the Shelton community.”

Connecticut continues to have one of the highest state electricity profiles across the entire country; ranking third to last –behind only Hawaii and Alaska.

(http://www.eia.gov/electricity/state/)

“I think this was a great opportunity for members of the community to discuss ways in which they can lower their electric rates, we had a great turnout,” said Representative McGorty.

“As colder temperatures approach and energy rates remain high I think it is important for our constituents to learn ways in which to lower their electric bills, the continued high energy rates impact families of all sizes,” said Representatives Jason Perillo.

For more information on lowering energy bills contact the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) at 860-827-1553 or pura.information@ct.gov.

REPS. PERILLO, McGORTY ATTEND DEMOLITION CERMONY, SHELTON TURNS PAGE ON CHROMIUM PROCESSING CO.

Posted on September 19, 2016 by admin


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Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) attended the brick-breaking ceremony for the long-standing Chromium Process Co. plant on the Housatonic River in Shelton today. This marked the end of a years-long process by the city to purchase and dismantle the building, which has been a major contributor to high pollution levels in the region since the plant opened in 1927.

Reps. Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) stand outside Shelton’s Chromium Process Co. building which is finally slated for demolition.

“This is an important day for the residents of Shelton who have been concerned with the environmental condition of their community and the eyesore of this blighted building for years,” said Rep. Perillo. “Finally getting to the point where we can dismantle this building represents a great level of cooperation between the City of Shelton, particularly the Economic Development Corporation lead by Jim Ryan, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the mayor and the Board of Aldermen to name a few.”

CLICK ABOVE FOR JASON’S VIDEO MESSAGE ON THE CHROMIUM PROCESS BUILDING

“Like many municipalities across Connecticut, Shelton must find ways to renew former major industrial sites that are blighted and repurpose them for the future,” said Rep. McGorty. “The modernization of the downtown area will give rise to new opportunities for both residents and local businesses, contributing to the revitalization of the region’s economy.”

Chromium Processing Co. ended operations in 2009 because it was unable to meet state environmental regulations, forcing the company into bankruptcy. The city ultimately purchased the property and has since been drafting plans to demolish the building, restore the environmental integrity of the land, and integrate the site into Shelton’s long-term growth strategy.

The demolition of the plant will make way for improvements in the downtown area allowing for more parking, residential and retail space, and aesthetic improvements, all aimed at improving Shelton’s local economy.

The city was recently awarded a federal grant to assist in the redevelopment efforts. Although the project has called for a sizeable investment, local and state officials view this as a necessary step in securing Shelton’s economic future.


 

Perillo Opposes 5% Rail Fare Increase

Posted on September 3, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) is circulating a petition to commuters in a concerted effort to stop the proposed 5% fare increase for all Metro-North and Shoreline East trains, which would take effect on December 1. For Metro-North commuters, the fare hike would be combined with a previously scheduled 1% increase, making the increase 6% in total.

The proposed fare increase is a direct result of the $37 million in cuts imposed on the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) by the administration as part of the 2016-2017 revised state budget passed by majority legislators last May. In its announcement of the proposed increase, the DOT said that it expected the higher fares to generate $5.9 million.

“This is another example of how legislative leaders and the governor are balancing the state budget on the backs of those that can afford it least,” said Rep. Perillo.  “These rail lines are an essential part of the state’s commuter network, providing affordable transportation and reducing traffic emissions.  Making it more expensive for people to go to their jobs is simply bad policy.”

Perillo noted that Metro-North passengers already endured 5% increases in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and 1% increases in 2015 and 2016. Because these commuters have no alternative for getting to work in many cases, there is little they can do to avoid these increases.

To help rail passengers make their voices heard, Perillo and his colleagues have created an online petition that is easily accessible online at www.nofareincrease.com.

The CT DOT has announced that public hearings will be held this month in six communities, including Stamford, New Haven, and Waterbury. The full public hearing schedule is posted at www.ct.gov/dot. The DOT is also accepting public comment by email through September 15 at dot.farecomments@ct.gov.

 

Perillo and McGorty Visit The Glass Source in Shelton

Posted on August 25, 2016 by admin


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SHELTON – As part of their continuing Small Business Highlights series aimed at showcasing the many unique small businesses that Shelton has to offer, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) visited The Glass Source, a unique stained glass studio owned and operated by Michael Skrtic, located at 415 Howe Avenue.

The Glass Source had its beginnings as a studio in Shelton called “Metro Art Glass” which was frequented by hobbyist Mary Pillsbury.  When the owners retired, Mary bought the studio and renamed it The Glass Source, focusing on classes, retail and residential and custom designs. The studio portion was taken over by Deborah Breither in 1997.  Skrtic, who apprenticed with Mary since 1995 and has a fine arts background, took ownership of The Glass Source in 2004.

Rep. Jason Perillo, owner Michael Skrtic, and Rep. Ben McGorty at The Glass Source in Shelton.

Under Mike’s direction, the Glass Source has focused on restoration, custom design, teaching and experimenting.  It moved to its current 4500 square-foot space in the Conti Building in Shelton in 2006, including a large class area, gallery, and retail area as well as ample working space for their creations and restorations.

Perillo and McGorty were given hands-on access to ongoing restorations and projects that Skrtic is currently engaged in, complete with explanations about the intriguing process for restoring damaged or old glass works, and the inspirations for new and exciting designs.

“This is simply one of the most fascinating little businesses in Shelton,” said Rep. Perillo.  “This kind of fine art is extremely rare. Individuals like Mike, with his talent, knowledge and experience in this field are rarer still.  It is easy to see why this studio continues to be one of the Shelton’s great treasures, and why his work has earned an international reputation.  I urge area residents to come out and check out this impressive studio for themselves.”

“The artistic craftsmanship you will find at The Glass Source is second to none,” said Rep. McGorty. “It was a real pleasure to get to see how Mike does the amazing work he does up close and in-person.  There is nothing else like it in the region or the state, and I’m proud to have him as part of the Shelton community.”

Mike shows Jason and Ben how he is approaching a project he is working on.

The Glass Source has been recognized as one of the top studios in the nation for the restoration of custom glass designs, as well as its development as a major learning hub for glass art hobbyists.  Some of the major installations and restorations they have been involved in include facilities at Yale University such as Vanderbilt Hall, Yale’s Law School and Science building, Bellarmin Hall at Fairfield University, St. Paul’s Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Joseph Church in Shelton, Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, just to name a few.

For more information about The Glass Source, you can visit them on the web at theglasssource.com.

Mike shows Jason and Ben a restoration he is working on of a window from the 1830’s.

Sikorsky Job Losses Emphasize Need to Grow New CT Jobs

Posted on August 16, 2016 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Laura Hoydick (R-120)Ben McGorty, (R-122), and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) released the following statement regarding the news that Sikorsky Aircraft will no longer handle repairs to Marine One helicopters after negotiations with the U.S. Navy fell through. The Navy will instead be moving repair work internally to a center in Florida. Connecticut will no longer be the location of repairs, a change which will impact the 85 Sikorsky employees who handle repairs in CT.

“While it is important for us to continue our efforts to assist displaced workers and their families in availing themselves of state assistance, and ultimately finding new jobs, these unending pieces of bad economic news appear to be part of a trend that bears out what I and many of my colleagues have said for a long time – that our state needs to change the policies that are leading to a worsening economy at home, while all other states have moved well beyond the ‘Great Recession’,” said Rep. Jason Perillo.

“I’m so disappointed to hear the news about the Navy not continuing to contract its service with Sikorsky for the Marine One helicopters,” said Rep. Ben McGorty.   “I think the decision is a mistake, but it reflects the overall struggles our state has had when it comes to our economy, and manufacturing in particular.  We will certainly be looking out for our friends and neighbors who are impacted by this.  Getting them back on their feet is important, and working to improve our state’s business climate and economic viability are clearly more essential now than ever.”

“The announcement that the U.S. Navy will not be contracting service for Marine One helicopters at Sikorsky is more bad economic news for our region, and the state overall,” said Rep. Laura Hoydick.  “Sikorsky has been a cornerstone of our region since 1929, and the economic troubles of the state continue to hit it hard.  I will certainly be joining my colleagues in an effort to ensure that any workers displaced from this unfortunate event are able to find new positions, but ultimately we need to take the important steps needed to change the economic course our state is charting, or we will continue to get more news like this.”

“This is clearly a very difficult time for our community and our families,” said Sen. Kelly. “Last week we learned of nearly 600 Optimum layoffs occurring in Stratford and Shelton. Last month we learned of potential Sikorsky layoffs. Now, we find out another 85 jobs at Sikorsky will be impacted by a decision to move work out of Connecticut. This trend is disturbing. It shows just how important it is that our state work to grow our economy and reduce business costs so new jobs can come to our state. We need to create an environment where opportunity flourishes – now more than ever,” said Kelly.

Sen. Kelly added: “Last month, the Stratford Delegation asked the Department of Labor to place their Rapid Response Team on standby in anticipation of potential Sikorsky layoffs at the end of August. The Department has also already deployed help to assist those being displaced by the Optimum layoffs. I along with my fellow local state lawmakers will continue to work closely with the Department of Labor to make sure the state’s best supports – from job training assistance to employment search help – will be available to our community during these difficult times. We need to provide short term assistance to help people find new work opportunities. We also cannot lose sight of the long-term solutions our state needs to grow new jobs and promote a healthy economy. The state’s current policies are not working.”

 

DESPP Launches New Emergency Emergency Preparedness App

Posted on August 11, 2016 by admin


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The State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) has launched a new mobile app this week that will allow Connecticut residents to access emergency information and alerts on the go in the event of an emergency. Connecticut residents would be able to create interactive emergency kits, customize family communication plans, and view preparation guides on what to do in an emergency all from their mobile device.

ctprepareThe Emergency Preparedness Mobile Application will integrate with a phone’s text messaging, email, and social networking, allowing residents to inform family members when they are safe. Real-time notifications can be sent directly to the device providing up-to-the-minute information for residents. Links to Emergency needs such as shelters, food, and assistance will be at hand.

The application will allow users to:

  • Create interactive checklists
  • Prepare a family plan
  • Notify emergency personnel
  • View preparation guides for different emergencies
  • Sign up for alerts
  • Contact family members
  • View emergency news and events
  • Locate emergency services
  • View weather

You can download the appropriate version of the app for Apple devices or Android devices from the following links:

 Click here for an OVERVIEW OF THE APP which was developed by DESPP and Connecticut Interactive.

Shelton and Stratford Legislators React to Altice USA Layoffs

Posted on August 11, 2016 by admin


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Stratford and Shelton’s state legislative delegations, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Laura Hoydick (R-120), Ben McGorty, (R-122), Joe Gresko (D-121) and State Senators Kevin Kelly (R-21) and Ed Gomes (D-23) today called on the State Department of Labor to initiate Connecticut’s Rapid Response Team to work with Altice USA to assist 591 employees who will be laid off in the Stratford and Shelton area following an announcement that Optimum is closing its operations in both towns.

Altice made their announcement about the impending layoffs this week noting that technology upgrades resulting in fewer customer calls made the move necessary.

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In their letter to Commissioner Scott Jackson, the bipartisan group of legislators noted that not all of the displaced workers would find employment elsewhere within the company after their four weeks of severance pay, and the asked the Labor Department to lean forward helping these workers find new jobs as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately stories like this are becoming more and more common,” said Rep. Perillo. “We need to make certain that we do everything on our end to help these Shelton and Stratford residents through this tough time, and make sure they land on their feet in the coming months.”

“This is terrible news for a lot of Stratford and Shelton residents and their families, and it is important that we make every effort to help these displaced workers with all state resources available,” said Rep. Hoydick. “We need to take action through the Rapid Response Team, but also ensure that these folks find employment in the aftermath.”

“My heart goes out to these hard-working local residents who now suddenly find themselves unemployed,” said Rep. McGorty.  “I am hopeful that we can mobilize state resources to bring relief to all of the impacted employees.”

“We need to devote all of our available resources to help those affected,” Rep. Gresko said. “Hopefully, during the next three months the Department of Labor can assist people while they’re still employed to help them find new jobs.”

“This news is devastating for our communities,” said Senator Kelly.  “We are all committed to working together to help all the employees losing their jobs access the resources they need to find work and provide for their families. Clearly, a layoff of this magnitude will impact the already challenging situations many of our families are facing. That’s why it’s so important that we work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that as much help as possible can be directed to our community. My heart goes out to all the families impacted.

“It is important for the Department of Labor to step up during this unfortunate time for many families in our area,” said Senator Gomes. “Training these workers for new jobs in our economy must be a priority.”

To see the letter to Commissioner Jackson CLICK HERE.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty, Sen. Kelly to Host Informational Forum on Insurance Rate Increases – Monday August 1

Posted on July 25, 2016 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122), and Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21), are hosting an informational forum on Connecticut’s proposed health insurance rate increases. The forum will take place on Monday August 1, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street.

The event will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers including insurance and health care policy experts from the Office of Healthcare Advocate, the CT Association of Health Care Plans and the Yankee Institute.  The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Planned topics of discussion include the causes and effects of proposed insurance rate changes and changes in the health care industry.

The informational forum is free and open to the public. For more information contact: Chris Diorio at Chris.Diorio@cga.ct.gov or 1-800-842-1421.

 

WHO: Sen. Kevin Kelly, Rep. Jason Perillo, Rep. Ben McGorty, insurance policy experts from the health care and insurance industries

WHAT: Informational forum

WHEN: Monday August 1, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

WHERE: Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street, Shelton, CT

WHY: The informational forum will provide the public with details about Connecticut’s proposed health insurance rate increases and give the public an opportunity to ask questions of insurance and health care experts to better understand what the changes could mean for them and their families.

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty and Sen. Kelly Tour Wiffle Ball Co. in Shelton

Posted on July 12, 2016 by admin


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The world-famous Wiffle Ball is part of Connecticut history.  Developed in 1953 in Fairfield by David N. Mullany, the company moved to Shelton in 1959.  Ever since then, the company has called its Bridgeport Ave. headquarters and plant its home.

Reps. Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty, and Sen. Kevin Kelly took a tour of the Wiffle Ball plant, escorted by current owner, Dave Mullany, grandson of the inventor, on Friday, July 8th.

L-R: Rep. Ben McGorty, Rep. Jason Perillo, David Mullany, and Sen. Kevin Kelly tour the Wiffle Ball Company in Shelton.

You visit the Shelton Herald for more details about the tour BY CLICKING HERE or you can watch the tour on Periscope BY CLICKING HERE.

**WATCH** Stand up against a “Mileage Tax” here in CT

Posted on July 8, 2016 by admin


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Click above for Jason’s message on the “Mileage Tax.”

Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) urges residents to stand up against the proposed “Mileage Tax” in the State of Connecticut.  The State’s Department of Transportation sought federal funding to study the feasibility of implementing this tax here in Connecticut, which would charge each state resident for every mile they drive.

If the administration doesn’t want to implement it, why are they investing the money in studying its implementation?

Here are some recent news items on the DOT’s efforts on getting a “Mileage Tax” implemented here in Connecticut:

HARTFORD COURANT: June 27, 2016

CONNECTICUT POST: June 27, 2016

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: June 28, 2016

WTNH News 8: June 28, 2016

You can call Governor Malloy’s office at 860-566-4840 to let him know that you do not want a “Mileage Tax” implemented in Connecticut.

 

 

 

Shelton Company Celebrating 50 Years in Business Recognized By State Lawmakers

Posted on June 14, 2016 by admin


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Shelton – State lawmakers from the Greater Valley area are applauding the Shelton-based company OEM Controls which just celebrated 50 years in business. The company was recently recognized for its achievement and success at the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative Wrap Up, which took place on Thursday, June 9.

Valley-area state lawmakers, including Senator Kevin KellyRepresentative Themis KlaridesRepresentative Jason PerilloRepresentative Ben McGorty, and Representative David Labriola presented OEM with an official citation at the event applauding their achievement.

“Over the years, OEM Controls has stood as a symbol of local business in the Shelton community,” the citation read. “Your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit has led you to this achievement, and we wish you many more years of continued success.”

OEM Controls, Inc. is a manufacturer of electro-hydraulic controllers and joysticks for industrial and mobile equipment. OEM was founded in 1966 by S. Brian Simons, a University of Connecticut alumnus. The founder’s sons, Keith and Sam, now serve as co-presidents of the company.  The headquarters are located at 10 Controls Drive in Shelton.

PHOTO CAPTION –  Valley lawmakers present OEM Controls with a citation recognizing their enormous achievement celebrating 50 years in business. Left to right: Representative David Labriola, Senator Kevin Kelly, OEM Co-President Keith Simons, Representative Themis Klarides, Representative Jason Perillo, and Representative Ben McGorty.

Additional high resolution photos from the event can be downloaded here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/srophotos/albums/72157666913239023

Perillo: Governor and Democrats Bail on “Second Chance”

Posted on June 2, 2016 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) noted today during a special session that Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Democrats in the legislature were unable to muster the votes necessary to pass the governor’s “Second Chance Society” reforms which would weaken Connecticut’s criminal justice system.

Click below for Rep. Perillo’s message from the Capitol during the special session.

Update from the Capitol: Governor’s Favors for Felons Bill

Posted on May 18, 2016 by admin


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The business of the legislature should have concluded on May 4th, but the legislature has been called back in Special Session – first to pass a terrible budget last week that doubles down on bad economic policy – and now to pass Governor Malloy’s “Second Chance” legislation which would clear felony records for those up to the age of 21.  No date has been set yet for the House session. Click below for an update from Jason on the bill.

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Perillo: Democrats’ Budget Continues State Down Wrong Path

Posted on May 16, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) cast his vote against a state budget bill during a special session of the legislature called on Friday, May 13th.  The budget measure agreed on by majority Democrats and Governor Dannel P. Malloy does not raise state taxes, but cuts municipal aid which will result in local property tax increases.  It also slashes mental health services, education funding and hospital funding across the state.

Perillo stood with legislative Republicans last month as they put forth their own balanced budget that does not raise taxes, does not use the Rainy Day Fund and makes measured cuts that do not punish the most at risk, such as the poor and elderly. The plan also included a comprehensive five-year strategic plan that reduces spending and achieves savings that will result in actual surpluses.

“They have done bad work, and they have done it slowly,” said Rep. Perillo.  “The reason we have continued deficits even after the two largest tax increases in state history under Governor Malloy is that the people who pay those taxes are leaving the state.  It really isn’t any more complicated than that. Unless this state changes how it looks at employers and stops trying to squeeze them for everything they can, the economic conditions in this state won’t change.  Other states all around us have figured this out and have rebounded excellently from the recession.  This budget shows the determination of state Democrats to double-down on failed policies.”

Click above for remarks on the House Floor from Rep. Perillo during the budget debate.
Republicans offered amendments on the floor of the House during debate, aimed at improving the budget package, but they were defeated on mostly party-line votes.  One of those amendments would have done away with the Citizen’s Election Fund (CEF) which provides millions of taxpayer dollars to candidates for state constitutional and legislative offices to run their campaigns.  Perillo said that vote shows the priorities of legislative Democrats who would rather see state employees laid off and funds be reduced to for education and mental health services before they give up their taxpayer-funded bumper stickers and campaign lawn signs.

In addition, the Democrat-majority plan will:

Make Cuts to the Most Vulnerable and Needy

  • The cuts to hospitals are deeper than the Democrats’ original plan. This proposal includes a $30 million state cut to hospitals and creates a $130 million total cut to hospitals
  • There is a $1 million cut to grants for DCF Psychiatric Clinics for Children
  • $13.8 million cut to DMHAS includes $5 million cut to young adult services, $7 million to grants for mental health services and $1.7 million to grants for substance abuse services at a time our state is grappling with opioid and opiate abuse epidemic
  • $580,000 cut to the American school for the deaf
  • $2.2 million cut (1%) to services for the poor- TANF
  • 1% Reduction to Connecticut Home Care Funding
  • Fire training schools are cut by 24% ($120,000)
  • Cut the Office of Early Childhood- $10.8 million

Make Cuts to Education

  • $32.2 million cut to the Education Cost Sharing
  • $4.3 million cut to Special Education
  • Eliminates $23.3 million grant for school transportation and $3.4 million grant for non-public school transportation

Read more about what’s in the Democrats’ budget here: http://cthousegop.com/badbudget/

 

 

Rep. Perillo on Fox 61’s “The Real Story”

Posted on May 16, 2016 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) sat down with Al Terzi and Jenn Bernstein for their show on Fox 61, “The Real Story.”  The segment, which aired Sunday May 15th at 10:00 a.m., focused on the state budget package that was passed during a Special Session on Friday the 13th.

Click below to catch Rep. Perillo’s remarks.

Rep. Perillo Gives Budget Update Outside House Chamber

Posted on May 13, 2016 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo gives an update during House debate on the budget during a Special Session of the legislature.  Click below for video.

Join Us for Coffee in Shelton

Posted on May 11, 2016 by admin


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Please join State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122) and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) for Coffee with your Legislators in Shelton.  Details below – hope to see you there!

Perillo: Democrats Fail on Budget

Posted on May 5, 2016 by admin


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As the clock ticked out the final hours of the 2016 legislative session, State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) said the inability of the majority Democrats to pass a budget on time exposed their eleventh-hour agreement with Governor Dannel Malloy as containing no structural changes, while it ensures future deficits and slashes vital programs to the poor, mentally ill, and education funding.

The plan contains deep spending cuts to critical areas, like addiction services, in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  It cuts $36 million in local school funding and special education, as well as $13 million for hospitals.

“The entire budget process this year has been simply shameful and dysfunctional,” said Rep. Perillo.  “The economic policies of this administration and their willing accomplices in the legislature have deeply damaged our tax base. I get the distinct feeling that they don’t even realize it.  But because of this, we are experiencing diminishing returns, and deficit after deficit.  Now, on the last day, they unveil yet another unworkable and inadequate budget without time for it to be reviewed or understood.  With so much at stake, this kind of governing doesn’t respect the process, or the people we are elected to serve.”

Perillo stood with legislative Republicans last month as they put forth their own balanced budget that does not raise taxes, does not use the Rainy Day Fund and makes measured cuts that do not punish the most at risk, such as the poor and elderly. The plan also included a comprehensive five-year strategic plan that reduces spending and achieves savings that will result in actual surpluses.

Other aspects of the Democrats’ newest budget on the spending side feature:

  • A $17 million cut from local PILOT programs.
  • Earmarking of ECS payments for towns represented by Democratic leaders totaling $1.1 million – Stonington, Hamden, Madison, New Britain and Farmington.
  • $8.7 million in cuts from mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • $2.2 million in cuts from assistance for the poor.
  • Elimination of all state funding for school transportation.

As bad as that is, Perillo said the worst part of it is the revenue assumptions. The Democrats project that the state will receive an additional $15 million in slot revenue, despite steady decreases in recent years, and a $4.5 million boost from Keno which is currently not even up and running yet.

In addition:

  • The budget includes $68.6 million in assumed mystery “savings’’ that if not achieved as in previous budgets, will lead directly to deficits.
  • It “saves’’ $3.3 million by moving items into the Insurance Fund that are paid for by the state insurance industry.
  • There are no provisions to force the legislature to approval union contracts.
  • There are no defined paths to create a workable spending cap or a reduced bonding cap.
  • No overtime accountability and no municipal mandate relief.

 

Perillo: Fiscal Analysts Can’t Keep Up With State’s Economic Failure

Posted on May 4, 2016 by admin


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As details of an eleventh-hour budget agreement between legislative Democrats and Governor Dannel P. Malloy are becoming known, Jason Perillo (R-113) did not mince words in a meeting of the Finance Committee when it comes to describing why the legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis continually over-estimates revenue which results in continued budget deficits.

Click above for Rep. Perillo’s comments.

Perillo & McGorty Vote to Eliminate Wasteful Use of State Troopers

Posted on April 30, 2016 by admin


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Passage Means Police No Longer Used to Deliver Session Notices to Legislators

HARTFORD –During a Friday evening session of the Connecticut House of Representatives, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) & Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in support of a measure that eliminates the requirement that state troopers hand-deliver notices to members of the state legislature for special sessions that are called with less than ten days’ notice.

“These are modern times, and when the legislature is called into special session, we don’t need to waste the time of a vital first-response resource to hand-deliver us notice about an event we already know is happening,” said Rep. Perillo.  “This is an outdated and ornamental requirement from a bygone time, and it can cost the state about $35,000-$40,000 by some estimates each time it happens.  It’s pretty clear that as our state continues to post enormous budget deficits due to the terrible economic policies of this administration, that this is exactly the kind of unnecessary frippery we can’t afford. I am pleased we moved to eliminate it.”

Click above for Rep. Perillo’s comments on legislation eliminating wasteful use of police resources.

“The required police delivery of these notices is a 1916 policy in a 2016 reality,” said Rep. McGorty.  “This is the kind of waste in state government that understandably drives people up a wall.  I have a phone, a cellphone, email, the Internet, television and text messages.  There is no need for a police officer to be taken from his or her duties protecting the public just to hand-deliver to me a notice about a special session I had already likely known was taking place for days beforehand.  It would never be a good expense of taxpayer dollars in modern times, and it is especially bad policy while this state is under economic duress.”

Perillo and McGorty noted that in many instances, troopers attempting do deliver these notices are not able to locate their intended legislator immediately, requiring repeated visits just to deliver the same notice.  These repeated efforts prevent the troop from performing his or her regular duties for an extended time.

Under the bill, the secretary of the state is given the option of notifying General Assembly members of special sessions through email, but must do so at least 72 hours before the session convenes. The secretary of state can also send notices through first class mail if done so between 10 and 15 days prior to a special session and five days before a reconvened session.  State police, constables or state marshals can still be employed at the secretary’s discretion – something the Shelton legislators say will result in their being used only in very critical instances.

The bill, HB 5245, An Act Permitting Electronic Notification of a Special Session or a Reconvened Session now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.

 

*WATCH* From House Floor: Rep. Perillo leads on ethics amendment

Posted on April 27, 2016 by admin


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Click above for Rep. Perillo’s Update from the House Floor

At 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning the State House of Representatives concluded a six-hour debate on a bill that creates a state-administered retirement plan for all Connecticut workers that do not currently have one available to them at the work place.

During the proceedings majority Democrats stripped a Republican amendment to prohibit vendors contracted by the state to administer the retirement plan from being able to make political contributions to state and local political party committees.

Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) spearheaded an effort to return that prohibition to the bill with a last-minute amendment. Perillo argued the merits of the amendment while meeting opposition from the bill’s Democrat sponsor. Perillo appealed to the legislature’s need to ensure that state contractors are obtained ethically. Perillo argued to House members that they “should want to avoid even the appearance of political contributions influencing state contracts.” The argument prevailed and the bill was supported by a vote of 131-7, an unusual and effective victory for a Republican amendment.

“What my amendment did was prohibit those contractors hired by the state for administering the state’s retirement fund from contributing to state and local political party committees,” said Rep. Perillo.  “The concept is simple, and the goal is to avoid undue influence, real or perceived, being levied for a contract on behalf of a member of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority.  It’s clean government, pure and simple.”

You can read the story in the Connecticut Post here.

Perillo Votes for Bill Combating Opioid Epidemic

Posted on April 26, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) voted in favor of bipartisan legislation this afternoon aimed at combating the state’s growing opioid epidemic.  The measure was the result of a combination of proposals supported by the Perillo who joined local and state leaders in hosting an opioid addiction forum in Shelton on March 3rd.

“This a pretty sensible start to developing policy that begins to roll back many of the things that create opportunities for opioid abuse,” said Rep. Perillo.  “At our forum in March before a crowd of over 200 people, we listened to the stories of families and lives torn apart by addiction.  There remains much to do to reverse this trend, and I think this bill sets us in that direction.”

The legislation that was approved today includes:

  • Closing a gap in current liability language related to a licensed health care professional who administers an opioid antagonist
  • Prohibiting commercial health carriers from requiring prior authorization for coverage of naloxone
  • Requiring the Alcohol and Drug Policy Council’s state plan to include, by January 1, 2017, a goal of reducing the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state

Limiting the prescription of opioid drugs by:

  • Prohibiting, for adult patients, an initial prescription of opioid drugs for longer than seven days
  • Prohibiting, for minor patients, any prescriptions of opioid drugs for longer than seven days and requiring the prescriber to discuss the risks associated with the drug with the patient and, if present, the custodial parent, guardian, or other person having legal custody of the patient
  • Allowing, for both adult and minor patients, a prescriber to give more than a seven-day supply of opioid drugs if, in the prescriber’s professional medical judgment, the acute or chronic pain condition requires it and requires the prescriber to note such condition in the medical record
  • Making several changes to the state’s electronic prescription monitoring program to help facilitate prescriber and pharmacist compliance

The 7-day cap on painkillers applies to first-time adult prescriptions and all prescriptions for minors, with exceptions for certain medical conditions.  The bill requires that local emergency medical services are equipped with and trained in the use of Narcan.  It also allows doctors to write prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug without first getting permission from a patient’s health insurer.

According to data made available by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, there has been a significant increase in the rise of overdoses related to opioids and heroin in Connecticut.  From 2014 to 2015, heroin deaths increased by 27% in Connecticut and of the 723 people who died of an overdose in 2015, 415 were heroin related and another 107 were related to fentanyl, a powerful opiate that drug dealers have been lacing heroin with to make it more potent.

Experts point to the over-prescribing of opioids in 2012, noting 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids – enough to give every adult in the U.S. their own bottle of pills – as one of the leading causes of our current crisis.

The bill, HB 5053, An Act Increasing Access to Overdose Reversal Drugs, passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 144 to 0, and now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly concludes at midnight, May 4th.

Perillo & Republicans Propose Budget Plan That Closes Deficit, Creates Stability

Posted on April 25, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined Republican lawmakers in the Connecticut General Assembly today as they unveiled a revised 2017 budget that closes the state’s projected $935.7 million deficit, restores funding to core social services, protects local town education funding, and implements long-term structural changes to the state budget. The Pathway to Sustainability proposal includes savings that roll out over the next five years, mitigating future projected budget shortfalls.

“Over the course of this session we have seen more of the same terrible policy initiatives from Democrats and the governor that crush taxpayers, squeeze businesses and hospitals, and cut local education,” said Rep. Perillo.  “We don’t have to do any of these things to achieve a balanced and stable budget, and the proof is in the package we are advancing today.  The most consistent byproduct of the failed leadership of Democrats has been the instability of our budgets and tax structure.  We correct that in our five-year plan, creating a stable environment that employers in this state can rely on, and that’s essential to them.”

The Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates that if the current budget practices continue, the state will rack up huge deficits over the next 5 years ranging from nearly $1 billion to over $3 billion annually.

This plan includes a line by line budget to mitigate the fiscal year 2017 deficit, as well as long term structural changes. Together, these policy changes roll out into future years to mitigate ballooning deficits on the horizon. Following 2017, this budget proposal is projected to produce annual surpluses, with a cumulative total of over $1 billion.

The proposed Republican budget would restore funding to core social services Democrats have proposed cutting this year, while also making needed cuts and implementing new policies that generate long-term savings. This includes the following:

  • Protects funding for social services. In order to preserve the safety net of services for the disabled, those with mental health needs, children, the elderly and those in poverty, this proposal eliminates new proposed budget cuts to direct services.
  • Restoration of support for hospitals and Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Restores education funding for towns and increases statutory grants to municipalities. Also preserves funding at 100% for car tax capping and implements a robust municipal mandate relief package. Maintains funding throughout the next 5 years.
  • Administrative reductions. To enable the state to protect funding for core services, this budget cuts specific, non-service accounts by 12% for a total savings of $157.5 million.
  • Legislative givebacks including legislative salary reductions and elimination of unsolicited mail.
  • Modifications to debt service and a cap on state bonding.
  • Funds transportation development with “Prioritize Progress” – a no tolls/ no tax increases plan.
  • Implements long-term structural changes to the state budget including mandatory voting by the legislature on labor contracts, overtime accountability protocols, as well as caps on spending and bonding, and many more, detailed in the attached document.
  • Prices out savings from changes to unionized state employee health and pension benefits, to offer an alternative to layoffs should unions come to the negotiation table.

For more details about the Republican Pathway to Sustainability Plan, visit www.cthousegop.com/goppath.

Perillo Votes to Create Firefighters’ Cancer Relief Fund

Posted on April 21, 2016 by admin


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During a late evening session of the State House of Representatives, Shelton legislator Jason Perillo (R-113) voted in favor of a bill he is cosponsoring which will create a Firefighter’s Cancer Relief Fund.  The fund would be created by the diversion of $0.01 from the current e911 fee on phone bills, and will be used exclusively for the purpose of providing wage replacement benefits for eligible paid and volunteer firefighter cancer victims, and to cover associated administrative costs.  The fund is expected to generate $400,000 per year.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line each and every day, and sometime when their work day is done, the risks they take go home with them,” said Rep. Perillo, a former chief of Echo Hose Ambulance in Shelton.  “This fund will offer important support for those who need it, to be reviewed by fellow firefighters.  It’s an important and compassionate resource.”

In 2010 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued findings from a study examining the medical histories of over 30,000 firefighters between 1950 and 2010.  The study concluded that firefighters are were at an elevated risk to develop cancers of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems, and were twice as likely to develop mesothelioma than those in other occupations.

The funds in the account will be managed by the Connecticut State Firefighters Association through a new “Cancer Relief Subcommittee.”  This committee will review claims for wage replacement benefits and provide those benefits.

A qualifying firefighter will not be able to collect from the account until July 1st, 2019, giving adequate time for sufficient funds to accumulate in the account. Available benefits will be limited to what the fund contains.  There is a two-year time limit to any benefits claimed.

In order to qualify for the wage replacement benefits, an applicant must have had a physical exam on entry into service that failed to show cancer, had subsequent physicals and cancer screenings annually thereafter, worked for at least five years on or after the effective date of the bill as an interior structural firefighter or marshal, investigator or inspector, and been free of tobacco use for the fifteen years prior to applying for benefits, among other requirements.

Individuals leaving service as firefighters continue to be eligible for five years after leaving service, but must have had annual physicals in those intervening years at their own expense.

The bill, HB 5262, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Current and Former Uniformed Members of Paid or Volunteer Fire Departments, passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 141to 0, and now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly concludes at midnight, May 4th.

SHELTON CLEAN SWEEP IS HAPPENING NOW

Posted on April 20, 2016 by admin


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The 9th Annual Shelton Clean Sweep is going on right now in conjunction with Earth Day.  The event is sponsored by the Shelton Anti-Litter Committee.

They are looking for civic groups, businesses and individuals to organize cleaning up litter in public places.  You can pick the location, time and date up to April 24th to participate.

All participants will once again receive free iron-on patches for their participation.

For more information, or to register, please visit www.DontTrashShelton.org.

Please consider coming out to help keep our community clean!

Pitch In at the Housatonic River Cleanup in Shelton

Posted on April 18, 2016 by admin


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Housatonic River Cleanup, Inc., will be organizing their annual cleanup event this year in Shelton.  They are looking for volunteers of any age and from any organization.  It’s also a great opportunity for students to obtain community service hours.

Whether you can help for an hour or two, or you can stay all day, we could use your help!

DATE:  May 7, 2016 – RAIN OR SHINE

TIME:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

LOCATION:  Sunnyside Boat Ramp – Shelton

  • Coffee, refreshments and lunch will be provided by local sponsors
  • Participants should dress for the outdoors 
  • HRCU will provide garbage bags and work gloves
  • If you have a boat or a pickup truck they want to hear from you!

If you are interested in lending a hand, please register with the Housatonic River Cleanup, and contact them directly with any questions:

PHONE: 203-988-0883

Email: HRCUteam@gmail.com

Perillo & McGorty Support Expansion of Criminal DNA Sample Bank

Posted on April 14, 2016 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) & Ben McGorty (R-122) are cosponsoring legislation this session of the Connecticut General Assembly that will require DNA be taken from a person after arraignment and finding probable cause for an expanded list of crimes.  Obtaining this DNA will help determine if someone being held for one crime may be guilty of additional crimes by a comparison of DNA evidence.

“This measure is common sense, plain and simple,” said Rep. Perillo.  “When it is reasonably clear that someone in custody not only committed the serious crime they are being held for, but there is good reason to suspect they are guilty of others, we should act to ensure all possible steps are taken to make a determination.  This measure will not only help solve open cases that are getting cold, but it will likely prevent other potential future crimes.”

“With the resources we have available today, it doesn’t make sense that we aren’t yet implementing this policy to identify and prosecute criminals,” said Rep. McGorty.  “By obtaining a DNA profile of someone being held for a serious felony, we can potentially link the individual with other crimes they may have committed, or rule out their involvement.”

Perillo and McGorty said the bill would help identify and obtain convictions of guilty individuals nationwide while providing a way to exonerate innocent individuals.

Critics of the measure say that obtaining such DNA profiles from persons at the time of arrest is a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s fourth amendment prohibition against illegal search and seizures. However, Perillo and McGorty noted that in 2013 the United States Supreme Court upheld the government’s right and interest in doing so.  In Maryland v. King, the Court ruled that the taking of DNA at the time of arrest constituted a search, but that the government’s interest in identifying the individual outweighed the minimally invasive process of using a buccal swab to obtain the sample.

Other provisions of the bill require a DNA profile to be expunged if an individual is granted an absolute pardon, and creates a mechanism for an individual to request confirmation of the expungement of the DNA record.

The bill, HB 5474, An Act Concerning DNA Testing for Persons Arraigned for a Serious Felony was passed favorably out of the Judiciary Committee, and awaits action by the full House of Representatives.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.

CT Residents Still Have the Heaviest Tax Burden in the U.S.

Posted on April 11, 2016 by admin


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…and it’s Getting Worse.

According to the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group, Connecticut continues to have the latest “Tax Freedom Day” of any state in the nation. Tax Freedom Day is the day each year when the average citizen has made enough money to pay their combined local, state and federal tax bills.


With the highest tax burden per capita of any state in the nation, it’s no wonder our Tax Freedom Day comes later than any other state: May 21.  That’s eight days later than last year.

To put it into perspective, each of us will spend more on taxes in 2016 than we will on food, clothing and housing combined.

The state budget is perpetually in crisis, with a deficit for the next fiscal year estimated at $930 million by the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Until state leaders curb spending, create a stable tax and regulatory landscape and stop passing legislation that fuels Connecticut’s anti-business climate, we will continue to suffer from a lagging economy and shrinking workforce.

I will continue to work hard this session to change the unfortunate direction Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats have taken this state.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Perillo Votes for Vacant Industrial Land Development Measure

Posted on April 5, 2016 by admin


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Bill Can Help Move Shelton Downtown Redevelopment Efforts

HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) voted today in support of legislation that requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to find tax incentives for businesses to undertake the development of vacant commercial and industrial properties.  Such incentives could include credits or other tax benefits to companies willing to repurpose vacant land zoned for industrial use.

“It can be a tremendous challenge for towns to redevelop vacant commercial and industrial property,” said Rep. Perillo, who voted in favor of the measure during a meeting of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee this afternoon.  “Offering a strong and meaningful set of incentives to property owners to redevelop land that sits fallow and unused will be one of the essential ingredients to advancing our current downtown redevelopment efforts in Shelton.”

Perillo noted that old industrial sites can be difficult to improve, and can offer a daunting challenge to property owners to redevelop them to a condition where they can be a vital part of the regional economy again.  A meaningful tax break can help a company achieve a positive return on investment, and be the difference between a business deciding to invest or deciding to pass on the opportunity.

“Once improved, though, these new developments contribute to the vitality of our downtowns and bring additional property tax revenue,” added Perillo.  “In Shelton, that means grand list growth and continued tax stability.”

Provisions of the bill require the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to make his report to the legislature no later than January 1, 2017.

The bill, SB 462, An Act Concerning a Tax Incentive for the Development of Vacant Commercial and Industrial Properties, was passed by the committee and awaits further action by the legislature.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 1, 2016 by admin


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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council is sponsoring a “Take Back Your Drive Pledge.”

You can expect that police departments in our area will be cracking down on drivers endangering public safety.

Motorists can expect extra patrols, spotters and stationary police vehicles prominently placed around the town. You can also expect police elsewhere to crack down on distracted driving this month.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for first offense$300 for second offense, and $500 for each subsequent violation. We also created a first-in-the-nation system that allows offenses to affect the violator’s car insurance premium.

An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phones, according to the National Safety Council, and 34 percent of teen drivers have admitted to texting while driving; 52 percent have said they have talked on the phone. 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

Please do not drive distracted – not this month, not ever. It is unsafe and endangers both fellow motorists and pedestrians.

Please consider taking the National Safety Council’s pledge to be an attentive driver by clicking below.

Perillo Congratulates Student Essay Winners

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) joined Liberty Bank to honor student essay winners from Perry Hill and St. Joseph Schools in Shelton.

The students participated in an essay contest where they wrote about important women in Connecticut’s history and how their contributions to the state and nation affected them.

The contest – held during Women’s History Month in March – was open to all 6th grade students in Shelton. The contest rules required students to compose a 300-word original essay.

Winners by school:

Perry Hill School: Winner Ashley Jacob, Runner-up Lauren Walsh

St. Joseph School: Winner Chloe Garrow, Runner-up Mark MacDaniel

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State Representative Jason Perillo said, “It was a real pleasure to meet with and congratulate these students, who put a lot of thought and hard work into their entries. All of the entries were showcases of Shelton’s academic excellence, and I thank Liberty Bank for joining us in sponsoring this contest.”

State Representative Ben McGorty said, “It’s clear that these students have a meaningful understanding of the important contributions made by women in our state’s history, and it is reflected in their interesting and well-written essays.  I offer my congratulations to all of the entrants, and the winners for their great work.”

State Senator Kevin Kelly said, “It was great to see so many students participate in this event. They really researched and identified with the subjects they chose and did a wonderful job. I would also like to thank the teachers and parents who are critical in the educational achievements of our youth.”

The principals, teachers and students of all of the schools along with the legislators thanked Liberty Bank for sponsoring the educational event.

Perillo and Shelton Legislators Support Bipartisan Deficit Measure

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin


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Package restores millions to hospitals, prevents cuts to towns

HARTFORD – In a session of the Connecticut General Assembly yesterday afternoon, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122) and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) voted in favor of a bipartisan package to cut the $220 million deficit that remains in the final months of the 2016 budget.

The GOP successfully fought for restoring $31 million to state hospitals, preventing dramatic cuts to towns and cities, and minimizing cuts to social service programs.  It also avoids depleting the state’s Rainy Day Fund which will be needed to offset future deficits.

“The Governor has kicked the can down the road for years and yesterday’s cuts were essential first steps,” said Rep. Perillo.  “I was very proud, though, to eliminate cuts to town aid. These cuts would only lead to increased property taxes here in Shelton and in other towns. The Governor can’t make up for his budget failures by increasing the tax burden on residents.”

“This was an important step for both parties to reach the agreement that was achieved,” said Rep. McGorty.  “In reaching an agreement it was essential that we were able to restore money to our hospitals, or raid municipal funds which essentially passes the mistakes of state government onto local government.  We managed to agree not to do that, but the real challenge will be working on the next budget.”

“Once again Republicans are leading the way, and closing the $220 million budget deficit,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “However, a $900 million deficit is on the horizon for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016. This is because the majority party continues to refuse to address the structural long term budget problems. As we move forward in addressing these large deficits, legislators must be mindful not to create new taxes that take money out of middle class budgets or enact initiatives that will deny Connecticut’s youth the opportunity they deserve.”

Republicans voted with Democrats to pass the $220 million deficit mitigation plan that will only cover the last three months of the year. The legislators noted that it would still be essential for state employee unions to negotiate for givebacks or else the likelihood of major layoffs of state employees becomes a foregone conclusion.

A bipartisan solution to the deficit remained in doubt until the last days leading up to Tuesday’s session because Democrats were still proposing at least $8 million in municipal aid cuts that would have slashed local budgets as the fiscal year was ending June 30. Republicans on Monday pushed for additional negotiations and by Monday night, Democrats decided to join them.

Republicans proposed covering that cut with money from a separate municipal reserve fund that was not even targeted for towns and cities until the next fiscal year. The Shelton legislators said it would have been a simple “swap’’ of funds from fiscal year 2017 to 2016, but Democrats did not want to go along. In the end, money from four other off-budget accounts and various other funds were swept to cover the municipal aid loss.

The package passed the House by a vote of 127 to 16, and passed the State Senate 33-3.  It will now head to governor for his signature.

The legislators noted that while yesterday’s action was a positive step, there is already a $900 million deficit for the next budget year, which balloons to $4.5 billion in the next biennium. They said the state still needs to make the fundamental structural changes that Republicans have been calling for to achieve future budget stability.

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn at midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.

 

Perillo Calls for Cap on Opioid Prescriptions

Posted on March 21, 2016 by admin


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A bipartisan assembly of members of the legislature’s Public Health Committee today issued a call for a cap on the limit of prescription opioids to a seven-day supply.  State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) joined that call, saying it is an essential step in combating the state’s increasing opioid addiction crisis.  The committee is advancing SB 352, An Act Concerning Prescriptions for and the Dispensing of Opioid Antagonists and Opioid Drugs to accomplish that.

Perillo joined other regional legislators, state and local officials and public health professionals in holding an opioid addiction forum on March 3rd. The forum, held at Scinto Auditorium in Shelton, was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of over 200 people, attesting to the significance of the crisis, and the tender nerve it touches in the region.

“Patients that are prescribed opioids very often don’t use the full supply they are prescribed,” said Rep. Perillo, a member of the Public Health Committee.  “This leaves the door open for the remaining portion to be sold or given away. It also increases the likelihood that the patient will take too many pills and, as a result, become dependent.  Limiting the opioid prescriptions to seven day supplies will reduce the availability of any extra unused pills.  A prescribing physician can always prescribe more if, in his professional medical opinion, the patient’s condition is chronic.”

Current law requires that opioids prescribed by physicians for patients be capped at thirty-day supplies.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations last week concerning the prescription of opioid painkillers, calling on doctors to use non-opioids when possible, and to limit opioid prescriptions they do issue to seven-day supplies.

Perillo said that recent data from the Office of the chief Medical Examiner has established that there is a substantial increase in the number of overdose deaths related to opioids and heroin in Connecticut.  From 2014-2015, heroin deaths have increased 27%.

The bill remains before the Public Health Committee and awaits action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns on May 4th.

 

Perillo & Republicans Lay Out Budget Fix

Posted on March 16, 2016 by admin


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Package Restores Funding to Hospitals & Maintains Core Government Services

HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) stood with Senate and House Republicans today, proposing a plan to close the 2016 budget deficit and restore funding to Connecticut hospitals.

“Merely three months ago majority Democrats advanced an inadequate budget fix in special session that was in deficit almost immediately,” said Rep. Perillo.  “We are now standing at $220 million in deficit in the final months of this budget year. We offer these budget adjustments in an attempt to provide an alternative that preserves necessary services and the safety net for those most in need, while making strategic, targeted cuts during this budget’s final months.”

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The Republican proposal would close the state’s $220 million current year deficit as estimated by the governor’s office and state comptroller. The proposed mitigation package would restore all $140 million in promised funding to hospitals, of which the state’s share totals $31.6 million. This funding is partial reimbursement for hospitals’ Medicaid expenses and the care they provide to those most in need.

The proposal does not include the governor’s suggested layoffs nor does it inflict a harmful 3 percent across the board cut to private providers as proposed by the governor.

The Shelton legislator said Republicans are instead proposing an alternative to potential layoffs through a two-day furlough for targeted state employees and benefit changes in future years, as well as 15 percent cuts to the remaining funds in multiple state accounts and targeted reductions.

Also in the plan are multiple cuts to the state legislature including a 10 percent pay cut for lawmakers, the elimination of remaining legislator franking privileges, the reduction of legislative caucus budgets by $100,000 each, and a reduction of legislative expenditures.

The plan accepts the governor’s proposed forgoing of managerial raises in the executive and judicial branches and elimination of a revenue transfer moving funds from this year to next year’s budget.

Republicans are also proposing a list of long-term structural changes to implement savings in future years. These long-term changes include capping state bonding to reduce future debt, mandatory approval of labor contracts by the General Assembly, changes to state employee health and pension benefits, implementation of an enforceable state spending cap, the creation of an office of overtime accountability and multiple other changes.

Governor Dannel Malloy indicated through a spokesman that, though he did not support all elements of the Republican proposal, that it was an “honest effort” put forth by Republicans.  He indicated that he would sign the Republican budget adjustments if they were passed out of the General Assembly.

“The governor has indicated that our proposal would earn his support if passed,” added Perillo. “All that remains is for majority Democrats to get on board.  I hope they do.”

The full detail of the Republican proposal CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

Rep. Perillo Discusses State Issues on HAN Network

Posted on March 15, 2016 by admin


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Rep Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) stopped in for a live streaming broadcast on March 9th with Josh Fisher and Kate Czaplinski of Hersam Acorn Network to take an in-depth look at state issues and Connecticut policy as the legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly heats up.

Click below to watch the segment.

You Can Help Fix the DMV

Posted on March 13, 2016 by admin


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This Wednesday, March 16, a public hearing will be held on a proposal which would help DMV run more efficiently by allowing the state to expand the types of services that can be perfomed by private contractors — such as AAA. Currently, residents can obtain limited license services at AAA but there are many other services such as CDL licensing or title transactions that could be done. States across the nation provide efficient services and we should do the same.

This is an opportunity to reduce frustration at DMV branches, allow people to get things done more quickly and relieve stress levels for DMV employees and customers.

Here’s how you can help:

Click here to submit your testimony on why you support this bill to privatize DMV services and please be sure to copy me at Jason.Perillo@housegop.ct.gov. Your testimony can be as brief as you like. Just include your name and town. Refer to the bill as House Bill 5041. Spread the word to others about this opportunity to make government more efficient!

The hearing will be held Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building.

You can find a copy of the bill here.

I’m here to help with any questions so please contact my office at (800) 842-1423 or Jason.Perillo@housegop.ct.gov.

Let your voice be heard!

Perillo and McGorty Advance Repeal of Tax on Social Security

Posted on March 11, 2016 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) continued their push this week to exempt Social Security and pension benefits from the state income tax.  Both legislators provided testimony to the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee supporting the repeal.

Those state residents that earn Social Security benefits and make over $50,000 per year if single, and $60,000 if married, are currently taxed for 25% of their total receipts.

“Social Security was established to provide financial protection for retirees who work hard all their lives but who need assistance in their retirement years,” Rep. Perillo, a member of the Finance Committee, said in his testimony.  “This is hardly a handout. Social Security beneficiaries contribute to the Social Security program throughout their careers – a time during which these folks were paying income taxes. To then tax these retirees after they have worked their entire lives is unfair and even harmful to them.”

“Many retirees are in an economic exile from Connecticut, unable to afford to remain here in the golden years,” said Rep. McGorty.  “Other states are looking to join the 26 that do not tax Social Security and Connecticut needs to be among them. This is one meaningful and essential thing we can do to keep our seniors here, and preserve the economic power they represent to our state.”

It is estimated that the state takes in roughly $21 million per year from taxing Social Security benefits, and Perillo and McGorty said the revenue could easily be made up though the elimination of redundant and inefficient government services, and a reduction in middle management in state government.

The legislators noted that Connecticut is one of six states that lost population over the past year, and that a failure to act will ensure that the exodus from Connecticut will increase.

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly convened on February 3rd, and will conclude at midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2015.

 

Addiction Forum Focuses on Community Solutions

Posted on March 4, 2016 by admin


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Over two hundred people packed a forum hosted by State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122) Laura Hoydick (R-120), JP Sredzinski (R-112), and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) which opened a community discussion on Connecticut’s opioid addiction crisis on March 3rd in Shelton. The communities of Shelton and Stratford have all experienced difficult tragedies recently involving opioid abuse.  Monroe, like other neighboring communities, is experiencing a rise in opioid abuse.  The legislators from these three communities, including Rep. Joe Gresko (D-Stratford), partnered with Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Stratford Mayor John Harkins, and Monroe First Selectman Stephen Vavrek in sponsoring the event focused on these three communities.

Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) moderates a forum on opioid addiction in Shelton, March 3, 2016.

“With opioid addiction and abuse on the rise in each of our communities and across the state, this was an important first step toward coming together as residents of our region and look for solutions together,” said Rep. Perillo, who moderated the two-hour event.  “The stories we heard from survivors, and from those who loved people who did not survive the tragic and heavy toll exacted by opioid addiction and abuse, were extremely personal and raw.  There can be no mistaking that without the first steps of understanding the nature of the problem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the resources currently available to assist those caught up in addiction, we can’t begin to take the necessary steps to stem this increase in cases of abuse, and the needless tragedies that accompany them.”

Legislators and local leaders on the opioid addiction panel at the R.D. Scinto Auditorium in Shelton.

The forum featured organized discussion with the legislators and town leaders as well as DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Stratford Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour, Youth Service Bureau’s Tamara Trojanowski, and testimonials from area residents in recovery.

Figures from the Office of the State Medical Examiner indicate that accidental drug deaths from all types are at al all-time high across the state, more than doubling since 2012.

Perillo Shares Love for Reading with Shelton Students

Posted on March 3, 2016 by admin


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Visits Shelton Intermediate School as part of ‘Read Across America Day’

On Wednesday State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined seventh-grade students at Shelton Intermediate School to discuss the importance of reading as part of “Read Across America Day,” a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd, the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess.  Suess is a renowned children’s author of classics such as The Cat in the Hat (1957) and Green Eggs and Ham (1960).

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Perillo spent about an hour discussing reading with students, challenging them all to find a subject that interested them, and to increase their interest in reading.

“Reading, and having good reading habits, are essential elements to academic and professional success,” said Rep. Perillo.  “But reading is also entertaining and life-enriching. My hope is that these students take away from today a greater appreciation for all reading offers.”

Perillo and McGorty Propose Bill Repealing State Tax on Social Security & Pensions

Posted on February 22, 2016 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are once again proposing legislation this session that would exempt Social Security and pension benefits from the state income tax.  Those state residents that earn Social Security benefits and make over $50,000 per year if single, and $60,000 if married, are currently taxed for 25% of their total receipts.

“It’s this simple; the policies of this governor and Democratic leaders in the legislature have simply made this state too expensive for people to live here, or remain here after they retire,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Certainly one of the many things that make seniors and retirees on fixed incomes unable to afford to remain here is our personal income tax on Social Security receipts.  This is an important first step toward reversing the state’s punitive taxation of our seniors.”

“It is no secret that Connecticut is one of the least-favored states to retire in, and the state income tax on Social Security and pension retirement benefits is one of the reasons,” said Rep. McGorty.  “People who have spent their whole lives working here and raising families here can no longer afford to retire here, and that’s wrong.  It’s time to start reversing this trend by reversing the policies that have gotten us here, and this is one essential way to start.”

Perillo and McGorty pointed to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau that estimated nearly 28,000 people moved out of the state of Connecticut between July 2014 and July 2015.  This represents a sudden and sharp exodus compared to the previous year, where the state lost a little over 3,500 residents.  The Shelton legislators noted that a Gallup Poll from last year concluded that 49% of state residents want to leave the state and that Connecticut’s high taxes were cited as the primary reason.  They said U. S. Census estimates show people are voting with their feet, with Connecticut ranking as one of only six states that has lost population over the past two fiscal years.

It is estimated that the state takes in roughly $21 million per year from taxing Social Security benefits, and Perillo and McGorty said the revenue could easily be made up though the elimination of redundant and inefficient government services, and a reduction in middle management in state government.

The bill request from the legislators has been referred to the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and awaits action there.

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly convened on February 3rd, and will conclude at midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2015.

Perillo, Area Legislators to Host Opioid Addiction Forum

Posted on February 19, 2016 by admin


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SHELTON – State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122) Laura Hoydick (R-120), JP Sredzinski (R-112), and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) will be hosting a community discussion on Connecticut’s opioid addiction crisis on March 3rd in Shelton. The communities of Shelton and Stratford have all experienced difficult tragedies recently involving opioid abuse.  Monroe, like other neighboring communities, is experiencing a rise in opioid abuse.  The legislators from these three communities are partnering with Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Stratford Mayor John Harkins, and Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek in sponsoring the event focused on these three communities.

“Opioid addiction and abuse is on the rise in each of your communities and across the state,” said Rep. Perillo.  “As we start to look at possible answers for addressing this epidemic, it is essential to bring together community leaders with people who have experienced the tragedy such addiction inflicts from all vantage points.  I hope people will join us for this discussion.”

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“A terrible toll has taken across our communities with so many lives needlessly lost or changed forever due to the horrors of opioid addiction,” said Rep. McGorty.  “These tragedies are on the increase, and any meaningful attempt to combat this begins with our towns’ leaders and residents getting together to talk about what we can each do.”

“Almost everyone knows a person or a family that has been deeply impacted by the tragic consequences of opioid addiction and abuse,” said Rep. Hoydick.  “The answer to this scourge starts with a frank and honest discussion and that’s what I hope we will have at this event, as we collectively seek to find solutions.”

“Addiction is a serious issue that affects every community in the state,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “By holding this forum, we are hoping to bring together area leaders as well as the public to continue the discussion on how we at the state level can attempt to curtail this. I encourage every concerned person to attend and join the conversation.”

“Opioid addiction is a problem that affects all communities in our region, state, and country,” said Sen. Kelly. “I encourage all residents to come learn about the warning signs and how to get help for yourself, a family member, or a friend that bay be suffering from this disease.”

The forum will feature organized discussion with the legislators as well as DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Mayor Lauretti, First Selectman Vavrek, Stratford Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour, Youth Service Bureau’s Tamara Trojanowski, and testimonials from area residents in recovery.

Figures from the Office of the State Medical Examiner indicate that accidental drug deaths from all types are at al all-time high across the state, more than doubling since 2012.

The event will be held in R.D. Scinto Auditorium at 1 Corporate Drive in Shelton, Thursday, March 3rd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

 

Rep. Perillo Reacts to Governor’s Budget Address

Posted on February 4, 2016 by admin


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The 2016 session of the legislature began today, and State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) said he had hoped for a message from Governor Dannel P. Malloy that indicated a serious change in fiscal direction for the state, and instead listened to a partisan budget message that lacked the types of structural changes that the State of Connecticut needs to end continuing budget deficits and build the economy.

Before a joint session of the House and Senate, Malloy outlined his plan for a $19.87-billion state budget that requires reductions across numerous state agencies, without spelling out what line items will actually be reduced.

“I think we can all appreciate that the governor is finally saying we need to live within our means when it comes to setting a state budget, but he used tough talk last year, too, and there was zero follow-through,” said Rep. Perillo. “It’s too bad that it has taken him five years to realize that we can not sustain the level of state employee benefits we currently have here. We’ll see if he stays that course, or reflexively reverts to more tax hikes come May.”

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will adjourn at midnight, Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.

 

Take My 2016 Transportation Survey

Posted on February 1, 2016 by admin


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Over the last year, Gov. Malloy has talked about improving our state’s transportation grid through his 30-year, $100 billion Let’s Go CT! initiative. A panel was created to recommend ways to generate Special Transportation Fund revenue to pay for some of the governor’s “key preservation and repair projects,” such as I-84 viaducts in Hartford and Waterbury.
The panel released its findings in mid-January, and they provide a contrast to funding options my colleagues and I offered last February. I hope you’ll consider using this survey to tell me how you feel about the recent recommendations from the Governor’s Transportation Finance Panel to create more revenue to help pay for the governor’s initiatives:

Reps. Perillo, McGorty and Sen. Kelly to Hold Shelton Town Hall

Posted on January 25, 2016 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo will join Rep. Ben McGorty and Senator Kevin Kelly for a Town Hall meeting in Shelton Monday night, January 25, 2016.  Please join the legislators as they discuss the state of the Connecticut economy, the state budget, and other issues that will face the 2016 session of the legislature.  Details are below.

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Perillo & McGorty Give Capitol Update to Shelton Seniors

Posted on January 25, 2016 by admin


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A packed house at the Shelton Senior Center gave a great reception to State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) as they presented a legislative update on senior’s issues in a forum sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  The event has held on January 19th at the Wheeler Street facility in Shelton.

The legislators discussed the upcoming legislative session, and the current state of the budget – already out of balance once again since the Democrat majority passed a deficit mitigation package in a special session early last month.

“There continues to be significant challenges for seniors who want to retire in the same state that they worked their whole lives and raised a family,” said Rep. Perillo.  “The current state of the budget and our economy have a significant impact on seniors in this state, especially those that are on fixed incomes.”

“The direction of our economy effects everybody in the state, but it has a special impact on seniors,” said Rep. McGorty.  “Connecticut has been consistently rated one of the worst states in the U.S. in which to retire.  We need to take steps to correct that.”

Both legislators noted that they supported a measure during the last legislative session that would remove the personal income tax the state charges on Social Security income.  They pledged to support similar legislation during the upcoming session, which begins Wednesday, February 3rd.

The AARP forum is held annually, and Perillo and McGorty expressed their thanks to the organization for asking them to participate once again.

Photo: Rep. Jason Perillo and Rep. Ben McGorty discuss the upcoming legislative session with Shelton seniors.

Perillo Opposes Flawed Deficit Fix

Posted on December 9, 2015 by admin


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During a special session of the Connecticut General Assembly called to address Connecticut’s widening budget deficit, State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113), opposed a partisan Democrat plan that the legislator said was little more than a Band-Aid on a massive wound, and reflected an inability to come to terms with worsening economic conditions in the state, or the role high taxes and a punitive business environment have played in them.

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“No matter how many tax hikes this legislature and governor approve, we are continually finding ourselves facing new budget deficits, and that’s no surprise to me,” said Rep. Perillo.  “I’m pleased that there were some moderate rollbacks on the massive tax hikes to businesses and to our hospitals that were passed in June.  But frankly, this mitigation plan takes no definitive structural action to stem the dire situation the state finds itself in overall.  I can’t support a measure that fails to do that.”

Republicans in October put forward a serious budget proposal in an effort to close the current budget deficit aimed at addressing the state’s long-term structural budgetary issues. Some of the key points (highlighted below) include lowering the state debt by limiting the amount Connecticut can borrow, identifying and addressing inefficiencies in state government, protecting transportation funding, better management of the state’s pension system, and modest labor modifications.

  • Mandatory approval of state labor contracts by both House and Senate. This will force lawmakers to be accountable. A contract has not been rejected since the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, voted one down in 1995.
  • Increase state employee pension contributions and healthcare beginning in 2022 when the current contract expires.
  • Implement definitions for a constitutional spending cap by March 1st in the next legislative session through a bipartisan commission. If no cap is in place no final action on any bills would be permitted.
  • Cap bonding allocations by the State Bond Commission at $1.8 billion annually.
  • Competitively bid the Corrections Department healthcare contract that costs the State of Connecticut $92 million last year.

The full Republican deficit mitigation proposal is available here.

Perillo Attends Coffee for Caregivers in Shelton

Posted on December 4, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) attends the “Coffee for Caregivers” event with Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) on December 4th, 2015, at the Plaza Diner in Shelton.

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty and Sen. Kelly to Ring Bell for Salvation Army

Posted on December 2, 2015 by admin


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With the holiday season upon us, State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) will join State Representative Ben McGorty (R-122) and Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) to ring a bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 19th, from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Walmart in Shelton.

The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort and care to people in need across the United States.  Last year, the Salvation Army provided critical support to over 30 million Americans.

Walmart will generously match all contributions to the Salvation Army collected during that time by the legislators.

Come out and join us to have your donation do twice as much good this season!

Details below.

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PERILLO AND McGORTY: UNWISE FOR CONNECTICUT TO ACCEPT SYRIAN REFUGEES

Posted on November 19, 2015 by admin


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With the announcement of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy that he intends to receive 1,500 refugees fleeing violence in Syria, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have called for a reversal of that decision in consideration of public safety concerns.  Noting the inability of the state to properly screen these incoming refugees, and the heightened security concerns raised by Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, they say it is unwise for Connecticut to accept the refugees at this time.

“While we have great compassion for the refugees, most of whom are displaced families fleeing a war-torn region, the safety of American citizens must be paramount,” said Rep. Perillo.  “It has been confirmed that at least one and maybe more of the ISIS terrorists who perpetrated the cowardly atrocities in Paris last week posed as refugees to access Europe, then France.  Our state does not have the capacity to evaluate the veracity of who they claim they are, or determine if they have no criminal history or have contagious disease.  Federal immigration policy must be upheld to determine that.  We should exercise great caution, and always err on the side of public safety.”

“We should not be too hasty in our drive to welcome these refugees to Connecticut,” said Rep. McGorty.  “Even with proper federal vetting being conducted, the government of Syria is degraded in such a way that verification of the identities and histories of the refugees is most likely compromised.  The governor, and more importantly the president, needs to reexamine this policy and put the safety of our citizens first.”

Both legislators acknowledged and support the status of the United States as a nation of immigrants, but say we are also a nation of laws.  They noted that a bipartisan group of half the nation’s governors have made the right decision for their residents by turning these refugees away.  They urged the governor to reconsider and follow their wise policies.

The president has authority to admit refugees from foreign nations who face persecution.  Should the president choose to accept these refugees under this legal pretext, he has an obligation to ensure the safety of Americans is preserved, they said.

Perillo Addresses Shelton’s Lincoln Tech Graduates

Posted on October 23, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) delivered a message of hard work and achieving excellence to the graduates of Lincoln Tech’s Culinary, Electrical, Baking & Pastry, Medical Assistant and Practical Nursing schools.  He spoke at the graduation ceremony held at Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport before the assembled graduates and their families as they celebrated the completion of their studies and received their diplomas.

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Perillo Honored by Connecticut State Medical Society

Posted on October 8, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) has been given the 2015 Legislative Recognition Award by the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), and was recognized during their Annual Meeting of their House of Delegates held September 30th in Rocky Hill.

Perillo, who has an extensive background in emergency medicine through his work with Echo Hose Ambulance in Shelton, was recognized by the CSMS for his outstanding work on behalf of physicians and their patients during the 2015 legislative session, and his effort to improve healthcare access and affordability.

“I appreciate this award from the Connecticut State Medical Society, and I want to thank them for the constructive work they do on behalf of physicians, patients, and advancing quality healthcare in our state,” said Rep. Perillo.  “I continue to consider the CSMS a partner in the effort to improve the state’s climate for doctors, their patients, and I look forward to continuing that effort during the next legislative session.”

The CSMS is a federation composed of eight county medical associations across the state which have a combined membership of over 7,000 physicians.  CSMS is a part of American Medical Association, advocating and assisting physicians and patients in legislative and legal matters.

Perillo and McGorty Visit Charter Arms in Shelton: Small Business Highlights

Posted on September 28, 2015 by admin


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Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty took time recently to visit with the folks at Charter Arms of Shelton, a local business with a tight-knit family atmosphere which is flourishing as an example of an innovative manufacturing business that supports its employees and supports its home community.

Rep. Jason Perillo and Rep. Ben McGorty listen to Terry Rush, Vice President of Charter Arms during their recent tour of the facility.

The legislators made this the latest entry in their “Small Business Highlights” where they reach out to successful local businesses and highlight the stories of their success amid the persistent challenges of the Connecticut economy.

Charter Arms, located on Brewster Avenue, employs 45 local people in the assembly and manufacture of their internationally-acclaimed quality firearms.  The company, which had humble beginnings as a five-person operation on Canal Street, is constantly looking for ways to improve their operation and hone the skills of their workers who are trained in-house.  They rely heavily on other regional companies for supplies and materials in their manufacturing operation.

The company produces eleven different calibers of firearms and produce roughly 1,200 of them weekly.  They offer healthcare and 401Ks to their employees, and dispersed over $400,000 in bonuses to them last year.

“Charter Arms is a quintessential community company,” said Rep. Perillo.  “This is really what the American economy is built on, these small businesses that give back to their communities. That’s why we’re here. Not only to see how they work and do what they do, but to also see what we can do for them.”

“This is a business locally manufacturing products that is staying in Shelton,” said Rep. McGorty.  “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

For more information about Charter Arms, you can visit their website at:

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Perillo: Governor’s Cuts to Hospitals Jeopardize Quality Care

Posted on September 25, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) is joining his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate standing in support of Connecticut hospitals as they oppose Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s $103 million in new budget cuts, including $63.4 million in reduced Medicaid payments to hospitals. The result of these cuts would increase hospitals’ tax liability to the state by over $267 million between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2016, raising their state tax burden to almost $500 million annually.

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He is calling for a special session to reject the governor’s proposed cuts and make broad changes to the state budget.

“Make no mistake – these cuts to state hospitals advanced by the governor directly threaten the ability of the institutions to provide needed healthcare access and quality,” said Rep. Perillo. “The people who will pay the price for the governor’s actions will be our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Seniors, children, individuals with chronic conditions or mental health needs, and those in lower-income brackets have the most to lose, and these cuts must be reversed.”

Perillo noted the disproportionate negative impact hospitals have seen as a result of the original budget passed this year, which has compounded as a result of additional cuts. The Republican “Blueprint for Prosperity” would have significantly reduced the burdens imposed by the Democrat budget and the governor’s new cuts. He added that the impact of these budget cuts on Connecticut hospitals is greater than the original draconian cuts proposed by the governor in February.

Reps. Perillo & McGorty to Tour Charter Arms

Posted on September 18, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) announced today they will continue their “Small Business Highlights” tours by meeting with the vice president of Shelton’s Charter Arms.

About once a month, the legislators highlight a local business in Shelton and meet with employees to discuss various topics regarding their business, the economic climate in Connecticut and how state policy affects them. In the past they’ve met with representatives from Caloroso Eatery & Bar, Glitzy Twins and Avalon Apartments.

  • What: Tour of Charter Arms
  • Where: 18 Brewster Lane, Shelton, Connecticut 06484
  • When: Tuesday, September, 22nd

The media is invited to attend; however, the event is NOT open to the public.

According to the company’s website, Charter Arms was “founded in 1964 and manufactures a full line of revolvers made by professional, skilled American craftsmen in Shelton, CT, in the heart of New England’s “Gun Valley” – the cradle of the American firearms industry.”

Representatives Perillo and McGorty launched “Small Business Highlights” earlier this year to reach out to successful local Shelton businesses and highlight the stories of their success in a changed Connecticut economy.

For their first installment, Perillo & McGorty sat down with Mathew Calandro, owner of Caloroso Eatery & Bar located at 100 Center Street in Shelton.  They have also met with representatives from Glitzy Twins and Avalon Apartments.

Senior Health and Wellness Fair – September, 30th

Posted on September 9, 2015 by admin


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Senator Kelly, Representative McGorty and I will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Fair at the Shelton Senior Center on Wednesday, September, 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

State and local organizations will be on site to provide health screenings and information about programs and services available to seniors.

  • What:   Senior Health and Wellness Fair
  • When:  Wednesday, September 30th, 9-12:00 noon.
  • Where: Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St.

For more information about these events or to reserve a seat at the Medicare presentation please contact Contact Chris Diorio at (800) 842-1421 or Chris.Diorio@cga.ct.gov

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Tax Free Week is Nearly Here

Posted on August 7, 2015 by admin


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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 16th through Saturday, August 22nd.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Please note: Unlike previous years, this year the exemption has been substantially reduced and will only apply to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price 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 full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Perillo, McGorty and Klarides Announce Bond Funds for Derby-Shelton Bridge

Posted on July 28, 2015 by admin


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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114), and State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have announced that at today’s meeting the State Bond Commission has authorized $2 million for rehabilitation of the Derby-Shelton Bridge.

The funds will provide grant-in-aid to the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (VCOG) to finance the rehabilitation of the bridge, which spans the Housatonic River between the two towns.  The project includes resurfacing of the bridge’s deck, installation of new lighting, and the addition of bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

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Artist’s rendering of completed Derby-Shelton Bridge project.

 

“This span is vital to the entire region for both commuters and for economic expansion. Thousands of motorists rely on this bridge to get back and forth to work and to home. We appreciate the investment in this project,’’ Rep. Klarides said.

“The Derby-Shelton Bridge has tremendous historic value,” said Rep. Perillo.  “It was built in 1918 and is one of only a dozen concrete arch bridges in the state. It originally carried two sets of trolley tracks in addition to the vehicular lanes. This work will help restore the bridge to its original historic feel and will complement in-process redevelopment efforts in Shelton. I am pleased we were able to secure the funds, and I want to thank the Bond Commission for its assistance in making this grant a reality. I’d also like to thank Rick Dunne, Executive Director of the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and Jim Ryan, President of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation for their invaluable assistance in moving this project forward.”

“The rehabilitation of this bridge is one of the key elements to revitalizing the downtowns in both Shelton and Derby,” said Rep. McGorty.  “By creating greater accessibility on this bridge for foot and bike traffic we are expanding access to our local shops and restaurants.  Having a viable conduit between the two of them will vastly improve economic development in both towns.”

A study unveiled last autumn by the VCOG noted that Derby and Shelton should do more to link their respective downtown areas, particularly by improving the connection between them with “transit-oriented development” including making the area friendlier to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.  The improvements to the bridge are a critical element to the overall plan.

The three legislators worked in concert with the Department of Transportation and administration officials to secure the funding.  The planned improvements are expected to begin in 2017.

Perillo & McGorty Host Evening of “Pizza & Politics”

Posted on July 23, 2015 by admin


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Legislators meet with residents at AriBella Restaurant in Shelton

In the wake of a recently-concluded legislative session where majority Democrats and Governor Dannel Malloy pushed through a massive $1.5 billion tax hike, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) met up with Shelton residents at AriBella Restaurant for an evening of “Pizza and Politics” on July 13th to discuss the results of the work of the legislature, and what it means to the community.

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The legislators spent a couple hours informally discussing the state’s economic condition over pizza and other refreshments, highlighted their efforts to right the state’s fiscal course and took questions from the roughly thirty-five people in attendance. The two legislators also discussed local issues affecting Shelton such as downtown redevelopment as well as national issues and the 2016 presidential election.

“Everyone has a stake in what the legislature did during the past session,” said Rep. Perillo.  “I appreciated the opportunity to meet up with interested Shelton residents to let them know what took place during the past session, and how they can expect it to impact their lives.  Let’s face it, everyone is going to feel that $1.5 billion tax increase, whether they are a small business owner and find it harder to create new jobs and make payroll, or a parent who won’t be able to take advantage of the tax exemption on clothing and footwear under $50 to clothe their children because it has been taken away.  I wanted to share what took place and listen to the reactions and comments from residents.”

“This was a challenging legislative session, and the results are going to be felt by everyone,” said Rep. McGorty, who just concluded his first full session since being elected a year ago in a special election.  “You can bet that when the governor promised no new taxes and ended up signing a whopping tax hike people are going to have a lot to say about that.  We heard from residents of all walks of life, and I appreciated the opportunity to personally discuss these issues with them.”

Both legislators indicated that they would schedule other forums for Shelton residents to come out and discuss state issues in the near future.

Perillo and McGorty to Host “Pizza and Politics”

Posted on July 6, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo and Rep. Ben McGorty will be hosting a legislative review on Monday, July 13th, at AriBella Restaurant in Shelton.  The event is open to the public – please come for some pizza and discussion.  We hope to see you there!

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Perillo: Changes to Budget Don’t Reduce Massive Tax Wave

Posted on June 30, 2015 by admin


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Despite weeks of withering criticism over their budget that hammers the middle class with tax hikes and hamstrings businesses from expanding, the Democrats made few improvements to the final product which will lead to future deficits, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) said today, during a special session of the state House of Representatives.

The session was required because the Democratic-led legislature left unfinished business on the table when it adjourned June 3. The Shelton legislator said the extra work on the budget made it no better, hitting the middle class with hikes in property taxes, income taxes and sales taxes totaling nearly $1.4 billion.

Above Rep. Perillo speaks about an amendment to the budget implementing bill which creates a new “Commission on Economic Competitiveness”

“After all the rhetoric from legislative Democrats about coming back and fixing the horrible budget they passed earlier this month, they really didn’t do much differently,” said Rep. Perillo.  “All of the things that outraged our state’s largest employers prompting them to consider relocating largely remain in the budget.  The same goes for all of the punitive taxes on middle class families as well. If this is all they can manage after weeks of public outrage at their budget, they are truly tone deaf.”

Adjustments made to the budget today roll back only 10 percent, at most, of the original $1.8 billion in tax hikes that alarmed state businesses, middle class families and taxpayers. The Democrats paid for much of the tax rollbacks by diverting more than $100 million in additional revenue from sales tax increases that were intended to go to towns and cities.

In addition, homeowners will also see their property tax break reduced, costing Connecticut homeowners roughly $100 million.

The budget passed the House of Representative by a vote of 78-65 without any Republicans voting in favor.

Perillo noted that despite the massive tax increase, budget deficits were very likely to continue materializing because the Connecticut economy cannot support the sustained tax increases and elevated government spending that have been the hallmark of the Malloy administration and legislative Democrats.

 

Acts Affecting Veterans and the Military

Posted on June 29, 2015 by admin


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Are you a veteran or a current member of the Armed Forces, or do you know someone who is? Here’s a report prepared by the state’s Office of Legislative research that highlights proposals passed during the 2015 legislative session that impact veterans and the military. If you have questions about these topics, feel free to contact Rep. Jason Perillo’s office at 800-842-1423 or jason.perillo@housegop.ct.gov.

2015 Acts Affecting Veterans and the Military

Perillo, Shelton Legislators Recognize Essay Winners

Posted on June 26, 2015 by admin


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Recently, State Representative Jason Perillo, State Representative Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly joined Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan to honor student essay winners from Perry Hill and St. Joseph Schools in Shelton.

The students participated in an essay contest where they wrote about “Important Women in Connecticut’s History” and how their contributions to the state affected them.

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The contest – held during Women’s History month in March – was open to all sixth grade students in Shelton.  The contest rules required students to compose a 300-word original essay. Winners from Perry Hill School were:

  • Elizabeth Porto – profiled Actor, Katherine Hepburn
  • Mya Gabriel – wrote about American Feminist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Caroline McCormick – described the life of Joan Steitz a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University
  • Sydney Leifer – honored Alice Hamilton, first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard University and was a leading expert in the field of occupational health.

Winners chosen from St. Joseph School:

  • Anna Akter – wrote about former Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso
  • Daniel Ramos – showcased Joan Steitz, a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University
  • Ana Bushati – focused on Harriot Beecher Stowe, American Abolitionist and Author

“All of the students who participated in this contest turned in excellent work on great subjects,” said Rep. Perillo.  “We are proud to offer our congratulations to the winners.”

The Principals, Teachers and Students of Perry Hill School and St. Joseph School along with the legislators thanked Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan for sponsoring the educational event.

 

PERILLO OPPOSES BUDGET WITH MASSIVE TAX HIKES

Posted on June 3, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) cast his vote this morning against a state budget that increases state spending, unfairly and unnecessarily raises taxes on the middle class and hampers businesses across Connecticut. Debate on the budget, which was the result of negotiations between Governor Dannel P. Malloy and majority Democrats, began around 5:30 a.m.

The spending and tax package, which passed narrowly by  a vote of 73-70 in the House without a single Republican vote, raises taxes on hard-working Connecticut families and businesses by more than $1.5 billion.

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“There is a limit to what taxpayers and businesses can endure to support the profligate spending this legislature is addicted to,” said Rep. Perillo.  “We have heard from residents and from large employers around this state that this is too much.  The governor asked for ‘shared sacrifice’ during his first term and ushered in a massive $1.8 billion tax increase, and instead of properly managing our state’s finances and making tough choices, he has come to the well again, essentially telling residents that they still don’t pay enough for government.  By signing this budget, he will break the pledge he made last fall not to raise taxes.”

 

The budget also includes total income tax increases of $442.2 million over two years by increasing the tax rate on personal income, reducing the property tax credit from $300 to $200 in the budget’s second year, which impacts every homeowner in the state and comes on the heels of a previous reduction from $500 to $300 in 2011.

Additionally, the budget also repeals the clothing and footwear exemption which disproportionately affects the low and middle class, and maintains the state’s 6.35% sales tax despite earlier reports that rate would be reduced as an offset to the loss of the clothing exemption.

Of the $1.5 billion in new taxes, $475 million come from wiping out previously scheduled tax cuts for shoppers, businesses, insurance companies and the working poor before they even had a chance to take effect.

Other important parts of the budget include:

  • General fund (state) spending for Fiscal Year 16 is $784 million more than current year.
  • Busts through the constitutional spending cap.
  • Underfunds debt service, which will require more premiums and cost the state more in the long run
  • No attempt to make up unachieved SEBAC savings from governor’s plan
  • Does not include funding for the GAAP liability over the next two years, one of Malloy’s top priorities

The budget now heads to the State Senate for action there.  The session adjourns at midnight, tonight.

Tell Them No New Taxes!

Posted on June 1, 2015 by admin


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Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats have struck a budget deal which is expected to be unveiled today.

It will include a number of tax increases on Connecticut’s already over-taxed working families, and do further damage to our economy, employers and job creation.

My Republican colleagues in the House and Senate have advanced a budget that restores critical services WITHOUT RASING TAXES, and you can count on us to oppose these massive tax hikes.  But you can help us send a clear message to Governor Malloy and Democrats in the legislature.

Please take a couple minutes today to briefly call their offices and let them know you’ve had enough of their tax hikes.

Please be respectful and courteous, but let them know that you expect them to find a way to have government live within its means.

Perillo Moves Clean Elections Bill Through House

Posted on May 30, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined fellow Republican lawmakers in keeping their legislative promise from earlier this year when they pushed through a proposal this week that closes loopholes in campaign finance laws and cleans up the way money is spent during the election cycle.

The proposal was attached as an amendment to smaller municipal campaign bill on the House floor. The Shelton legislator said the bill will save taxpayer dollars, help restore voters’ trust in the publicly-funded election system and would curb dirty money.

“This state’s clean elections laws have never been perfect, but the good that they have done over the past decade has been systematically eroded over the years,” said Rep. Perillo.  “State residents had the reasonable expectation that when taxpayer dollars are used to conduct state elections, the influence of large contributors would be removed.  Passing this measure brings us closer to once more fulfilling that promise.”

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Among other things, the Republican proposal caps organizational expenditures by state political parties, reduces individual donor limits to state political parties from $10,000 to $5,000, eliminates grants to unopposed candidates, bars state contractors from donating to a federal account to fund a state race and reduces all publicly-funded Citizens Election Program (CEP) grants by 25 percent – an expense that cost Connecticut taxpayers $33.4 million in 326 publicly-funded campaigns in 2014.

The spending reduction would save taxpayers $7 million in a gubernatorial election year and $2.4 million in presidential cycles.

The CEP, which funds gubernatorial and state Senate and House races, is a public finance program that awards candidates with campaign funding after hitting a specific private contribution threshold. Since 2008, the 1,185 taxpayer-funded CEP campaigns have cost $80.7 million, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

The proposal passed the House with a bipartisan majority of 134-12, and now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the General Assembly adjourns at midnight, Wednesday, June 3rd.

Perillo: Measure Protecting EMS Personnel Passes

Posted on May 27, 2015 by admin


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Bill requires notification of EMS personnel when exposed to disease

A proposal cosponsored by State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) increasing the number of infectious diseases hospitals must notify emergency medical service providers (EMS) they may have been exposed to has passed both chambers of the General Assembly.

Current law requires hospitals to EMS responders, through designated officers, that may have been exposed to infectious pulmonary tuberculosis when treating, assisting, or transporting a victim of an emergency, including victims who die at or en route to the hospital.  This bill expands the notification requirement to include numerous other infectious diseases.

“This goes beyond the simple right-to-know that EMS providers should be entitled to when they administer to care to someone who turns out to be carrying an infectious disease,” said Rep. Perillo, who is a former chief of Echo Hose Ambulance.  “Failing to notify EMS responders that they may have been exposed to these diseases presents the additional risk of spreading them further. This notification makes sense for all parties concerned.”

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The diseases the bill will require notification for include; hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, diphtheria, novel influenza A virus infections with pandemic potential, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hemorrhagic fevers, meningitis, plague and rabies.

A hospital that diagnoses a patient as having one of these infectious diseases must notify the designated officer of the EMS organization that treated, assisted, or transported the verbally, within 48 hours after the diagnosis and in writing, within 72 hours after the diagnosis. If a hospital determines a patient who died at or en route to the facility had an infectious disease, it must notify the designated officer within 48 hours of this determination.

The bill, HB 5907, An Act Concerning Notification to Emergency Medical Services Organizations Regarding Patients Diagnosed With An Infectious Disease, was approved in both the House and the Senate, and will now head to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will conclude at midnight, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015.

Does the Airbag Recall Affect You?

Posted on May 22, 2015 by admin


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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall affecting nearly 34 million vehicles built by at least 11 companies due to airbags made by Takata.

 

The NHTSA is currently in the process of compiling all affected vehicles into a database.  While this is being done, the NHTSA, as well as the State’s DMV and Department of Consumer Protection are urging you to check if your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is on the recall list.

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For developing information on the recall, and to find out if your car is on the list of recalled vehicles by a VIN number search, click below.

 

 

The NHTSA recommends that you continue to drive your car, and that you should not disconnect your airbag – it is illegal to disconnect an airbag even if it is under recall.

Perillo Supports Women Veterans Bill

Posted on May 21, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in unanimously passing a bill aimed at assisting Connecticut’s women veterans.

The bill, SB 904, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Women Veterans Program, requires the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish a program that will reach out to women veterans in an effort to improve their awareness of federal and state veterans’ benefits and services eligibility. It also calls for an assessment of women veterans’ needs for benefits and services and a review of programs, research projects and other initiatives designed to address or meet Connecticut women veterans’ needs.

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“The days when veterans of our wars were only men are long gone,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Women now make up a large portion of the essential fighting force that defends our nation and preserves our freedom.  We need to recognize this, and develop services that are proper and fitting to our women veterans.”

During the public hearing on the bill, Gregory Smith, the State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) testified that passage of this bill is a critical step that Connecticut can take in providing needed outreach to women veterans.

The bill passed unanimously out of the state Senate as well, and awaits signature by the Governor.

Perillo & McGorty Oppose In-State Tuition Rates for Illegal Immigrants

Posted on May 20, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) opposed a measure brought before the state House of Representatives Tuesday which will allow illegal immigrants living in Connecticut to qualify for the same in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges after having completed a minimum of two years of high school education in the state.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been leading the effort to implement this change.

“The policy of granting those who are in our country illegally the same privileges to attend our colleges and universities as those who are legal residents of this state is wrong for a variety of reasons,” said Rep. Perillo.  “The advocates of this measure say this will lead to these undocumented individuals remaining in the state, enhancing our workforce and becoming citizens.  However, the individuals this legislation assists cannot even legally obtain jobs in this country.  Legal immigration is bedrock of our national character, and I want to see immigrants become part of the American fabric, but they should be on a path to legal citizenship first.”

“As Americans we are all descended from immigrants,” said Rep, McGorty.  “But the practice of granting undocumented residents who are here in violation of federal law in-state tuition, and now attempting to relax the standard further, goes against the notion that immigrants must work toward citizenship through the legal framework we have in place to achieve their dreams.”

Both legislators noted that there is a finite amount of financial resources in the state budget to accommodate students attending at the in-state rates, and there is a great likelihood that many students who are legal residents could be bumped from attending to accommodate an undocumented student.

They also pointed out that since the program was initiated in 2012 there has been no way to quantify how many students have benefitted from the program due to the fact that state institutions of higher learning are prohibited from sharing that data.

The bill passed narrowly in the House by a vote of 78-70 and now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly concludes at midnight, June 3rd.

Perillo & McGorty Support Veterans’ Education Bill in House

Posted on May 15, 2015 by admin


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In an effort to improve Connecticut veterans’ college education experience, the state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at streamlining the Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members (OASIS) and veteran-students’ transition into civilian life.

Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in favor of the measure and praised its passage.  The bill, S.B. 694, An Act Concerning Services Available to Veterans on State College and University Campuses, creates a statewide study to evaluate and assess OASIS programming. The study would identify successful programs and units of expertise, and apply them throughout Connecticut’s public colleges.

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“It is critical for us to provide every measure of support possible for our state’s veterans and active military personnel who are looking to higher education as they transition back to civilian life,” said Rep. Perillo.  “This should give us a better understanding of the needs of our state’s veterans, enabling us to serve them better.”

“For us to have an effective strategy to lend the best assistance possible to our state’s veterans, this study should provide meaningful data to achieve better service to those who served us,” said Rep. McGorty.  “I look forward to seeing the results.”

Created in 2012, the Veterans Oasis in the UCONN Student Union serves as the primary social lounge for the University’s veteran population looking for a space on campus to relax in-between classes.  Featuring cable TV, public access computers, a Keurig, and ample seating the Oasis will remain the prime gathering place of student veterans at UConn.  It was originally conceived by a group of women’s clubs that have funded and created these spaces at colleges across the state.

The state senate passed the bill unanimously in April.  It now heads to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.

 

Rep. Perillo Participates in Shelton Legislative Update Forum

Posted on May 12, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113), Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) provided a legislative update on Monday, May 11th at 7:00 PM at the Plumb Memorial Town Library.  The event was co-sponsored by the Shelton Voters Network.

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Over forty residents showed up for a discussion on state issues and an update on the legislative session which is entering its final weeks.  Residents discussed numerous issues with the legislators including special education, the Hospital Tax, tolls, transportation, Bradley International Airport, package stores & farm wineries and the Educational Cost Sharing Formula.

 

Perillo & McGorty Applaud Signing of School Security Grant Extension Bill

Posted on May 12, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) today applauded the passage and signing of a measure they co-sponsored which extends the deadline for school security infrastructure grant applications and awards by one fiscal year, from June 30, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Numerous school districts throughout the state expressed concern that they would be unable to complete the approved work under the previous deadlines.

The grants are for developing or improving security infrastructure in schools, based on the results of school building security assessments conducted under the supervision of local law enforcement agencies. Governor Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law on May 11th.

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“The safety of our children while they are in school is a paramount concern, and this measure will allow an extended deadline for schools making application for state grants to submit their applications and qualify for funds they need to improve safety,” said Rep. Perillo.

“When the safety of students, their teachers, and school faculty is in the balance, it only makes sense that we extend this deadline to ensure the greatest latitude in providing safer environments where they learn and work,” said Rep. McGorty.

Legislation passed two years ago (Public Act 13-3) established this competitive state grant program to improve security infrastructure in schools in the wake of Sandy Hook. It reimburses towns, state charter schools, technical high schools, endowed academies, private schools, and regional education service centers for certain expenses incurred to develop or improve security infrastructure, train personnel to operate and maintain the new or improved security infrastructure, and buy portable entrance security devices, such as metal detectors.

Eligible infrastructure includes the installation of surveillance cameras, penetration resistant vestibules, ballistic glass, solid core doors, double-door access, computer-controlled electronic locks, entry door buzzer systems, scan card systems, panic alarms, or other systems.

The program is jointly administered by the departments of Administrative Services, Education, and Emergency Services and Public Protection. PA 13-3 authorized $15 million in bonds for the program; PA 14-98 increased the amount to $37 million.  The new law became effective upon the governor’s signature.

Perillo & GOP Legislators Hold Hearing on Democrats’ Tax Increases

Posted on May 12, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) joined Republican colleagues on the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee this week to host a public hearing on the dozens of potential tax increases proposed in the legislative Democrats in the budget they put forth.

“The public did not have an opportunity to have their voices heard on these proposed tax increases, and that is why we wanted to ensure that the opportunity was provided,” said Rep. Perillo.  “It is unfair for those in the majority to propose a sweeping tax increase of this magnitude without hearing from the very people it will hurt most- namely middle class working families, and the employers who create jobs in this state.  We heard their voices loud and clear and I hope legislative democrats heard them too.”

Hundreds of people turned out for the hearing at the Legislative Office Building, requiring two overflow rooms to hold all of those who turned up.  Over 800 individuals submitted written testimony, and over 100 turned up to testify in person.  In addition, over 5,000 people signed an online petition opposing the new taxes.

The Democrats’ bill, S.B. 946, included a net tax increase of $1.131 billion in FY 16 and $709.3 million in FY 17 that follows the $1.5 billion tax increase passed just four short years ago. Republican legislators listened to scores of Connecticut residents and business owners who said increasing taxes on services that range from veterinary care and accounting services to building inspection services, among others, would have a detrimental impact on their finances, and potential ability to expand or remain in the state. For a full list of proposed tax increases that did not have a public hearing please click here.

Other concerned state residents spoke about how many of the proposed service cuts would shred the state’s social services safety net.

House and Senate Republicans previously offered a balanced budget proposal entitled the “Blueprint for Prosperity” which didn’t increase taxes, was under the constitutional spending cap and preserved vital social services for those who need it most.

 

Perillo Votes Against Massive Democrat Tax Hikes

Posted on April 30, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) today cast his vote against a massive tax increase package offered by majority Democrats on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.  Perillo opposed the $40.6 billion plan that increases taxes an incredible $1.131 billion in FY 16 and $709.3 million in FY 17.  The tax increase plan follows the $1.5 billion tax increase passed just four years ago.  It was passed with all Republican members voting in opposition.

“Recently Governor Malloy said he didn’t think the legislature had an appetite for a tax increase – that clearly wasn’t the case,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Make no mistake – this budget will hurt virtually everyone in Connecticut.  It is a further increase in taxes on hard-working families, places increased burdens on employers which will further erode our anemic economic recovery, and continues our state down the destructive fiscal path it has traveled for the past four years.”

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L-R: Sen. Len Fasano, Rep. Themis Klarides, Rep. Vin Candelora & Rep. Jason Perillo discuss the Democrats’ tax package after a meeting of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. April 29, 2015.

 

Perillo noted that despite claims that this budget is aimed at the wealthy, it clearly levels its sights on the middle class.  “When you eliminate the sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear under $50, you aren’t hitting high-income people, you’re hurting people of modest means,” he said.

In addition, Perillo joined Republican leaders and members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee in calling for public hearings on the $1.7 billion in tax changes that the public have never been given an opportunity to speak on.

Last week Perillo stood with House and Senate Republicans and unveiled their Blueprint for Prosperity, a budget alternative that does not raise taxes, is balanced, and restores funds to vital social service programs.

 

Perillo & McGorty Clean Center Street as Part of Shelton Clean Sweep Project

Posted on April 28, 2015 by admin


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SHELTON – As part of the Shelton Clean Sweep Project the week of Earth Day, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), and Ben McGorty (R-122) “adopted” Center Street in downtown Shelton, and spent the morning of Saturday, April 25th, picking up trash along the roadway.

The effort was part of a larger coordinated deployment of volunteers from all over Shelton that cleaned up various roadways and open spaces.

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“This is a great way to give back a little to the community, and I commend the Shelton residents who gave up a little time this week to go out and help make Shelton a little nicer,” said Rep. Perillo. “Spring is a great time to do this.  After the thaw from winter and the snow has all melted it’s amazing to see what was hiding under there.”

“It doesn’t take a lot to make your neighborhood and your street look a lot better,” said Rep. McGorty.  “My thanks go to the coordinators of the Shelton Clean Sweep Project for organizing this great event.”

Both legislators went up and down Center Street with bags and gloves, picking up loose litter, bottles and other rubbish.

Anyone interested in continuing the cleanup effort in Shelton, or looking for other ways to help, should go to www.donttrashshelton.org for information.

Perillo Join Republicans in Unveiling No Tax Increase Budget Proposal

Posted on April 27, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo joined House and Senate Republicans today as they offered their plan, a Blueprint for Prosperity, which accomplishes what the governor could not: it does not increase taxes, is balanced, under the spending cap, restores funds to state hospitals and vital social service programs for the neediest, while instituting government reforms to save hundreds of millions in the coming two years.

The Republican proposal will benefit multiple socioeconomic interests: taxpayers, consumers, the developmentally disabled, businesses, non-profits, municipalities and hospitals.

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“This budget moves the state in a different direction than the governor has taken us over the past four years,” said Rep. Perillo.  “We are effectively ending the cycle of higher taxes and increased spending. We also offer important relief to Connecticut hospitals who have suffered under enormous tax hikes under governor Malloy.”

The Shelton legislator said Republican leaders agree with Democrat leaders that the governor’s budget proposal is a non-starter. The Blueprint for Prosperity provides a biennial budget plan for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 and outlines a series of long-term initiatives to set Connecticut on a better path for smarter spending today and in the future.  Republicans outlined major points in their proposal at a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building.

The balanced $39.49 billion biennial budget alternative calls for $630 million in wage freezes and other concessions from state employees including restrictions on overtime costs.  It also caps borrowing.

The GOP budget proposal also:

  • Eliminates cap on business tax credits
  • Eliminates the corporate tax surcharge in FY 2017
  • Restores the tax exemption on clothing and footwear under $50 starting June 1, 2016
  • Restores Medicaid Husky A to 12,100 individuals
  • Restores funding to the Regional Fire Training schools
  • Restores funding for Connecticut’s libraries
  •  Restores funding for nutrition assistance
  • Restores burial benefits for indigent individuals
  • Reduces debt service by instituting a bond allocation cap
  •  Increases contributions to pension plans from state employees

For more details on the Blueprint for Prosperity visit: cthousegop.com/blueprint

AARP Presents Perillo with ‘Capitol Caregiver’ Award

Posted on April 22, 2015 by admin


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SHELTON –State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) was recognized today by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the nation’s largest non-profit support and advocacy group for seniors and retirees.

At a brief ceremony this afternoon at the Shelton Senior Center, Perillo was singled out by the AARP for his support of family caregivers, and his work advancing legislation that eliminates to prevention of nurse practitioner to have full practice authority.  The bill, which became Public Act 14-12, will ultimately improve health care access and reduce costs, especially to seniors who depend on family caregivers to maintain their independence at home.

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Michael Klein of the AARP presents Rep. Perillo with the Capitol Caregiver Award.

 

“The nurse practitioner legislation that we passed this year was a critical step in assuring that access to high quality health care is expanded and that thousands of seniors could continue to receive care in their homes,’ said Rep. Perillo.  “Not only does it make perfect sense from a standpoint of compassion, but it also makes great economic sense by materially reducing healthcare costs to those who need caregiver services. I thank the AARP for their recognition as a ‘Capitol Caregiver’ and I am proud to continue that work alongside them as the 2015 session begins a very active final month.”

“AARP thanks Representative Perillo for championing legislation that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses, expanding access to high-quality health care for Connecticut residents,” said Nora Duncan, state director of AARP, which serves nearly 600,000 members age 50 and older in Connecticut. “He provided integral leadership to pass legislation last year that will help make the lives of Connecticut’s family caregivers – and those that they care for – a little bit easier.”

In addition, the AARP has launched a new initiative called “I Heart Caregivers” aimed at recognizing those who administer care to one of our most vulnerable populations.

 

 

Perillo & McGorty to Perform Center Street Cleanup as Part of Shelton Clean Sweep Project

Posted on April 21, 2015 by admin


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In observance of Earth Day, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are “adopting” Center Street in Shelton as part of “Shelton Clean Sweep,” sponsored by the Shelton Anti-Litter Committee.

During the week of Earth Day, volunteers from all over Shelton will be cleaning up various roadways and open spaces.  Representatives Perillo & McGorty will be cleaning up the Center Street area in downtown Shelton.

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The legislators invite anyone who wants to join them for the Center Street cleanup to come out to join them.  Those interested in cleaning up different locations in Shelton, or looking for other ways to help, should go to www.donttrashshelton.org for information.

Participants will receive Shelton Clean Sweep 2015 patches, and credit is available for high school community service hours.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00am-10:30am

WHERE: Center Street, downtown Shelton

 

Perillo: No Tax Dollars for New Hartford Baseball Stadium

Posted on April 17, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) is opposing legislation currently before the General Assembly which would dedicate tax dollars toward the construction of the new professional baseball stadium in Hartford.

In June of last year it was announced that the New Britain Rock Cats, a DoubleA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, would leave for the City of Hartford.  A new stadium is being constructed to host the new team which has been christened the Hartford Yard Goats. When the deal was announced, Governor Dannel P. Malloy asserted that the deal was between the team and the municipalities involved, and that state dollars would not be used for the construction of the stadium.  The bill before the legislature would change all that.

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“Regardless of whether or not you want to see baseball being played professionally in Hartford or not, state taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill to make it happen,” said Rep. Perillo.  “There is no other facility that gets to benefit from an admissions tax the way this bill would allow the new Yard Goats stadium to.  I am opposed to committing taxpayer’s money to helping pay for a deal arranged by the team owners and the City of Hartford. I am hopeful that Governor Malloy will also remain committed keep keeping taxpayer dollars out of the picture.”

Under the bill, the funds received from taxes on ticket sales would be moved to from the general fund to an account dedicated to paying off the cost of constructing the stadium.  The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will be holding a public hearing on the bill, SB 1132, An Act Concerning the Admissions Tax, on Monday, April 20th.  Representative Perillo is a member of that committee.

Ground was broken for the new stadium in Hartford’s Downtown North in February.  The Yard Goats are expected to play their first season there beginning in 2016.

Join Rep. Perillo for a Legislative Update

Posted on April 13, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) will join Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) to provide a legislative update on Monday, May 11th at 7:00 PM.  All interested district residents are invited to attend.  Details below.

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Perillo & McGorty Offer Support to Hospitals in Hostile Budget Environment

Posted on April 11, 2015 by admin


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Area lawmakers and town officials assembled at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport on Thursday for their annual legislative breakfast. At the event, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) reaffirmed their support for St. Vincent’s Hospital and other community hospitals throughout Connecticut in the face of an escalating hospital tax, reduced Medicaid reimbursement rates and new regulatory burdens proposed by Governor Malloy, and advanced in HB 6824.

“The governor has been shaking down the state’s hospitals since his administration began,” said Rep. Perillo. “The governor originally proposed the new hospital tax in order to take advantage of federal tax dollars that result in a net gain to the state, and hospitals were told they would be made whole. That isn’t what has happened. Instead, the state is keeping the money, and the governor wants more.”

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Rep. Perillo and Rep. McGorty listen during the St. Vincent’s Medical Center legislative breakfast.

 

“Connecticut’s hospitals have already been socked with $550 million in cuts from the last budget,’ said Rep. McGorty. “Our system of hospitals simply can’t sustain this level of over-taxation without the quality of care and service to those in need being adversely impacted.”

Under the governor’s proposed biennial budget hospitals will be taxed at an effective 37.4 percent rate. The legislators noted that when you consider that the corporate tax rate in Connecticut is 9 percent, it illustrates how our hospitals are being abused. They pointed out that St. Vincent’s alone had provided over $56 million in community support just last year, but were forced to close a school serving at-risk youth at their Behavioral Health campus.

“Ben Barnes, the governor’s budget chief at the Office of Police and Management, was asked earlier this year at the Finance Committee why the governor is taxing hospitals,” said Rep Perillo. “His glib response was that it was like asking why you rob banks- that’s where the money is. Unfortunately, going ‘where the money is’ is in many cases taking away from people who are the neediest in our communities, and crippling the ability of our hospitals to help them.”

“The governor is also looking to further hamstring our system of hospitals with new regulatory burdens that will make it harder for hospitals to provide good care,” added Rep. McGorty.

The governor’s budget bill, HB 6824 remains before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will conclude at midnight, June 3rd.

Connecticut’s Tax Burden Highest in the Nation

Posted on April 6, 2015 by admin


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According to the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group, Connecticut continues to have the latest “Tax Freedom Day” of any state in the nation. Tax Freedom Day is the day each year when the average citizen has made enough money to pay their combined local, state and federal tax bills.

 


With the highest tax burden per capita of any state in the nation, it’s no wonder our Tax Freedom Day comes later than any other state: May 13.  That’s four days later than last year.

 

To put it into perspective, each of us will spend more on taxes in 2015 than we will on food, clothing and housing combined.


The state budget is perpetually in crisis, with a deficit for the current fiscal year estimated at $191 million by the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

 

Until state leaders curb spending, create a stable tax and regulatory landscape and stop passing legislation that fuels Connecticut’s anti-business climate, we will continue to suffer from a lagging economy and shrinking workforce.  

 

I will continue to work hard this session to change the unfortunate direction Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats have taken this state.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 2, 2015 by admin


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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and you can expect police departments in our area will be cracking down on drivers endangering public safety.

This month police will be taking part in a statewide campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting anyone choosing to text, talk or distract themselves with a cell phone.

Motorists can expect extra patrols, spotters and stationary police vehicles prominently placed around the town. You can also expect police elsewhere to crack down on distracted driving this month.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for first offense, $300 for second offense, and $500 for each subsequent violation. We also created a first-in-the-nation system that allows offenses to affect the violator’s car insurance premium.

An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phones, according to the National Safety Council, and 34 percent of teen drivers have admitted to texting while driving; 52 percent have said they have talked on the phone. Ten percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

Although the most recent numbers show distracted driving-related deaths have decreased nationwide, the number of deaths – 3,328 in 2012 – is still too high.

Please do not drive distracted – not this month, not ever. It is unsafe and endangers both fellow motorists and pedestrians. Feel free to forward this reminder along to friends, family and neighbors.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about state government.

Perillo & McGorty Oppose Early Release Program for Violent Criminals

Posted on April 2, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are looking to roll back the state’s catastrophic policy of early release credits for violent offenders.  The policy, put in place by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and legislative Democrats, was enacted in 2011.  Since then, numerous violent crimes, including murder, have been committed by individuals released early under its provisions.  Both Shelton legislators are throwing their support behind SB 1129 which would close important loopholes in the program.

“I would prefer to see this program eliminated entirely,” said Rep. Perillo. “It is a measure that makes this state softer on crime and puts the public at risk.  But the reality is that Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats will not abandon it.  In light of that, we are at least seeking to find ways that will establish stringent restrictions on who can and cannot qualify for credits under the program.  If the governor is looking to find ways to balance the budget, releasing violent criminals from jail isn’t the solution.”

“The story of this program is one of failure, and it is clear that if elimination isn’t on the table, significant reforms must be achieved,” said Rep. McGorty.  “We need to make sure that the stories of tragedies that have resulted from criminals who had no business being released from prison are ended.”

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During the 2011 session, majority Democrats passed legislation without a public hearing that allowed the Department of Corrections to award early release credits for good behavior for a reduced sentence.  While those guilty of crimes such as murder, aggravated sexual assault in the first degree and home invasions aren’t eligible, other violent criminals such as child molesters, and arsonists are.

Perillo & McGorty pointed to numerous news stories of individuals who were released under the program who quickly returned to violent crime.  One of those criminals is Arthur Hapgood who stabbed a one-year-old girl to death last August after participating in the program, despite having failed several drug tests in prison and having committed other numerous violations while incarcerated.

The measure they offered support to, SB 1129, An Act Establishing a Pilot Program to Identify and Track the Homeless, Addicted or Mentally Ill Persons Entering the Justice System and Concerning the Earned Risk Reduction Credit Program, is currently before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and received a public hearing this week.

Provisions of the bill expand the list of crimes for which an inmate is sentenced and becomes ineligible to earn risk reduction credits and requires the warden to review and verify an inmate’s record if risk reduction credits are being applied to reduce such inmate’s sentence. It expands the list of crimes to include: manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the first degree, assault of a pregnant woman resulting in termination of pregnancy, and aggravated sexual assault of a minor.

Both legislators expressed disappointment that several House Republican bills which would increase accountability and prevent violent criminals from qualifying under the program were not brought forward by majority Democrats in the committee process.

This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will adjourn at midnight, Wednesday, June 3rd.

Disappearance of Local Independent Doctors Changing Healthcare Landscape in Connecticut

Posted on March 30, 2015 by admin


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Opinion by Rep. Jason Perillo

Many people remember or have seen Norman Rockwell’s iconic art depicting the earnest, white-coated doctor treating a young, nervous kid from the neighborhood. Back then, the small town doctor was the trusted healer, advisor, therapist, and friend.

However, the extended sense of community, trust and familiarity, the occasional house call, and the close proximity of our doctor to our home are becoming things of the past. It appears that we may have finally reached the twilight of that age, where the independent physician is nearly extinct, and that is not a good thing for any of us.

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Not so long ago there was a prevalence of independent physicians’ offices throughout the state.  Just go back thirty years and parents could find a local pediatrician, perhaps housed in a converted historic house, where they could bring their children.  Probably every other parent from their neighborhood went to the same pediatrician to seek relief for all of childhood’s ailments, and perhaps a kindly lollipop to sooth the sting of a necessary shot.  This is extremely hard to find in our state today.

Where have these small-town, local, independent doctors gone?  They have departed to larger doctor’s groups, and even larger hospitals.  In a survey by Accenture, the percentage of U.S. physicians who practice outside a hospital, clinic or large medical group fell from 57 percent to 39 percent just from 2000 to 2012.

So why has this migration in the field of medicine taken place?  There are a number of reasons. Of those leaving independent practice 87 percent cited the cost of doing business, 61 percent said managed care did them in, while half said the cost to upgrade and maintain modern electronic health records.  For those who expected to remain in private practice, one in three of them indicated they would move to subscription-based direct-pay practices.

A poll that was conducted by Sermo, a notable physicians’ web resource and community, said that one in four physicians admitted to having been forced to close their solo practices due to the increased overhead costs, high malpractice-insurance costs, and dwindling reimbursement rates.

Healthcare Daily notes that third-year medical residents are increasingly bypassing those local independent physician practices so they can work as salaried hospital employees or as part of a larger medical concern.  These medical students seem to be less informed about the business side of medicine, receiving no formal instruction in negotiating contracts or managing their reimbursements.  For these new doctors, it is far easier to join a large group and let others worry themselves with this side of medicine while they focus on their craft.

Certainly, the state of Connecticut has done its fair share to spin webs of bureaucratic red tape to ensnare the business side of medicine, while heavily regulating and mandating insurance carriers which has increased costs all around.  While this trend is national, Connecticut stands out in its excessive regulatory environment.

In our state, as smaller independent doctors’ offices are swallowed by clinics and hospitals, smaller hospitals and non-profit hospitals are being absorbed by larger out-of-state provider networks.  The community hospital is now also endangered.

Under Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut has walked back its commitment to our local hospitals.  With the help of an obliging Democratic legislature, the Governor instituted a damaging hospital tax, which has cost jobs, increased healthcare costs and reduced access statewide.  Represented by the governor as a temporary measure back in 2011, it has been sustained.  The governor’s budget chief, Ben Barnes, came before the Finance Committee in February, noting glibly that the reason the state drains $500 to $600 million from our statewide hospital systems was simple. “Why rob a bank?” he said.  “It’s where the money is.”

While the days of the independent physician may be numbered, there are some important things the legislature should do to roll back this harmful trend.  First would be the elimination of the hospital tax, which is felt so disproportionally by our community hospitals.  Next would be to restore the cuts to community hospitals that the governor and legislature have made.

It is time for the legislature to stop treating our community hospitals as cash cows, and reverse the damage they are doing to our system of providers.  Unless action is taken quickly, it will be too late.

Rep. Jason Perillo is serving his fifth term representing the 113th District, which includes most of the City of Shelton.  He is the former Chief of Shelton’s Echo Hose Ambulance.

Perillo & McGorty Launch ‘Small Business Highlights’ at Caloroso Eatery & Bar in Shelton

Posted on March 30, 2015 by admin


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Beginning this month State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have launched “Small Business Highlights” where they will be meeting with successful local Shelton businesses and highlighting the stories of their success in a changed Connecticut economy.

For their first installment, Perillo & McGorty sat down with Mathew Calandro, owner of Caloroso Eatery & Bar located at 100 Center Street in Shelton.  Caloroso was established by Mathew and his wife Kelly three years ago. They were looking to provide Shelton, and the surrounding Valley towns with a casual, contemporary, and family-oriented dining experience with affordable, excellent food.  They were voted Connecticut Magazine’s Best Neighborhood Restaurant in 2013.

caloroso“Caloroso really represents a success story built on the solid foundation of hard work and vision rooted in passion for Italian-American food and the satisfaction that comes from seeing customers happy,” said Rep. Perillo.  “They have quickly attained an incredible regional reputation, and that is why we wanted to visit with them to discuss their success and showcase their unique qualities.”

“The story of Caloroso’s success is really a story about someone local having a dream and making it reality,” said Rep. McGorty.  “They have created a great, inviting atmosphere in our community and have offered Shelton and surrounding towns a fantastic place to come for food and fun.  They were a natural place for us to start our ‘Highlight’ series.”

Caloroso features a dining room for lunch and dinner, and a lounge for bar service, making everything they serve you by hand from recipes handed down from generation to generation.  They also offer on and off-site catering service, business deliveries, five big screen televisions in their lounge, twenty different beers on tap, great Happy Hour specials and ample dedicated parking for their patrons. They have a patio area that will open soon as warmer weather approaches. In addition, Shelton’s Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved a downstairs banquet hall that will debut soon.

“Let’s face it, Connecticut does not provide a very inviting business climate, and while Ben and I are always working to improve that, it is really great to see a business run by great people like the Calandros succeeding despite the obstacles,” said Perillo.

“I urge Shelton residents that haven’t done so yet to come down and give them a try,” said McGorty.  “I predict it will become a regular hang-out for you.”

To learn more about Caloroso and to view their great menu, visit calorososhelton.com.  They also have a very interactive Facebook presence – visit them at Facebook.com/CalorosoShelton.

Perillo Calls for Restoration of Funds for Veterans’ Funeral Honors

Posted on March 23, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) is criticizing proposed cuts of over $469,000 to the state Military Department’s honor guard which provides military funeral honors for veterans of the armed forces.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget slashes the funds used to support military funeral honors which include rifle teams that fire graveside salutes and the playing of Taps.

“I think we all recognize that there are some very tough choices that have to be made when it comes to this budget,” said Rep. Perillo.  “However, there really is little excuse for the governor trying to overcome his poor budgeting over the past four years by stripping veterans of the honors due to them for their service to our nation upon their passing. It’s a disgrace.”

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Veterans of any branch of the armed forces are entitled under federal law to the rendering of military funeral honors including two representatives of the armed forces with at least one being from the veteran’s parent branch for graveside services. This includes the playing of Taps and the folding of the American flag with presentation to the veteran’s next of kin.

The service is free of charge, and available to those military members who are on active duty, selected reserve, former members with discharges other than dishonorable, and former military members discharged selected reserve due to disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

The State of Connecticut’s Military Department augments these minimum mandatory requirements many times with rifle teams that fire a salute volley.

“We owe it to our veterans and their families to provide the finest rendering of military honors possible for those who served and sacrificed to preserve our freedom,” said Perillo.  “If this legislature allows Governor Malloy’s plan to cut back on military funeral honors, I honestly don’t like what that will say about us as a state.”

Perillo & Area Legislators Issue Statements on UTC Announcement

Posted on March 13, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Laura Hoydick (R-120), Ben McGorty (R-122), and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) made the following statements today concerning the announcement by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) that they are considering “strategic alternatives” for its Sikorski Aircraft business:

“UTC, and Sikorsky in particular, provide hundreds of jobs to residents of Shelton and other surrounding towns,” said Rep. Jason Perillo.   “I was proud to support the Aerospace Reinvestment Act last year which played a major role in strengthening Sikorsky Aircraft.  It will be essential that any changes implemented by UTC with regards to Sikorsky continue within the boundaries of the investment bill we passed and that those changes ensure the continued employment of the skilled employees currently working for Sikorsky.”

“This announcement by UTC is a surprise, particularly as it comes less than a year after regional legislators joined in a bipartisan effort to pass the Aerospace Reinvestment Act which made significant investments in UTC and Sikorsky,” said Rep. Laura Hoydick.  “I will be following these developments closely with particular attention to seeing that UTC stays within the framework of the Reinvestment Act, and to what impact, if any, this has on the many jobs Sikorsky provides to area residents.”

“Sikorsky is so essential to this region’s economy and identity,” said Rep. McGorty.  “I am concerned about what form these potential alternatives may take, and will be joining with my colleagues in working with state officials and UTC to see that whatever actions are taken are in harmony with the terms of the Aerospace Reinvestment Act, and preserve the jobs of the hard-working people of the region who are currently working for Sikorsky.”

“I am cautiously hopeful, but I do think we all have many questions that need to be answered first,” said Sen. Kelly.  “If Sikorsky were to separate from UTC and become a standalone company, I hope they would continue in their long history of innovation and advancement, and I hope they would remain loyal to the community that has always welcomed them and enabled the company to flourish. Stratford is Sikorsky’s home, and Sikorsky is an integral part of the town we call home. I hope this relationship will persevere. We need to preserve these jobs for the thousands of people who rely on them.”

Perillo & McGorty ‘Adopt’ Indian Well State Park in Shelton

Posted on March 12, 2015 by admin


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State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have adopted Indian Well State Park in Shelton, adding themselves to a distinguished list of legislators on the Honor Roll of State Park and Forest Adopters.

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and Friends of CT State Parks (FCSP) held a Friends of CT State Parks Day at the Legislative Office Building on March 11th, where they laid out the pre-requisites for park adoption. They include:

  • Acknowledgement of a State Park or Parks their District
  • Visit/Contact the State Park(s) to understand its needs
  • Work with an existing “Friends of” group (if applicable) or with the CT DEEP to launch an annual event (walk, clean-up, etc.)
  • Help advocate for the needs of your Park and the State Park system

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“Indian Well State Park is a tremendous recreational resource to the residents of Shelton,” said Rep. Perillo.  “With warmer weather on the horizon, we are all looking forward to the opportunity to hike, boat, fish and picnic there.  This park is also an essential part to the entire state park network which protects our environment and provides local jobs.”

“Everyone in Shelton appreciates the outdoor recreation that Indian Well State Park offers,” said Rep. McGorty.  “I am pleased to join in bringing recognition to this tremendous resource we have right in our own backyard, and look forward to working to ensure that the park endures.”

According to a study conducted by UConn’s Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA), state parks generate $6 million a year through admissions and other fees, and provide over $1 billion and 9,000 jobs to Connecticut’s economy each year. The study also documented that for every dollar the state spends on the state park system, it receives a return of $38 in economic activity. In addition, the increased property values of individual dwellings that border or overlook green open space generate an estimated $3.1 to $5.4 million to municipalities.

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association is the first non-profit conservation organization established in Connecticut in 1985.  CFPA’s mission is to protect state parks, forests, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land.

The Friends of CT State Parks is an all-volunteer organization formed in 1994.  FCSP’s mission is to support Connecticut’s state parks, forests and conservation areas through education, advocacy, and public awareness to protect Connecticut’s legacy of natural resources and historical treasures.

Rep. Perillo Remarks on Resolution Remembering Larry Miller on House Floor

Posted on March 11, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo stood to remember his friend and colleague, State Representative Larry G. Miller, who passed away on May 31st, 2014, as the House of Representatives introduced a resolution commemorating his life and service to the state.

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Rep. Miller, who served the 122nd district from 1991 until his passing, represented the City of Shelton alongside Rep. Perillo. Representative Miller’s family, including his wife of 54 years, Mildred Peters Miller, were present as the entire membership of the House expressed sympathy on his passing, noting that his legacy would endure in the chamber he worked in for over 23 years.

Perillo Looks to Restrict Sale of Police Badges

Posted on March 2, 2015 by admin


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Shelton legislator aims at keeping law enforcement ID out of hands of impostors

State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) has introduced legislation this session of the Connecticut General Assembly that additionally restricts the sale of law enforcement badges to non-law enforcement officials.  The current availability of police credentials for sale to citizens is restricted, placing a burden of verifying the identity to a purchaser on the company making the sale. Perillo’s bill further defines what is acceptable as a means of documenting the wearer as entitled to the badge purchased.

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“A badge is the primary method for a police officer identifying themselves,” said Rep. Perillo.  “A casual review online will show you numerous opportunities to buy law enforcement badges, including customized ones.  It is in the interest of public safety that this measure requires any company selling a badge or shield to identify the wearer as holding the office and title for the badge purchased.”

Perillo said that the form of identity confirmation referenced in his bill can be an official letter from a state, federal or local government agency or entity that encompasses that office, title or position which is verified prior to the sale.

“There aren’t any good reasons why someone would want a police badge which they were not authorized for,” said Perillo.  “The potential criminal conduct such a badge could be abused for could potentially range from the mischievous to the felonious. Right now there is an availability of highly detailed and official police badges which are indistinguishable from the real thing, or are in fact the real thing.  We need to have tighter restrictions on the availability of these credentials.”

Impersonation of a police officer is a class D felony in Connecticut punishable by no less than one year and nor more than five years in prison as well as a fine not to exceed $5,000.  According to data available from the Connecticut Judicial Branch, 243 individuals were charged with impersonation of a police officer in Connecticut since 2005.

The bill, HB 5632, An Act Requiring Certain Documentation for the Sale of a Law Enforcement Badge has been referred to the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee and awaits action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns at midnight, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015.

Rep. Perillo Puts Questions on Transportation to Malloy Budget Chief in Finance Committee

Posted on February 27, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) took the opportunity to question Governor Malloy’s budget chief  Ben Barnes on the administration’s efforts to sell their transportation initiatives to the public during an informational hearing before the legislature’s Finance Committee on February 26th.

Perillo Tours Sikorsky Facility

Posted on February 25, 2015 by admin


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State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) took part in a two-hour tour of the facilities at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford on February 23rd.  The Shelton legislator joined other regional lawmakers on the tour where they were shown the workings of the plant.

Rep. Perillo voted last session for the Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act last session aimed at reinforcing Connecticut as a leader in the aerospace industry, fostering the creation and retention of jobs.

There are 808 Shelton residents who are employees of UTC, and over 60 Shelton companies supply the company.

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State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119), Jason Perillo (R-113), Kim Rose (D-118), Sen. Gayle Slossberg,(D-14), State Rep. Laura Hoydick, (R-120) with House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114), State Rep. Ben McGorty and United Technologies, Government Relations, Jackie Iacovazzi.

“Sikorsky is an incredibly important part of the fabric of the region’s communities,” said Rep. Perillo.  “Not just as major employer and a leader in aerospace manufacturing, but also for their remarkable corporate citizenship.  It is always great to get the opportunity to see excellence at work, and this tour gave all of us the opportunity to understand how they do what they do in a more meaningful way.”

“This was a firsthand opportunity to see why Sikorsky and UTC are national leaders in aerospace,” said Rep. McGorty. “I appreciated being able to tour their impressive facilities and see why they are the backbone of our region’s manufacturing base. The state’s partnership with Sikorsky and UTC will continue to be an essential one. ”

Sikorsky, along with Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems employ 22,200 workers statewide.

Perillo, McGorty & Kelly: Governor’s Budget Increases Taxes, Sets State Economy Back

Posted on February 20, 2015 by admin


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The two-year budget unveiled by Governor Dannel Malloy before a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly strikes hardest at those he claims to be helping according to State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113), Ben McGorty (R-122)  and State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21).  The Shelton legislators noted that the governor is violating his repeatedly avowed pledge to not increase taxes, and is continuing Connecticut down a path of policies that have produced anemic economic growth.

“This budget represents more of the same failure to deliver for Connecticut’s families, seniors and college graduates hoping to find work in the state they grew up in,” said Rep. Perillo.  “This budget extends the policies that have forced businesses to close, residents to leave and families to struggle.  It also breaks the pledge he made not to increase taxes.”

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“The choices that have to be made in crafting a successful state budget are tough choices,” said Rep. McGorty.  “But tough choices don’t have to be wrong choices.  This budget fails to support all of the people the governor claims it helps, and delivers the tab for higher taxes and increased spending right to the middle class.”

“Tough decisions have to be made in any state budget, but balancing the budget on the backs of Connecticut seniors and others in need is not acceptable,” said Sen. Kelly.  “The governor’s budget actually backtracks on the progress we have made regarding some aging in place initiatives. It puts additional burdens on seniors in CT, targeting the CT Home Care program and personal needs allowances that support seniors in nursing homes with limited budgets. The governor also reneges on multiple promises to support our families. This budget hurts Connecticut’s jobs environment and wrongly targets some of the most vulnerable in our state.”

The legislators noted that in his last budget the governor offered about $550 million in tax breaks which were conveniently set to take effect after the 2014 election.  Now, this new budget rolls back all but $62 million of those scheduled cuts while raising $915.6 million in new revenue.

In addition, the legislators say the governor’s plan increases taxes a total of $103.4 million on individuals and $812.2 million inflicted on employers over two years, and also borrows hundreds of millions more for other projects pushing increased debt down the road for future generations.

Other elements of the governor’s proposed budget:

  • Increases personal income taxes for single filers
  • Lowers the sales tax rate, but eliminates exemptions including those on clothing and footwear, and lowers the threshold for the sales tax free week from $300 to $100, resulting in a net tax increase
  • Cements the corporate surcharge tax indefinitely, hurting the state’s employers that he referred to as the “backbone of our economy”
  • Increases the business registration fee required to file with the Secretary of State’s Office
  • A massive increase in transportation spending without any indication as to how it will be paid for.
  • Increases restrictions on tax credits corporations can claim to squeeze $350 million more out of Connecticut’s employers. This change could have a chilling effect on the state’s business environment by taking away a system employers have counted on to enhance economic development and job growth.

The budget now goes before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns at midnight on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Rep. Perillo Suports Nomination of Terry H. Jones to State Board of Education

Posted on February 19, 2015 by admin


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On Wednesday, February 18th, Rep. Jason Perillo spoke on the floor of the House to support the renomination of Terry H. Jones of Shelton to the State Board of Education.

 

Rep. Perillo Reacts to Governor’s Budget Address

Posted on February 18, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Jason Perillo reacts to the governor’s budget address today, which was delivered to a joint session of the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

Perillo Proposes Declaring “Accident Zones” on Local Roadways

Posted on February 9, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) has introduced legislation this session of the Connecticut General Assembly which would prompt municipalities to designate portions of local roadways where motor vehicle accidents are frequent as “accident” or “hot” zones.  Under the bill, penalties for traffic violations occurring in these zones would be doubled.

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“The reasoning for this bill is pretty straightforward,” said Rep. Perillo.  “There are numerous local roadways throughout the state that are especially dangerous due to numerous factors.  This legislation allows municipalities that recognize they have stretches of roads where accidents are more common to designate special ‘accident’ zones where fines are significantly increased.  These zones are meant to highlight dangerous areas and increase the attention motorists will pay when travelling these stretches of roadway.”

Under a provision of the proposed bill, an increased percentage of fines would go to the municipality in which the fine was issued, rather than the majority of the fine going to the state, as is current law.  But Perillo said the measure is more about increasing the safety of roadways and decreasing unnecessary accidents than it is about generating revenue from the police issuing citations.

“I believe that if people see an area very clearly and boldly marked as an ‘accident’ zone, they are much more likely to slow down and pay attention to the road and how they am driving,” said Perillo.  “That’s the idea.”

Perillo also emphasized that the bill would simply permit towns to create these stretches of road. The designation of these ‘accident’ zones would not be mandatory. “A town like Shelton could consider whether the creation of these zones makes sense, and the Board of Aldermen would make that determination. The bill still allows for local control.”

The bill, HB 5635, An Act Concerning Designation of Roads as “Accident Zones,”  has been referred to the legislature’s Transportation Committee and awaits action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will adjourn on Wednesday, June 3rd at midnight.

Rep. Perillo Visits Baron Technology, Inc.

Posted on February 7, 2015 by admin


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On Friday, February 6th, Rep. Jason Perillo visited Baron Technology, Inc. in Trumbull, the world’s largest firearm engraver.  It is owned by David C. Baron, a resident of Rep. Perillo’s District in Shelton.

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David C. Baron, owner of Baron Technology, shows off his fine workmanship to Rep. Jason Perillo.

The company was founded by David’s father in the 1980’s starting with 4 employees.  Baron Technology now has 50 employees in two locations, with the average employee staying with the company for twenty years.  David has a goal of getting the company to go GREEN.

You can learn more about Baron Technology at their website:

http://baronengraving.com

Perillo, McGorty & Kelly Propose Cleaning Up State’s “Clean Election” Laws

Posted on February 2, 2015 by admin