Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland and New Hartford

Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

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

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Update on Tolls

Posted on July 19, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Tuesday Governor Malloy announced that he is requesting $10 million from the State Bond Commission to study tolling on Connecticut highways. This is an unnecessary and expensive use of the State’s borrowing authority that will take years to pay off.

In the past two years, the legislature has been presented with multiple plans and proposals to study and implement tolls and none of them had enough support to come to the floor for a vote. Outside studies and analysis have shown that the majority of the fees collected by tolls would be paid by Connecticut residents commuting to and from work.  

The House and Senate Republican Caucuses have over the last several years proposed viable alternatives to fund infrastructure in a sustainable way.

Here is how we do it while keeping the budget balanced:

Require the state to:

1) Reserve a set amount of General Obligation Bonds to be used solely for transportation priorities.

2) Preserve Special Tax Obligation bonds dedicated to transportation.

3) Re-establish the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) to work alongside DOT to assess proposed projects and identify community needs.

Benefits of the plan include:

  • An annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing over $1 billion annually over the next 30 years
  • No tax increases
  • No tolls
  • A reduction in state bonding compared to recent practices
  • Flexibility in setting transportation priorities
  • A sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations

Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system. However, we must not add to the burdens that face residents and businesses.

Rep. Simanski Earns 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. According to information released by the House Clerk’s office there were 317 votes taken this year.

“It’s an important responsibility to be present for every discussion and vote that takes place in the House of Representatives. Constituents expect legislators to pay attention and make sure that their voice is being heard,” said Rep. Simanski. “Serving the 62nd district is an honor and I have maintained a 100% voting record since taking office. I urge anyone who has questions about this past legislative session to contact me at my office.”

Representative Simanski currently serves as the top ranking House Republican on the Banking Committee and is also a member of the Education Committee and the Planning & Development Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website:

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Simanski’s office at or 860-240-8700.

Rep. Simanski Hosts Successful Used and Worn American Flag Drive

Posted on June 14, 2018 by admin


GRANBY – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) concluded a used and worn American Flag drive to give constituents the opportunity to properly dispose of their flags. The collection began on May 18th, with boxes stationed at town hall in Granby and Barkhamsted, and concluded June 13th, the day before Flag Day. Dozens of flags were collected and will be disposed with dignity according to the US Flag Code by American Legion Post 182. There is a collection box at the legion post in Granby that is accessible year round. Rep. Simanski added, “I was very pleased to see both boxes full of flags for proper disposal. It shows our community’s respect for our country and its symbols.”

Rep. Simanski Votes in favor of Compromise Budget Agreement

Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Simanski voted in favor of a compromise state budget agreement on the last day of the legislative session, Wednesday, May 9th.

Without adding new taxes, the agreement restores education cost sharing and town aid. It prohibits hold backs to municipal funding by the Governor, restores the Medicare Savings Program and provides additional funding into Retired Teachers’ Healthcare. The budget also respects the revenue volatility cap instituted in 2017 and will deposit the influx of unexpected one-time revenue collected this year into the rainy day fund.

“I am glad that we were able to reach a compromise before the end of session,” said Rep. Simanski. “This budget agreement for 2019 keeps our commitment not to add new taxes. I was also proud to support efforts to restore $2 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain critical care services in Rocky Hill and to restore funds for veteran’s burial honor guards. ”

The agreement also begins the implementation of some of the recommendations from the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. As recommended by the commission, it requires a study of pro-growth tax rebalancing to produce a report for the legislature by December 2019. The deal also requires the hiring of outside financial consultants to identify $500 million in savings from general fund expenditures to be acted on by January 2019. Also, it requires a study of reforms to the Teacher Retirement System to pay down unfunded liability.