Tolls, Marijuana Public Hearings this Week


Are you concerned about proposals for the retail sale of marijuana or tolls on all major highways becoming law? If so, your voice can be heard by submitting written testimony to the Transportation Committee and the General Law Committee.

This is your chance to let the Transportation committee know your thoughts on implementing electronic tolls on all major highways, including I-95, I-91, I-84, I-395, I-691, as well as Route 2, Route 6, Route 7, Route 8 and Route 15. It’s also your opportunity to let the General Law committe know your thoughts on the retail sale of marijuana in Connecticut.

How to submit your testimony? You can testify in person or send the committees an email. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at

Transporation Committee.
Email –
House Bill 5391 – An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure

General Law Committee
Email –
House Bill 5458 – An Act Concerning the Regulation of the Retail Sale of Marijuana

State Tax Public Hearing, 3/2


Your input is important to me as your State Representative. As a member of the legislature’s  Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee, I want to inform you of the upcoming public hearing on proposals related to Governor Malloy’s proposed tax increases, state bonding priorities and also some proposals to provide some taxpayer relief.

I’ve talked to many of you over the last year and the message I have heard over and over again is that the people in the 66th General Assembly District are over-taxed and need some relief. Some of these proposals provide the tax relief you have been asking for.

Here are some bills scheduled for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee public hearing on March 2nd that may be of interest to you and our community:

  • SB-10, An Act Concerning Revenue Items To Implement The Governor’s Budget.
  • SB-11, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Response To Federal Tax Reform.
  • SB-12, An Act Authorizing And Adjusting Bonds Of The State For Capital Improvements And Other Purposes.
  • HB-5088, An Act Concerning The Cancellation Of Unissued Bond Fund Authorizations For Silver Sands State Park.
  • HB-5095, An Act Increasing The Cigarette Tax.
  • HB-5096, An Act Exempting Social Security Benefits From The Personal Income Tax For Certain Individuals.
  • HB-5009, An Act Exempting Car Wash Services From The Sales Tax.
  • HB-5019, An Act Exempting Health Club And Athletic Club Membership Dues And Initiation Fees From Tax.
  • HB-5028, An Act Eliminating State Taxes That Cost More To Administer Than Is Gained In Revenue.
  • HB-5133, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance To Employees.
  • HB-5134, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave.

To view the full agenda with links to each proposed bill, click here.

Should you wish to write a letter in support of or opposition to a proposed bill, please email testimony to

Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Please also copy me on the email at so I can be aware of your opinions.

For information and committee rules on testifying in person at the public hearing, click here.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Capitol, I encourage you to click here and click on the “Bulletin”.

A guide for testifying at hearings can be found here and driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building are available here.

Rep. Wilson Announces New Location for Bethlehem Legislative Update


State Representative David Wilson (R-66) has announced that the location for the upcoming Bethlehem legislative update on Wednesday, January 24 has changed. The event will now be held at Memorial Hall, located at 10 Veterans Drive in Bethlehem.

Residents are encouraged to attend and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol and discuss any issues they feel should be addressed in the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session.

Wednesday, January 24 with State Senator Eric Berthel
7:00pm – 8:00pm
NEW LOCATION: Memorial Hall
10 Veterans Drive, Bethlehem

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rep. Wilson at 800-842-1423 or email



2018 Major Issues Report


The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2018 legislative session that begins on February 7th.

You can view or download the report by clicking here.

This is also your opportunity to contact me with bill proposals or ideas.

You can also visit my webpage at and sign up for my newsletter, or connect with me via Facebook @RepDavidWilson.

As always please feel free to contact me at or call 800-842-1423, if you have questions, concerns or ideas about issues related to state government.

Local Lawmakers Vote to Restore Medicare Assistance for Seniors, Disabled


HARTFORD — State Representatives John Piscopo (R-76), and David T. Wilson (R-66) last week voted in favor of a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators, in adopting the budget in October, reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months, giving concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.

“Many people were being affected by the funding cuts to MSP. While we voted to restore funding to this program, the legislature will again have to address the fiscal crisis and deficit that Connecticut faces in the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers will continue their work to find funding alternatives to support our seniors and those most in need, which depend on these critical resources,” said Rep. Piscopo.

Realizing almost 86,000 low-income seniors would be disqualified and another 27,000 would have their coverage reduced, members from both the House and Senate of the Connecticut General Assembly petitioned the Secretary of the State to call them back into special session in order to restore the previous cut. “I joined my legislative colleagues in supporting our seniors and our citizens most in need, who depend on MSP resources. We were able to restore funding without raising taxes. Unfortunately, Connecticut continues to face an uphill battle in managing the state’s deficit crisis. I will work with my fellow lawmakers in the upcoming 2018 legislative session to continue seeking alternative funding to ensure critical resources are available to those most in need. At the same time we are faced with many hard decisions in CT and it will take sacrifices in many line items and all our towns to get us to a truly balanced budget before this is over,” said Rep. Wilson.

The MSP plan was approved in the House through a 130 – 3 vote. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.

State senators approved the plan 32 – 1 in a vote later in the day. The 2018 legislative session—a so-called short session—starts Feb. 7 and will see lawmakers focus primarily on issues tied to the state budget.