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Stop the Governor’s Toll Study

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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Outgoing Gov. Dan Malloy has decided that after seven and a half years in office, he wants to put $10 million on the state taxpayers’ credit card to study the issue of tolls in Connecticut even though this measure did not make its way out of the 2018 legislative process.

Think about that.

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

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

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

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

Contact information for members is listed below:

Let them hear you!

Governor Malloy

(860) 566-4840

Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management

(860) 418-6500, Ben.Barnes@ct.gov

Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer

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

Kevin P. Lembo, State Comptroller

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

George C. Jepsen, Attorney General

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

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

(860) 713-5100, Melody.Currey@ct.gov

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

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

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

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

I encourage you to contact me regarding any state or local concerns at 800-842-1423 or Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

 

State Representative Dave Yaccarino

87th General Assembly District

Rep. Yaccarino and Sen. Fasano Visit North Haven Seniors

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Dave Yaccarino and State Senator Len Fasano spent the month of July visiting seniors throughout North Haven. These visits served to give residents a chance to speak directly with their legislators, but also an opportunity to discuss legislation that affects seniors in Connecticut and a chance to voice any of their concerns.

The North Haven legislators and First Selectman of North Haven Mike Freda, visited Stevens Woods Senior Center on was Monday, July 16th, where they were greeted with a cake in celebration of all their efforts to protect seniors during the 2018 legislative session. The legislators also visited the North Haven Senior Center on Tuesday, July 17th and Temple Pines on Tuesday, July 3rd.

During these discussions, many constituents were pleased that the Renter’s Rebate Program and the Medicare Savings Program were reinstated. They were also happy to hear that North Haven education and municipal funding was protected, and that tolls did not make it through the legislative process during the 2018 session.

“As a representative of North Haven it is extremely important to me that everyone within this community have a chance to meet with me face-to-face and hear what is happening in Hartford,” Rep. Dave Yaccarino said. “I wanted to make sure that our seniors feel as though their voices are being heard and have an equal opportunity to express their feelings and beliefs with their state representative directly. I hope that everyone who attended these forums came away feeling informed and assured that we are here to help the people of North Haven.”

“This year lawmakers worked hard to protect core services for the most vulnerable, including the elderly,” said Sen. Len Fasano. “We restored funding for the Medicare Savings Program, protected the Home Care Program, and stopped Gov. Malloy’s attempts to eliminate new tax breaks on pension and social security income that lawmakers passed last year. We are still working to stand up against policies that hurt seniors, such as the governor recently cutting $2 million from senior meals. Hearing directly from seniors reminds us of how important it is to keep pushing for needed changes to improve our state for people of all ages.”

Anyone with questions pertaining to any state or local issue can contact Representative Yaccarino at 860-240-8700 or Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov and Senator Fasano at 860-240-8800 or Len.Fasano@cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Yaccarino Earns 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted on July 10, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. There were 317 votes taken this year according to information released by the House Clerk’s office.

“There is arguably nothing more important than being present to vote on behalf of the people of North Haven,” said Rep. Yaccarino who has received a statistical 100 percent voting record during his legislative tenure. “As a state representative, I must be available and engaged, which is precisely what I have tried to do since being elected to represent my fellow citizens of the 87th district – North Haven. As always, my door is always open and I encourage anyone with questions or concerns about state government to reach out to my office.”

Representative Yaccarino currently serves as ranking member of the Commerce Committee, and is on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

OPINION: Independence Day

Posted on July 10, 2018 by admin


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As we prepare for Independence Day festivities on the fourth of July, let’s not forget the reason why we celebrate this joyous day to begin with. Many of us spend time with friends and family enjoying BBQs, outings to the pool and beach, and most of all – fireworks.

The true reason why we observe the fourth of July is set aside for remembering the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which set the stage for the founding of our nation on the principles of equality, liberty and freedom. On this day, let’s take a moment to remember the price that our freedom cost those who came before us.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a great Independence Day. I am proud to serve the people of North Haven and am honored to be your voice at the State Capitol. Please feel free to contact my office at 860-240-8700 or Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov.

I look forward to hearing from you and am always happy to answer your questions or concerns pertaining to any state or local issue.

Rep. Yaccarino Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Vetoes

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) joined members of the General Assembly’s House and Senate chambers on Monday, June 25th for a veto session to overturn Governor Malloy’s veto of seven bills.

“I am extremely disappointed that Republican efforts to override Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s vetoes of multiple bills were thwarted by Senate Democrats. The vetoed bills all passed by the legislature with vast bipartisan support, but still Democrat legislators choose to side with the governor. We should always put people over politics,” Rep. Yaccarino said.

Rep. Yaccarino voted with a majority of his colleagues in the House to override Public Act (P.A.) 18-35An Act Prohibiting The Executive Branch from Making Rescissions Or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During The Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate on May 9th and overwhelming support in the House, 117-32, the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, ten Senate Democrats changed their position during the veto session, effectively killing the bill.

Another bill vetoed by the governor was S.B. 528, An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided To Certain Municipalities, which corrected the improper financial bailout of Hartford. S.B. 528 passed the House 105-45 and Senate 28-6, enough votes to easily override any veto if legislators voted the same during the veto session. Unfortunately, the Senate Democrats never called the bill for a vote, despite its overwhelming support. In this past fiscal year, Hartford was given $420,446,241 in taxpayer money, not including the monies given to non-profits in Hartford.

S.B. 261, An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities, would allow pass-through companies – those set up as S corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs) that pass business profits to the owner and are taxed at his or her individual rate –  to utilize the apprenticeship tax credit when filing personal income taxes. The manufacturing apprenticeship credit is equivalent to the lesser of $6 per hour, $7,500, or 50 percent of the actual apprenticeship wages for each apprentice employed by a given company, and expires on a schedule determined by the length of the apprenticeship. The tax credit is currently available to C Corporations. Senate Democrats’ voted against this job-creating measure and consequently the bill did not make its way to the House for a vote.

A recent survey of 48 local businesses on behalf of the Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers (CASM) showed that 85 percent of Connecticut’s small manufacturing businesses are organized as S-corporations or LLCs. Further, 65 percent of respondents said the tax credit would allow them to hire between 1-3 new employees, and 15 percent said they could hire more than 4 new employees. This failure to override means approximately 121 new jobs will not be created.