Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR – State Senator John Kissel and State Representatives Tami Zawistowski, Brandon McGee, Scott Storms and Bobby Gibson hosted a Wartime Service Medal Ceremony with Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commission Thomas Saadi that honored nearly 200 Windsor veterans.
The ceremony was held at the Windsor High School on Saturday the 16th, with over 500 family and friends in attendance to support the veterans. The ceremony was made possible with the help of local volunteers; the Windsor JROTC Presented the Colors, Noah Swanson from Boy Scout Troop 203 led the Pledge of Allegiance, the Windsor Chorus Ensemble sang the National Anthem and retired Air Force Major Carlton Stidsen led the invocation.
The legislators thanked the veterans for their service, bravery and sacrifice. In his remarks Commissioner Saadi emphasized the importance of recognizing veterans for their service especially those who served in Vietnam.
The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Services Medal was established in 2005 by the state legislature to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualified wartime service. Before this, the state had not issued such a medal since World War I. In subsequent years, the state has authorized awards to be made posthumously on or after November 12, 1918. In order to receive the medal, a veteran must qualify according to three conditions. Veterans must have served during a qualified wartime for longer than 90 days, unless the engagement was less than that, he or she must have received an honorable discharge, and lastly, must currently reside in the state of Connecticut. For more information visit portal.ct.gov/dva.
Posted on June 5, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) applauded the Governor signing SB 271 ‘An Act Exempting Certain Tangible Personal property from the Property Tax’. The measure would exempt property that is more than ten years old and has an original value of less than $250.
“I am excited that the Governor has signed this bill to help small business. I worked on this initiative from the beginning of the legislative session, proposing it in a letter to committee leadership, submitting testimony, co-sponsoring the bill and shepherding it through the process,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “This bill is a small first step toward providing tax and administrative relief for small businesses who are currently paying a small nuisance tax on property such as very old filing cabinets and office furniture.”
Rep. Zawistowski said in her public testimony, “The proposed legislation is not intended to include all business personal property. It is limited to personal property with an original value of $250 or less. This will help mitigate impact on municipal tax collections while offering some help to the kinds of small businesses that are often the lifeblood of our communities -and which are the kind that can grow and create jobs.”
The initiative was supported by the National Federation of Independent Business. The measure passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House 138-11. It was signed into law by the Governor Monday, June 4th and will take effect October 1st.
Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin
SUFFIELD – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) hosted a hike along the Windsor Locks Canal Trail State Park for Trails Day, Saturday June 2nd. According to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Connecticut has the largest annual Trails Day celebration with over 250 hikes, walks, bikes and other events. The hike along the Windsor Locks Canal Trail was the last public use of the park before a temporary closure while the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the land owners resolve insurance issues.