Rep. Zawistowski Applauds the Signing of Pro-Business Legislation

Posted on June 5, 2018 by admin


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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.

Reps. Zawistowski and Storms Celebrate Trails Day

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


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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.

Rep. Zawistowski Supports Local Aerospace Manufacturer

Posted on June 1, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) expressed her support for a loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development to help local manufacturer MB Aerospace. The loan is part of a larger $22 million project undertaken by the company to purchase new equipment and grow their workforce. The state has agreed to provide a $6 million loan and company will be eligible for $2.5 million in loan forgiveness only if they reach their job retention goal of 169 workers and their hiring goal of 97 workers.

MB Aerospace is an advanced manufacturer specializing in complex components for aircraft engines. Their East Granby facility is responsible for the production of new product lines as well as continuing production for specialized low volume and legacy components.

Since the enactment of the compromise budget in 2017 all bonds, such as this loan, are subject to a strict cap of $1.9 billion, far less than previous years.

Rep. Zawistowski Helps Graduating Suffield High School Students Honor Longtime Band Director Mr. Joseph Migliore

Posted on May 25, 2018 by admin


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SUFFIELD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) joined Suffield High School seniors to honor Band Director Mr. Joseph Migliore at their Spring Concert, May 24th. The students first reached out to Rep. Zawistowski in January to enlist her support in reaching out to the Board of Education to re-name the school’s music room after Mr. Migliore as well as drafting and presenting a citation from the General Assembly. It is a long standing tradition that graduating band students present their teacher a parting gift, this year the students wanted a more lasting honor. Mr. Migliore has been teaching music at the high school for over 35 years and built a strong program that has impacted generations of Suffield students.

**WATCH** Rep. Zawistowski Police Week Message

Posted on May 18, 2018 by admin


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Rep. Zawistowski Votes in Favor of Compromise Budget Agreement

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) voted in favor of a compromise state budget agreement on the last day of the legislative session, Wednesday, May 9th. The budget was reached through negotiations by legislative leaders using significant portions of the proposal announced by House and Senate Republicans in April.

The agreement avoids new taxes and launches no new costly government services. It prohibits holdbacks to education funding and municipal funding, restores the Medicare Savings Program and provides additional funding for 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.

“This budget is a band-aid for the 2019 fiscal year,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “We made some important headway in this compromise agreement and abided by the caps put in place last year. However, I believe the proposal put forward by the Republicans in April would have set a better path by paying down unfunded pension liabilities for state employees and teachers. While this shorter term agreement will still protect our schools, seniors and towns for the next fiscal year, we must continue to work on long term changes.”

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.