Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


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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 Study

Posted on July 26, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today the State Bond Commission approved Governor Malloy’s request to borrow $10 million to study the installation of electronic tolls on Connecticut Highways. In response I have joined with my House Republican colleagues in petitioning for a special legislative session to take action and prohibit this costly and unnecessary expenditure.

During the past term legislation regarding electronic tolling was considered, but ultimately was not brought to the House for a vote due to a lack of support. Existing studies and analysis have shown that to reach the revenue goals as many as 78 tolls would have to be installed and that most of the burden would fall on in-state commuters.

I strongly support funding our transportation needs. That is why I supported a compromise budget that added new funding streams to the Special Transportation Fund and increased our current investment. I have also supported proposals to predictably and sustainably fund our transportation needs without raising taxes.

Read the Prioritize Progress Plan HERE.  

I would urge my colleagues regardless of party affiliation in the House and Senate to add their signatures to a petition for special session.

Update on Tolls 7.18.18

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday evening 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.