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.

Connecticut River Valley Legislators Host Lyme Disease Forum

Posted on July 11, 2018 by admin


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EAST HADDAM – State Representatives Melissa Ziobron (R-34), Devin Carney (R-23) and Robert Siegrist (R-36) hosted an informational forum on Lyme Disease with Elena Zajac from Lyme Connection.

Elena shared her and her family’s experiences with Lyme Disease and practical steps to prevent exposure to tick-borne illness.

“As summer gets underway and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors it’s important to be aware ticks are out too. There are many things that we can do to protect ourselves and our families from tick-borne illnesses,” said Rep. Ziobron. “Elena and Lyme Connection do fantastic work raising awareness, I hope people will reach out to her and spread this information widely.”

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Rep. Ziobron Earns 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted on July 5, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) earned a 100 percent voting record for the 2018 legislative session according to recently released data from the House Clerk’s office.

“I am proud to have kept a 100 percent voting record since taking office six years ago. As your Representative I continue to steadfastly believe it is my duty to listen to you and bring your voice to the Hartford,” said Representative Ziobron. “Speaking up for the people of East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester is an important responsibility that I take very seriously. Very often the concerns of small towns are overlooked and I will always fight to make sure they are heard loud and clear.”

Representative Ziobron currently serves as the top ranking House Republican on the Appropriations Committee and is also a member of the Environment Committee and the General Law 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.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Ziobron’s office at Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

Rep. Ziobron Receives 2018 Excellence in Land Conservation Award

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – On June 26th, State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) was recognized by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) for her leadership in protecting the integrity of the Community Investment Act and supporting the Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Grant. The Award was presented at the Beaver Ledges Preserve in Haddam, land that was preserved in part using funds from the Community Investment Act. She was joined by Rep. Bob Siegrist and members of the Haddam Land Trust.

“Preserving open space for future generations is vitally important, especially in environmentally sensitive areas,” said Rep. Ziobron. “I have been a tireless advocate for our state forests, parks and conservation lands. Creating greenways around our state has a huge benefit not only for wildlife but for tourism. I look forward to continuing my work protecting existing open space and finding creative ways to connect parcels when viable and consistent with local sentiment. Next session I hope to work on connecting the Air Line Trail in Portland to the larger segment in East Hampton.”

Since taking office in 2013, Rep. Ziobron has been recognized by many conservation groups for her efforts to protect and preserve the environment. She has served on the Environment Committee her entire tenure and continues her role as a proxy for Connecticut on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. When not in session she is an avid hiker and birder.