East Lyme and Salem

Business Advisory Council April 23rd

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In the coming weeks I will be starting up a Business Advisory Council (BAC) comprised of local Salem and East Lyme employers to discuss the impact of proposed legislation and policies.

I am extending an invitation to all business leaders in East Lyme and Salem to join the BAC. There are many businesspeople throughout our community who are too busy to engage in or follow the process of state government. I understand that you may not

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Area Legislators Applaud Dominion, Eversource and United Illuminating Agreement

Posted on March 20, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – Reps. Kathleen McCarty, Holly Cheeseman and Sen. Paul Formica applauded an announcement made by Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes on Friday, March 15th that Dominion Energy and Connecticut’s two electric utility companies, Eversource and United Illuminating (UI), have reached an agreement to retain the Dominion-owned Millstone nuclear facility, which the legislators explained is good news for the state’s environment, economy, and ratepayers.

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Sales Tax Expansion & Statewide Property Tax: Let Your Opinion Be Known

Posted on March 13, 2019 by admin


Dear Neighbors,

This Friday, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee of the General Assembly will be holding a public hearing on Governor Lamont’s proposed revenue budget and the Senate Democrat Leader’s proposal to institute a statewide property tax and a statewide car tax.

As you may have heard, Governor Lamont’s proposed budget expands many taxes, including the sales tax to cover many previously exempted items; such as non-prescription drugs, digital downloads like Netflix, children’s car seats and bicycle helmets, dry cleaning, barber shops, beauty salons, veterinary services, parking, newspapers and a wide range of professional services including legal, accounting, interior design, real estate, and sports and recreation instruction. All totaled the tax expansions will cost Connecticut families about $300 million more in the 2020 fiscal year and about $500 million more in the 2021 fiscal year. His proposal would also place a 10 cent surcharge on plastic bags and a 1.5 cent tax per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, juice, and sports drinks, among many other new or expanded taxes.

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