Sales Tax-Free Week – Aug 18th – Aug 24th

Posted on August 16, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax-free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax-Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

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New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


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The 2019 legislative session ended on Wednesday, June 5th. A number of new laws were passed and went into effect on July 1st. New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year.

I wanted to highlight some of the bills that I believe are noteworthy. You can find the full list by clicking here.

Public Act 19-117 – An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021. The legislature approved a two-year budget this session, a budget that I didn’t support. The state budget includes nearly $2 billion in new taxes and $1 billion new spending.

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Orange Lawmakers Host Legislative Updates

Posted on June 20, 2019 by admin


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ORANGE – State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, and Kathy Kennedy met with constituents over coffee on Friday, June 14th and at the Orange Senior Center on Monday, June 17th to provide a 2019 legislative update and to answer questions.

The 2019 Legislative Session ended on Wednesday, June 5th at midnight. A two-year state budget, crafted by the majority party Democrats was adopted and contains almost $2 billion in new taxes and increases spending by $1 billion.

“I am deeply concerned with the increase in spending and asking taxpayers to pay more,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We should be holding the line on spending and finding ways to save money. This budget will not move Connecticut in a better direction.”

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