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Rep. Ackert’s Mid-Session Review

Posted on April 27, 2021


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As we reach the halfway point in a session unlike any other, I wanted to provide you with an update on my activities up at the Capitol. Government works best when the people make their voices heard and I want to personally thank all of you who have called, written or otherwise contacted me over this past year. Your experiences and opinions are so valuable to the legislative process and are at the forefront of my mind as I approach every single vote.

We have heard many different proposals on a variety

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Rep. Ackert, Business Leaders Warn of Unemployment Debt Crisis

Posted on April 8, 2021


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HARTFORD — State Rep. Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) joined leaders of Connecticut’s business community Wednesday in calling on the state to use incoming federal pandemic aid to shield employers from as much as $1 billion in looming unemployment taxes.

“Small businesses were hit hardest by the pandemic and as we get closer to summer and more people are getting vaccinated, employers are looking for predictability and a return to normalcy. Through no fault of their own, many were forced to make layoffs and

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Local Officials Visit COVID Vaccine Clinic at Vernon Senior Center

Posted on April 5, 2021


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VERNON — State Rep. Tim Ackert (R-8) visited the COVID vaccine clinic at the Vernon Senior Center today, along with other town and state officials, to see firsthand the success of the vaccine distribution program serving area residents. Ackert was joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, Vernon Mayor Dan Champagne and Vernon Town Administrator Michael Purcaro during a discussion of the town’s vaccine program, which can now serve residents aged 16 and older as of April 1st.

Volunteers prepare doses of the

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Expanded Vaccination Eligibility and Locations

Posted on April 5, 2021


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As of April 1st, all residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Governor, priority will be given to those aged 16 to 44 with certain high-risk conditions, including:

  • Sickle cell disease
  • End-stage renal disease on dialysis
  • Active cancer treatment
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Down syndrome
  • All patients of Connecticut Children’s and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are expected to have access

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Vietnam War Veterans Day Remarks

Posted on March 30, 2021


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I want to start out by thanking those who put this event together for our Vietnam War Veterans and for this community.

Thank you!

I am honored to be here and be part of this special occasion. I would like to ask our Vietnam veterans to stand or raise your hand if you would like to be recognized.

I would also like to thank all the veterans that are in attendance.

Who does Vietnam War Commemoration Honor?

U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975,

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Bridge Work Impacting Traffic in Coventry

Posted on March 26, 2021


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the start of construction activities for the replacement of Bridge 06851 on Route 44 over Olson’s Brook in Coventry beginning Monday, March 29, 2021.

View of the bridge from US-44 in Coventry

The project will be constructed in three stages while maintaining one lane of travel in each direction on Route 44 except for the closures listed below.

On Route 44 (Boston Turnpike) expect temporary alternating one-way traffic operations at the following

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Ackert Touts Recent Votes for Transparency, Affordability

Posted on March 17, 2021


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HARTFORD — The House of Representatives convened Tuesday to vote on a measure to return legislative oversight to the state’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) supported the proposal, saying the legislature needs to prioritize immediate relief for small businesses and reopening schools safely. Ackert also touted his recent consequential votes on issues important to residents of the 8th District, while insisting that there is still more work to be done.

Returning

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Ackert Backs Fee Relief for CT Bars and Restaurants

Posted on March 11, 2021


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(Pictured above): Columbia’s Kitchen, located on 156 Rte 66 E in Columbia, CT opened its doors in December 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HARTFORD — State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) is expressing his concern that as the state looks to loosen restrictions on the state’s bars and restaurants, many businesses still can’t keep up with the expenses incurred after operating at a limited capacity for months.

Ackert supports HB-5457, a proposal to temporarily suspend penalties and interest

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Capitol Update: New Reopening Guidelines, Early Opening of Trout Season and More

Posted on March 8, 2021


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COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Eased Starting March 19th

As you may have heard, the Governor recently announced that the state will begin to relax some of the restrictions placed on businesses and gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following guidelines will continue to remain in place after March 19th until further notice:

  • Face coverings and masks continue to be required
  • Bars that only serve beverages continue to remain closed
  • 11PM closing time remains in place for events at venues, restaurants,

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Representative Ackert Calls on Governor to Include Trades in His Workforce Plan

Posted on March 5, 2021


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HARTFORD — Following Tuesday’s public hearing in the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) urged the Lamont administration and members of the committee to listen to the needs of contractors and apprentices in the state’s building trades as the legislature considers the Governor’s workforce plan.

Representative Ackert, a member of the committee, indicated his support for the administration’s goals, but urged Lamont’s Deputy Policy Director

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