House, Senate Republican Leaders Fact-Check Democrat Misstatements on GOP Tax Relief Plan

Posted on June 17, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to misstatements made by CT Democratic leaders this week regarding CT Republican calls for further tax relief and assistance:

“Over the last few days CT Democratic leaders have rejected our calls for a special session to deliver greater relief to CT families as inflation surges. Instead, they’ve dodged questions with outright lies

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Candelora, Kelly, Slam 23% Increase to State’s Diesel Tax and CT Democrats’ Failure to Provide Relief

Posted on June 15, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to the 9.1 cents per gallon increase in the state’s diesel tax announced today, a 23% increase in the tax on diesel fuel:

“This is yet another blow to affordability in Connecticut that will further raise inflation on goods, groceries, and services throughout our state.

“What’s so infuriating is that this tax increase is something CT Democrats and

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As Inflation Surges, CT Republicans Demand Further Relief to Make Connecticut More Affordable

Posted on June 7, 2022


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HARTFORD – Today Connecticut Senate and House Republican lawmakers called for a special legislative session focused on making Connecticut more affordable as residents struggle with rising inflation.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and unveiled a package of policies to make Connecticut more affordable for working- and middle-class families, which includes providing relief from rising energy costs as well as cutting

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Republican Leaders Renew Calls for Immediate Public Hearings on School Construction Following Alarming State Audit

Posted on April 8, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) are renewing their calls for immediate legislative public hearings on the state’s school construction financing program, following the release of a state audit that details serious flaws in the state’s oversight of school construction financing program, which is allegedly the subject of a federal investigation.

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Candelora, Kelly, Formica Say CT Should Challenge ARPA’s Limit’s on Tax Reduction

Posted on April 1, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford),Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) today wrote to Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General Tong calling for further tax relief and requesting that Connecticut join other states in challenging American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) limitations on states’ tax reduction actions to maximize tax relief for CT residents.

The federal ARPA legislation attempts

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House, Senate Republicans for Repeal of Truck Tax

Posted on March 23, 2022


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday again called for the elimination of the highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks as Democrats say they now want to exempt the agriculture industry from the controversial tax they approved during the 2021 legislative session.

“The absurdity of the policy-making strategy from majority Democrats was on full display today as they stood alongside the Connecticut Farm Bureau to talk about the need to provide that sector with relief from a tax their party voted

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House & Senate Republicans Demand Gov. Lamont Convene Leaders Meeting to Advance Gas Tax Cut Plan

Posted on March 11, 2022


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are demanding that Governor Ned Lamont immediately convene a bipartisan meeting with legislative leaders to discuss the Republican proposal to suspend the state’s petroleum gross receipts tax. The Republican leaders are urging their colleagues to vote on the measure when the legislature is next scheduled to convene on Wednesday, March 16.

“Every day it is getting more and

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How to testify: Judiciary Committee hearing on crime-related legislative proposals

Posted on March 10, 2022


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The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. via Zoom.  The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.  Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.  Registration will close on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.  Speaker order of approved registrants will be posted on the Judiciary Committee website on Sunday, March

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Candelora, Kelly Comment on Democrats’ “Forum” on the State’s School Construction Program

Posted on March 4, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and responded to the Friday afternoon posting of a joint informational forum on the School Construction Program scheduled for Monday morning. The posting on the Connecticut General Assembly website indicates the forum will be held by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and Education Committee. The state’s school construction financing program is allegedly the subject

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House and Senate Republicans Urge Democrat Leaders to Launch Formal Investigation of Lamont Administration Scandal

Posted on February 24, 2022


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HARTFORD — House and Senate Republicans on Thursday called on their majority party colleagues to invoke the legislature’s broad investigatory power to launch a formal inquiry into the burgeoning school construction bidding scandal involving members of Gov. Lamont’s administration.

“Daily headlines emerging from the capitol are alarming, and there’s little doubt that residents’ trust in state government is being tested as the news media digs deeper into layers of no-bid contracts, the school construction

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