House Republicans Offer Plan to Balance FY25 Budget

Posted on April 25, 2024


HARTFORD — House Republicans during a Thursday news conference at the state capitol released a plan to balance the second year of the state budget, keeping a promise to Connecticut residents by honoring the fiscal guardrails, focusing on affordability, pursuing structural spending reforms, and increasing funding for local education to help prevent more pressure on local property taxpayers.

House Republicans, led by Rep. Vincent Candelora

Connecticut House and Senate Republicans Respond To Latest Allegations In Bridgeport Election Scandal

Posted on March 15, 2024


Sen. Republican Leader Stephen Harding, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Sen. Rob Sampson, Ranking Senator on the Government Administration and Elections Committee, and Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, Ranking Representative on the Government Administration and Elections Committee issued the following statements on the Secretary of the State’s announcement of new referrals her office made to the State Elections Enforcement Commission which are related to the February Mayoral General Election

Have your say on H.B. 5485!
(A “Roadmap” to an EV Mandate)

Posted on March 8, 2024


Wednesday | March 13 | 10 a.m.

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Clean Elections Public Hearing

Posted on March 8, 2024


🚨 The absentee ballot fraud scandal in Bridgeport spotlighted the need to bolster the integrity of Connecticut elections. That effort should start with our caucus bill to create a mandatory one-year prison term for individuals found guilty of criminal elections violations.

🗣️ Testify in support of our bill. Tell Democrats who control the Government Administration & Elections Committee it’s time to hold bad actors accountable for their behavior.

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House and Senate Republicans Stand with Law Enforcement

Posted on March 6, 2024


HARTFORD—State Rep. Greg Howard, the House Ranking Member of the Public Safety Committee flanked by House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding, the Ranking Senate Member of the Public Safety Committee Paul Cicarella and a bi-partisan coalition of House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday stood up for our state’s law enforcement and bolstering public safety in Connecticut instead of continuing to tie the hands

Opportunity Scholarships in Connecticut

Posted on March 6, 2024


HARTFORD- State legislators along with the Yankee Institute, the Connecticut Center for Educational Excellence (CTCEE), scholarship families, school officials and policy experts held a press conference on urge the passing of HB 5101, An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Educational Access And Opportunity Scholarships. 

The press conference coincided with a public hearing in the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, in which the committee heard

House Republicans Lead Resistance to “Dangerous” Housing Legislation

Posted on March 1, 2024


Hartford, Conn.– House Republicans on the Housing Committee were the chief opponents to a series of bad proposals to pass on party lines at a meeting on February 29th.

Ranking Member Tony Scott (R-112) issued the following statement: I have serious concerns with An Act Concerning Evictions for Cause, which would establish a general right for any tenant to remain in a rental unit after a lease term expires. The state shouldn’t hamstring the right of a housing provider to use their property as

House GOP Leader Candelora responds to withdrawal of gas-powered vehicle ban

Posted on November 28, 2023


HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) on Monday issued the following statement in response to news that Governor Lamont will withdraw proposed regulations that phase out sales of new gas-powered vehicles:

“The Governor’s decision to pull proposed regulations banning the sales of new gas-powered vehicles is a prudent move considering the growing revolt from a diverse chorus of stakeholders with concerns ranging from electric grid capacity and reliability to the availability

CT GOP lawmakers: “Pump the brakes” on proposed ban  on gas-powered vehicle sales 

Posted on November 17, 2023


In advance of a key legislative committee vote on Nov. 28, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today urged Democrats to “pump the brakes” on the Lamont administration’s proposal to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and send the proposed regulations back to the full legislature for more deliberation. 

The lawmakers said the mandates, if enacted, will make the state more unaffordable

House, Senate Republicans call for ouster of union official over Hamas comments

Posted on October 18, 2023


HARTFORD—House and Senate Republican Leaders on Tuesday urged legislative Democrats and Governor Lamont to join them in demanding the immediate ouster of SEIU Connecticut State Council Executive Director Kooper Caraway over his public remarks in support of terrorists who are responsible for recent atrocities committed against Israeli citizens.

In a letter to the Governor and leaders of the legislature’s Democrat majority caucuses, House and Senate Republican Leaders Vincent Candelora and Kevin