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Sales Tax-Free Week Begins August 15th

Posted on August 13, 2021


With school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 15 through Saturday, August 21.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes.

OLR’s ‘Issues Affecting’ Reports…

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Gas Tax Alert! Supporters Planning September Push

Posted on August 5, 2021


Supporters of the TCI gas tax are pushing for a vote on the new tax during a special legislative session in September.

This is a $100 million new tax on working and middle class families.

YOUR VOICES stopped the tax earlier this year.

We must fight against this tax-and-spend mentality and continue to speak out.

Click here to learn more and to sign the petition to STOP the gas tax.

Tell state lawmakers you are already taxed ENOUGH!

Call Senate Democrats TODAY at 860-240-8600

Call House Democrats TODAY

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Beat the Heat this Summer!

Posted on June 29, 2021


CT Temperatures are Climbing!

Connecticut is under a heat advisory as we march toward the holiday weekend! The American Red Cross has compiled helpful information to beat the summer heat.

What to do in a Heat Wave:

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks. Avoid icy beverages because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Replace salt and minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from your body that need to be

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State Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts and Sen. Martin to Host Monthly Coffee Hours

Posted on June 28, 2021


State Representatives Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78) and Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) would like to invite Bristol residents to join them for their monthly Coffee Hour event to discuss the 2021 legislative session.

WHEN: Every First Friday of the Month
Beginning Friday, July 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Rodd’s Restaurant, 854 Farmington Ave., Bristol

These events are designed to provide residents with an opportunity to speak with the lawmaker’s about bills passed during the

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Legalization And Video Discussion of Marijuana Bill

Posted on June 17, 2021


The House of Representatives yesterday voted on a nearly 300-page Cannabis bill that would legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana usage. Rep. Howard, who works as a Police Officer outside of the legislature discusses the many issues with this legislation. I wanted to share his insightful comments with you and hope you find it informative.

Here are some key points:
1. Makes possession by those under 21 largely non-criminal, but rather a referral to various youth service
2. Acknowledges

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State Rep. Whit Betts Fights Against Proposed Tax Increase

Posted on June 14, 2021


State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 during the 2021 Legislative Session, voted against a new highway use tax on trucks that food and trucking industry advocates say will increase the costs of goods and services here.

Democrats who proposed H.B. 6688 say their new tax is critical to prop up our state’s dwindling Special Transportation Fund (STF), but Rep. Betts and House Republicans provided an alternative using existing resources. During the debate, they offered an amendment

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Update On Bristol Hospital Against Violence Program

Posted on June 4, 2021


June 4 is a national day of awareness to end violence, and I would like to share a press release from Bristol Hospital regarding an important initiative called Hospitals Against Violence. Hospitals Against Violence is a campaign started by the American Hospital Association that highlights how Bristol Health, as well as hospitals and health systems across America can combat violence in their workplaces and communities. The goal of this initiative is to address workplace and community violence through

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Lawmakers get warning for excessive drinking during sessions

Posted on June 3, 2021


Published on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 14:18
Written by SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD – Connecticut Speaker of the House Matt Ritter warned Wednesday that lawmakers who continue to drink alcohol excessively during legislative sessions could face serious consequences, including losing coveted committee assignments.

The Hartford Democrat said both he and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, have recently admonished members of the Democratic House caucus “on multiple occasions”

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Term Limits: Betts Challenges Assertion of Bristol Mayor

Posted on May 28, 2021


I was one of the 80 percent of the Bristol voters who supported term limits in 2013. Clearly, this vote reflects very strong bi-partisan support.

It is now 2021 – 8 years later – and suddenly the legitimacy of this vote is now being questioned by our local Democrat officials. I have not heard or read any challenge to the results rendered by Bristol voters since 2013. Why?

The Bristol mayor recently made several comments in the Bristol Press that I want to offer a response to. As a strong advocate

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REP-AM: Put brakes on ‘off-budget’ idea

Posted on May 20, 2021


An editorial from the Republican-American published May 12, 2021.

The Connecticut legislature’s influential Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee has proposed the “Connecticut Equitable Investment Fund” (CEIF). If CEIF becomes a reality, it will operate “outside of the legislature’s control,” the Republican-American reported May 11. The committee is dodging its duties and the state’s constitutional spending cap. Hats off to House Republicans, and to House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, for their

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