Veterans Day 2019

Posted on November 8, 2019 by admin


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On Monday, November 11, we will observe Veterans Day and pay tribute to the unbroken line of brave citizen soldiers, going back to the Revolutionary War, who stepped forward and served our great nation in times of peace and armed conflict. We honor the brave men and women who fought to preserve freedom for each successive generation.

This year marks the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War – the war to end all wars. Armistice Day – Veterans Day in the U.S.

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Summaries of CT Public Acts

Posted on October 29, 2019 by admin


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Below is a link to the 2019 Public Act Summary Book.

This publication is compiled by non-partisan staff in the Office of Legislative Research.

It contains concise summaries of all public acts passed during the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session, and one public act passed in the July Special Session.

While I supported many of these public acts, I did not support all of them.

I hope you find this summary interesting and informative.

Please share it with others!

https://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/Documents/year/PASUMBK/2019PASUMBK-20191003_Summary%20of%202019%20Public%20Acts.pdf

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Upcoming November Coffee Hour Events in Bristol, Terryville

Posted on October 28, 2019 by admin


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I’d like to make you aware of two upcoming opportunities to join me for coffee and conversation.

       Friday, Nov. 1 with State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato & State Sen. Henri Martin
Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol) from 8am – 9am

Friday, Nov. 15, with State Sen. Henri Martin
Eagle’s Nest Restaurant (163 Main St., Terryville) from 8am – 9am

Coffee will be served, and I encourage residents to come and discuss any state or legislative issues, including bill proposals or concepts, or local

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CT Tax Exemption for Retirees

Posted on October 25, 2019 by admin


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With tax season quickly approaching, I want to share some information that I believe you will find helpful.

In 2017, the legislature raised the income thresholds that allow some taxpayers to be able to deduct 100 percent of their federally taxable Social Security income, therefore expanding this deduction to more taxpayers. Effective in 2019, the threshold increases from $50,000 to $75,000 for single filers and married people filing separately, and $60,000 to $100,000 for joint filers and heads of

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New Digital Tax Hike

Posted on October 16, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut users of the streaming music service Spotify received emails recently that the state sales taxes would increase in October.

As of October 1, 2019, sales of “digital goods,” which includes audio works, visual works, audio-visual works, reading materials or ring tones, which are electronically accessed or transferred, are subject to sales and use taxes at the standard 6.35% rate. Previously the tax was 1% on digital goods.

These changes are part of the nearly $1.7 billion in tax hikes that

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Real IDs: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?

Posted on October 8, 2019 by admin


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According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline

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Bristol Legislators Invite Residents to ‘Pints and Policy’

Posted on October 1, 2019 by admin


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State Reps. Whit Betts (R-76) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) have announced that they will be hosting a Pints and Policy event on Thursday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Better Half Brewing located at 59 North Main Street in Bristol.

The event will allow residents the opportunity to speak with the legislators and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol in a relaxed setting. The lawmakers will discuss the issues and debates that shaped the 2019 legislative

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Public Information Meeting Concerning Major Intersection Improvements on Route 6 at North Main Street and Agney Avenue in Plymouth ​

Posted on September 26, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m sharing some news from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that might impact your commute;

Public Information Meeting Concerning Major Intersection Improvements on Route 6 at North Main Street and Agney Avenue in Plymouth ​

The DOT will conduct a public information meeting concerning proposed major intersection improvements on Route 6 at North Main Street and Agney Avenue in Plymouth, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Town Hall Community Room, 80 Main Street,

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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 26, 2019 by admin


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Please note that the material provided below is for informational purposes only and, unless otherwise noted, does not indicate my support for, or opposition to, a particular measure.

As we transition out of summer and into autumn, we prepare for a number of new laws and tax and fee increases to take effect starting on October 1st. These new laws and taxes may have an impact on you, your business, and our community.

In an effort to keep you informed, I have listed some of the more noteworthy tax increases

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Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery Tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin


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Yesterday, House and Senate Republicans called upon Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives need 76 members

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