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Free Covid-19 Test Kits and Helpful Tax Season Information

Posted on January 20, 2022


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The federal government recently announced a website allowing households across Connecticut and the country to order free COVID-19 rapid tests for delivery by visiting: https://www.covidtests.gov/. Just click on the website link, input your information and address, and confirm for four free COVID-19 rapid tests to be delivered through the post office. These test kits are expected to be shipped in late January.

With tax season rapidly approaching, I also wanted to provide you with some information

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Bristol Lawmakers to Host Virtual Pre-Session Legislative Update

Posted on January 13, 2022


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78), and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) will be holding a Virtual Town Hall to hear from area residents prior to the start of the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday, February 9.

Date: Tuesday, January 25

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86216160330

Meeting ID: 862 1616 0330

The lawmakers would like to encourage residents who want to share their thoughts or concerns before the

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House Republican Leader Candelora Responds to Democrat lawmakers’ news conference on Jan. 6 anniversary

Posted on January 7, 2022


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday released the following statement in response to a news conference held this morning featuring Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and state Reps. Geraldo Reyes Jr. and Anthony Nolan:

“We should be memorializing what transpired on Jan. 6 by bringing political parties and elected officials together, not perpetuating this divide. In a week where residents were left to wait hours for COVID tests, Democrats have suddenly come out of hiding and

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New Laws Effective January 1st

Posted on January 3, 2022


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New policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses took effect on January 1st, 2022. This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

New legislation effective

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Attention Bristol Businesses: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on December 15, 2021


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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in the last year and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the State of Connecticut. It is estimated that more than $6 billion will come to the state through multiple ARPA grant programs. The City of Bristol will receive approximately $28 million in ARPA dollars over the next five years. A 15-member ARPA Task Force, comprised of appointed members from the community, has been formed to help determine

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House Republicans Call for Governor to Stop Implementation of Controversial Truck Tax

Posted on November 17, 2021


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House Republicans on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, called for Gov. Lamont to stop implementation of the truck tax, contending the confluence of substantial federal infrastructure aid and the controversial revenue policy that will increase costs for businesses and residents should have state lawmakers redefining a path forward on improving our transportation grid.

“From staffing problems to supply chain issues, and rising fuel prices to inflation, Connecticut businesses face a multitude of challenges

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Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

Posted on November 15, 2021


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Connecticut Launches New Statewide Tools To Help Parents Monitor Children’s Development, Access Expert Tips And Support Healthy Early Development

The Office of Early Childhood recently announced a new statewide initiative to support children from birth through age 5 by offering Sparkler — a mobile app for parents and caregivers — to all parents with young children and to programs serving those families. Connecticut is the first state in the nation to offer families with children ages birth to 5 comprehensive

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Upcoming ‘Coffee with your Legislators’ in Bristol Hosted by Reps. Betts, Pavalock-D’Amato and Sen. Martin

Posted on October 27, 2021


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State Reps. Whit Betts and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato will join State Senator Henri Martin in hosting a ‘Coffee with your Legislators’ event in Bristol on Friday, November 5th from 8-9 a.m. The legislators invite residents to join them during this monthly coffee hour occurrence to discuss pertinent state and local issues.

WHEN: Every First Friday of the Month

Friday, November 5th  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

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National Veterans Small Business Week: November 1 – 5

Posted on October 25, 2021


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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service member (including National Guard and Reserve), veteran, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners – past, present, and future – during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), which is observed from November 1 – 5.

The SBA helps veterans tackle new challenges – from understanding how to become lender ready, develop an emergency plan, or connect with a mentor to help rebuild a professional network.

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Sales Tax-Free Week Begins August 15th

Posted on August 13, 2021


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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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