Rep. Betts Opposes Special Session on Tolls

Posted on January 15, 2020 by admin


Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats are rumored to hold a special session to vote on “trucks only” tolls in a matter of days, despite the 2020 Legislative Session set to begin on February 5th, 2020. It’s absurd to think that thousands of taxpayer dollars will be wasted by calling legislators into a special session with nearly two weeks left before the regular session starts. An entire year went by with no action to vote on tolls, but now with two weeks before session starts the urgency

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2020 Major Issues Report

Posted on January 13, 2020 by admin


The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2020 legislative session that begins on February 5th.

You can view or download the report by clicking here.

This is also your opportunity to contact me with bill proposals or ideas.


Whit Betts

State Representative 78th District – Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to

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Bristol Legislators Host First Coffee Hour of the Year

Posted on January 6, 2020 by admin


State Reps. Whit Betts (R-76) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) met with the people of Bristol to discuss issues affecting the district, bill proposal ideas, and other topics pertaining to state or local government as the start of the 2020 Legislative Session is set to begin on February 5, 2020.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to hear from our constituents. We value the opinion of the people we represent and always look forward to hearing from them, especially as we prepare for the 2020 Legislative

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Join Bristol Legislators for Coffee TOMORROW, 1/3

Posted on January 2, 2020 by admin


Tomorrow, January 3, please join me, along with Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato and Sen. Martin, for our first monthly coffee hour event of the New Year at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol) from 8am – 9am.

Coffee will be served as we discuss the issues that will shape the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session, which convenes on February 5. I encourage residents to come and discuss any state or legislative issues, including bill proposals or concepts, or local concerns.

The event is free and open

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New Laws Effective January 1st 2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2019 coming to an end, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing state sales

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TRANSPORTATION FUND: Connecticut’s fallback option

Posted on December 12, 2019 by admin


Information below was originally published in Rep-Am editorial on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

A Nov. 30 Republican-American story illustrated just how Connecticut policymakers have used the state’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) to cover their inability to manage the General Fund. It will be interesting to see if this hamstrings Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and the Democratic-controlled legislature in their quest to implement their tolling plan.

The STF was established by the legislature and then-Gov.

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Bristol’s Nelligan Inducted into CT Veterans Hall of Fame

Posted on December 11, 2019 by admin


Bristol resident and U.S. Army Reservist Patrick Nelligan on Dec. 6 was among 10 local veterans who were inducted into the Connecticut Veteran Hall of Fame.

Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato with her son Leo, Patrick Nelligan, and Rep. Whit Betts at the Dec. 6 Connecticut Veteran Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Hall of Fame was established in November 2005 to help raise awareness about the achievements and contributions

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State Reps. Betts, Pavalock-D’Amato and Sen. Martin to “Ring the Bell” at Bristol’s Walmart on Thursday, December 12th

Posted on December 4, 2019 by admin


State Reps. Whit Betts (R-78), Cara Pavalock-D’Amato R (77) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) will be volunteering to raise money for Connecticut residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at Bristol’s Walmart on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

WHEN: Thursday, December 12th, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00pm

WHERE: Walmart, 1400 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT

Reps. Betts, Pavalock-D-Amato and Sen. Martin welcome all of their constituents to stop by the store to help make the fundraising event a success!

Letter to the Editor: State Representative Whit Betts on Tolls

Posted on December 4, 2019 by admin


The voters and taxpayers I represent are overwhelmingly and adamantly “opposed to having any tolls” put in Connecticut. I strongly support their opposition for the following reasons:

  1. Toll Revenue is a tax on everyone. It is absolutely false to claim that tolls only on trucks means that Connecticut residents and businesses are exempt from paying a toll. The increased expenses to trucks will be passed on to consumers who will pay higher prices for food, gas, and anything that is delivered by truck.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 27, 2019 by admin


I would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. For me, this was always a weekend of family, food and fellowship. It is my hope that you will also be able to celebrate this uniquely American holiday with family and friends by your side and give thanks for all the gifts we have been blessed with this year.

Also, if you are planning to start shopping for gifts this weekend, please try to shop locally this season and support our small businesses. Saturday,

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