Finance, Revenue and Bonding Public Hearing (Friday, March 15th)

Posted on March 14, 2019 by jpheasant


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The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will be holding a public hearing tomorrow (Friday, March 15th) on three significant tax related bills that would have a tremendous impact the residents of Connecticut.

The public hearing begins at 10:30 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave #5100, Hartford.

The three tax bills on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding’s agenda include:

  1. HB. 431:An Act Concerning Property Tax Reform. This bill would create a statewide one mill tax on real

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Taxpayers on Hook to Subsidize $26M Magic Busway Bill

Posted on March 7, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) testified in front of the Transportation Committee earlier this week on behalf of a House bill that would greatly reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars being used to subsidize the Hartford-New Britain Busway.

Rep. Betts and his fellow colleagues who support HB-5941, An Act Concerning the Operation of the New Britain-Hartford Busway, seek to not only reduce the $26 million in taxpayer subsidization, but also shrink the number of non-peak trips currently

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LTTE: The Special Transportation Fund Raided Once Again!

Posted on February 27, 2019 by jpheasant


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For the nine years I have served in the general assembly, I have been promised and told repeatedly that money placed in the Special Transportation Fund (STF) is dedicated for the specific purpose of repairing Connecticut’s roads and bridges.

As you know, these promises have been broken –  over and over and over again.

I have recently learned that Gov. Lamont is once again doing the same thing. In his proposed budget the Governor has recommended taking out millions of dollars in tax revenue raised

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Toll Results from Poll Questionnaire

Posted on February 27, 2019 by jpheasant


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Thank you to everyone who took a minute to complete my recent poll on whether or not you support tolling in Connecticut.

Over 300 people completed the poll and the overwhelming response from the majority of you said you weren’t in favor of tolls and that the legislature should focus on cutting spending.

No – 86.09%
Yes – 9.60%
Undecided – 4.30%

Some of the other responses included: allow for minimal tolling, only toll trucks/commercial vehicles, place them at the borders, revamp Medicaid, or slightly

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Bristol Lawmakers Honor Police Explorers of the Year at Awards Dinner

Posted on January 24, 2019 by jpheasant


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Photo (L-R): State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato stands alongside Explorer of the Year winners Krystal Santiago, Jake Leone, and Representative Whit Betts during the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 Awards night dinner held at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol.

BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and Whit Betts (R-78) celebrated the accomplishments of several young men and women Wednesday night during an annual awards event held for those enrolled in the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 program.

The program consists of youths between the ages of 14 and 21, who either live in Bristol or a bordering town that doesn’t currently have an explorer program available and are interested in the criminal justice field. In order to be accepted, they must submit a formal application and pass a background investigation.

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Sen. Martin and Rep. Betts to Host Coffee Hour in Plymouth

Posted on January 11, 2019 by jpheasant


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PLYMOUTH –State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) would like to invite Plymouth and Terryville residents to join them on January 18th for their Coffee Hour to discuss the start of the 2019 legislative session.

WHEN: January 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Eagles Nest, 163 Main St, Terryville

These events are designed to provide residents with an opportunity to speak with the each of the representatives in a relaxed setting about issues effecting the district,

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Bristol Lawmakers Prepare for 2019 Legislative Session, Announce Committee Assignments

Posted on January 8, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) are joining their fellow colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly in preparing for the start of the 2019 Legislative Session which convenes Wednesday, January 9th.

For the upcoming two year term, the Bristol lawmakers were given their appointments and committee assignments by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. Rep. Betts will continue to serve as House Republican Whip. He will also serve on the Appropriations,

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Bristol Legislators to Host First Coffee Hour of the New Year

Posted on December 28, 2018 by admin


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BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for their monthly Coffee Hour event on Friday, January 4 at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and discuss the issues that will shape the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session, which convenes on January 9. Residents

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Bristol Legislators Ring Salvation Army Bells to Help Neighbors in Need

Posted on December 28, 2018 by admin


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Bristol State Representatives Whit Betts (R-Bristol, at right) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-Bristol, center) again participated in The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at the Bristol Walmart on Wednesday December 19 alongside Lt. Emmanuel Echavarria (at left) of The Salvation Army.  The state lawmakers thanked the shoppers from the greater Bristol community for their generosity in helping their fellow neighbors in need this holiday season.

The Salvation Army provides

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Bristol Legislators to Ring Salvation Army Bells

Posted on December 18, 2018 by admin


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PlainvilleState Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) will again participate in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Walmart on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Community members are invited to support the cause and donate whatever they can.

Walmart is located at 1400 Farmington Ave. in Bristol.

WHO: Reps. Whit Betts and Cara Pavalock D’Amato and Sen. Henri Martin
WHAT: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle

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