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New Connecticut Tax Exemption for Retirees

Posted on November 18, 2019 by hbrooks


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With tax season just around the corner, I want to share some information about Connecticut’s handling of Social Security taxes that many of you will find helpful.

In 2017, I cosponsored an act to raise the income thresholds for some taxpayers on fixed incomes to be able to deduct 100-percent of their federally taxable Social Security income. This act expanded the eligibility to more taxpayers.

Effective in 2019, the threshold increases from $50,000 to $75,000 for single filers and married people

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Take my One-Question Survey on Gov. Lamont’s Newest Toll Plan!

Posted on November 15, 2019 by hbrooks


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Please consider taking my one-question survey about the transportation plan released by Governor Lamont last week. If the plan passes, 14 “temporary” tolls will be put up all across the state, including one on I-84 in Newtown.

The governor claims that the tolls will be taken down in 30+ plus years, when his $21.1 billion transportation package is paid off. My position on the subject remains the same: I am against any and all tolls, but let me know your thoughts by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/tollssurvey106.

Scheduled Nightly Ramp Closures on I-84 Westbound in Newtown

Posted on November 4, 2019 by hbrooks


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing nightly ramp closures on I-84 westbound in Newtown at Exits 9 and 10 that will finally bring us into winter with paved and striped ramps, bridge decks and travel lanes without exposed concrete foundation repairs.

What most folks do not see is the extensive work to upgrade drainage under and around our stretch of I-84 that will, ultimately, prevent future problems like the ones that undermined the roadway’s original concrete foundation in

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Newtown Legislative Delegation to Hold Forum for Businesses Regarding New Taxes and Policies

Posted on October 15, 2019 by hbrooks


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NEWTOWN – On Thursday, October 31, State Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and J.P. Sredzinski (R-112), along with State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), will be hosting an informational forum regarding new taxes, fees, and policies that may haunt (a Halloween play on words) Connecticut businesses and residents. The legislators will cover such topics as the recent minimum wage hike, the state’s new family leave program, and changes to the pass-through business entity tax.

Many of these policies, which were enacted

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New Taxes and Laws Effective October 1

Posted on September 27, 2019 by hbrooks


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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.

Please find a list of more noteworthy taxes and legislation going into effect next week below:

Tax and Fee Increases Effective October 1st

Fact: These tax increases were included in the Democrats’ state budget passed this year. Rep. Bolinsky and his fellow Republican

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Rep. Bolinsky to Host Coffee & Conversation

Posted on September 24, 2019 by hbrooks


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NEWTOWN – Please join State Representative Mitch Bolinsky for ‘Coffee & Conversation’ at Village Perk Café to discuss major issues facing the state of Connecticut or to bring suggestions on how Rep. Bolinsky can work to make Connecticut a better place to live.

Where: Village Perk Café, 3 Glen Rd., Sandy Hook

When: Friday, October 4, from 8:00 – 9:30am

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend but still have questions or comments related to state government, please contact

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Rep. Bolinsky Joins Colleagues in Opposing New Taxes Effective Oct. 1

Posted on September 13, 2019 by hbrooks


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HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) on Thursday attended a press conference with House and Senate Republican lawmakers to discuss newly released details on the 7.35% “meals tax” set to go into effect October 1, 2019. The tax was included in the state budget passed by legislative Democrats and signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont during the 2019 legislative session.

According to a Department of Revenue Services (DRS) policy statement issued this week, the Democrat-approved and

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Capitol Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – The Connecticut General Assembly’s Legislative Internship Program is officially accepting applications. It’s a wonderful program designed to allow interns to engage in the state’s governmental processes, which means working directly with State Representatives and Senators, attending meetings and public hearings, as well as assisting with other administrative tasks.

All undergraduate students enrolled and matriculated in an accredited undergraduate degree program at a two- or four-year

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Tax-Free Week August 18-24

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Governor Lamont proposed eliminating our “Tax-Free Week” in 2019. Along with defeating 2/3 of his new taxes and toll proposals, I stood firmly against this proposal in order to continue this Connecticut tradition, preserving our temporary tax holiday for individuals and families throughout the state.

So, with a small measure of relief, I am happy to announce that Tax-Free Week begins Sunday, August 18th, and runs through Saturday, August 24th. Many clothing items with retail selling prices under

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Post-Session Legislative Update – July 23rd

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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NEWTOWN – Please State Representative Mitch Bolinsky for a Post-Session Legislative Update and Q & A session at the C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, July 23rd, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I hope you will take this informal opportunity to learn about the legislative discussions occurring at our State Capitol and ask any questions you may have about our state government.

I recently hosted a community discussion at Carminuccio’s, which was well attended, extremely productive, spirited and delicious. I

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