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Rep. Bolinsky Announces Important Public Hearings – CTDOT Proposed Bus and Rail Fare & Service Changes

Posted on April 30, 2021


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CTDOT Proposed Bus and Rail Fare and Service Changes

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is conducting virtual public hearings on rail service and fare changes that were previously made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the proposed elimination of the Mail & Ride fare media. The hearings will also cover proposed service changes to CTtransit bus service and minor fare changes on two CTtransit Express bus routes.

Service changes to trains on the New Haven Line, New Canaan

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Rep. Bolinsky: Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extended to May 31

Posted on March 30, 2021


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The latest federal stimulus package bill extended the current deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans from March 31 to May 31.

The extended deadline for the government’s forgivable business loans comes as a relief to many small business owners in Connecticut who have been scrambling to get their applications in this month.

Here is the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program website: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky: IMPORTANT HEARING: Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on March 29, 2021


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Connecticut’s news media has dedicated considerable time to sharing the concerns of residents frustrated not just by escalating motor vehicle break-ins, but also brazen car thefts committed by juveniles who act without fear of significant legal repercussion.

There’s a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday [Details below] where you can share your thoughts about the motor vehicle theft crisis.

Early this session, I, along with the House Republicans submitted legislation to impose actual consequences

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Rep. Bolinsky, House Republicans Offer Amendment to Curtail Lamont’s Executive & Emergency Authority

Posted on March 25, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) along with his House Republican colleagues today proposed limitations on the governor’s unilateral authority to wield executive powers to run the state during the pandemic, including requiring votes in the legislature to extend emergency powers and a thorough review of all current executive orders as they apply to the COVID-19 crisis.

A year after the state was essentially shut down because of the virus that produced more than 300,000 positive cases, Democrats

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State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky: ALERT- PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL ZONING

Posted on March 11, 2021


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This coming Monday, March 15 the Connecticut General Assembly’s Planning & Development Committee will be having a Public Hearing on several bills which seek to set statewide parameters on local zoning rules.

Do you believe that Newtown’s local character should be decided with reasonable, fair and equitable local determination that includes consideration of our town’s residents and leaders? Or, do you believe the state knows what’s best for Newtown from the top of a hill, 52-miles away in Hartford?

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Bolinsky Opposes State Managers’ Union Contract

Posted on March 10, 2021


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NEWTOWN- Late Monday afternoon, in a meeting of the Appropriations Committee, State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) voted against a labor contract for state managers. The new labor contract will sweep another group of our state employee’s managers into our public-sector unions, promptly give the members a retroactive pay raise of 3.5% going back to July 1, 2020 and a guaranteed 5.5% raise in 2022.

The labor agreement, HR 11, will cost the state $375,379 in 2021 and $410,247 in 2022 but, may be only the

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Bolinsky Stands with School Resource Officers

Posted on March 4, 2021


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NEWTOWN- During a public hearing in the Education Committee, State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) strongly reiterated his support for School Resource Officers (SRO) in schools and opposition to any legislative proposal which would lead to the elimination of this very successful program, particularly in Newtown public schools. 

The legislation, HB-6535, An Act Concerning Issues Related to School Security, has a provision in the language that would convene a working group to examine the employment and

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Rep. Bolinsky: New Additional CT DMV Services Available Online

Posted on March 4, 2021


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The CT Department of Motor Vehicles web portal will expand the virtual actions currently available.

New transactions available are: requesting a replacement driver’s license; a replacement non-driver’s license; and driving history. These applications are estimated to only take 5-7 minutes to complete; as well as, offer a tracking component for replacement card requests, and driving history document retrieval for up to 30 days at no additional cost.

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Rep. Bolinsky Votes to Promote New Data Industry

Posted on February 25, 2021


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Potential for thousands of CT Jobs

HARTFORD- State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) along with a bi-partisan coalition of colleagues in the state House of Representatives approved legislation this week that will encourage the development of data centers in Connecticut and with the possibility of thousands of high-tech and construction jobs.

The proposal, HB-6514, An Act Concerning Incentives for Qualified Data Centers to Locate in the State, is intended to help boost development in economically distressed

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State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky: SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

Posted on February 23, 2021


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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened last month has already succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:

  • For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
  • For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up

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