Buckbee, Republicans Offer Solutions to Lower Electricity Rates

Posted on February 23, 2024


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With steep electric rate hikes on the horizon, Connecticut House and Senate Republicans today unveiled a set of policy goals which aim to bring about long-term rate reduction, long-term stability, and short-term relief for consumers.

Many laudable energy goals are being considered, but we must weigh the accompanying policy decisions against residents’ ability to afford them. Ratepayers deserve better from their government and the ideas discussed today are a good step forward in saving them money.

Security & Service

Posted on February 2, 2024


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On Thursday morning, House Republicans held a news conference to unveil proposals crafted to make Connecticut a more affordable place to live. These proposals can be found within a larger framework called, Security & Service.” Guiding principles within the set of proposals will help maintain the state’s fiscal stability while seeking to reduce expenses for Connecticut families, businesses, and individuals.

View our news conference by clicking below.

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Energy & Environment Roundtable

Posted on January 25, 2024


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Hartford – State Rep. Bill Buckbee Thank participated in a roundtable discussion on energy and environment issues, facilitated by the CT Business & Industry Association. The meeting was held on Thursday, January 25, at the Legislative Office Building.

“We talked about many of the topics likely to come up in the 2024 session, with a focus on energy resources and associated costs. I believe we all want to diversify the resources we draw from to deliver electricity, with as little disruption to our

Operation Fuel, Major Issues, Session Resources

Posted on January 18, 2024


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Operation Fuel 

As temperatures continue to drop, I want to make you aware that Operation Fuel is accepting applications for home heating assistance. This program is funded by donations and helps hundreds of families throughout our state.

To learn more, click here.


Major Issues

The Office of Legislative Research has crafted its 2024 “Major Issues” report. This report details topics that are likely to be acted upon in the upcoming legislative session and provides a brief background on them.

To review

New Year, New Laws

Posted on December 28, 2023


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As we welcome the New Year, many new state laws will become effective on Monday, January 1st. These include tax cuts, which were approved in the 2023 budget agreement, (1) to adjust the tax schedule impacting retirees living on fixed incomes, (2) create eligibility for an Earned Income Tax Credit, and (3) decrease certain income tax rates.

The changes enacted for 2024 will decrease the two lowest income tax rates:

  • The 3% rate on the first $10,000 earned by single filers and the first $20,000 by

Bring Me Back Home Registry through DESPP

Posted on December 21, 2023


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Connecticut’s Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection has launched the “Bring Me Back Home” program. This initiative encourages those to sign-up to a registry, which can be easily accessed by local law enforcement. The provided information and photo, accessible through the COLLECT criminal justice and safety system, helps first responders and families reunite with individuals living with cognitive challenges, such as Dementia or Autism.

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Buckbee, Human Services Committee Votes to Allow Family Members to be Compensated as Caregivers

Posted on December 13, 2023


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Photo: State Rep. Jay Case, State Sen. Lisa Seminara, State Rep. Bill Buckbee, and New Milford resident Monika Nugent are pictured at the Legislative Office Building following Wednesday’s waiver vote.

HARTFORD – On Wednesday, December 13, the Appropriations and Human Services Committee approved a new waiver requirement for services through the Department of Development Services (DDS). Within this waiver requirement update, a provision of Public Act 23-137 will be enacted to allow immediate family

Farm Transition Grant

Posted on December 8, 2023


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The Dept. of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for its Farm Transition Grant program, a competitive matching grant program for Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives to support the diversification of existing farm operations, transitioning to value-added agricultural production and sales, and other venues in which most products sold are grown in the state.

You can view the program guidelines here.

Applications are due to the department by Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

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CTDOL Alerts Residents of New Fraud Scheme Targeting Job Seekers

Posted on December 6, 2023


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The CT DOL is alerting residents of a new fraud scam targeting job seekers. Criminals are soliciting banking and other information by calling residents and claiming to be an employer registered with CTHires, the state’s job bank.  The attempts to steal personal data through this scam include callers asking for Social Security, bank account, and credit card numbers as well as telling residents they must pay a fee to have their application reviewed for employment. The agency recommends that all unemployment

New Milford Delegation Tours Kimberly-Clark Kleenex Facility

Posted on November 21, 2023


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Photo (from left to right): Jim Schneider (Kimberly-Clark Energy Procurement), Jean Cronin (President Hughes & Cronin Public Affairs), Susan Bruce (Energy Counsel, McNees Wallace) Nate Kenney (Kimberly-Clark Plant Manager), Rep. Martin Foncello, Rep. Pat Callahan, Rep. Cindy Harrison, Rep. John Piscopo, Rep. Joe Gresko, Sen. Stephen Harding, Rep. Bill Buckbee, Branch Sinkule (Kimberly-Clark Government Relations) are pictured at the Kimberly-Clark Kleenex plant in New Milford.

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