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Rep. Buckbee Looks Forward to Beginning of Session

Posted on January 28, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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New Milford – The Connecticut General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, February 5th, marking the beginning of the 2020 legislative session. State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-67), who represents New Milford, will be supporting several different legislative initiatives which will positively impact the local community. Rep. Buckbee will look to increase the accessibility and availability of recovery resources for those battling opioid addiction, promote job growth, and investigate ways to increase

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Buckbee, Harding, Smith Call for Danbury-Area Transportation Town Hall

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – Danbury Area legislators have sent a formal request to the governor’s office to call for a “Town Hall” meeting regarding his administration’s CT2030 transportation plan. State Representatives Bill Buckbee (R-67), Stephen Harding (R-107), and Rich Smith (R-108) penned a letter to Governor Lamont on Tuesday, January 8, asking that a local Town Hall meeting be held so that Danbury area residents could have an opportunity to hear details of the plan and express their concerns or ask questions.

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2020 Major Issues Report

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Each year, prior to the start of the legislative session, the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research compiles its “Major Issues” report. This report outlines various points of public policy that the legislature will likely act upon this year. I have highlighted some of the major issues below, with short explanations provided within OLR’s report. In addition to these items, I will be providing more information on some of my personal initiatives in the coming weeks, like new legislation I am working

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New Year, New Laws

Posted on December 30, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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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, Tolls, Something Doesn’t Add Up

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

Recently, Governor Lamont has unveiled a $21 billion transportation plan. This plan relies on Connecticut to levy new taxpayer revenue and enter into low-interest loan agreements. Those loans will be provided by the federal government. In order to collect the annual $320 million to make the governor’s plan possible, he intends to install 14 toll gantries throughout Connecticut’s highways. While I know many of my fellow friends and neighbors living in New Milford do not necessarily

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New Milford Community Job Fair

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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New Milford – On Thursday afternoon, State Rep. Bill Buckbee welcomed over 60 job seekers to the Community Job Fair at the Pettibone Community Center. Over 20 different employers and community partners were in attendance to provide resources to those interested in exploring a career, which included the state’s Department of Labor.

“I want to thank all of the businesses, colleges and community partners who took the time to participate in this event – truly making it a success,” said Rep. Buckbee,

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New Milford High School’s Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Week

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo Left to Right: State Rep. Bill Buckbee, Board of Education Chair – David Lawson, Superintendent – Kerry Parker, Director of Food and Nutrition Services Sandra Sullivan, State Department of Education Associate Education Consultant Erica Pacheco, and program coordinator at “Put Local on Your Tray” via UCONN Extension Chelsey Hahn.

New Milford – The Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative facilitated “Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Week” at New Milford High School. State Representative

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Rep. Buckbee Participates in Regional Opioid Forum

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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DANBURY – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) was invited to participate in a regional opioid forum hosted by the Attorney General’s Office at the Greater Danbury Community Health Center. The forum provided members of the public a perspective of how first responders, public officials and recovery experts are combating the opioid epidemic. The panel was comprised of a bipartisan cast of state and local legislators, fire and police leaders, as well as community health liaisons. In addition

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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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As 2019 moves along, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting October 1st. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here.

I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products,

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Community Job Fair – Thursday, October 10th

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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A great way for job seekers to find inspiration for a new career is to attend a job fair. Are you looking for a job? Interested in finding out more about different career opportunities? I know that there are many qualified candidates waiting to join the workforce. There are also great businesses in New Milford and the surrounding areas that could be the perfect fit for you!

On Thursday, October 10, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. you will have the chance to meet with local and regional employers at the Community

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