Tax Free Week, April 10-16

Posted on April 6, 2022

From Sunday, April 10, to Saturday, April 16, there will be a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear. Items sold at $100 or under will not be subject to the state’s sales tax during this time. This tax holiday was implemented by the legislature in the same legislative package that suspended the state’s excise gas tax.

Click here for more examples of what items are tax exempt.


Autism Acceptance Month

Posted on April 4, 2022

Established in 1970 by the Autism Society to promote awareness, education, and acceptance – April is Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). The Dept. of Public Health offers resources for individuals who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families. To access those resources, please click here.

The legislature continues to find new ways to support those who are diagnosed with autism and their caregivers. In 2021, I supported a new law that expands the state’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Council.

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State Excise Gas Tax to be Suspended April 1

Posted on March 23, 2022

The House of Representative unanimously approved HB 5501 An Act Suspending Certain Gas Taxes and Sales and Use Taxes on Certain Clothing and Allocating Funds for Free Public Bus Services on Wednesday, March 23.

This law has three parts to it, including the i.) suspension of the state’s excise gas tax beginning April 1, 2022, to the conclusion of the current fiscal year, ii.) implements a tax free week from April 10-16 on purchases of clothing and footwear. Items sold at $100 or under will not be

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Juvenile Justice Public Hearing, Monday March 14

Posted on March 10, 2022

The Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14, regarding our proposals to address the issue of juvenile crime. The proposed bill is 5418 ‘An Act Revising Juvenile and Criminal Justice Statutes and Insurance Statutes Concerning Theft of a Motor Vehicle.’ Testimony on this important piece of legislation can be submitted to the committee by e-mailing If you would like to speak at Monday’s hearing, please note that registration to

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Rep. Callahan Takes Part in School Construction Informational Forum

Posted on March 7, 2022

HARTFORD – The legislature’s Education, and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committees held a joint informational forum to discuss the School Construction program’s contracting procedures on Monday morning via Zoom. The informational forum was called after reports cited potentially unethical behavior had taken place during the contract procurement process of several school construction projects. According to State Rep. Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield), who serves on the legislature’s Education Committee,

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Callahan, Republicans Call for Investigation into Lamont’s Handling of School Construction Projects

Posted on February 25, 2022

Hartford – Republicans announced earlier this week that they are requesting a special investigation into the state’s school construction bidding processes. According to State Representative Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield), this an issue that the legislature must address swiftly to restore the public’s confidence in state government.

“Allegations of bullying, cronyism, and awarding no-bid contracts are all issues attributed to the fact that the legislature has been on unequal footing from the executive

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2022 Caucus Legislative Proposals

Posted on February 16, 2022

HARTFORD – House Republicans held a news conference on Wednesday, February 16, to unveil the top legislative priorities for the 2022 legislative session. The five-part plan has been crafted to help point our state in the right direction in the wake of the pandemic.

You can read through the entire plan by clicking here.

Watch the news conference by clicking here.

Click the headers below to learn more about our proposals.

>>> Protecting the Public <<<

  • Safe Streets Act
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Supporting

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Restoring Our Three Branches of Government

Posted on February 15, 2022

I sent out a pre-session legislative survey to provide residents of the 108th House District, comprised of New Fairfield, Danbury, Sherman, and New Milford, an opportunity to voice opinion on the important issues facing the state’s legislature. According to survey respondents, making Connecticut more affordable was the top issue that should be addressed by the General Assembly in the coming months. This is an issue that I plan to strongly engage on with a long-term goal of lessening the financial

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House Republicans Host Danbury Juvenile Justice Forum

Posted on January 27, 2022

Danbury – State Representatives Pat Callahan (R-New Fairfield), Stephen Harding (R-Brookfield), and Craig Fishbein (R-Wallingford) hosted a Juvenile Justice Informational Forum via zoom on Wednesday evening. The forum consisted of a short presentation of various policy reforms that have accelerated the present-day issue of rising crime levels and specific legislative proposals to curb the trend in juveniles committing serious offenses. In addition to the legislators, Danbury Police Sgt. John Krupinsky

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IRS Tax Information & Resources

Posted on January 25, 2022

Free File available January 14

IRS Free File will open January 14 when participating providers will accept completed returns and hold them until they can be filed electronically with the IRS. Many commercial tax preparation software companies and tax professionals will also be accepting and preparing tax returns before January 24 to submit the returns when the IRS systems open.

The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds –

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