Protecting the Public Trust

Posted on August 19, 2019 by admin


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My parents tried to instill fiscal discipline in me while growing up.  Those sensible rules didn’t fully kick in until I was on my own, managing my own money.  In government, the officials are stewards of public money and have a responsibility to spend it according to budged line-items under carefully crafted procedures.  Because of the natural tendency to treat other people’s money differently, throughout time, government has imposed restrictions, including ethical restrains and disclosure rules to

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Tax Free Week Coming Soon…

Posted on August 9, 2019 by admin


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A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

  • 2019 Sales Tax Free Week dates are: Sunday, August 18, through Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Tax Free Week

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Nighttime Bridge Maintenance along Route 15 in Wallingford and North Haven

Posted on August 7, 2019 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) north and south in Wallingford and North Haven, Monday, August 12, through Friday, September 13, 2019.

The project consists of concrete repairs on Bridges #03828, #03829 (Route 40 underpass), Bridge #00787 (Hartford

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Rubberized Chip Seal Projects in Colchester, Preston, Griswold, Eastford, Woodstock, Stonington, Windham and Guilford

Posted on July 29, 2019 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that an asphalt rubber chip seal project will begin on August 12, 2019, on Route 149 in Colchester, Route 165 in Preston and Griswold, Route 171 in Eastford and Woodstock, Route 201 in Stonington, Route 203 in Windham, and Route 77 in Guilford.

The project consists of placing an asphalt rubber chip seal, curb

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Breaking Down the Plastic Bag Tax

Posted on July 29, 2019 by admin


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Public Acts 19-117, Section 355, which goes into effect on August 1, 2019, creates a statewide plastic bag fee of .10 cents per “single-use checkout bag” that must be collected by retailers making sales in Connecticut.  The collectors of this fee include a “store” defined as any retailer who is registered for Connecticut sales tax that sells goods directly to the public and maintains a retail location in Connecticut that provides to its customers a plastic bag with a thickness of less than four mils

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Bridge Maintenance Project on I-91 NB & SB in Wallingford

Posted on July 19, 2019 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on I-91 NB & SB in Wallingford, beginning Monday, July 22, 2019.

This project consists of concrete repairs on I-91 NB & SB, Bridge #03129 (East Center St. underpass) in Wallingford.  This work is scheduled to occur the evening of Monday, July 22, 2019

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Durham Legislators Host Successful Town Hall Legislative Update

Posted on July 5, 2019 by admin


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State Reps. Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) and State Sen. Len Fasano hosted a Town Hall legislative update on Tuesday, June 25th  at Durham Town Hall.

Constituents met with legislators from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the legislative session which came to a close on June 5th and to address local issues with their legislators. Of great concern to many constituents were the budget and the possibility of implementing tolls. Other topics discussed included forced immunization, state-run

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


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Today we celebrate Independence Day.

Today, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of our patriots who passionately believed that our nascent country deserved better governance. They believed that having leaders and a government, for the people, and by the people was  not only practical, but possible.

Two hundred and forty-three years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence. This document has not only remained relevant over centuries, but it

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Local Legislators Tour North Haven Amazon Fulfillment Center

Posted on June 24, 2019 by admin


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On Thursday, June 20th, state and local lawmakers toured Amazon’s new robotics fulfillment center in North Haven for an inside look at the 855,000-square-foot innovative customer fulfillment facility located at 415 Washington Avenue.

The North Haven facility currently under construction and scheduled to open this summer will become the company’s second fulfillment center in Connecticut and is anticipated to create more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs. Associates at the fulfillment center will work

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The Not So Fun, Fun House

Posted on June 18, 2019 by admin


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Many changes came to Connecticut as a result of a new administration and newly elected legislature.  A new progressive caucus of approximately 45 legislators emerged hailing reforms, such as an increase to minimum wage, paid family medical leave, free college tuition, legalized marijuana, and capital gains taxes.  What did Connecticut’s struggling residents get instead?  A budget with many new sales taxes on products and services, increased taxes on meals and alcohol, and more taxes for small businesses

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