Tolls: A Created Crisis

Posted on March 26, 2019 by admin


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Winston Churchill coined the phrase, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.  Some Connecticut public officials have taken this notion to a new level by creating a crisis to justify tolls.  Proponents of tolls have written the narrative that Connecticut’s transportation fund is broke.  In fact, Connecticut spends over $2 billion dollars annually on transportation infrastructure and operations, but that doesn’t seem to be enough.  In 2017, Connecticut projected an operating deficit in future years, thus,

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Rep. Candelora Attends Forum on Vaccine Mandates

Posted on March 19, 2019 by admin


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State Representatives Anne Dauphinais, R-Killingly, Deputy Speaker of the House Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, and Deputy House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, joined activist and environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr late Tuesday morning for a thoughtful conversation on vaccine mandates and the potential dangers of vaccines.

“Parents who have religious beliefs that do not align with what bureaucrats deem acceptable should not be forced to violate those beliefs under government

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Paid Family Medical Leave: The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Posted on March 11, 2019 by admin


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Throughout the election cycle and into this session, Connecticut has heard a lot about Paid Family Medical Leave, a program which allows employees to take paid time off in order to care for loved ones.  Who could possibly be against such a worthy program?  The emotional connection to such a proposal makes this issue a political football.  The details of its implementation make it very hard to support, and in its current form, I cannot.

This proposal creates a significant financial hardship for workers.

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House Republicans Hold News Conference on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on March 5, 2019 by admin


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House Republican legislators at a Friday news conference joined Connecticut residents in opposing legislative proposals aimed at forced school regionalization.

The event at the Legislative Office Building preceded an Education Committee public hearing on bills (S.B.457, S.B. 738, S.B. 874) concerning the topic. Republican lawmakers echoed the concerns of parents, educators, school administrators and local officials who descended on the Capitol for the hearing.

“These bills have hit a nerve, and opposition

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Governor Lamont’s Tax Proposals

Posted on February 26, 2019 by admin


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VIDEO: Rep. Candelora Responds to Governor Lamont’s Budget Proposal

Posted on February 26, 2019 by admin


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School Regionalization Public Hearing

Posted on February 26, 2019 by admin


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Forced school consolidation is a real possibility now that Governor Lamont has included the plan in his recent budget proposal. Whether you support the idea or not, I would like to encourage you to ensure your voices are heard.

On Friday, March 1st at 1:00 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, the Education Committee will be holding a public hearing to discuss school consolidation among a list of other items.

Do you want your voice to be heard?

If you’d like to attend but are unable to,

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Forced Regionalization: Our Students Deserve Better

Posted on February 8, 2019 by admin


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This week the Education Committee raised two bills proposing to force towns to regionalize their school districts.  While encouraging towns to share services is a laudable goal, these bills start the discussion in the wrong place.  Forcing towns to regionalize their school districts based upon town, not student, population without considering a community’s unique needs, creates a whole host of potential problems.  One of these bills would even force consolidations based upon probate districts as a default.

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What New Regionalized School Districts Could Look Like

Posted on February 6, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut Democrats have proposed multiple bills to force towns to regionalize school districts.

One bill would force any school district with less than 2,000 students to regionalize (impacting an estimated 84 towns). Another bill would force any town with a population of less than 40,000 to consolidate with other towns to form new school districts matching the state probate court districts shown below (impacting an estimated 144 towns). 

While encouraging towns to share services is a laudable

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Candelora Hosts Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


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On Friday, February 1, Deputy Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) Hosted Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford with State Representative Pat Boyd (D-50).

Deputy Republican Leader Vincent Candelora welcomes members of Troop 633 to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 1 for a tour and inaugural ceremony to recognize girls being accepted into the Boys Scouts program in Connecticut.

Scouts from all

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