The “figure it out later” approach on policy isn’t working: Candelora Column

Posted on January 7, 2020 by admin


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Push the green button, figure it out later.

That, unfortunately, is the legislative approach favored by the General Assembly’s longstanding Democrat majority—and Connecticut has suffered because of it. We need to do things differently.

The Hartford Courant highlighted a couple of examples in the last two weeks. One involves what appears to be the collapse of a state-run retirement system, and the other covers their push to offer “debt-free” community college to students planning to enter classrooms

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Candelora, Cohen Applaud State Bond Commission Award Settling Reimbursement Issue for North Branford

Posted on December 18, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD—State Rep. Vincent Candelora and state Sen. Christine Cohen on Wednesday applauded a State Bond Commission Decision to award $54,000 to North Branford for body-worn cameras used by police, capping their bipartisan work to have the state reimburse the town for equipment it purchased in 2018.

“This is great news for North Branford, which saw its effort to receive full reimbursement through a state grant program fall victim to a timing-related technicality,” said Candelora, Deputy Republican

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Candelora Statement on Lamont Administration Decision to Shift School Construction Grant Management

Posted on November 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD — Deputy House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Friday criticized a unilateral move from the governor’s administration to transfer the management of school construction and renovation grants into the governor’s budget office from the Department of Administrative Services, a shift he fears will politicize what should be a nonpartisan process while further eroding residents’ trust in state government.

“Just consider what residents have watched unfold at the capitol over the last year.

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The Legislature Can’t Solve Problems if Lawmakers Avoid Talking About them

Posted on October 27, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut faces considerable fiscal and economic problems, and majority lawmakers in Hartford don’t want to talk about them. They’re more interested in “changing the narrative.”

Their resistance to discussing the state’s biggest challenges is understandable. After all, that conversation would quickly lead back to a decade of tax increases and missed opportunities to do something—anything—to rehabilitate our state’s frail economy. All too often, my colleagues complain that they wish people would

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Wallingford, Resurfacing on Route 68 (Church Street)

Posted on October 20, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that nighttime milling and resurfacing will be performed on Route 68 in Wallingford, Sunday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 30. The project consists of milling and resurfacing 5.15 miles of Route 68 in Wallingford. This project is being performed by the Eversource Gas Company under an encroachment permit.

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Candelora & Kokoruda to Host Fraud Prevention Forum for Seniors

Posted on October 15, 2019 by admin


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DURHAM — State Reps. Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda are hosting a Oct. 30 fraud prevention forum at the Durham Activity Center, where they’ve invited CT AARP Fraud Watch Network to talk about protecting consumers against frauds and scams.

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Candelora Calls for Tight Control of Telecommuting

Posted on October 3, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD—Deputy House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday said state agencies must strictly monitor employees who telecommute while also enforcing program guidelines, and if an agency is unable to do so its telecommuting program must be suspended until proper controls are put in place.

Candelora, state representative for 86th District, reacted to a state auditors’ report on Charter Oak State College that includes concerns about telecommuting arrangements.

“Telecommuting is a nice idea,

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Main Street Mandates Bring Challenges For Business

Posted on October 1, 2019 by admin


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The nature of Connecticut shopping has changed dramatically as a result of the ten-cent charge on plastic bags. Many stores have simply eliminated them altogether, in part, to prevent confrontation at the cash register. Because everyone needs to buy groceries, the plastic bag tax has created an inconvenience, but undoubtedly, people will still buy groceries. With the era of on-line shopping, however, retail businesses may be feeling a different impact. Shopping for clothes at the mall or purchasing

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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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