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Candelora Joins State Business Leaders in Spotlighting Unemployment Debt Crisis

Posted on April 7, 2021


The unemployment debt crisis is a critical issue for the state’s business community as it looks toward recovery, and today House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora helped spotlight a concept (H.B. 5607) that’s been a priority for House Republicans—applying federal aid to ease the looming burden of unemployment taxes used to repay what the state has borrowed to cover pandemic-related unemployment compensation benefits. He joined CBIA, NFIB, the Connecticut Restaurant Association, Rep. Kerry Wood

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House Republicans Want Lamont’s Executive, Emergency Authority Curtailed, Call for Limited Extension and Legislative Oversight

Posted on March 25, 2021


HARTFORD – House Republicans today proposed limitations on the governor’s authority to wield executive powers to run the state during the pandemic, including requiring votes in the legislature to extend emergency powers and a thorough review of all current executive orders as they apply to the COVID-19 crisis.

A year after the state was essentially shut down because of the virus that has produced more than 300,000 positive cases, Democrats are still content to leave the management of Connecticut’s

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House Republican Leader Candelora Statement on Harassment and Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Posted on March 17, 2021


House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday released the following statement regarding nationwide concern over harassment and discrimination against Asian Americans:

“Despicable episodes of discrimination and harassment that are being described by our nation’s Asian American community is behavior that cannot be tolerated. Those stories, and growing alarm from our friends and neighbors here in Connecticut, should cause each of us to reaffirm our opposition to such reprehensible conduct.”

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Community-based Suicide Prevention Training Seminar March 18

Posted on March 12, 2021


House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora will join state Rep. Christie Carpino and CWCSEO Executive Director Steven Hernandez for an informational webinar on suicide prevention training. The event is March 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and they’ll be joined by QPR Master Trainer Thomas Steen. This webinar is free to attendees and open to the public but limited to 40 participants only. Participants will learn about the potentially lifesaving “QPR Gatekeeper” training, which provides valuable intervention

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Candelora Testifies on Legislation to Help Businesses

Posted on February 18, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today testified on caucus legislation that would help Connecticut business owners by extending the suspension to the “experience rating” that’s imposed on employers when they layoff workers.

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House Republicans Designate Candelora & Perillo to Reapportionment Committee

Posted on February 15, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republicans on Monday announced that state Reps. Vincent Candelora and Jason Perillo have been designated to serve on the Reapportionment Committee.

State legislators are required by the U.S. Constitution and Connecticut constitution to redraw district boundaries every 10 years in order to adjust to changes in population. State lawmakers make up 8 spots on the committee, with the General Assembly’s four caucuses each receiving two appointments.

“We look forward to serving the people

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House GOP Leader Candelora Statement on Gov. Lamont’s Budget Address

Posted on February 10, 2021


“The Governor’s budget proposal continues small steps to make government more efficient and I applaud efforts to modernize our state agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. But at a time when our state needs leadership, the governor has given us a multiple choice budget that would fill the deficit through either federal aid, draining the rainy day fund, or intense economic growth. The framework he outlined not only fails to inspire, it will leave everyone from parents and teachers to employers

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Candelora OpEd: CT’s executive orders become ‘democracy in the dark’

Posted on February 3, 2021


Gov. Ned Lamont on Jan. 26 extended his authority to unilaterally run the State of Connecticut, enacting sweeping executive orders through April 20. One day earlier, Republicans offered to consider this request with some caveats. Despite what you may have heard, none of those caveats included mask orders or a refusal to extend his powers.

Republicans, in contrast, offered to approve an extension until March 1 in exchange for future declarations to be no longer than 30-day increments and voted on

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Candelora Statement on Democrats’ Failure to Hold Public Health Emergency Committee Meeting

Posted on January 27, 2021


“Democrats today provided the clearest indication yet that they have no interest in helping the Governor guide this state toward recovery. Their outrageous decision to avoid convening a meeting of the Public Health Emergency Committee comes with well-worn political tropes designed to mischaracterize our reasonable request for a discussion about moving the legislature to a place where it can collaborate with the Governor in managing our state’s pandemic response. I’m shocked by their eagerness to

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Candelora Calls on Governor to Provide DPH Operations Update

Posted on January 21, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday called on Gov. Lamont to update Connecticut residents on his administration’s efforts to select a permanent commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Health.

“We’ve arrived at a critical point in the state’s overall response to the virus, with a looming decision about the future of the governor’s emergency powers and growing confusion and frustration over the rollout of the vaccine,” Candelora said. “I fear that the shared optimism

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