Home Heating Assistance Now Available

Posted on December 7, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut currently ranks in the top five highest energy costs in the nation. With the cold weather upon us, many residents may struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-800-842-1423 or Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding the mobile app or any matter relating to state government.

Sincerely,

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A New Budget Cycle Begins

Posted on November 30, 2018 by admin


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As we prepare for opening day in January, the Fiscal Stability Commission, a group of business leaders charged with recommending budget fixes, and the Office of Fiscal Analysis, a non-partisan agency that provides financial data, presented the budget projects for Connecticut’s future.  Both agree that Connecticut is in very difficult financial shape and has not recovered from the recession of 2008.

While many of the suburbs voted for change, Connecticut has returned one party rule to Hartford.  Because a tie no longer exists in the Senate and the numbers are not as close in the House, I am concerned that bipartisan budget talks may not come to fruition.  In the House, representatives have created a Progressive Caucus with 45 members, roughly half of the Democrat party.  They are promoting a more progressive tax code where higher income earners will pay more taxes.  Connecticut tried that in 2010 and lost billions of tax revenue over the past decade as wealthy residents and businesses moved out of the state.  In fact, Governor Malloy’s budget secretary points out that Connecticut’s projected demographics over the next decade show a nine percent decrease in our population aged 45 to 64.  Those individuals are our highest income tax payers.  In the past five years, our highest income growth industries have averaged roughly only one percent growth per year, and our fiscal agencies are predicting another recession on the horizon.

On a brighter note, the bipartisan budget that passed last session created some constraints on spending that will help the state going forward, and I hope they remain in place.  We placed a hard cap on borrowing so the state cannot borrow over $1.9 billion per year.  We statutorily created a spending cap, which automatically restricts the amount of spending growth permitted in a budget.  We imposed a cap on revenue and “volatility” which essentially takes income tax revenue in excess of $3.15 billion and places it in the Rainy Day Fund.  Under this bipartisan budget, Connecticut has already saved over $1.7 billion in its Rainy Day Fund, the highest in history.

Last week, I met with Governor-elect Lamont.  I believe he understands the dire state of affairs.  With United Technologies splitting into three companies and Aetna merging with CVS, Connecticut must demonstrate to our business community that we are poised to do better.  The Progressive Caucus’ proposals seeking to expand government and taxes are coming at the wrong time.  With government budgetary fixed costs at over 51 percent, Connecticut needs to focus on growing the economy.  In our meeting, Governor-elect Lamont expressed his desire to work on a bipartisan basis and he shares our concerns over not achieving a balanced budget within the session deadline.  While each group offers solutions to fix the problem, I hope we come together with meaningful dialogue and put forth another bipartisan solution.

Rep. Candelora Receives 2018 First for Kids Award

Posted on November 20, 2018 by admin


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On Tuesday, November 13, State Representative Vincent Candelora, Deputy House Republican Leader accepted a 2018 legislative award from Connecticut Voices for Children during the organization’s annual award ceremony held at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford.

WEST HARTFORD, CT. On November 13 at the Pond House, State Representative Vincent Candelora was presented an award from CT Voices for Children.

The 2018 First for Kids award is presented to legislators that have stood out amongst others for their leadership in fiscal policy issues during the legislative session, and for their willingness to work in a bipartisan manner to seek constructive reforms to Connecticut’s fiscal framework. Specifically, this award was given to Rep. Candelora for his efforts to introduce changes to fiscal restrictions like the Bond Lock to provide the tools to the legislature to address the state´s challenges. 

“I am humbled to be considered an outstanding voice for Connecticut’s children,’’ Rep. Candelora said. “Over my many years of service in the Connecticut General Assembly I have always placed high importance on bipartisanship; it is an honor to be recognized for my efforts to benefit the children and families in the state of Connecticut,”

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representatives Candelora at Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

Connecticut Voices for Children is a research-based child advocacy organization working to ensure that all Connecticut children have an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential. In furtherance of its mission, Connecticut Voices for Children produces high-quality research and analysis, promotes citizen education, advocates for policy change at the state and local level, and works to develop the next generation of leaders.

For more information visit: http://www.ctvoices.org/.  

Department of Veteran Affairs App

Posted on November 16, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs has a number of resources to assist our military men and women following their courageous service to this nation.

The mobile app offers CT veterans access to crisis assistance by phone, text and online chat. The app also includes information about housing assistance, healthcare options and employment opportunities.

Click here to learn more and download the application.

Our military men and women make tremendous personal sacrifices while deployed. It is our responsibility to make sure they are taken care of when they return home. If you or a loved one has served our nation, I hope you will take advantage of this app.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-800-842-1423 or Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding the mobile app or any matter relating to state government.

Warm regards,

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted on October 24, 2018 by admin


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:

BRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 

33 Laurel St. – Branford, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,

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Area Legislators Announce Durham Coffee Hours

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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The public is invited to Coffee Hours with State Representatives Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda on Wednesday, October 3, at Dunkin Donuts, located at 38 Main St., in Durham from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns they may have and to ask questions pertaining to state government.

This event is free and open to the public.

Rep. Candelora Speaks at UConn Innovation Partnership Building Ribbon Cutting

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


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Deputy House Republican Leader State Representative Vincent Candelora, UConn President Susan Herbst, lawmakers and industry partners attended a ribbon cutting to dedicate UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) at UConn Tech Park located at 159 Discovery Drive in Storrs.

The IPB is UConn’s premier center for state of the art equipment, cutting-edge research and cross disciplinary partnerships. This vibrant new facility houses academic/industry partnerships with diverse expertise ranging from manufacturing to biomedical devices to cybersecurity and more. The IPB’s unique resources foster research that drives the development of new and innovative ideas and technologies and that promotes the creation of new jobs and economic growth for the State of Connecticut.

“Today was an exciting day for UConn and the State of Connecticut,” said Rep. Candelora.  “UConn’s impressive Innovation Partnership Building houses 10 industrial research and development centers that cover a diverse base, ranging from advanced manufacturing to biomedical devices and cybersecurity. This new addition will just add to UConn’s already prestigious reputation and I look forward to learning about their continued success in the future as they work to address the emerging needs of industry.”

The ribbon cutting commenced at 11:00 a.m. and was followed by 12:30 p.m. by the 2nd UConn Tech Park Symposium, R&D Innovation Partnerships: Driving Connecticut’s Future.

Rep. Candelora Speaks at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Chapter Healthcare Financial Management Association

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Deputy House Republican Leader State Representative Vincent Candelora attended the 67th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (CT HFMA) and was a guest speak at the event, which was held at the Aqua Turf in Southington. The theme was “The Balancing Act – Disruption, Collaboration, Leadership & Engagement” and included a full day of education and guidance surrounding the ever-shuffling priorities of healthcare with a legislative update from Rep. Candelora.

CT HFMA is a professional membership organization for individuals in financial management of healthcare institutions and related patient organizations. The Connecticut chapter is comprised of more than 350 members from across the state. These members are included in the larger national membership total of more than 40,000 colleagues from all 50 states who all strive to meet the many demands of this complex landscape we know as healthcare finance.

CT HFMA’s annual meeting was attended by many of Connecticut’s hospital Chief Financial Officers (CFO), Vice Presidents, Directors of Revenue Cycle, Certified Public Accountant, Finance Managers, and Controllers. These attendees included representatives from Hartford Healthcare, Yale New Haven and Trinity Healthcare of New England.

Rep. Candelora discussed issues pertaining to healthcare and answered any questions that attendees had about state government. Other speakers included: David Bittner, CFO of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Charles Johnson, CFO of Hartford Healthcare.

 

CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery based services, as well as information about state and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and legal, motor vehicle and housing matters.

Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided. Pre-registration is not required, but the DOL asks that attendees arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. and encourage that you bring documentation verifying your military service/veteran status.

If you are in need of transportation to the event, please know that the Department of Transportation is providing free bus services from a number of locations around the state.

For more information, please call 860-616-3803Click here for a state-wide transportation schedule.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

State Representative Vincent Candelora

86th General Assembly District 

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Free Dental Clinic for Veterans, 9/11

Posted on September 5, 2018 by admin


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A free dental care event for veterans is coming to Connecticut! 

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot-long dentist office on wheels – is coming to Hartford on September 11th to provide free care to local veterans as part of this year’s 30-stop cross-country tour. Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services for the event.

·Date: Tuesday, September 11th

·Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

·Place: Connecticut Capital State Park, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106 

If you or someone you know is interested and would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to Mary Harris at (860) 436-9986 to schedule your visit.     

Aspen Dental is working with American Legion Department of Connecticut to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments. The MouthMobile, which will be parked at the State Capital Park, is handicap accessible and fully equipped with two operatories, digital X-rays and a denture lab.

The Healthy Mouth Movement, sponsored by Aspen Dental, is a community giving initiative that works to provide millions of veterans living throughout the United States who either live where there is little or no access to care or who face other barriers like expensive costs, lack of insurance, or fear, with an opportunity to receive free dental care.

For more information about the Healthy Mouth Movement visit www.aspendental.com/about/healthy-mouth-movement.

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Vincent.Candelora@housegot.ct.gov for more information.