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Candelora and Harding: The case for a Connecticut constitutional amendment

Posted on February 26, 2024

Omitted from Gov. Lamont’s 35-minute State of the State budget address Feb. 7 was a two-word phrase that hangs over every important issue and initiative that will arise in the critical short session of the General Assembly this year.

“Fiscal guardrails,’’ may not mean much to the public outside of Hartford, but it casts a long shadow over the business in the Capitol over the next three months. If on May 9 we can look back and see that our elected leaders preserved our budgetary restraints and chose


CT House and Senate Republicans Offer Ideas to Provide Ratepayers Relief on Electric Bills  

Posted on February 23, 2024

With steep electric rate hikes on the horizon, Connecticut House and Senate Republicans today unveiled a set of policy goals which aim to bring about long-term rate reduction, long-term stability, and short-term relief for consumers.

“Connecticut ratepayers are frustrated, and rightly so,” Senate Republican Leader Stephen Harding said.  “They feel the pain every month when their electric bill comes, and that pain is only getting worse.  Our goal as lawmakers should be to pass policies which put


OLR Issues 2024 “Major Issues” Report

Posted on January 19, 2024

The state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research has issued its 2024 Major Issues report, which offers summaries of some of the many subjects that could be discussed during the legislative session that begins Feb. 7. Click the image below to read the brief report.


CT Retail Network Talks Legislative Priorities with Candelora

Posted on January 16, 2024

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora joined CT Retail Network Tim Phelan for a conversation about priorities for the 2024 legislative session and issues that affect the retail business community. Watch below!


Candelora, Cicarella Help Celebrate Accomplishment of North Branford Resident

Posted on January 3, 2024

NORTH BRANFORD–House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Sen. Paul Cicarella were at the McDonald’s in North Branford today to help resident Janet Stanley celebrate  her Associate’s Degree in management, which she earned from Colorado Technical University through the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. Archways is available to all McDonald’s employees after just 90 days of employment and pays up to $3,000 per year, every year, for any accredited higher education or training program.


Poll Points to Unpopularity of EV Mandate

Posted on December 30, 2023

A survey of Connecticut voters conducted by the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association has illustrated strong opposition to efforts to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles in this state. Read the survey results here.Facebooktwittermail

House GOP Leader Candelora on Street Takeovers

Posted on December 12, 2023

After string of street takeovers across several communities, including one in North Haven that attracted more than 1,000 vehicles, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora spoke to WFSB 3 reporter Susan Raff about this burgeoning form of community terrorism.


Candelora (Hearst) OpEd: Connecticut’s Recovering Restaurant Industry Needs Support, Not More Government Roadblocks

Posted on December 9, 2023

The indelible nature of the American Dream was on display earlier this week, when some 1,400 hospitality professionals from throughout the state gathered for a celebration of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and grit that characterizes an industry that has faced its share of challenges over the last few years.

It was the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s marquee awards ceremony, which saw restauranteurs and workers take honors for their craft and dedication to an industry that accounts for roughly


House GOP Leader Candelora responds to withdrawal of gas-powered vehicle ban

Posted on November 28, 2023

HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today issued the following statement in response to news that Governor Lamont will withdraw proposed regulations that phase out sales of new gas-powered vehicles:

“The Governor’s decision to pull proposed regulations banning the sales of new gas-powered vehicles is a prudent move considering the growing revolt from a diverse chorus of stakeholders with concerns ranging from electric


CT GOP lawmakers: “Pump the brakes” on proposed ban  on gas-powered vehicle sales 

Posted on November 17, 2023

Key committee vote to be held on Nov. 28

CT farmers, fuel distributors and truckers speak out vs. adoption of regulations

In advance of a key legislative committee vote on Nov. 28, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today urged Democrats to “pump the brakes” on the Lamont administration’s proposal to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and send the proposed regulations back to the full legislature for more deliberation.

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