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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Durham Lawmakers Host ‘Let’s Taco Bout It’ Event

Posted on January 30, 2019 by admin


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The free event that took place on Wednesday, January 16 at The Whole Enchilada, located on 370 Main Street in Durham allowed individuals from Durham and the surrounding area to receive a legislative update from State Reps. Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Noreen Kokoruda (R-101).

The lawmakers were available to address local concerns from constituents, to answer questions, to discuss the 2019 legislative session as well as current happenings at the Capitol. Other topics addressed during this event included

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Rep. Vincent Candelora and Rep. Pat Boyd Host Boy Scouts of America at the Capitol

Posted on January 29, 2019 by admin


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Reps. Candelora (R-86) and Boyd  (D-50) invite the public to join scouts from all of the five Boy Scout Councils to receive the 2019 Report to the State from about 150 scouts, their leaders and parents from all over Connecticut on Friday, February 1 in Room 310 (Old Appropriations Room) at the State Capitol in Hartford.

This event will also serve as the inaugural occasion when the first young women in the new Co-Educational Scouting Program will receive their scout badge at a unique Court of Honor

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If It Looks like a Tax. . .

Posted on January 28, 2019 by admin


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This legislative session kicked off with many bill proposals as usual, but a proposal by Senator Looney has brought much public attention and concern.  He claims his proposal will restructure property taxes and bring relief to residents, but which ones?  You can bet not our district.

The bill seeks to do the following:  create a $50,000 homestead tax exemption for one- to four-family owner-occupied residences; implement a one-mill statewide tax so $1 on each $1,000 of property value will go to the state;

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Reps. Candelora, Kokoruda Co-Host “Know the Risks” Press Conference

Posted on January 23, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Noreen Kokoruda co-hosted a “Know the Risks” press conference along with the Connecticut Chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (CT SAM), Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals (CAPP), students, advocates, law enforcement, health professionals, and local officials to discuss the implications and health risks associated with legalizing retail marijuana in Connecticut.

Recent findings were discussed by a number of speakers,

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COST PRESENTS TOWN CRIER AWARD TO STATE REP. VINCENT CANDELORA

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST), which represents 110 smaller communities throughout Connecticut, presented two lawmakers with Town Crier Awards at its annual meeting on January 16 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, Connecticut.

COST’s Town Crier Award was established to recognize and honor state lawmakers, municipal officials, and others who have distinguished themselves as outstanding advocates on issues affecting Connecticut’s small towns.

This year’s recipients are Sen. Kevin Witkos

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