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Full House of Issues on Tap in the Legislature

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


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The bill proposals are filed, committee meetings are underway, and the public hearing calendar is taking shape. Yes, the 2020 legislative session here.

I’ll continue my work with the committees on Finance, Public Health, General Law, and Legislative Management. Early days have produced a diverse set of topics that’ll be under consideration between now and when the session ends May 6, from controlling the cost of insulin to sports betting.

Naturally, the state budget casts a large shadow on everything

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False Promises Aren’t the Path to Economic Recovery

Posted on January 31, 2020 by admin


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Over the last few weeks Connecticut residents again heard majority party legislators talk about the need to improve our state’s infrastructure, ease frustrating highway congestion, reduce rail commute times, and enhance our bus transit network.

The ultimate goal, we were told, is economic growth.

Yet when conversation about transportation reached its fever pitch last week, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle issued a tolling plan. Not a transportation plan, but a “trucks-only” tolling plan

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Jan. 31 Public Hearing on Tolls–How to Testify

Posted on January 29, 2020 by admin


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The Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.

Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:30am to 11:30am in Room 2300 of the LOB.

Please submit 55 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of the lottery in Room 2300 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Speakers arriving after the completion

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Candelora Says Agriculture-Focused Employees Should Urge State Lawmakers to Pass Pro-Growth Policies

Posted on January 24, 2020 by admin


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SOUTHINGTON—The economic power of the state’s “Green Industry” was on full display Monday as Deputy House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora addressed members of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA) during its Winter Symposium and Expo. The nursery and landscape, and greenhouse and floriculture businesses, dubbed the “Green Industry,” employ 43,000 people in Connecticut. Hundreds of them were at the event held at the Aqua Turf Club, where Candelora talked about the need for members

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State Government is Becoming Inaccessible, and that Really Stinks

Posted on January 17, 2020 by admin


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Something stinks in the legislature, and I’m not talking about the perfume.

A recent opinion piece published in the Hartford Courant by a health advocate concerned about fragrances in tightly-packed committee rooms got me thinking about state government these days. In particular, this question from the author: “So many people want to testify at Connecticut legislative hearings, but how many are staying away because of their concerns about being enclosed in spaces with scented products?”

I understand

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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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