Memorial Day 2019

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is a list of some important events happening in our district this weekend to commemorate this national holiday.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2019

Guilford

 Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. – Parade from Boston Street to the Town Green, Town of Guilford/American

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Tolls: A New Low

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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Tolls have obviously become the most elusive and divisive issue at the capital this session.  The controversy is not only routed in the cost to taxpayers, but also the lack of specifics in the bill proposals.  It is difficult to garner support for a bill when you have no details to demonstrate the impact on your district.  While all republicans are against tolls, it is not a partisan issue; both democrats and republicans oppose tolls.

Republicans have offered two different alternatives to tolls.  One

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OPINION: Old Habits Die Hard

Posted on May 7, 2019 by admin


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This week the legislature’s Appropriations Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee held their final meetings. Unfortunately, the end result was a proposal filled with more taxes and more spending. As a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, I voted against a Democrat-backed tax package that would increase taxes by $2 billion over the next two years. However, this budget proposal made it out of the committee process by a party-line vote.

I believe the tax package and

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Republican Lawmakers Present Alternative to Tolls

Posted on April 23, 2019 by admin


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Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-34) and State Representatives David Yaccarino (R-87), Vincent Candelora (R-86), and Joe Zullo (R-99) served as guest panelists Monday night at a “Tolls Informational Forum” at North Haven High School in which panelists and hosts presented the GOP alternative to tolling called “Prioritize Progress” that secures $65 billion dollars for transportation projects over the next 30 years without relying on tolls or tax increases.

This was the 17th forum since the start

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OPINION: The Forgotten Middle Class

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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In his first one hundred days in office, Governor Lamont has defined his priorities and while he holds a similar battle cry as Governor Malloy for taxes and tolls, the specifics are very different.  Unlike Governor Malloy, this governor has embraced Connecticut’s one percent with policies that will shield them from tax increases, but at the expense of our working class.  For example, Governor Lamont has proposed to eliminate the gift tax creating millions in savings for our wealthy and at the same

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Tolls: A Created Crisis

Posted on March 26, 2019 by admin


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Winston Churchill coined the phrase, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.  Some Connecticut public officials have taken this notion to a new level by creating a crisis to justify tolls.  Proponents of tolls have written the narrative that Connecticut’s transportation fund is broke.  In fact, Connecticut spends over $2 billion dollars annually on transportation infrastructure and operations, but that doesn’t seem to be enough.  In 2017, Connecticut projected an operating deficit in future years, thus,

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Rep. Candelora Attends Forum on Vaccine Mandates

Posted on March 19, 2019 by admin


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State Representatives Anne Dauphinais, R-Killingly, Deputy Speaker of the House Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, and Deputy House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, joined activist and environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr late Tuesday morning for a thoughtful conversation on vaccine mandates and the potential dangers of vaccines.

“Parents who have religious beliefs that do not align with what bureaucrats deem acceptable should not be forced to violate those beliefs under government

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Paid Family Medical Leave: The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Posted on March 11, 2019 by admin


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Throughout the election cycle and into this session, Connecticut has heard a lot about Paid Family Medical Leave, a program which allows employees to take paid time off in order to care for loved ones.  Who could possibly be against such a worthy program?  The emotional connection to such a proposal makes this issue a political football.  The details of its implementation make it very hard to support, and in its current form, I cannot.

This proposal creates a significant financial hardship for workers.

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House Republicans Hold News Conference on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on March 5, 2019 by admin


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House Republican legislators at a Friday news conference joined Connecticut residents in opposing legislative proposals aimed at forced school regionalization.

The event at the Legislative Office Building preceded an Education Committee public hearing on bills (S.B.457, S.B. 738, S.B. 874) concerning the topic. Republican lawmakers echoed the concerns of parents, educators, school administrators and local officials who descended on the Capitol for the hearing.

“These bills have hit a nerve, and opposition

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Governor Lamont’s Tax Proposals

Posted on February 26, 2019 by admin


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