Share your thoughts on new taxes…

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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This Friday, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee of the General Assembly will be holding a public hearing on Governor Lamont’s proposed revenue budget and the Senate Democrat Leader’s proposal to institute a statewide property tax and a statewide car tax.

As you may have heard, Governor Lamont’s proposed budget expands many taxes, including the sales tax to cover many previously exempted items; such as non-prescription drugs, digital downloads like Netflix, children’s car seats and bicycle

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Tolls Forum Recap

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Thank you to those who attended last evening’s toll forum in Torrington. It was a great evening with wonderful participation from the public. We had over 100 people from the Northwest Corner attend, listen and speak their minds.

Some of the important takeaways from last night’s meeting included:

  • An overall understanding that regardless of how many, or how few, toll gantries there will be rates set in order to capture $1 billion in additional tax revenue
  • The majority of toll revenue will come from Connecticut residents, studies have shown that between 60 and 70 percent of tolling revenue will be coming directly from us
  • We have the ability to make infrastructure improvements without needing to put up tolls or raising taxes

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Rep. Case Speaks in Favor of Nonprofit Transportation Initiative

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jay Case (R-Winsted) spoke in favor of his legislative proposal to create a streamlined registration process for nonprofit organization that have five or more vehicles in their fleet. Currently, each vehicle must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles individually. This process can be cumbersome and time consuming to an organization that might not have the additional resources to continue their operations if vehicles are not legally allowed on the road.

Rep. Case said, “Transportation services are integral to life out here in the Northwest Corner, and to several other rural areas of our state. The companies that administer these services are dealing with too many administrative barriers when they go to register their vehicles. While I believe these vehicles should be inspected to ensure they are compliant with safety standards, there is a better mechanism for us to complete registrations by allowing several vehicles to be registered at one time, all together.”

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