Candelora, Kelly & Environment Committee Republicans Criticize Democrat Plan to Make Heating Oil and Gasoline More Expensive

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Republican lawmakers on the Environment Committee today released the following statement raising concerns about the Governor’s bill slated to be voted on this week which will make home heating oil and gasoline more expensive and resembles “TCI on steroids.” “Two years […]

House Republicans, CT Businesses Decry Highway Use Tax on Trucks

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday joined a diverse group of business owners in talking about the negative impact the state’s highway use tax on trucks will have on Connecticut’s economy and encouraged others to testify Friday on legislation to eliminate it.   “The far-reaching implications of the highway use tax on trucks should not be underestimated, […]

Republicans Outline Proposals to Make Connecticut Safer

HARTFORD—In advance of a series of Judiciary Committee public hearings next week, House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined proposals aimed at making Connecticut safer while urging Democrats to veer from their lopsided approach to public safety that does little to deter crime.   “Last year, after speaking with police, community leaders, prosecutors, public defenders, […]

House Republicans Petition for Public Hearing on Eliminating Highway Use Tax

HARTFORD—House Republicans have used a parliamentary procedure to circumvent Democrat opposition to a bill that would save inflation-weary businesses and residents money by eliminating the new highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks. Republicans petitioned to raise H.B. 5290, An Act Eliminating the Highway Use Tax, after the Finance Committee’s Democratic leadership refused to even […]

House Republicans Unveil Cannabis Safety Proposals

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled caucus proposals aimed at creating a safer environment surrounding the recreational use and retail sale of cannabis. “When it comes to our state’s fledgling cannabis marketplace, the umbrella message emanating from the Governor’s office is, unfortunately, one of shining positivity that in our opinion is at odds with the concerns […]

Senate and House Republicans Offer Plan for Energy Affordability

HARTFORD – Today Senate and House Republican Leaders detailed a comprehensive package of policy proposals to reduce the cost of electric bills and make energy more affordable over the long term. The policies will reduce energy costs for CT families by over $362 million per year, saving the average household over $210 next year. In […]

House Minority Leader Candelora Statement on the Passing of State Rep. Quentin Williams

HARTFORD — House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday issued the following statement on behalf of the House Republican caucus in response to the tragic passing of State Representative Quentin Williams: “Our hearts are with the family and friends of State Representative Quentin Williams, and our House Democratic colleagues and staff who today find themselves […]

House Republicans Announce Ranking Member Team for Legislative Committees

HARTFORD — House Republicans on Thursday announced committee Ranking Member assignments for the two-year term that begins when the legislative session kicks off Jan. 4. “I’m blessed to be working with a talented and diverse group of lawmakers whose legislative, professional and community experiences have prepared them to tackle the complex issues that lie ahead,” […]

Candelora, Kelly Renew Calls for Special Session to Cut Gas Tax, Address Home Heating Crisis

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement urging lawmakers to call a special session to not only extend the gas tax suspension, but to also provide further relief, including home heating assistance to Connecticut families and stop a new truck tax from […]

Rep. Candelora unanimous choice for House Republican Leader

HARTFORD——Republicans elected to serve in Connecticut’s House of Representatives have selected state Rep. Vincent Candelora to serve a second term as House Minority Leader. Candelora, who last week won re-election to a ninth term serving the 86th House District, was the unanimous choice of more than 50 Republicans who attended a Nov. 10 leadership caucus […]