House Republicans Propose Election Integrity Reforms in Special Session

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday introduced several reforms aimed at bolstering security in Connecticut’s absentee ballot voting system including eliminating the use of ballot drop boxes, which were at the heart of recent fraud allegations in the Democrat mayoral primary in Bridgeport. State lawmakers were in Hartford for a special legislative session, set in motion prior […]

House, Senate Republicans Call for Informational Hearing on Shocking Incidents and Behavior at Shelter for At-Risk Juveniles

HARTFORD—In response to an explosive media report detailing chaos, criminal activity, and dangerous incidents at a Harwinton shelter for at-risk girls, House and Senate Republicans have called for the Department of Children and Families to explain to the legislature its procedures for placing high-risk juveniles in group homes as well as the processes and policies […]

CT Republican lawmakers: Electric vehicle mandate raises questions, concerns

Urge public to speak out Public awareness campaign planned House Republican leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly today raised questions and concerns regarding the Lamont administration’s plan to enact new emissions mandates that would require all new passenger vehicle sales to be electric vehicles by 2035. The lawmakers said the mandates, if […]

House GOP Leader Candelora appoints Harry Arora to state's Investment Advisory Council

HARTFORD—House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday announced his appointment of former General Assembly member Harry Arora to the state’s Investment Advisory Council (IAC), a panel that assists the State Treasurer with investment policies.  Arora, of Greenwich, is a finance professional who served two terms as the state representative from the 151st Assembly District after […]

House Approves Income Tax Cut Pushed by House GOP

HARTFORD—The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a two-year state budget that includes an income tax cut for Connecticut’s working and middle class, capping a yearlong effort by Republicans to deliver overdue structural tax relief in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live. “For more than a decade, middle class residents have been […]

Cheeseman, Nuccio Discuss State Finances in Podcast Conversation

Reps. Holly Cheeseman and Tammy Nuccio, Ranking Members of the Finance and Appropriations committees, talked about elements of the House Republican budget proposal as well as the state’s bipartisan fiscal guardrails during a recent episode of the Y CT Matters podcast from Yankee Institute.

Candelora, Callahan Raise Alarm Over Proposed Cash Bail Amendment

HARTFORD—Members of the House Republican caucus are raising concern about a proposed amendment to the CT Practice Book that would shift thresholds in the state’s cash bail system and make it easier for individuals facing serious criminal charges to get out of jail while their court cases are pending. The proposed amendment CT Practice Book […]

House Republicans Unveil Biennial Budget Proposal

2024-2025 plan provides more tax relief than Governor and Democrats, invests in key areas including education and nonprofit social safety net providers HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday released a balanced budget proposal that provides more than $1 billion in broad-based tax relief to Connecticut residents while also making historic investments in education and providing more funding […]

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, […]