Posted on February 15, 2019 by admin
“For 120 years, we at the DOT have planned improvements based on money that we think will be available from revenue streams, and therefore we are always struggling to have barely functioning transportation systems.”
–James Redeker, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (Danbury News Times, January 21, 2015)
In every state, transportation plays a vital role in economic development and quality of life. Here in Connecticut, transportation has been ignored for far too long. Funding has been unpredictable and unreliable and funds intended for transportation projects have often been siphoned off to spend elsewhere. As a result our transportation system is far from where it needs to be to foster growth and advancement.
Posted on February 14, 2019 by admin
Working closely with Waterbury Alderman Michael DiGiovancarlo, State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) proposed, and testified before the Public Safety Committee in support of, several pieces of legislation designed to alleviate the pressure on Waterbury taxpayers and allow the police to rein in scofflaws using out of state addresses and license plates to avoid paying property taxes on vehicles.
“The people who register their vehicles in different states to avoid paying taxes that are rightfully due in Waterbury are cheating the system and stealing from their neighbors,” Rep. Cummings said. “No one likes to pay taxes but it is patently unfair for the law-abiding residents of our city to subsidize those who knowingly flout the law to avoid paying their share.”
Introduced by Rep. Cummings, Proposed Bill 5554 would require that anyone who establishes a residence with a city or town, and who enrolls a child in the public school system, register all of their motor vehicles in Connecticut within ten days. Proposed Bill 5663 would permit police officers to stop the operator of a motor vehicle when the vehicle is registered in another state but has been in Connecticut for more than sixty days, and Proposed Bill 5550 would allow police officers to remove the license plates from vehicles registered in another state if it is determined that the vehicle is subject to Connecticut property tax but has not been registered in this state.
“I’m a firm believer that if you come into our city and our state you should follow the rules and protocol just like everyone else,” Waterbury Police Officer and Alderman Michael DiGiovancarlo testified.
The final piece of legislation – Proposed Bill 5741 – would permit municipalities to adopt local ordinances to levy fines on vehicle owners that have not registered their cars in Connecticut but are subject to property tax in this state. If those fines are not paid a lien would be placed against their property.
“The legislation I proposed allows ample time for new citizens of our state to do the right thing and register their vehicles here, but also empowers the police and the city to crack down on flagrant violators,” Rep. Cummings said. “We want to give people enough time to make the necessary changes but to also hold them accountable if they choose not to do their duty as citizens of our state.”
The legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday, June 5.