Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags!

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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In case you haven’t heard, the state’s new tax increases include one on disposable, single-use plastic bags. This new tax takes effect on August 1, 2019.

Between then and June 30, 2021, retailers that provide plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than four mils- four thousandths of an inch- will be required to charge a 10-cent tax on every single bag. After June 30, 2021, retailers are prohibited from providing or selling single-use checkout bags to customers.

Plastic bags used for produce,

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Rep. Cummings Hosts School Supplies Drive

Posted on July 9, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74), in cooperation with Thomaston Savings Bank, the Waterbury Senior Center, Brooklyn Baking Company and Stop & Shop supermarket, today announced she will be hosting a Back to School Supply Drive to help Waterbury students, families and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year.

“Education and literacy are incredibly important and making sure our students go to school with the supplies they need means they’ll be better able to focus on their lessons

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Free Yoga in Our City Coming to Waterbury!

Posted on June 26, 2019 by admin


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ConnectiCare recently announced that they have expanded their summertime wellness program, Yoga in Our City, for another year of mindfulness, exercise and fun! Weekly sessions in Waterbury will take place at the Chase Park House on Tuesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Since becoming Yoga in Our City’s presenting sponsor in 2013, ConnectiCare has helped to expand the program’s reach from Hartford to New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury. This wellness initiative provides

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2019 Major Public Acts available now

Posted on June 20, 2019 by admin


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Every year, the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) compile a report of the major issues passed during the legislative session.

OLR provides brief descriptions on a number of issues in this report, including legislation that increases and expands taxes statewide and raises the age of smoking from 18 to 21, and concerns opioids, workers’ compensation for PTSD, education, transportation, the state’s business climate,

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Rep. Cummings Hosts Successful Discussion with Seniors

Posted on June 12, 2019 by admin


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Even before the ice cream was handed out, the mood was chilly in the Waterbury Senior Center as State Representative Stephanie Cummings gave an overview of the the recently-ended legislative session, including the extent of the massive new taxes being forced upon Connecticut residents.

During the discussion, Rep. Cummings listed some of the more onerous increases on scores of items previously untaxed.  Specifically, she mentioned the diversion of $175 million from the special transportation fund (STF),

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Go Baby Go!

Posted on June 11, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings recently joined Kaynor Technical High School students, faculty and administrators to celebrate the donation of another group of customized, motorized vehicles for children with special needs.

The yellow Ford F150 or black GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which began as normal battery-powered toy cars for toddlers, have been adapted by Kaynor Technical students to match each child’s individual medical needs and donated to the children as part of Kaynor’s “Go Baby Go”

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Budget is Bad for Connecticut

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) tonight voted against a disastrous state budget that raises hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes and fees on the middle class, strips money from the Special Transportation Fund and relies on failed gimmicks, including  pushing off difficult decisions and shifting responsibility of paying massive debts onto our children.

In addition to the transportation fund raid, new or increased taxes and fees will be added on everything from plastic bags, restaurant

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House Approves Land Conveyance for Community Garden

Posted on June 1, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) today praised unanimous passage of legislation she co-sponsored that transfers a parcel of state land to the City of Waterbury for use as a community garden.

This land conveyance – HB7417 – requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner to convey an approximately 0.11 acre parcel to the city of Waterbury in exchange for the administrative costs. The parcel is required to be used only for a community garden and managed by a neighborhood

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Rep. Cummings Supports Connecticut Made Day

Posted on May 28, 2019 by admin


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During the inaugural Connecticut Made Day at the Capitol, State Rep. Stephanie Cummings talked with Kellie Slavinski and Colleen Murphy, of Sweet Maria’s, and also bumped into Waterbury residents Ray Work and Job Rosario who were enjoying the event.  She also met with dozens of other employers, including Litchfield distilling, Pratt and Whitney, Electric Boat Frame It Easy, and many more.

Comprising more than 40 businesses, Connecticut Made Day celebrates and highlights the people and companies that

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Rep. Cummings Meets with CCADV Members

Posted on May 28, 2019 by admin


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During a short break from legislative business in the House of Representatives, State Representative Stephanie Cummings was able to meet members of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), and local groups like Safe Havens of Greater Waterbury, during a reception to raise awareness at the Capitol.

Rep. Cummings was able to talk with Heather Francisco and Margaret Rosa, of Safe Havens of Greater Waterbury, to discuss important legislation and policies that are coming up in the

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