New Laws Effective January 1st

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


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I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2019 coming to an end, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing state sales

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Giving Tree Collection Donated to St. Vincent DePaul Shelter

Posted on December 23, 2019 by admin


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With a car trunk stuffed and a backseat filled with donations on her way to the St. Vincent DePaul shelter, State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) thanked her community partners and everyone who donated to make the 2019 Holiday Giving Trees a success!

Rep. Cummings sponsored a holiday collection to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury shelter, and today dropped off boxes and bags filled with hundreds of toys, personal care items and gift cards.

The holiday trees and their “ornaments”

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Rep. Cummings to Host Pizza and Politics Meeting

Posted on December 20, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) will be hosting an informal “Pizza and Politics” gathering to meet with constituents and discuss topics that are important to the district in a local, relaxed setting.

Rep. Cummings encourages anyone with questions or concerns about state government, or who has a good idea for potential legislation they want to share, to stop by Domenic’s and Vinnie’s Pizza on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Domenic’s and Vinnie’s is located at 505 Wolcott

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Rep. Cummings Joins Red Kettle Bell Brigade for the Holidays

Posted on December 13, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings continued her holiday tradition of volunteerism and once again rang the bell to raise money for the Salvation Army outside the Reidville Drive Stop & Shop earlier this week.

Rep. Cummings and her Republican colleagues volunteer to help raise money during the annual appeal and have raised more than $200,000 in recent years.  Proceeds are donated directly to The Salvation Army.

This holiday season Rep. Cummings is also hosting both a “Holiday Giving Trees” clothing

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Special Session December 18

Posted on December 11, 2019 by admin


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The legislature will be in special session on Wednesday, December 18, to take up bills fixing hospital Medicare reimbursement rates and issues regarding restaurant worker wages.

The hospital bill makes long-overdue adjustments that resolve legal claims that could have exposed the state to a potential liability of $4 billion.  The new 7-year contract will reduce hospital user fees, increase Medicare rates and place limits on future taxation of hospitals, among other things.

The restaurant bill makes

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Elisha Leavenworth Foundation Provides Grants for Local Programs

Posted on December 9, 2019 by admin


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After handing out grants to local service and community organizations, members of the Elisha Leavenworth Foundation, including new member State Representative Cummings, and representatives from those organizations gathered for group photos Thursday at the warming hut at Fulton Park in Waterbury.

According to members, the foundation has provided more than $250,000 in grants to local organizations this year, and another $25,000 in scholarships. This year, grants were given to multiple organizations,

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Reps. D’Amelio, Cummings Congratulate Waterbury Veterans on Induction into Connecticut State Veterans Hall of Fame

Posted on December 6, 2019 by admin


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Cahill, Sr., Comeau, Sarlo, Shea honored during Capitol ceremony

After a moving ceremony at the State Legislative Office Building Friday night, State Representatives Tony D’Amelio (R-71) and Stephanie Cummings (R-74) offered their congratulations to 10 veterans, including four Waterbury veterans, on their induction into the 2019 class of the Connecticut State Veterans Hall of Fame.

According to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame website, the honor “was established to increase the awareness of

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Access Health CT to hold Enrollment Fair in Waterbury on December 15

Posted on December 5, 2019 by admin


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Access Health CT recently announced that they will be hosting an enrollment fair on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Waterbury City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury from 10:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

Enrollment fairs are events where residents can get one-on-one help in completing their enrollment application for 2020 health insurance coverage. It is also a great opportunity for residents to ask questions to help understand next steps directly from an Enrollment Specialist or Certified Brokers who will also

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Rep. Cummings Announces 2019 Holiday Giving Tree Locations

Posted on December 5, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and her community partners are excited to announce locations for the 2019 Holiday Giving Trees. The holiday trees and their “ornaments” – available between Friday, December 6 and Thursday, December 20 – help provide assistance to people-in-need this holiday season.

How It Works:

  • Trees are decorated with paper ornaments (tree locations listed below)
  • On the back of each ornament are items most in need
  • Contributors remove tags from the tree and purchase

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Rep. Cummings Leads Teen Discussion on Vaping

Posted on December 3, 2019 by admin


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Recently, State Representative Stephanie Cummings met with a group of Waterbury high school students to discuss myriad topics affecting our youth, including vaping and e-cigarettes, and how the legislative process can be used to affect important issues within the state.

The hour-long discussion, held at Crosby High School, began with a brief legislative overview, followed by remarks from Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin who stressed the importance of civic engagement, talking to legislators and working

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