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Orange Lawmakers Host Legislative Updates

Posted on June 20, 2019 by admin


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ORANGE – State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, and Kathy Kennedy met with constituents over coffee on Friday, June 14th and at the Orange Senior Center on Monday, June 17th to provide a 2019 legislative update and to answer questions.

The 2019 Legislative Session ended on Wednesday, June 5th at midnight. A two-year state budget, crafted by the majority party Democrats was adopted and contains almost $2 billion in new taxes and increases spending by $1 billion.

“I am deeply concerned with the increase in spending and asking taxpayers to pay more,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We should be holding the line on spending and finding ways to save money. This budget will not move Connecticut in a better direction.”

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Reps. Ferraro & Kennedy Slam State Budget & $2 Billion Tax Hikes on Middle Class

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) along with their House Republican colleagues Monday after hours of debate unanimously rejected the budget plan that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.

Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.

Overall, taxes were raised by $752 million over two years, not including the tax on hospitals.

Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending, shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.

“A budget the spends more and taxes more will not solve any of Connecticut’s financial problems,” said Rep. Ferraro. “This budget grows state government, gives lawmakers gifts for certain projects in their districts, and raids the special transportation fund. The new governor is operating the same way as our previous governor and not making the bold changes that he promised us when he took the job, in my opinion this is another failed promise by the governor.”

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

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