Community Members Donate More than 1,000 School Supplies During Drive Organized by State Rep. Fiorello

Posted on September 22, 2022


STAMFORD, CT – State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello (R-149th) hosted her Annual Back to School Supply Drive and volunteers distributed more than 1,000 essential school supplies for children attending Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford.

Inflation has caused the cost of food and school supplies to increase exponentially in the past year and “families in many communities often have to make the hard decisions on whether to buy important school supplies,” said State Representative Kimberly Fiorello.

“Education

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Summer Public Policy Series: Connecticut’s State Budget, Is It Really Balanced?

Posted on August 29, 2022


Please join Rep. Fiorello for an important upcoming conversation with Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting, about understanding our state’s budget.

Connecticut has a constitutional requirement to balance its budget. Article XXVIII states that, “the amount of general budget expenditures authorized for any fiscal year shall not exceed the estimated amount of revenue for such fiscal year.” Many states have balanced budget requirements. Does any state actually abide by them?

What are

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Public Hearing on Heating Assistance

Posted on August 25, 2022


I, and my Republican colleagues, continue to raise concerns about the financial pressure residents face as the cost of home heating skyrockets. As of Aug. 15, 2022 the average price for home heating oil in Connecticut was $4.57. A year ago, that average was $2.74. In 2020, the average was $2.02.

We proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to expand the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, in order to assist more people with home heating assistance. But that

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Recording of Part II of Our Summer Public Policy Series: Why is Healthcare so Expensive in CT?

Posted on August 19, 2022


Connecticut insurers have asked state regulators for a more than 20% rate hike for individual healthcare plans. Rep. Fiorello recently sat down with healthcare expert Jeffrey Hogan, of Upside Health Advisors, to find out why.

Connecticut is among the states with the highest number of state mandates for insurance coverage. Does the benefit of having these mandates outweigh the costs? Underlying the cost of health insurance is the cost of services and the cost of drugs. How do we get to a healthcare

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Connecticut Insurance Department Seeking Public Input For Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on August 4, 2022


Insurance Department Information Meeting

The Connecticut Insurance Department is asking for public comment during an August 15 informational public meeting on the health insurance proposals filed by CIGNA Health & Life, CTCare Inc., CTCare Benefits Inc., and the ConnectiCare Insurance Company, Inc. for 2023 plans both on and off Access Health CT, the state’s federal Affordable Care Act exchange.

The public informational meeting will be held in a hybrid format, both in person at the Legislative Office

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Summer Public Policy Series on Health Insurance

Posted on August 4, 2022


Healthcare costs are skyrocketing in Connecticut.

Connecticut insurers are asking state regulators for a more than 20% rate hike for individual healthcare plans. Some insurers, such as Harvard Pilgrim, are exiting CT’s insurance market, pulling its fully insured commercial products like small group plans.

Connecticut is among the states with the highest number of state mandates for insurance coverage. This Office of Legislative Research report is a year old, and since then, the legislature has added

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State Rep. Fiorello Applauds Passage of Bonding for Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company and Stamford High School

Posted on July 29, 2022


GREENWICH – State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello (R-149th) today applauded the decision by the Connecticut Bond Commission to approve funding for renovations to the home of the all-volunteer Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Greenwich and for athletic fields at Stamford High School.

“These funds for Stamford High School and the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Greenwich will go a long way toward helping our youth and volunteers, who make up the fabric of our community. Improving the sports fields

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Summer Public Policy Series

Posted on July 21, 2022


Please tune in for our Summer Public Policy Series via Zoom. This will be a three-part series.

The first will be next Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., to discuss the freedom of state workers to choose whether to be in public sector unions or not. This is about the freedom to choose, not about the merits of any of the unions.

The unions well represent their members, no doubt, but there are some who may not want to join for whatever reason. Please see this great article in the National Review

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Increase in the Minimum Wage

Posted on July 6, 2022


The minimum wage went up on July 1, from $13.00 per hour to $14.00 per hour. Next June 1, 2023, it will finally reach $15.00 per hour as decreed by the minimum wage law Governor Lamont signed in 2019.

See the Governor’s comments on the latest wage hike here, where he calls it “a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.”

By this logic, we are increasing pressure on small businesses in order

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How to Build Healthy Social Structures For Children

Posted on June 1, 2022


I would like to share with you an opportunity to have a conversation with a national thought-leader, Ian Rowe.

Ian is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on the issues of education, upward mobility, family formation, and even adoption. He is also the co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a network of character-based International Baccalaureate schools in Bronx, N.Y. He concurrently serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and is a writer for

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