Republicans Propose Tax Relief for an Affordable Connecticut

Posted on April 22, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, House and Senate Republicans held a press conference to outline our proposal for tax relief to make Connecticut more affordable for residents. Inflation is here. Relief must be too.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTICUT

The Problem:

Connecticut’s state budget is benefiting from inflation as the state sales tax and gas tax brings in new, unplanned for revenue – a result of surging prices.

Meanwhile, CT residents are struggling to balance their own family budgets with no relief

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Reps. Fishbein and Candelora, State Sen. Ciccarella Recognize Wallingford’s Mitchell Wollen

Posted on April 20, 2022


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State Representatives Craig Fishbein and Vin Candelora were joined by State Senator Paul Ciccarella in the House Chamber today to recognize Wallingford’s Mitchell Wollen for his outstanding community service and charity work during the past two years.  Wollen, a senior at Xavier High School in Middletown, took his passion for helping others and created two separate charitable projects, including “Hearts for Healthcare Heroes” and “Wood for Warriors” to raise money for healthcare workers and veterans.

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National Drug Take Back Day is April 30th

Posted on April 12, 2022


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I just wanted you to know that Saturday, April 30th, is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

This year, the Wallingford Police Department and Coalition for a Better Wallingford are holding a drug take back event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the police station parking lot located at 135 N. Main St. Drivers will be able to pull in, hand over the items and exit without having to leave their vehicle.

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Reps. Fishbein and Candelora, State Sen. Ciccarella, HUBCAP Wallingford, More Than 30 Local Businesses & Area Legislators Tackle CT Workforce Development Challenges

Posted on April 11, 2022


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Wallingford-area business, nonprofit, government and community leaders gather for roundtable discussion to put students, Veterans and residents on career pathways.

State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R-North Haven), House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and State Rep. Craig Fishbein (R-Wallingford) partnered with HUBCAP Wallingford to find solutions to improve Connecticut’s workforce development programs with leaders from more than 30 local businesses, organizations and government agencies.

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Tax Free Week Starts on Sunday

Posted on April 7, 2022


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Last month, when the General Assembly passed legislation to suspend the state’s $.25 excise tax on gasoline we also created a second Sales Tax Free Week to be held this spring. The spring Sales Tax Free Week begins on Sunday, April 10, and runs through Saturday, April 16.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Goods not covered under the program include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and

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Republicans, Democrats Come Together for Good Cause, Fun In First-Ever Connecticut General Assembly Kickball Classic Monday April 11

Posted on April 7, 2022


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Proceeds from bipartisan event to benefit Connecticut Foodshare

State Representatives and Senators, Democrats and Republicans from Connecticut’s General Assembly are coming together outside of their offices, caucus rooms and chambers in the spirit of bipartisanship, some fun and a good cause.

The CGA will hold its first-ever Kickball Classic on Monday, April 11th, 2022 at Dunkin Donuts Park, 1214 Main Street in Hartford at 4:30 p.m. The admission price for the event is $10 with all proceeds going

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Rep. Fishbein and the Judiciary Committee Favorably Vote for Bill Strengthening Juvenile Justice Laws

Posted on April 4, 2022


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State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) today reacted to important juvenile justice proposals approved by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee last week.

“Over the last year, House Republicans have traversed the state calling for changes to the policies and procedures in our Juvenile Justice system. I’m pleased to announce that through negotiation and compromise many of the important provisions we’ve advocated for will be realized,” Rep. Craig Fishbein, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 1, 2022


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“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Enforcement Period Kicked off April 1

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office launched U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The campaign will step up enforcement efforts to enforce distracted-driving laws from April 1 to April 30, 2022.

In Connecticut in 2020, there were nearly 5,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving.

Connecticut law prohibits the use of

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Kickball for a Cause!

Posted on April 1, 2022


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Please join us on Monday, April 11th at 4:30 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park for the Inaugural CGA Kickball Classic.

This fun charity event will probably make you laugh and is GUARANTEED to make you feel good with ALL of the proceeds being donated to Connecticut Foodshare. Connecticut Foodshare, according to the website, “supports individuals and families – from one end of the state to the other – by addressing root causes, creating long-term solutions, and distributing nutritious food through local

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House Passes $.25 Gas Tax Suspension

Posted on March 23, 2022


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In an effort to reduce costs for Connecticut drivers, House Republicans proposed and today were overwhelmingly joined by Democrats who voted for a temporary suspension of a state gas excise tax.

During a March 10th press conference in front of a Hartford gas station displaying prices higher than $4, House and Senate Republicans called for a temporary suspension to certain state gas taxes. With inflation and costs rising on goods and services statewide, legislators on both sides of the aisle have

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