First Responders Eligible for Tax Abatement

Posted on July 18, 2019 by admin


This year, Public Act 19-36, An Act Increasing the Property Tax Abatement for Certain First Responders, increased the maximum property tax abatement municipalities may, by ordinance, provide to certain active and retired volunteer emergency personnel, including firefighters.

The measure became effective July 1st.

If you, or someone you know, is an active or retired volunteer emergency responder or firefighter, please consider reaching out to your local town officials to see if this abatement might

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New Tax on Plastic Bags Begins August 1

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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

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Reps. Fishbein and Candelora, Sen. Fasano Host Coffee and Conversation

Posted on July 8, 2019 by admin


During a busy morning at Dad’s Restaurant on Route 5 in Wallingford recently, State Representatives Craig Fishbein and Vin Candelora, and State Senator Len Fasano hosted a coffee and conversation for constituents to drop in and discuss important state issues.  More than 20 people came to chat during the morning meeting that included discussions over eggs, toast and coffee.

Conversations were varied and topics changed rapidly, but the overall discussions centered around the state’s budget issues, tax

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Rep. Fishbein Completes, Launches Flight at Annual Gaylord Gauntlet

Posted on June 24, 2019 by admin


Putting aside his usual suit and cowboy boots, Rep. Fishbein donned running shoes and shorts and took part in another Gaylord Gauntlet 5K obstacle run to raise money for Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.   An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, Rep. Fishbein has completed several Gauntlet challenges and made sure to run this edition early enough to be able to help start the 10:00 a.m. flight that featured adaptive athletes, including Jay Ross.

Last year during the Gauntlet, Mr. Ross, who was paralyzed

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2019 Major Public Acts available now

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin


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. Fishbein Honored by New Haven Firefighters

Posted on June 5, 2019 by admin


During the annual New Haven Pizza Lobby Day at the Capitol, New Haven firefighters recognized State Representatives Craig Fishbein and John Fusco for their work on behalf of firefighters across the state.

Frank Ricci, battalion chief and President of New Haven Firefighters, IAFF, Local 825, was joined by more than a dozen firefighters who served pizza to legislators and the public, before taking a few minutes to present Reps. Fishbein and Fusco with citations recognizing their “dedication and fidelity

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NEW DATE! – Reps. Fishbein and Candelora, Senator Fasano to Host Coffee Hour and Legislative Update

Posted on May 30, 2019 by admin


State Representatives Craig Fishbein (R-90) and Vincent Candelora (R-86), and State Senator Len Fasano (R-34), will co-host a coffee hour and legislative update for constituents on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Dad’s Restaurant in Wallingford.

Residents and constituents are welcome to stop in and learn about the 2019 legislative session, and to ask questions or discuss policies and legislation.

What: Coffee hour and legislative update

When: Friday, June 28, 2019

Time:  9:00 a.m.

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Rep. Fishbein Meets Business Leaders During Connecticut Business Day at the Capitol

Posted on May 29, 2019 by admin


State Rep. Craig Fishbein recently met with business owners, leaders and their representatives during Connecticut Business Day at the Capitol. Sponsored by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), Connecticut Business Day brings hundreds of business leaders and chamber of commerce members to the Capitol to discuss important legislation being debated during the session.

Rep. Fishbein toured the exhibits and talked with business owners and their representatives, including Frank DiCristina

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Reps. Zupkus, Fishbein Sponsoring Worn American Flag Collection Drive

Posted on May 13, 2019 by admin


State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Craig Fishbein (R-90), in cooperation with American Legion R.A. Storrs Post #92, encourage residents to honorably retire any worn American flags during a flag collection drive.

The collection drive begins on Thursday, May 30th and will run until Thursday, June 13th. A drop-off box is located inside the Cheshire Town Hall, located at 84 Main Street.

Collected flags will be brought to the American Legion Post for dignified disposal during a proper retirement

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Rep. Fishbein Fights for CT Businesses

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


Opposes Rapid Increase in State Minimum Wage

After 14 hours of debate in the House that began at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, and ended Thursday afternoon at 12:05 p.m., after also voting on various proposed amendments to the same, State Representative State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) voted against an anti-business proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 within four years.

“The business community has spoken out forcefully against this increase, because they know it will cost more

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