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Tree Removal on Route 15 Northbound and Southbound in Greenwich

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


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Dear friends and neighbors,

Please check out the message below from the CT DOT regarding a construction project in our community that may impact your travels this weekend.

Tree Removal on Route 15 Northbound and Southbound in Greenwich


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a tree removal operation will be performed on Route 15 northbound and southbound in Greenwich, beginning Saturday, January 12, 2019.

The work consists of cutting dead trees, high-limbing and clearing sightlines to signs. The work is scheduled to occur on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 15 northbound and southbound in Greenwich between Exit 27 (Route 120A) and Exit 29 (Old Mill Road #1).  A moveable sign pattern will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The work will occur from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

As always, please contact me with questions at (800) 842-1423 or Livvy.Floren@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

Livvy

New Laws Effective January 1, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. Now that 2018 has come to an end, a number of new laws took effect on January 1, 2019.

These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding these new laws.

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PA 18-5 reduces the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

PA 18-159 redefines mammogram, and eliminates co-payments and deductibles for certain breast ultrasounds. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

PA 18-43 permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider. For a full summary, click here.

AN ACT MANDATING INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND EXPANDING MANDATED HEALTH BENEFITS FOR WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

PA 18-10 requires certain health insurance plans to cover ten essential health benefits including maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, hospitalization, emergency, laboratory and ambulatory services, rehabilitation, mental health services, pediatrics, and much more. For a full summary, click here.

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.

As always, please contact me directly with questions at (800) 842-1423 or Livvy.Floren@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

Livvy

 

Important 2019 Tax Information for Seniors

Posted on January 10, 2019 by admin


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Dear friends and neighbors,

With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent tax relief benefits available to Connecticut seniors.

Last session, I joined my colleagues in the legislature in passing a budget that provided tax relief for seniors. Namely, we passed two provisions, one of which eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the other phases out the income tax on pensions.

 

Social Security Income Tax Deduction

Effective for tax years beginning after 2019, individual taxpayers may deduct 100 percent of Social Security income, if federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than:

  • $75,000 for single filers and married taxpayers filing separately; or
  • $100,000 joint filers and heads of household

Furthermore, taxpayers with incomes equal to or greater than the thresholds qualify for a 75 percent deduction. The income thresholds are increased from $50,000 and $60,000, respectively.

 

Retirement Income Tax Deductions

Effective beginning with the 2019 tax year, individual taxpayers may deduct a portion of retirement income that is included in federal gross income, if federal AGI is below:

  • $75,000 for single filers, married taxpayers filing separately, and heads of households; or
  • $100,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly

The deduction is equal to:

  • 14% of pension or annuity income for the 2019 taxable year
  • 28% of that income for the 2020 taxable year
  • 42% of that income for the 2021 taxable year
  • 56% of that income for the 2022 taxable year
  • 70% of that income for the 2023 taxable year
  • 84% of that income for the 2024 taxable year
  • 100% of that income for the 2025 taxable year

Under current law, military and railroad retirement that is included in federal gross income is fully deductible.

As always, please contact me with questions at (800) 842-1423 or Livvy.Floren@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

Livvy