“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, Rep. Floren wants to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

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, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, you may contact Rep. Floren if you have any questions at (800) 842-1423 or at livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Floren Praises the Passage of Bond Package for Greenwich Affordable Housing

Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin


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CT State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the approval of a bond package, which will assist the Greenwich Housing Authority with their work on the Armstrong Court project.

“Since 1946, he town’s housing authority has been an effective and successful producer, owner and management of housing options for low and moderate income people, residents and seniors and this loan is a real boost to the ongoing effort on our part to increase our affordable housing inventory,” Rep. Floren told the Bond Commission during a meeting on July 25, 2018.

 

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Floren may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Floren Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Governor’s Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“Education has always been a priority for me as a parent and legislator, and I was thrilled that the House was able to override the governor’s decision,” Rep. Floren said, who was unable to attend today’s veto session due to an urgent family medical issue. “With that said, I am disappointed the Senate was unable to do the same. Many towns across Connecticut were blindsided last year by the cuts to education funding. It is unfair to put our students and educators in this predicament when they rely on us to give them the funding they need. I hope the General Assembly reconsiders this legislation in the near future.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.

The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.

Rep. Floren, CT House Passes Compromise Budget for FY 2019

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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Budget Restores MSP, Fully Funds Education, Excludes Tolls

HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.

The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.

“‘I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have,’” Rep. Floren said, quoting President Thomas Jefferson. “The plan we passed today is not the be-all-end-all of budgets, but it brings us one step closer to economic recovery, and that is a win for the State of Connecticut. Our problems will not solve themselves. We must work hard to resolve them as a state. Assisting our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, investing in education, and avoiding further tax increases are the priorities that matter to us, and this budget sets those priorities. However, we must keep pushing for more fiscal reforms in the future. We cannot stop here.”

S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

Click below to watch Rep. Floren’s comments on the bond bill, H.B. 5590, which passed the House and Senate unanimously shortly before the budget vote.

 

Click below to watch Rep. Floren on “Meet the Leaders” with David Smith – May 8, 2018.

 

 

Update from Hartford

Posted on May 5, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There are only five days left in the 2018 Session, and we have a lot of work to do. With that said, I am happy to report that we made progress this week in the struggle to provide stability and sustainability to the State of Connecticut.

Revised Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released our second balanced budget proposal for FY 2019. Our plan does the following:

  • Pays down unfunded liabilities
  • Fully funds teachers’ pension plan and retired teachers’ healthcare fund
  • Adds to the rainy day fund
  • Fully restores Medicare Savings Program
  • Provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Accomplishes the above without introducing new tax increases

Republican Revised FY 2019 State Budget Proposal

Toll Bill Blocked for this Session

After months of Republican opposition, the Speaker of the House has decided not to call for a vote on tolls because he no longer has the votes.

Tolls are just another tax on Connecticut residents, and I do not support their installation. With that said, I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the toll debate in the future, but we will be ready.

I will keep you updated as these final days of session unfold. Until then, please contact me at (800) 842-1423 or livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding state government.

 

Best Regards,

Livvy

Rep. Livvy Floren, 149th district

Rep. Floren Urges Passage of Bill Concerning Prescription Drug Costs

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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CT State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford), member of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, urged her colleagues to vote in favor of H.B. 5384, An Act Concerning Prescription Drug Costs. The bill would provide more transparency to consumers when it comes to the pricing of prescription drugs. Rep. Floren believes this legislation is particularly important due to the evolving landscape of the pharmaceutical industry, and the growing number of mergers and acquisitions.

Rep. Floren Cosponsors Bill to Reduce Occurrence of Dual Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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Livvy FlorenHARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) co-sponsored S.B. 466, An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence.

“It’s disheartening to hear of so many cases where women and men tolerate abusive situations because they are worried about the repercussions,” Rep. Floren said. “There should never be repercussions for seeking help. That is why law enforcement exists – to protect the innocent and bring justice to those who break the law. This bill takes a strong stand against domestic violence. I am proud to support it, and look forward to seeing it become law.”

Dual arrest is when both parties are taken into custody during a domestic violence incident regardless of who was at fault. This has discouraged many victims from seeking help over the years. With this bill, lawmakers hope that more individuals will come forward and report these incidents to the authorities. Under this bill, law enforcement officials will have more discretion when determining who to arrest. The bill also calls for more extensive training to assist the responding officer(s) in these situations.

The bill passed 147-1-2 and is in concurrence with the Senate. It will now make its way to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Voting Should Be Popular…With Everyone

Posted on April 25, 2018 by admin


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Madeleine Albright says she is an optimist, but she worries a lot.

Me, too.

I am very worried about the perceived partisanship and polarization of National Popular Vote (NPV). This is an initiative where reasonable people can agree to disagree, and it is not a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative idea.

When many of my Vassar classmates were reading Shakespeare and Aristotle, I was engrossed in Constitutional law cases. Marbury v. Madison, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, and Plessy v. Ferguson provided endless fascination and instilled within me a deep and abiding respect for the Constitution and for the wisdom of our nation’s founders. In addition, my political science studies proved to me that both the federal and Connecticut constitutions are living, breathing documents, which encourage flexibility and thoughtful interpretation.

In the Connecticut General Assembly, we will be discussing H.B. 5421, which proposes to have our state join an agreement/compact to elect the President according to the will of the majority – one person/one vote. According to recent polls, most Connecticut voters – Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated – support NPV.

Here is some background on the bill. Currently, Connecticut’s seven electoral votes go to the winner of the statewide popular vote, ultimately at the discretion of seven electors. If we agree to the compact, our electoral votes would instead go to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of the result of the statewide popular vote for president. Ten states, including Washington D.C., have agreed to the compact, and in order for it to go into effect, the aggregate total of electoral votes among the states in the compact must exceed 270, the number needed to win the election.

The question is complex, and the answer is not simple – however, in order to encourage civic engagement in the political process while maintaining the sanctity of each and every vote, I believe one person/one vote is an idea whose time has come.

Livvy R. Floren, State Representative, 149th District, Greenwich and Stamford

Rep. Floren, House & Senate Republicans Unveil 2019 Budget Proposal

Posted on April 20, 2018 by admin


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Greenwich Delegation Stresses Urgency

for State Gov. to Live Within Means

HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-149) stands with fellow House Republicans as they introduce their budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which emphasizes stability and predictability.

The Republican proposal fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and erases the projected $321.5 million deficit. The plan would direct any revenue that exceeds the defined volatility cap toward the following three areas in equal thirds: (1) the state employee retirement fund, (2) the teacher’s retirement fund (with $8 million of that earmarked for the retired teachers health fund), and finally, (3) the rainy day fund. The proposal fully funds the Special Transportation Fund, restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program, and avoids the governor’s proposed cuts to education funding and municipal aid.

“I think our proposal will get the conversation started for the 2019 fiscal year budget negotiations,” Rep. Floren said. “We need to erase the deficit, invest in transportation and education, address unfunded liabilities, and help our cities and towns. These items are all priorities, and best of all, they can be achieved if we work together. Although we may vary in our approach, we all have the same goal – a brighter future for our state.”

The Appropriations Committee will hold a vote on the Republican budget proposal tonight. If it clears the committee, it would be sent to the chambers for a vote. The 2018 Session ends on May 9th, 2018 at midnight.