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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 28, 2022


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I wanted to make you aware of new laws affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses taking effect on Saturday, October 1st. This year, several important public safety measures become law, including many that were a result of pressure from both the public and Republican lawmakers concerned about an increase in crime, especially juvenile crime, and the dramatic rise in incidents of car theft; from 2019-2020 the increase in motor vehicle theft was just less than 4 times the national average – 41%

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Veterans Stand Down 2022

Posted on September 16, 2022


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced Veterans STAND DOWN 2022 will take place on September 23rd from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. at five regional sites across the state.

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues its commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based non-profits.

Stand Down 2022

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CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims, How to Protect Against It

Posted on September 13, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It was recently reported that there has been an uptick in fraudulent claims benefits have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL). I want to make you aware of this increasing threat and provide resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.

Reducing Fraudulent DOL Benefit Claims

The uptick in fraudulent benefits claims is alarming. According to reports, two-dozen businesses have notified

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Ranking Republicans Comment on LIHEAP Amendment, Disappointed Funding Left on Table

Posted on August 30, 2022


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HARTFORD – The Ranking Members of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees proposed an amendment to supplement $79.2 million in expected federal LIHEAP funds to increase total home energy assistance to $191.5 million. The amendment, however, was not entertained by their majority party counterparts. As a result, millions of dollars in potential relief was left on the table.

“The amendment proposed today could have been implemented without the need for further legislative action, providing

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Tax Free Week is Sunday, August 21 – Saturday, August 27

Posted on August 12, 2022


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Friends and Neighbors,

With inflation causing prices to rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing and fuel, and saving money is more important than ever.

I have consistently advocated for additional tax relief for Connecticut families but the governor and the majority party have opposed and stalled those sincere efforts to provide meaningful relief to Connecticut’s residents.

That being said, with school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind

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Connecticut Insurance Department Announces Public Informational Meeting on August 15 for Health Insurance Rate request Filings

Posted on August 3, 2022


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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 Building, Hartford, and online. The

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CT Summer at the Museum

Posted on July 27, 2022


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The popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act

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Reps. France, Howard Host Successful Town Hall

Posted on July 26, 2022


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Despite having to postpone for one week to accommodate an important town meeting, State Representatives Mike France (R-42) and Greg Howard R-(43) last night hosted a successful Town Hall event, meeting with 10 concerned citizens.

Starting at 6 p.m. and held in the Ledyard Town Hall Annex building, Reps. France and Howard provided a brief, general overview of the past legislative session and specifics related to the legislative committees each serves on.  Following their introductions, the two lawmakers

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“Pizza & Policy” with Reps. France and Lanoue

Posted on July 22, 2022


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State Representatives Mike France (R-42) and Brian Lanoue (R-45) want to thank the constituents of the 42nd and 45th districts who joined them for  an informal  “Pizza & Policy” to discuss the recently-ended legislative session and to answer questions about state government.

The meeting was held on Wednesday, July 13th at Village Pizza, 353 Shetucket Turnpike, Preston.

If you were unable to attend but would still like to contact Rep. France or Lanoue, please email Mike.France@housegop.ct.gov or Brian.Lanoue@cga.ct.gov,

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Hot Asphalt Awareness

Posted on July 21, 2022


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With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too.   The American Red Cross has the following tips on keeping pets safe, but essentially treat your pets the same as you treat yourself:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. Exercise in the early morning or evening hours.
  • Walk

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