Roadwork on I-95 in Waterford and New London

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that there will be lane closures on Southbound and Northbound sides of I-95 in New London and Waterford starting this coming Monday, April 29th to allow for nighttime bridge maintenance.

 

Work on the Vauxhall Street Extension Overpass is scheduled to occur between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from Monday, April 29th through Friday, May 24, 2019. The lane closures will take place between Exit 84 and Exit 82 on I-95 Southbound and Exit 82

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Connecticut’s Tax Freedom Day is April 25

Posted on April 25, 2019 by admin


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Once again, Connecticut’s tax burden is among the highest of any state in the nation. Residents in our state need to work longer than residents in 45 other states to pay their state, local and federal tax bills.

Tax Freedom Day is the day each year when the average citizen has earned enough to pay their combined local, state and federal tax bills. National Tax Freedom Day is on April 16!

This year, according to The Tax Foundation, Connecticut’s Tax Freedom Day is April 25, which means we’re tied

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Toll Opposition is About People, Not Politics

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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Letter to the Editor from Senators Paul Formica and Heather Somers and Representatives Devin Carney, Holly Cheeseman, Mike France, Kathleen McCarty, and Jesse MacLachlan.

Connecticut needs to take bold action to fix our transportation system. Better transportation is a key to economic development, job growth and better quality of life.

At the same time, residents are struggling. They have been asked to pay increasingly more in taxes while services have been cut. The state keeps taking more, and providing less.

Connecticut has to change. Creating a new way to tax people through tolls is not the answer. Connecticut needs to prioritize.

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Conservative Caucus Proposes Alternative to State-Run Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – As bills to provide paid Family and Medical Leave advance through the committee process, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus proposed an alternative that would provide coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory and onerous new payroll tax.

Current paid family and medical leave proposals would mandate employers offer up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to their employees. To fund the program, virtually all employees would be compelled to pay one-half of one per cent of their earnings into a new FMLA fund, whether they take the leave or not.

As a more affordable alternative, the Conservative Caucus model would have the Insurance Department develop a voluntary free-market plan which it would make available to both employees and employers. This alternative would allow workers to qualify for paid family and medical leave while treating such leave as an employment benefit, not a state mandate. Instead of a mandate, employers would be empowered to offer the benefit to employees as they do other types of insurance. It would further empower employees to purchase such coverage if they found it beneficial to their family circumstances.

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Rep. France Hears the Needs of Connecticut’s Epilepsy Community

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Mike France (R-42) attended his third Epilepsy Advocacy Day at the Capitol earlier this week to hear from individuals living with the condition, and their families, about the challenges they face and how state government can help.

Advocacy Day participants came from all over the state on Tuesday to meet with one another in Hartford and share stories about their connection to Epilepsy. They also engaged in a thorough training session about 2019 legislative priorities and how to effectively engage with their legislators. They urged legislators to support policies that ensure timely access to Epilepsy medications and specialists, and end all forms of discrimination for individuals with Epilepsy. They particularly advocated for the passage of the following bills proposed this session:

  • House Bill (H.B.) 7092, which expands eligibility for the Katie Beckett Waiver Program. This program allows the Connecticut Department of Social Services to provide home and community-based Medicaid services to individuals who have a physical disability, and may or may not have a co-occurring developmental disability, and would normally not qualify financially for Medicaid due to family income.
  • B. 7093, which establishes a task force to study and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
  • B. 7166, which establishes a statutory right to timely and appropriate non-emergency medical transportation for Medicaid beneficiaries and provides a more timely avenue for such beneficiaries to appeal coverage lapses.

“I am happy to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut and the legislation they are advocating for,” said Rep. France. “Over the past several years that I have been in office, I have personally witnessed how epilepsy impacts my constituents and I want to continue to support programs that lead to improvements in their quality of life.”

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