Weatherizing Your Home Saves Money

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


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In honor of today being National Weatherization Day, I wanted to share information and tips on making your home more energy efficient.

Right now, people across Connecticut spend significant amounts of money to stay warm all winter and the state spends a lot of money on fuel assistance programs. Unfortunately, many of the homes with the greatest need are not weatherized, or don’t have enough insulation and weatherization to adequately protect against cold New England winters. Essentially, your hard-earned

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Drug Take Back Day is October 26

Posted on October 14, 2019 by admin


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Saturday, October 26th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

The Ridgefield Police Department accepts unwanted and unused drugs, however they do NOT accept needles, sharps or liquids.

Ridgefield Police Department

76 E. Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused

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New Taxes Effective October 1st!

Posted on September 25, 2019 by admin


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October 1, 2019, marks the onset of millions of dollars in new tax and fee increases on some of our most consumed goods and services. These taxes, along with those that went into effect throughout the summer, were included in the state budget passed this year and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on families, seniors, and businesses throughout our state.

In an effort to keep you informed, here are some of the tax increases going into effect next week:

Digital Goods – The current tax on digital

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Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin


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House and Senate Republicans are calling on Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives needs 76 members to sign

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7.35% “Meal tax” Will Hurt Connecticut Families

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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After the Department of Revenue Services issued a clarifying statement regarding the new “meal tax”  this week, State Representative John Frey (R-111) came out strongly against the measure, saying it will hurt Connecticut families who already struggle to make ends meet and pay ever-increasing food costs.

Part of the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019, the “meal tax” adds an additional 1% to the cost of many items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that

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Stand Down 2019

Posted on September 9, 2019 by admin


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On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below:

Rep. Frey’s Donor Breast Milk Legislation Signed into Law                                        

Posted on July 24, 2019 by admin


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State Rep. John Frey (R-111) today applauded Governor Lamont for signing into law legislation he proposed to establish Medicaid reimbursement for medically necessary donor breast milk.

“On behalf of the women across our state who struggle to feed their newborns, the advocates who worked diligently to bring this issue to our attention and my colleagues in the General Assembly who supported this bill, I want to thank Governor Lamont for signing this important legislation the law,” Rep. Frey said. “This

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Concept Proposed by Rep. Frey to Streamline DMV, Licensing Signed into Law

Posted on July 22, 2019 by admin


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Governor Lamont last week signed into law a bill that will save taxpayer money and time spent at the Department of Motor Vehicles by extending the time before renewal for certain DMV processes and licensing.

Originally a concept put forth by Rep. Frey in January, HB 7201 – An Act Concerning the Convenience of Acquiring Motor Vehicle Licenses and Registrations – will allow driver’s license and identity card holders the option of renewing their credentials for an eight-year period (currently six years),

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Rep. Frey’s Bill to Establish Cultural Districts Signed into Law!

Posted on July 16, 2019 by admin


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State Rep. John Frey (R-111) thanked Governor Lamont for signing legislation he proposed to allow municipalities to create designated cultural districts to create awareness and promote economic development. The Governor signed the bill, which becomes effective on October 1st, on Friday July 12.

“Promoting and encouraging the arts within our communities is great for performers who can showcase their talents locally, but also for the businesses that will benefit from increased tourism that art exhibitions

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Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags!

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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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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