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Another Sales Tax Hike?

Posted on February 11, 2019 by admin


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Another day, another proposal to increase your taxes

On the heels of their proposals to increase taxes on groceries, medications and drivers with up to 82 toll locations throughout the state, CT Democrats have yet another proposal to “increase revenue” by raising the CT sales tax rate to 6.85%!

The bill language says the money generated from the increase will be given back to the municipality in which the tax is generated; however, I have serious concerns.  Sadly, the state has a history of diverting funds or moving money between accounts to prop up shortfalls in other areas; Education Cost Sharing (ECS) money and gas tax revenue that was supposed to be placed into the Special Transportation Fund for repairing our roads and bridges come to mind.

How long will it be before this extra tax gets taken from you and other residents of Southington and used somewhere else?

Let your voice be heard

If you would like to testify, there will be a public hearing regarding this bill on Wednesday, February 13th at 11 a.m. in room 2E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

If you are unable to attend and address the committee in person, you can still submit testimony online.

Feel free to share this information with CT taxpayers who are sick and tired of tax hikes!

You can read more about the bill to increase the sales tax here: Senate Bill No. 475

Reps. Fusco, Mastrofrancesco, Sen. Sampson Host Town Hall Meeting

Posted on January 29, 2019 by admin


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State Representatives John Fusco and Gale Mastrofrancesco, joined by State Senator Sampson, recently hosted a successful town hall meeting at the John Weichsel Municipal Center to discuss the 2019 legislative session and answer questions from concerned citizens.

During the nearly two-hour event, more than two dozen people shared a back and forth discussion with the legislators on a wide array of issues, including the state budget and current and future projected deficits, taxes, transportation, state mandates, the election from both a state and national perspective, Governor Lamont and his priorities and the federal government shutdown, among others.

Rep. Fusco said he was encouraged by the conversation and is looking forward to working with his colleagues to press for workable, common sense solutions to the major issues facing the state, and the smaller issues that affect the people of Southington on a daily basis.

Proposed Resurfacing, Bridge Rehabilitation and Safety Improvements on I-691 in Southington and Meriden

Posted on January 29, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (Department) Office of Engineering is developing plans for resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, and safety improvements on I-691 in Southington and Meriden. The purpose of the project is to provide corridor improvements that bring this section of roadway to current standards.

 

The proposed project consists of milling and resurfacing the roadway, replacing and upgrading existing illumination and upgrading existing guiderail to current standards. In addition, this project also includes minor bridge work involving bridge joint replacement, repairs to bridge deck surfaces and other minor bridge rehabilitation activities.

 

The present schedule indicates that construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, assuming acceptance of the project, availability of funding, and receipt of any required right-of-way and environmental permits.  This project will be undertaken with ninety percent (90%) federal and ten percent (10%) state funds.

 

It is the Department’s policy to keep the public informed and involved when such projects are undertaken.  It is important that the community share its concerns with the Department to assist in the project’s development.  It is not anticipated that an informational meeting or a formal public hearing will be held for this project due to the limited nature of the work.  Anyone interested in receiving information on this project may do so by contacting Matthew R. Vail, Principal Engineer, at (860) 594-3274 or by e-mail at Matthew.Vail@ct.gov.  Please make reference to State Project No. 0079-0244.