Sales Tax Free Week – August 18-24

Posted on August 16, 2019 by admin

Dear Neighbors,

With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24.

This year, legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many families.

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

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Rep. Haines Recognized by CBIA for Supporting Pro-Business Legislation

Posted on August 15, 2019 by admin

HARTFORD – Using key pieces of business-related legislation to rank state lawmakers during the 2019 legislative session, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association recently highlighted State Representative Irene Haines’ (R-34) perfect 100% score.

“Getting our state economy growing again is among my highest priorities,” Rep. Haines said. “We need to listen more to what our local job creators are telling us about their workforce needs, burdensome or out dated regulations, and our high costs of doing business. Connecticut continues to lag behind the country and other Northeastern states when it comes to jobs, opportunity and income growth. I was proud to support legislation that will have a positive impact on our job creators and fight against bills that hurt local employers.”

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Pipe Replacement on Mt. Parnassus Rd. in East Haddam – Detour Required

Posted on August 7, 2019 by admin

I’m sharing some news from DOT that might impact your commute:

Pipe Replacement on Mt. Parnassus Rd. in East Haddam – Detour Required

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a metal pipe replacement project on State Service Route 434 (Mt. Parnassus Road) in East Haddam with a Road Closure and Detour, beginning Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14, 2019.


The following detour will be implemented while work is being performed on State Service Route 434 (Mt. Parnassus

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Rep. Haines Tours Bevin Bells

Posted on August 3, 2019 by admin

EAST HAMPTON – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) met with Chief Growth Officer Cici Bevin and toured the factory of historic bell maker Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co.

East Hampton, known as “Bell Town” has been home to bell manufacturers since 1808. In 1832 brothers William, Chauncey and Abner Bevin started a family business that is now in its sixth generation. The historic Bevin factory was destroyed in a fire in 2012 and the company moved into a new space nearby. Since the fire, the company has rebuilt and started to expand.

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Rep. Haines Meets with Local Business Owner

Posted on August 3, 2019 by admin

EAST HADDAM – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) recently met with Zoe Belcher, Managing Member at BGT Environmental LLC. as part of an ongoing effort to connect with businesses across the towns of 34th District; East Haddam, East Hampton and part of Colchester.

The company was started in 2016 by Zoe Belcher after years of working for larger environmental consulting firms. BGT Environmental provides Licensed Environmental Profession (LEP) services to both private and public sector clients.

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Sen. Needleman, Rep. Haines Welcome State Bond Commission Funding for Portland, East Hampton Bridges

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33) and State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to release tens of millions of dollars in funding for two major bridge projects in Portland and East Hampton. These repairs to the Arrigoni Bridge, which carries Route 66 over the Connecticut River in Portland and Middletown, and to East Hampton’s Route 66 bridge over Pocotopaug Creek, have a combined cost of more than $40 million.

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Rep. Haines Applauds Funding for Gillette Castle and Hadlyme Ferry

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin

State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) released the following statement following the authorization by the Bonding Commission of state bonds to finance repairs to Gillette Castle State Park and Special Tax Obligation Bonds (STO) for repairs to the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry.  

 HARTFORD – On Wednesday, June 26th, the Connecticut State Bonding Commission met to consider a variety of bonding proposals.  Included on the bonding agenda was a request from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for repairs and improvements at Gillette Castle State Park.

“The Castle is a huge driver of tourism, day trippers and is an engine for economic development in East Haddam and across the region. These funds for Gillette Castle will be used for much need repairs, including collapsed retaining walls, restoring deteriorating parts of the structure and improving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

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Rep. Haines Sponsors Successful Flag Drive

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin

Between Memorial Day and Flag Day, State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) sponsored a worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unserviceable American Flag collection which concluded with a formal retirement ceremony held the Saturday after Flag Day.

Collection boxes were placed at the East Hampton and East Haddam Town Halls for two weeks for residents to drop off their flags. The flag retirement ceremony was held at American Legion Post 156 in Moodus with assistance from the East Haddam Fire Department.

“With the start summer and patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July on the horizon, it was the perfect time to properly retire worn American flags,” said Rep. Haines. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s flag drive, especially American Legion Post 156 and the East Haddam Fire Department for their reverent and fitting retirement ceremony.”

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The Wrong Direction

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin

Years of bad policies in Hartford have led to our state’s economy lagging behind the rest of the country. We have all seen the lists of lasts and the statistics about Connecticut’s job losses and lack of wage growth. We can’t forget that behind those numbers are people, families struggling to get ahead.

I approached the state budget as my constituents do, as a taxpayer, a parent and a small businesswoman.

This budget squeezes the middle class from every direction. Residents will have to pay more at the grocery store, the drycleaners, restaurants and pay more for online services such as Netflix.

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Rep. Haines Supports Legislation to Protect Maple Syrup and Honey Producers

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin

HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) voted in favor of SB 233 ‘An Act Concerning Cottage Food Products and the Production of Honey and Maple Syrup’ on Thursday evening May 30th.

The legislation would exempt Connecticut producers of maple syrup and honey from the state’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which is overseen by the Department of Consumer Protection. Instead, under this bill producers would be regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

“The Department of Agriculture is the most appropriate agency to set regulations for our farm producers,” said Rep. Haines. “In our region there is renewed interest in farming and bringing natural and native products to market. Growing cottage producers and small or family farms are part of what makes Connecticut a beautiful state to live in. This legislation makes it so much easier for our agricultural businesses to grow and thrive.”

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