CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS OBJECTS TO WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR JANUARY SPECIAL SESSION

Posted on January 21, 2020 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – The legislature’s Conservative Caucus today expressed dismay that Democrat leaders and Governor Lamont are apparently still contemplating a special session to take place as late as the end of January to take up legislation regarding state bonding and adding tolls to Connecticut highways, mere days ahead of the start of the Legislative Session, which begins on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

On January 16, 2020 at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce 2020 Legislative Breakfast, Senate

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Lawmakers Visit Arc Bottle Redemption Center, Discuss Current State of Affairs

Posted on January 17, 2020 by jpheasant


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WOODSTOCK – Earlier this week, State Representatives Anne Dauphinais (R-44) and Rick Hayes (R-51) were invited to the Arc’s Bottle and Can Redemption Center in Woodstock to get an up-close view of what is being done at the facility and hear more about how it operates.

One of the topics discussed during the event was Connecticut’s current bottle bill and previous legislative attempts to update its current language. Proponents who support the update seek to increase the redemption rates for the items

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

Posted on January 6, 2020 by jpheasant


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As we embark on a new year, I wanted to share with you some items I am most proud of that took place in 2019.

Fought Against the Merger or Closure of QVCC
While I’m certain we all have the best interest of Quinebaug Valley Community College and our other local colleges at heart, I am pleased to have worked in a bipartisan fashion to fight against this type of proposal.

Continued Fight against Tolls
While we can’t guarantee a toll vote in the future, I can personally guarantee that if that day does

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CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS RESPONDS TO SENATE REPUBLICAN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN

Posted on December 17, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – In a letter to Senator Len Fasano this week, the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) Conservative Caucus commented on the Senate Republican transportation funding plan, Fiscal Accountability & Sustainable Transportation Reform, (FASTR) CT, expressing appreciation for the Senate’s efforts, but stating its belief that no responsible transportation funding plan can be developed without incorporating the results of a financial audit conducted by the State Auditors of Public Accounts (APA) and

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Reps Hayes, Boyd, Sen. Champagne Receive Legislative Award from CT Police Chiefs Association

Posted on December 13, 2019 by jpheasant


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CROMWELL – State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-51), Pat Boyd (D-50) and State Senator Dan Champagne (R-35) were three Legislators of the Year award recipients presented by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) during an annual winter meeting, which included a luncheon and mini expo.

The CPCA Legislative Award is presented to legislators who have stood out among their colleagues for their work in supporting in a variety of police related issues.

“It is truly an honor to have been recognized

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Conservative Caucus Blasts Treasurer Wooden for Breach of his Fiduciary Responsibility

Posted on December 5, 2019 by jpheasant


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The Conservative Caucus today came out strongly against plans by the Connecticut State Treasurer to revamp the state’s investment policy regarding companies connected to the civilian firearms industry.

In a Tuesday press conference, Treasurer Shawn Wooden said he intended to reallocate millions of dollars’ worth of state investments away from companies with ties to the firearms industry, ban future investments of state funds with firearms-related companies, and use the power of his office to pressure

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CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS REMAINS FERVENTLY OPPOSED TO TOLLS

Posted on November 8, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – Today, the Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus renewed its strong opposition to highway tolls of any kind and called upon fellow legislators to pledge the same.

In recent weeks, towns across the state have been left in limbo with regard to grant money intended for local road and bridge repairs. Governor Lamont is withholding these much-needed funds from the towns in an obvious attempt to pressure legislators to support his newest transportation plan – a plan which now includes

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Many Taxpayers Would Disagree

Posted on October 9, 2019 by jpheasant


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In a recent article published by the ct mirror, Governor Lamont addressed members of the AFL-CIO during their biennial convention, highlighting paid family and medical leave and increasing the state’s minimum wage as two of his legislative ‘accomplishments’ in his first nine months as governor. In true Governor Lamont fashion, he completely minimizes the real impact that these two items will have on many of our small businesses and even goes as far as to say in the article that “if you can’t compete,

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Killingly Lawmakers Tour Correctional Facility, Discuss Impact of Legislative Proposals

Posted on October 4, 2019 by jpheasant


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Photo (L-R): Warden Stephen Faucher , State Representative Rick Hayes (R-51),  Deputy Warden Yadira Otero-Negron, and State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44).

BROOKLYN- In an effort to learn more about the facility and the Capitol’s impact on Connecticut’s correctional system, State Representatives Rick Hayes (R-Putnam) and Anne Dauphinais (R-Killingly), who both serve as members of the legislatures Judiciary Committee, received a personal tour of the Brooklyn Correctional Institution by its current

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Conservative Caucus Blasts Democrats’ Increase of the Digital Download Tax

Posted on October 1, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – The legislature’s Conservative Caucus this week warned residents to prepare for yet another round of Democrat tax increases – this time on goods and services that range from supermarket sandwiches and coffee to digital downloads – contained in the Democrats’ budget that take effect on October 1st.

Instead of streamlining state government, or trying to reduce state spending to balance yet another massive budget deficit, legislative Democrats and Governor Lamont chose once again to soak

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