Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria “Women Who Lead” Panellists

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria were invited to speak on the “Women Who Lead” Panel by the Commission on Equity and Opportunity and the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors on Friday. The topic of the panel was “The Multigenerational Impact of Women that”.

Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria and the other panelist spoke to young women about their experiences and how they became leaders.

“The active role that these young women are taking in both their

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Lawmakers, Residents Want to Pump the Brakes on Tolls

Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House and Senate Republican ranking members of the Transportation Committee, State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Henri Martin, were invited to Derby on Wednesday night by their colleagues to present a transportation funding plan that doesn’t rely on tolls or tax increases.

Rep. Devlin and Martin explained that the Republican Prioritize Progress Plan works within current state resources and will provide $65 billion for transportation infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

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Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria Tour Derby High School Advanced Manufacturing Program

Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD, CT. March 11, 2019, – State Representatives Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria toured the Advanced Manufacturing Program facilities at Derby High School on Monday. The first of its kind in Connecticut, the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Derby High School offers students access to obtain a college accredited manufacturing certification worth $8,000.

Students who enroll in the Advanced Manufacturing Program will earn both Derby High School and Housatonic Community College class credits. The program covers coursework in Benchwork, Solidworks, Blueprint Reading, Introduction to Machine Technology, and Metrology.

“The opportunity that has been created here at Derby High School for the students has long term positive effects. For the students to be able to have access to a college level program, one where a certificate of completion is provided and can then lead to employment opportunities is phenomenal. Through programs such as the Derby High School and Housatonic Community College Advanced Manufacturing Program our students have a unique advantage, both in the workforce and when pursuing post high school education whether in the trades or college. The positive work that has been accomplished by both educators and students is evident through the smiles and stories we have heard today. The sense of accomplishment that the students have expressed to us is amazing; they have a glowing sense of pride that is truly wonderful,” said Rep. Klarides.

“Superintendent Dr. Matthew Conway and his staff at Derby High School are doing a great job by giving students an opportunity to explore a career in manufacturing,” added Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “After visiting with the students and teachers, I know this program will be highly successful and believe every high school in the state will be using Derby’s program as a model. If more and more high schools offer this program, Connecticut will be well positioned to fill the hundreds of manufacturing jobs that will become available over the next decade.”

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria, Sen. Logan Update Constituents in Beacon Falls

Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin


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BEACON FALLS – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria and state Senator George Logan held a Pizza & Politics night at the local Beacon Falls Pizza Palace on Tuesday.

Residents packed the upstairs of the pizza restaurant to ask questions and to hear from their lawmakers about what is happening at the State Capitol. The conversation and questions were mainly focused around tolls and the proposed tax increases by Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats.

Rep. Klarides and Sen. Logan told residents that this was one of the largest crowds to attend a meeting in Beacon Falls and thanked everyone for attending and getting involved.

Rep. Klarides-Ditria said, “Stopping tolls and higher taxes is possible but we need the help of every single person in this room. We need residents to get vocal and to contact their state representatives and state senator and the governor to tell them not to pass tolls or more tax increases. I will continue to stay vocal and will share your stories with my colleagues in Hartford.”

Sen. Logan added, “This is ‘Crunch Time’ at the State Capitol. This is the time to raise our voices as taxpayers and tell their elected officials to keep their hands off our wallets. Call the Senate Democrat Office at 800-842-1420. Call the House Democrat Office at 800-842-1902. Rep. Klarides-Ditria and I are fighting for you in Hartford, and we need you to get active today if we are going to stop tolls and a massive tax increase.”

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Taxes on Bicycle Helmets and Child Car Seats?

Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

 

On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal will be in front of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. As you may know, the governor is looking to increase revenues by implementing 53 tolls throughout the state and expanding the sales tax to include new items and services.

 

Here are just a couple of services and items that will now fall under the sales tax:

 

– Legal services
– Accounting services
– Real estate activities and agents/brokers
– Veterinary services
– Barber shops and beauty salons
– Sports/recreation instruction and industries
– Renovation and repair of residential property
– Non-prescription drugs
– Bicycle helmets
– Child car seats
– Vegetable seeds
– Safety apparel

 

The governor’s budget proposal also looks to eliminate the following:

-The sales tax-free week
-The increased exemption for social security income
-The exemption for pension and annuity income

 

For the full list click here.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Tours Thule

Posted on March 11, 2019 by admin


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SEYMOUR – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria visited one of Seymour’s largest employers Thule on Friday to tour the company’s new facility and talk to them about the business climate in Connecticut.

Thule’s U.S. Headquarters has called Seymour home since 1992. The company recently built a 75,000 square foot building, their third at the location.

Rep. Klarides-Ditria said, “We are proud that Thule has called Seymour home for more than 25 years. It’s great to see a Connecticut company that is growing and is continuing to expand.”

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Toll Informational Forum

Posted on March 8, 2019 by admin


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Klarides, Klarides-Ditria Back Legislation to Protect Public Safety Officers

Posted on March 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria submitted testimony on Thursday in support of legislation to make it a hate crime to intimidate or harass law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and Department of Correction employees based on their occupation.

The bill, House Bill 7146, would also allow prosecutors to pursue additional charges and enhanced penalties against criminals who intentionally target these individuals.

In their joint testimony,

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Tolls – Public Hearing – Wednesday, March 6th

Posted on March 4, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

The legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday (March 6) will hold a public hearing on two different bills that would bring highway tolls back to Connecticut.

The first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.

Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year budget proposal, has proposed 53 toll gantries.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Renews Call to Pass School Safety Bill

Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria submitted testimony last week in support of legislation that seeks to enhance classroom safety and school climate.

Under the bill, H.B. 7110, boards of education would be required to revise their safe school climate plans to include provisions relating to disruptive or injurious incidents that occur in classrooms, to develop and implement a state-wide school climate survey, and to require the Department of Education to provide assistance to school districts relating to school climate.

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