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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 28, 2022


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I wanted to make you aware of new laws affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses taking effect on Saturday, October 1st. This year, several important public safety measures become law, including many that were a result of pressure from both the public and Republican lawmakers concerned about an increase in crime, especially juvenile crime, and the dramatic rise in incidents of car theft; from 2019-2020 the increase in motor vehicle theft was just less than 4 times the national average – 41%

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State Awards STEAP Grants to Beacon Falls, Seymour

Posted on September 22, 2022


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$31.3 MILLION IN STATE GRANTS TO 77 SMALL TOWNS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) today announced that the State has awarded two Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants to Beacon Falls and Seymour for the continued improvement of local roadway infrastructure and repairs to the community center.

Beacon Falls is slated to receive $500,000 in state funding for a road improvement project at Church Street. This will be matched by $580,000

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Veterans Stand Down 2022

Posted on September 16, 2022


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) announced Veterans STAND DOWN 2022 will take place on September 23rd from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. at five regional sites across the state.

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues its commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based non-profits.

Stand Down 2022

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Meets with Manufacturing Technology i4.0 Working Group

Posted on September 14, 2022


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This morning, I joined my colleagues for another productive meeting of the legislature’s Manufacturing Technology i4.0 Working Group in Hartford.

I want to thank Jackie Garogano – Chief Technology Officer, CCAT & Jeff Orzak – Director, Business Technology & Innovation, CONNSTEP, for their remarks, overview and insights into manufacturing industries in our state and how we can continue to support initiatives to bolster manufacturing.

It was also great to hear specifically about separate segments of

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CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims, How to Protect Against It

Posted on September 13, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been recently reported that an uptick in fraudulent claims benefits have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL). I want to make you aware of this increasing threat and provide resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.

Reducing Fraudulent DOL Benefit Claims

The uptick in fraudulent benefits claims is alarming. According to reports, two-dozen businesses have notified the Connecticut

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Tax Free Week is Sunday, August 21 – Saturday, August 27

Posted on August 12, 2022


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Friends and Neighbors,

With inflation causing prices to rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing and fuel, and saving money is more important than ever.

I have consistently advocated for additional tax relief for Connecticut families but the governor and the majority party have opposed and stalled those sincere efforts to provide meaningful relief to Connecticut’s residents.

That being said, with school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind

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Connecticut Insurance Department Announces Public Informational Meeting on August 15 for Health Insurance Rate request Filings

Posted on August 3, 2022


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The Connecticut Insurance Department is asking for public comment during an August 15 informational public meeting on the health insurance proposals filed by CIGNA Health & Life, CTCare Inc., CTCare Benefits Inc., and the ConnectiCare Insurance Company, Inc. for 2023 plans both on and off Access Health CT, the state’s federal Affordable Care Act exchange.

The public informational meeting will be held in a hybrid format, both in person at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, and online. The

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Applauds Bond Commission Grant to Derby’s Griffin Hospital

Posted on July 29, 2022


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State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) applauded the state bond commission for its approval of a grant-in-aid to Derby’s Griffin Hospital for replacement of the facility’s emergency generator system.

Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel first brought the issue to Rep. Klarides-Ditria’s attention, who then asked the rest of the Valley delegation for support.  The $1,349,700 grant-in-aid to the Griffin Hospital will be used to replace a generator system to make sure the hospital

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CT Summer at the Museum

Posted on July 27, 2022


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The popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act

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Hot Asphalt Awareness

Posted on July 20, 2022


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With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too.   The American Red Cross has the following tips on keeping pets safe, but essentially treat your pets the same as you treat yourself:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. Exercise in the early morning or evening hours.
  • Walk

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