House GOP Leader Klarides Says SEBAC Deal Not Enough Savings for Taxpayers

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the proposed concession agreement between Gov. Malloy and state employee union leaders does not go far enough to rein in state spending and added the House and Senate should go on record as either in support or against the plan through a vote in each chamber.

“Committing taxpayers, future governors and the next five legislatures to paying for fringe benefits that are unseen anywhere else but in state government – and a pension system that is collapsing around us as we speak – is unfathomable, ’’ Klarides said. “After months of negotiations, this proposed deal falls short of where we need to be.’’ The deal is based on extending the expiration date of 2022 on the current pension and healthcare programs for five more years.

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Klarides Sisters Help Pass Bipartisan Veteran Legislation

HARTFORD- On Thursday, Republicans and Democrats in the House joined forces to pass pro-veteran legislation, House Bill 7100. The bill ensuring transparency for the Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund (SSMF) was strengthened by an amendment proposed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria to add language to expand greater tax relief for disabled veterans.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “I am proud to see Republicans and Democrats in the House unanimously supporting this legislation to provide greater tax relief for veterans. Disabled veterans live on fixed incomes, and aligning their tax relief exemption with increases in property tax is common sense. Our veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and making sure that they can afford to live in our state and receive the necessary services provided to them should be our top priority.”

“Themis and I have heard from several concerned disabled veterans about the difficulty of living in Connecticut on fixed incomes,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Our state has created an environment where it is almost impossible for those living on fixed incomes to remain in Connecticut. This legislation will give our veterans the ability to afford to live in the state that they have fought for and want to call home. We will work with our colleagues in the Senate to get this bill passed by both chambers.”

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Local Lawmakers Honor Law Enforcement for National Police Week

HARTFORD- House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus and Nicole Klarides-Ditria honored law enforcement officers from around the state at the Capitol on Tuesday for National Police Week. Local Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, from Troop I located in Bethany, joined the lawmakers in Hartford for the celebration.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “Every day we should thank those who put their lives at risk to keep us safe and secure. Police officers are always there for us, no matter the situation, no matter the time of day, we can count on them to show up when help is needed. I applaud our police officers throughout the state for their bravery and commitment to protecting our communities.”

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Bill to Protect Rescue Animals One Step Closer to Becoming Law

HARTFORD- Wednesday, the House unanimously passed House Bill 6334, which was introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Representatives Brenda Kupchick, J.P. Sredzinski, and Nicole Klarides-Ditria. The bill aims to improve conditions at brick and mortar private nonprofit animal shelters by requiring them to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) and to comply with local zoning requirements.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) said, “For years, Fred Acker and others got away with abusing and neglecting animals at their private shelters and were able to continue to operate an animal shelter after being convicted of animal abuse. I found this out after visiting a shelter to adopt a cat for myself. I was sick and angry that as a state we let this happen. Passing this legislation today will help prevent sick and disturbed individuals from operating an animal shelter. I want to thank all my colleagues for passing this legislation, which will help prevent animals from being neglected and abused.”

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