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Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

Posted on June 18, 2020 by admin


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As we continue to navigate the state of Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of our economy, Phase 2 of the reopening plan began on June 17th.

Businesses who are part of the Phase 2 reopening:

·  Amusement parks

·  Hotels / Lodging

·  Restaurants (indoor dining)

·  Museums, zoos, and aquariums

·  Indoor recreation (bowling, movie theaters, etc.)

·  Libraries

·  Outdoor events

·  Personal services (nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc.)

·  Sports and fitness facilities (gyms, fitness

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Delayed Openings for Hair Salons

Posted on May 18, 2020 by admin


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“The last-minute decision to delay the opening of hair salons, less than two days before they were scheduled to go back in business, sends confusing and contradictory messages to the public. We can agree that personal safety and public health are our primary concerns. And, there is no universal opinion among the professionals in these fields, specifically hair stylists. We have to be sensitive to the divergence of opinions of who wants to open up now, and those who are reluctant and want to wait

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Republican Leader Themis Klarides Calls on Governor Lamont to Include Elected Representatives in Decision-Making Process

Posted on May 16, 2020 by admin


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Dear Governor Lamont,

It has been two months since the shutdown of the State Capitol that effectively ended the regular legislative session. However, that did not end our roles as elected representatives. In fact, our members and staff are fielding historic volumes of phone calls, letters, and emails. The volume of correspondence compels us, once again, to share with you the frustrations voiced by many constituents in our communities.

After workers were laid off because businesses had to reduce hours

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Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on the Awarding of a No-Bid Contract to Boston Firm for CT Reopening

Posted on May 14, 2020 by admin


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“The lack of transparency and blatant disregard for any public input or comment about critical government functions – the safety and health policies that must guide us in the coming months – is appalling. The people who run the businesses and are the backbone of our economy are the first people we should talk to, not out-of-state consultants who will earn millions telling us how to run our lives.

“And we learned of this development from the Lamont administration just after its chief public health

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Statement from House Republicans on the Consensus Budget Figures Showing Deterioration of State Budget

Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Consensus budget figures released today show Connecticut will have to use its record- setting Rainy Day Fund – the lynch pin of the Republican-driven 2017 budget deal – to ward off the disastrous effects of the Corona virus pandemic on state finances over the next 15 months, House Republicans said. 

The anticipated budget deficit over the next 15 months is expected to be $2.7 billion, more than the $2.5 billion Rainy Day Fund currently on hand.

“The only good news is that, in hindsight,

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House Republican Leaders Call on Lamont to Delay $200 Million in State Employee Raises

Posted on April 29, 2020 by admin


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 HARTFORD – House Republicans Leaders today called upon Gov. Lamont to delay nearly $200 million in raises for state employees as Connecticut deals with the deadly virus pandemic that has shredded state revenues and thrown thousands out of work.

The SEBAC agreement calls for pay hikes of $135 million starting July 1, and an additional $60 million for other employees working in higher education. House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Deputy Leader State Rep. Vincent Candelora wrote to Lamont

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Says Reopening Council Must be Subject to FOIA

Posted on April 28, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – The appointed council charged with coming up with a plan to re-open the state’s economy and public services including schools should comply with well-established Freedom of Information Act standards, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said today.

She said it is not enough to set up a website and promise to make council members available on a regular basis to the public.

“This council is charged with coming up with policies to revive our economy and restore the livelihoods of hundreds

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Let’s Take time Out to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on April 7, 2020 by admin


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Fifty years ago on a bright spring day, we marked a new milestone as a nation when Earth Day was born. It was conceived out of out of simple concept, that we all have to take responsibility for making our environment cleaner, to leave it better than we found it for those who come after us.

On April 22, 1970 Americans turned out for public rallies in big cities across the country to honor our Mother Earth. In small rural areas armies of people and school children picked up trash along our roads and

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Coronavirus Informational Links

Posted on March 16, 2020 by admin


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As new information continues to come out regarding the Coronavirus and elected leaders at all levels of government work to get their residents the most up-to-date information, this web page has been set up to provide important federal, state, and local links for the residents of the 114th district.  If you have any questions that you do not find answers to, please reach out to my office and we will do our best to get you the information or direct you to the proper department.

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Calls on Gov. Lamont to Finally Release Fire School Funds

Posted on March 3, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – With the debate on tolls over, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called on Gov. Lamont to make good on a 2018 campaign promise and finally release money he identified for a fire training school in Beacon Falls.

Klarides noted that in campaigning for governor Lamont came to the Naugatuck Valley and promised that if elected he would come through for the Naugatuck Valley and finally build the facility slated for Beacon Falls.

“It is appropriate now that the tolls issue has been

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