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Transportation Public Hearing: Rail Infrastructure Improvements

Posted on February 21, 2020 by admin


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On Monday, February 24th, the Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing on Raised Senate Bill (SB) No 155, An Act Concerning Rail Infrastructure Improvements. During the hearing, my colleague Rep. Rosa Rebimbas and I will be testifying in support of a concept developed by the Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus, which proposes various enhancements to rail infrastructure and service in our region. As residents of our community, I encourage you to testify in person or submit testimony

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Jan. 31 Public Hearing on Tolls–How to Testify

Posted on January 30, 2020 by admin


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The Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.

Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:30am to 11:30am in Room 2300 of the LOB.

Please submit 55 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of the lottery in Room 2300 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Speakers arriving after the completion

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Area Lawmakers Ask Gov. Lamont to Host a Toll Meeting in their Communities

Posted on January 9, 2020 by admin


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January 9, 2020

HARTFORD – Area lawmakers, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, Rep. David Labriola, Rep. Charles Ferraro, Rep. Kathy Kennedy, sent a joint letter on Wednesday to Governor Ned Lamont asking him to host additional Town Hall Meetings about his CT2030 Transportation Plan that includes truck-only tolls.

Last week, it was uncovered that the Governor and Democratic lawmakers in Westport were preparing to host a secret meeting about the

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on ‘Top Secret’ Pro Tolls Meeting

Posted on January 5, 2020 by admin


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Latest Rollout of Democrat Toll Plan, Another Mess

According to leaked emails, Democrat lawmakers and Gov. Lamont were planning to meet Tuesday night in Westport to spur support for their most recent unpopular toll plan, just the latest misguided attempt to fool weary lawmakers, media, and the public that there is support for tolls, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said Sunday.

“This desperate and dishonest attempt to sway public opinion to support tolls all over Connecticut won’t work and

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New Taxes and Laws Taking Effect for the New Year

Posted on December 31, 2019 by admin


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Dear friends and neighbors,

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. As 2019 comes to a close, I also wanted to update you on new taxes and laws that will be taking effect on January 1, 2020.

Some of these new taxes include:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing

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Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on the Passing of Former State Rep. Al Adinolfi  

Posted on December 19, 2019 by admin


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“We are all saddened by the passing of Al Adinolfi, our true friend, and a beloved colleague who will be greatly missed. Al was a wonderful family man who loved his state, loved his work in the legislature and all the people whose lives he touched.

“Al Adinolfi served his country with distinction and was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame in 2017. He notably served three times as a freshman lawmaker, showing his resilience and determination, always soldiering on in the face of adversity.

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House Republicans Call for Special Session on Hospital Deal, Restaurant Bill and Town Aid Road Grants Before Christmas

Posted on December 10, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called on Democrats to come into a special session next week and resolve the long-standing suit hospitals have brought against the state, settle the dispute involving restaurant worker pay and release millions in Town Aid Road Grants so municipalities can keep their streets clean this winter.

Klarides said the Democrats have dragged their feet too long on these critical issues while they try to cobble together votes to pass a toll bill.

“House

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’ Statement on Rhode Island’s Trucks Only Court Decision

Posted on December 7, 2019 by Devin Keehner


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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) today reiterated her call for Governor Lamont and Democrat leaders to abandon their unwavering desire to impose tolls upon the residents of Connecticut, following a federal court’s decision regarding a lawsuit challenging Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

“Whether it’s tolls on all automobiles, trucks only tolling, bridge tolling, or some other scheme that is offered, with yesterday’s court decision Governor

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Hits Lamont Administration for Withholding Millions in Local Aid Over Tolls Stalemate

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Devin Keehner


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today criticized Gov. Lamont  for punishing towns and cities by holding hostage millions in local aid that they rely on to maintain  and plow roads as municipalities dig out from the first major snowfall of the year.

“This is a failure of leadership on the part of the governor. The calendar says it is December and the administration is still holding hostage much-needed funds that towns and cities rely on to maintain and plow their roads,’’ Klarides

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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Offers Alternatives to Tolls, Reorganization of the Transportation Fund in Talks With Governor, Leaders

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Devin Keehner


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HARTFORD – In a much anticipated summit with the governor and other lawmakers, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today restated her caucus’ opposition to any tolls, and offered alternatives to funding an enhanced transportation plan, including spending reductions, restructuring the Special Transportation Fund and opening up all construction jobs to qualified bidders in order to save money.

“Unless we have a top to bottom restructuring of our general fund expenditures and make sure the Special

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