The New Democrat “Meals Tax” Will Put a 7.35% Tax on a Long List of Groceries That Were Never Taxed Before, According to DRS

Posted on September 12, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – Today House Republican and Senate lawmakers held a press conference regarding newly released details on the “meals tax” included in the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019.

According to a Department of Revenue Services policy statement issued this week, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items that have never been taxed when sold in grocery stores before.

The tax will apply to not only prepared meals such as sandwiches, deli salads, pizza and hot buffet items, but also containers of lettuce, small packages of snacks, loose baked goods, wrapped salads, small servings of ice cream, and meal replacement bars. It also applies to fountain drinks including coffee and any beverage sold with a taxable “meal.”

“Any legislator who voted for this budget is responsible for raising food prices on families and seniors of Connecticut. My constituents who are just getting by will feel the increased costs of feeding their families,” said Rep. Noreen Kokoruda.


Home Energy Efficiency Program

Posted on September 3, 2019 by admin


In preparation for colder months ahead this is a good time of year to check your home energy efficiency.

Windows, doors, and electrical outlets are all common areas for your cool/warm air to escape, causing air conditioner units and heaters to work harder and increase your energy usage. Weatherizing can help keep energy use down without sacrificing comfort.

Please know that both United Illuminating and Eversource offer a low-cost in-home assessment service, called Home Energy Solutions, that includes

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Tax Free Week Coming Soon…

Posted on August 12, 2019 by admin


A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

  • 2019 Sales Tax Free Week dates are: Sunday, August 18, through Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Tax Free Week

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Rep. Kokoruda Attends Ceremony to Praise a Major Federal Grant Awarded to Care 4 Kids

Posted on August 6, 2019 by admin


State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) joined fellow state officials at a ceremony in Hartford on July 17, 2019 to praise a $14 million federal grant that was recently awarded to the state’s Care 4 Kids program. Care 4 Kids helps lower income families who depend on childcare to partner with child care centers in order to help parents pay less for this expense. This reduction will take effect in September.

“This is a big win for so many people,” said Rep. Kokoruda. “This money will help many

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Bridge Maintenance on Interstate 95 North and South in Branford and Madison

Posted on July 31, 2019 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound in Branford and Madison, Monday, August 12, through Friday, September 13, 2019.


Motorists can expect lane closures on Interstate 95 North and South between Exit 53 (Short Beach) and Exit 63 (Rt.81) in Clinton. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The

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Durham Legislators Host Successful Town Hall Legislative Update

Posted on July 5, 2019 by admin


State Reps. Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) and State Sen. Len Fasano hosted a Town Hall legislative update on Tuesday, June 25th  at Durham Town Hall.

Constituents met with legislators from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the legislative session which came to a close on June 5th and to address local issues with their legislators. Of great concern to many constituents were the budget and the possibility of implementing tolls. Other topics discussed included forced immunization, state-run

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


Today we celebrate Independence Day.

Today, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of our patriots who passionately believed that our nascent country deserved better governance. They believed that having leaders and a government, for the people, and by the people was  not only practical, but possible.

Two hundred and forty-three years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence. This document has not only remained relevant over centuries, but it

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Rep. Noreen Kokoruda Praises Memorial Day Essay Contest Finalists

Posted on July 2, 2019 by admin


State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) acknowledged the efforts of all essay contest finalists at a Board of Selectmen meeting in Madison on Monday, June 24.

This essay contest was designed to encourage student involvement with Memorial Day and reinforce creative writing; students were encouraged to submit essays regarding the importance of recognizing Gold Star Families. The contest also provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and public speaking skills.

The essay contest

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Candelora, Kokoruda Statement Regarding the Importance of Corporate Transparency during the 2019 Legislation Session

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin


House Republican Deputy Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Deputy Republican Leader At-Large Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) released the following statement regarding the 2019 legislative session and events that transpired in the House of Representatives.

“Many changes came to Connecticut as a result of a new administration and newly-elected legislature.  A new progressive caucus of approximately 45 legislators emerged hailing reforms, such as an increase to minimum wage, paid family medical leave, free

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Rep. Kokoruda Comments on Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


There were two proposals put before the legislature this session that pertained to Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The option that I supported was not a mandated payroll tax and did not require additional state employees. I believe that Paid FMLA is a worthy program, but I also believe that it should be a private choice and not a mandate instated by government.

Over the course of my nine years serving as a legislator, I have introduced at least four bills that proposed Paid FMLA programs

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