State Rep. Brenda Kupchick with a 2019 Session Wrap-up

Posted on June 17, 2019 by jdooley


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The 2019 session ended at midnight on June 5th, and although there were some good pieces of legislation to come out of this session, I was quite disappointed by the lack of bi-partisanship on the major issues debated.

In 2017-2018 legislative sessions the legislature worked together across party lines to pass meaningful legislation and a budget that put Connecticut on a path toward fiscally responsibility.

Some positive legislation that passed this session included:

  • Stopping the governor’s plan

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Kupchick Recognizes Roger Ludlowe Middle School Principal

Posted on June 12, 2019 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) visited Roger Ludlowe Middle School this week to recognize Roger Ludlowe Middle School Principal Meg Tiley who has been awarded the 2019 Connecticut PTA Middle School Principal of the Year.

Rep. Kupchick presented Principal Tiley with an official state citation for this important accomplishment.

“It was an honor to recognize Principal Tiley’s commitment to Fairfield’s children. Meg’s enthusiasm and selfless dedication to our children is felt everyday

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Fairfield Delegation Applauds Passage of Private College Curriculum/Program Approval Legislation

Posted on June 5, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD — Today the House passed, in concurrence with the Senate, Senate Bill 26 – An Act Making Permanent the Moratorium on the Approval of Programs at Independent Institutions of Higher Education. The legislation that would make permanent the moratorium that permits independent institutions of higher education to create up to twelve new programs per year without approval from Connecticut’s Office of Higher Education (OHE).

Connecticut is one of the few states that requires some institutions of

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Rep. Kupchick Rejects Massive Tax Hikes on Middle Class, Transportation Fund Raid, Income Tax Hike on Thousands of Business Owners

Posted on June 5, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) along with her House Republican colleagues today after hours of debate unanimously rejected the budget plan that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.

Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.

Overall, taxes were raised by $1.75 Billion over the next two years.

Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending , shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.

“I am extremely frustrated that the budget plan was crafted without members of the minority, who represent approximately 1.5 million people in the state of Connecticut,” said Rep. Kupchick. “This budget also rolls-back many of the good policy proposals passed in the bi-partisan budget of 2017, and punishes Connecticut middle class families and the small businesses just trying to survive.”

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KUPCHICK CHAMPIONS MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION

Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) hailed passage of historic bi-partisan legislation on mental health and substance use in the House of Representatives today.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) with House Insurance Chair Sean Scanlon (R-Guilford) celebrating passage of the milestone mental health legislation.

The legislation, House Bill 7125, requires insurance companies to submit annual reports concerning parity

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Kupchick and Devlin Back First Responder Tax Relief

Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) strongly supported a proposal in the House of Representatives which would provide municipalities with the ability and option to increase financial incentives for Connecticut’s first responders.

“I fully support our local first responders and what they do to keep us safe. Any tax relief would be helpful,” said Rep. Kupchick.

“Providing this option could permit financial assistance to volunteer firefighters and help departments

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick – 2019 Legislative Session, 10 days to go

Posted on May 24, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends,

We are down to the last 10 days of the 2019 legislative session and there is still a lot of work to do.

The biggest item on our agenda is the State Budget but we have yet to see a the governors plan since the Appropriations Committee passed out their version on April 30th. Additionally, Governor Lamont announced last week he intends to call a Special Session on Tolls.

The governor also announced last week a plan for a new state-run health care

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Reps. Kupchick, Devlin & Operation Hope to Host Fairfield Diaper Drive

Posted on May 21, 2019 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD- State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) & Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope are hosting their 4th annual Diaper Drive to help our Fairfield neighbors in need.

Diapers are incredibly costly and are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. At present time, Operation Hope does not have enough diapers on hand to meet the demand of the community.

Both Kupchick and Devlin are asking Fairfield residents for help by donating a package

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Kupchick & Devlin Oppose Harmful Wage Hike

Posted on May 10, 2019 by jdooley


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Will cripple CT businesses 

HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) on Thursday voted against a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Rep. Kupchick said, “As a small business owner for over 30 years, this specific minimum wage proposal will severely harm the mom-and-pop businesses that make up Connecticut’s economic core. My district is filled with businesses that are already struggling to survive in the unfriendly climate that exists with the continued overregulation, and taxation and the prospect of tolls on state roads and required expenses. This proposal is going to add to Connecticut’s struggling economy – not improve it.”

Watch Rep. Kupchick’s comments below.

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick with a State Capitol Update: Minimum Wage Debate

Posted on May 10, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends,

This past week the Appropriations Committee passed a bill to raise minimum wage with a promise to fix some of the issues with the proposal, watch the debate here.

Unfortunately, after the Appropriations committee voted out the bill, the decision was made to immediately move the bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a full debate without any changes or bi-partisan negotiations.

I agree with raising the minimum wage,

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