Posted on June 17, 2019 by admin
The 2019 legislative session adjourned on June 5th after five months of committee meetings, public hearings and floor debates. This session covered several issues including the state budget, minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, the opioid crisis, public safety, tolls, and much more.
I’m sure many of you have questions that you would like addressed, and I would like to provide you with that opportunity. I have scheduled the following events with State Representative Anne Dauphinais and State…
Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin
Tonight, the ‘Land of Steady Habits’ defended its reputation as House Democrats voted to pass yet another budget that raises taxes on every resident and business in the State of Connecticut – $1.75 billion over the next two years to be exact. I joined every other Republican member and five Democrats in voted against it. I entered public service because I wanted to help take our state in a new direction. Unfortunately, those in the majority seem content with keeping the status quo.
The new budget…
Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin
CT State Rep. Brian Lanoue (R-45) welcomed Griswold High School student Sydney Hart to the State Capitol on Thursday, May 30. Sydney received a warm welcome on the House floor. Sydney is a member of Rep. Lanoue’s Teen Legislative Council, which advises him on issues facing constituents their age. Their insight and guidance help guide the legislative process.
Posted on May 29, 2019 by admin
Today, as we celebrated our first responders at the Capitol, it was fitting that we also passed H.B. 7408. This legislation will analyze PILOT funding to towns that are home to state-owned forests like Pachaug.
This forest takes up 66% of Voluntown’s land, meaning that 66% cannot be taxed. Still, Voluntown’s firefighters and EMTs must respond to emergencies on the property, which comes at a cost to the local government.
I was raised to…
Posted on May 28, 2019 by admin
I had the privilege to march and speak at Memorial Day events in Jewett City and Voluntown on Monday. I was greatly impressed by the turnout in our communities by those of all ages and the reverence they showed toward our fallen and to our veterans overall. I was honored and humbled to be with Voluntown’s fallen warrior, Tyler Griffin’s, parents today to honor his wonderful memory and his selfless sacrifice in Afghanistan in defense of our freedom. May God Bless and keep him!
It was my solemn honor…
Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin
Manufacturers from across Connecticut visited the Capitol today to showcase their innovative solutions and products. Proudly representing Plainfield was Kylee Carbone of Westminster Tool. This company specializes in injection mold systems, high performance component production, and composite tools.
They employ over 40 skilled workers with an average age of 33. In addition, they work with students from local colleges to prepare young people for careers in this in-demand field. They are also in the…
Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin
I will be cancelling my Monday office hours for the remainder of session. That includes tonight, 5/20, next Monday, 5/27 (Memorial Day), and June 3.
In these final weeks of session, we will be in Hartford each day and will likely be voting until late in the evening, which will prevent me from being in district. Nevertheless, I will be available to you by phone and email if you have any questions or concerns. I will also provide regular updates via e-blast, social media and on my website.
Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin
I am thrilled to share that my bill requiring background checks for all prospective youth camp employees has cleared yet another hurdle and has been approved by the Appropriations Committee. It will be placed on the House calendar. Now, it is up to Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz to call it for a vote.
This bill is a no-brainer. When it comes to the protection of our kids from child predators and violent felons we must take every precaution. I thank the committee for is…suing a joint favorable…
Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin
After a 14 hour debate, which began on May 8 and ended May 9, House Democrats voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. I voted no along with every other Republican in the room because this bill, although well-intended, will not help employers and their employees, but it will cost the State of Connecticut more jobs.
Small businesses will be forced to raise prices, scale back their staffs’ hours, lay off full-time workers, or even close-up shop because they cannot afford this nearly 50 percent…
Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin
Last month, the Democratic members of the Transportation Committee approved three toll-related proposals. These proposals would place electronic toll gantries throughout the state on major interstate highways and limited access roads making Connecticut one of the heaviest tolled states in the nation.
All Republican members opposed these bills because we think residents, commuters, and small businesses already pay enough taxes to the State of Connecticut.
The administration and the Democrat-controlled…