Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Finance Committee Public Hearing this Friday

Posted on March 13, 2019 by admin


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This Friday, March 15, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee is holding a public hearing on three important bills that would, if passed, significantly affect taxes in Connecticut. If you’re concerned about the effect of tax changes on the state’s economy and job market, or on your own finances, you may want to submit testimony to the Committee.

Here are the tax bills on the hearing’s agenda:

  • S.B. 431: An Act Concerning Property Tax Reform. This bill would create a statewide one mill tax on

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Rep. Lavielle Testimony in Support of H.B. 7219

Posted on March 12, 2019 by admin


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Testimony in Support of House Bill 7219: An Act Concerning Ghost Guns

Judiciary Committee

March 11, 2019

Senator Winfield, Representative Stafstrom, Senator Kissel, Representative Rebimbas, and distinguished members of the Judiciary Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify in favor of HB 7219, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns.

I support this bill for several reasons related to safety and security:

  • Law enforcement personnel in my area have often cited their serious concern that firearms without

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Taxing and Spending at the Same Time: A New Role for School Districts?

Posted on March 11, 2019 by admin


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Taxing and Spending at the Same Time:

A New Role for School Districts?

This Friday, March 15, the Planning & Development Committee is holding a public hearing on a bill that would make almost every single school district in Connecticut an independent taxing district. In doing so, it would transfer to these “educational services taxing districts” certain fiscal powers currently held by municipalities.

I have serious concerns and questions about this bill, HB 7319, An Act Concerning the Fiscal Independence

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Tolls: Your Opportunity to Submit Testimony

Posted on March 5, 2019 by admin


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If the subject of tolls is important to you, there is an opportunity to submit testimony for two bills on tolls that will be heard by the Transportation Committee in a public hearing this week.

On Wednesday, the Transportation Committee will be hearing two bills concerning tolls: H.B. 7202, a governor’s bill, and H.B. 7280, a bill introduced by majority leadership of the Transportation Committee.

Both bills would allow tolling on I-95, I-84, I-91, Rte. 15, and other existing highways in Connecticut.

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Rep. Lavielle, House Republicans Hold News Conference on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on March 1, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD—House Republican legislators at a Friday news conference joined Connecticut residents in opposing legislative proposals aimed at forced school regionalization.

The event at the Legislative Office Building preceded an Education Committee public hearing on bills (S.B.457, S.B. 738, S.B. 874) concerning the topic. Republican lawmakers echoed the concerns of parents, educators, school administrators and local officials who descended on the Capitol for the hearing.

“These bills have hit a nerve,

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Rep. Lavielle and Colleagues to Host Citizen Activists for a Press Conference About Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin


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Public Hearing to Begin at 1 p.m. in the LOB

HARTFORD – State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) will host a press conference with fellow legislators this Friday, March 1st to discuss three forced school regionalization bills that are under consideration in Hartford:

  • S.B. 457, An Act Concerning the Size of School Districts
  • S.B. 738, An Act Concerning the Creation of Regional School Districts
  • S.B. 874, An Act Concerning Education Initiatives and Services in Connecticut (the governor’s

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Norwalk Informational Forum on Tolls – February 26

Posted on February 22, 2019 by admin


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On Tuesday, February 26, I will be hosting an informational tolls forum with State Rep. Terrie Wood at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. The governor has introduced a bill to install electronic highway tolls across the state, which would directly impact our region. Click here for a link to the summary page.

Many of you will have questions, so we have invited the Transportation Committee Ranking Members, State Rep. Laura Devlin and State Sen. Henri Martin, who will give a presentation.

As Ranking

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Details of the March 1 Hearing on Forced School Regionalization Bills

Posted on February 22, 2019 by admin


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Many of you have been following the developments related to legislation about forced regionalization of school districts. A date for the anticipated public hearing before the Education Committee was confirmed this afternoon, and I wanted to share with you as soon as possible all the available details.

The Bills

While SB 738, introduced by Sen. Looney, and SB 457, introduced by Sens. Duff and Osten, have been circulating for several weeks, there is now a third bill in the mix. It is a Governor’s Bill,

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Budget Day Irony: After Hearing Governor’s Fiscal Exhortations, Legislators Vote to Increase Spending

Posted on February 21, 2019 by admin


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Yesterday was the official launch of the state budget process in Hartford, with Governor Lamont presenting his budget proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate in the House chamber. He spoke to us, quite rightly, about Connecticut’s “chronically broken budget” and “fixed costs such as pensions, state employee healthcare and bonded debt – all growing faster than our economy”. He stressed the importance of taking the situation seriously, and of the importance not just of balancing the budget

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Here Comes the Budget

Posted on February 20, 2019 by admin


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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, Governor Lamont will present his 2020-21 biennial budget proposal to the full legislature. That will be the beginning of a process that will take at least the full length of the legislative session, which ends on June 5, to complete. In recent years, it has sometimes taken much longer.

The Budget Process

As a reminder, here is how the process works. The legislature, not the governor, develops and votes on the budget. The governor’s proposal provides a framework and

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