House GOP Leader Klarides Statement on Contested Elections Committee Result

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Monday issued the following statement following the outcome of an investigation from the Committee on Contested Elections on the 120th District House race, where 76 voters were given incorrect ballots in the contest between incumbent Representative Phil Young and challenger Jim Feehan:

“In talking about elections the words ‘integrity’ and ‘reliability’ came up over and over during the committee’s work, so it’s disappointing that committee Democrats who agreed to the fact that 76 people received incorrect ballots have decided that no further action should be taken. Democrats, including Representative Young, should now get what they argued for all along, and what the Supreme Court said should happen—to have House members decide the issue. Given today’s committee outcome, I’m looking forward to Speaker Aresimowicz scheduling a House vote on the committee’s competing viewpoints. We believe those 75 ballots would have mattered in a race decided by 13 votes—that a new election in the 120th district is the fairest solution. If we’re talking about ‘integrity’ and ‘reliability,’ and if partisanship isn’t part of the equation, I think many of our House colleagues will agree.”


Posted on January 29, 2019 by Connecticut House Republicans


House Republicans Participate in Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast

Posted on January 18, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


CROMWELL – Three House Republicans participated in the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative breakfast. The legislators, State Reps. Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), Devin Carney (R-Old Lyme), and Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook) were invited by the chamber to answer general questions about how the legislature can help local businesses and the potential impact of the state budget on the economy.

The discussion covered many topics including the prospect of implementing electronic tolls, tourism funding, and identifying potential private-public partnerships within the nonprofit community.

According to the House Republicans in attendance, despite the projected surplus at the end of the current fiscal year there are massive out year deficits that balloon into the billions. In order to combat the potential budget shortfall in the near future, the legislature must find ways to help small businesses grow and prosper.

Many House Republican Caucus proposals will strengthen the economy by increasing employment opportunities for people recovering from substance abuse issues. Additional proposals like requiring inter-agency reporting of fraud, or identifying services provided by certain state agencies that could be privatized, will also alleviate many of the concerns raised by chamber members.


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