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Rep. Mastrofrancesco Opposes Another Lavish State Contract

Posted on April 25, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) this week voted against yet another employee contract that awards substantial salary and benefit increases to a small group of already well-paid union state employees while the state is in a state budget deficit.

“I could not in good conscious vote in favor of these lavish contract extensions and raises when middle class families in Southington and Wolcott continue to struggle to pay their own bills,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “With Governor

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Rep. Mastrofrancesco Op-Ed: Governor’s budget fails to change course for Connecticut

Posted on April 11, 2019 by jdooley

On February 20th the governor presented his state budget plan to the General Assembly. There is no doubt that Gov. Lamont had a big job on is hands. And while his budget proposal did contain some positive change like reducing bond allocations and eliminating the business entity tax, it fell far short of the type of bold change we need.

The following week, as a member of the Appropriations Committee we began the task of reviewing the state budget line-by-line and my initial reaction was one of astonishment. There is no serious conversation about curbing state spending and finding ways to save the taxpayers from additional tax hikes. Instead, there is a thirst to find more and more state revenue (taxes).

Let’s take a glance at some of the proposals being pushed this session that will cost you and your family more money and make living in Connecticut less affordable.

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Conservative Caucus Proposes Alternative to State-Run Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Posted on April 8, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD – As bills to provide paid Family and Medical Leave advance through the committee process, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus proposed an alternative that would provide coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory and onerous new payroll tax.

Current paid family and medical leave proposals would mandate employers offer up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to their employees. To fund the program, virtually all employees would be compelled to

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Vote On Tolls Should Be Invalid Due To Stacked Transportation Committee

Posted on April 1, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD – Today, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus expressed great concern with the Senate Democrats’ unprecedented violation of the General Assembly’s long-standing Joint Rules about the allocation of committee seats, thereby potentially rendering the violating committees’ recent votes as invalid.

In a letter to legislative leadership last week, Conservative Caucus member Representative Vincent Candelora revealed that the prior week’s Transportation Committee votes on thirty-two separate bills,

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Mastrofrancesco Opposes Excessive Arbitration Award for Assistant Attorneys General

Posted on March 28, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- Today, State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) voted against a state employee labor contract for the Attorney General’s office that negatively harms Connecticut taxpayers, while giving lavish bonuses to a new class of state employees.

“This labor deal forces middle class taxpayers to foot the bill while facing proposals to raise every tax under the sun and put tolls on our state roads,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “I am shocked that the Democrat majority decided to rubber stamp these union agreements without consideration of the impacts on taxpayers or the programs. We simply do not have the money in our state budget to pay for these contracts, no wonder they need to raise taxes.”

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Mastrofrancesco Voted Against Government Expansion for Illegal Immigrants

Posted on March 21, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) today voted against a legislative proposal which would permit illegal immigrant children to receive state Medicaid and HUSKY B program funds. 

“Everyone wants to help people in-need, but this bill would be a huge cost to the state,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “I also believe in the legal process in becoming a U.S. citizen and this bill circumvents the federal process. Creating a new state-funded healthcare assistance program when we can barely afford

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Posted on March 19, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD – The Conservative Caucus today came out strongly in favor of House Bill (HB) 5227, “AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF FIREARMS BY MUNICIPALITIES,” a bill that would establish uniform gun laws across the state. HB 5227 seeks to address the growing problem of cities and towns enacting local gun control laws which differ from state law, creating a minefield of conflicting laws impossible for law abiding gun owners to navigate.

“We fiercely defend traditional local control of budgets, schools

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Rep. Mastrofrancesco Opposes New Tax on Children’s Sports & Recreation Services

Posted on March 19, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- With both the towns of Wolcott and Southington Little Leagues about to kick off, State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) today announced her opposition to a new state sales tax on sports and recreational services for children.

“This sports and recreation tax is terrible policy. This tax will negatively impact middle class families in my district. The parents who sign up their kids for baseball little league, soccer, cheerleading, basketball or martial arts should not be penalized for the

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State Rep. Mastrofrancesco: Public Hearing State Tax Hikes

Posted on March 14, 2019 by jdooley

Dear Neighbors, 

On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal will be in front of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. As you may know, the governor is looking to increase revenues by implementing 53 tolls throughout the state and expanding the sales tax to include new items and services. 

Here are just a couple of services and items that will now fall under the sales tax: 

Rep. Mastrofrancesco, Conservative Caucus Opposes Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Posted on March 13, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD – Citing concerns from citizens in a letter to State Attorney General Tong, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus voiced its disapproval of his decision to insert Connecticut in a lawsuit against the Trump administration regarding the President’s recent national emergency declaration.

In an effort to secure the country’s southern border with Mexico, President Trump declared a national emergency on February 15. The President asserted that the need for border security necessitated the declared

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