State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco Budget Vote Statement

Posted on April 30, 2019 by jdooley

State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco Budget Vote Statement

 “I am very disappointed with the budget document produced by the Appropriations Committee today, my constituents in Wolcott and Southington have consistently advocated for less government and lower taxes. This budget does not reflect the tough economic conditions on the ground in Connecticut or my district; instead the two-year budget spends over $1 billion more than the previous state budget. No discussion of reducing state spending was ever

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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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