Rep. Mastrofranceso Stands with Homecare Coalition

Posted on June 12, 2019 by jdooley


Asks Governor to Veto Detrimental Budget Provision   

HARTFORD- State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) stood with representatives of the Coalition to Make Homecare Better to call on Gov. Ned Lamont to correct a budget provision in the state budget that would endanger the homecare industry.  

“We don’t need the heavy hand of government getting in the way of a working successful home care model.  The current model protects the client and the workers. The governor needs to veto this provision that could put clients in danger,” said, Rep. Mastrofrancesco.  “Let’s stop making it harder to do business in Connecticut.”   (more…)

Mastrofrancesco Opposes ‘Payroll Tax’ Big Government FML Program Scheme

Posted on June 4, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD – State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) voted against a state-run family medical leave program that will be funded by the working people of Connecticut.

Rep. Mastrofrancesco along with her fellow Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus members proposed, on behalf of the entire Republican caucus, an alternative that would provide important medical leave coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory new payroll tax.

Unfortunately, the measure was defeated

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Mastrofrancesco Opposes Making CT a Sanctuary State

Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD- State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) opposed a proposal which essentially makes Connecticut a ‘sanctuary state’ for illegal immigrants.

SB-992 would prohibit local law enforcement from serving a civil detainer on any undocumented immigrant being released from custody or parole — no matter what the underlying crime might have been or undocumented aliens who are also criminals wanted by the federal immigration authorities.

“We have a legal process of entering the United States as an immigrant and this bill would let people break federal law,” said Mastrofrancesco. “We have laws on the books to protect and keep our citizens safe, by overlooking suspicious or dangerous activity Connecticut in effect is encouraging illegal activity. This is the worst and most dangerous pieces of legislation passed and puts the safety of all state residents at risk.”

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Mastrofrancesco Votes for Stricter Laws on Fentanyl Dealers

Posted on May 24, 2019 by jdooley


Mastrofrancesco Votes for Stricter Laws on Fentanyl Dealers

Will give law enforcement more teeth

HARTFORD- A new proposal to amend the definition of “narcotic substance” to add fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives was strongly supported by State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) in the House of Representatives as a way to get tougher on fentanyl dealers and manufacturers.

“Connecticut is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and we must show these dealers we are serious. If you sell fentanyl you will go to prison for a long time,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “This legislation will permit for stricter penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances which will reduce the use of opioids in Connecticut, and possibly save lives.”

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Mastrofrancesco Votes Against Costly Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD—After a long 14 hour debate in the House of Representatives, State Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-80) on Wednesday said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against an economically harmful proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

For the past decade, the Democrats’ only solution to fixing our state’s fiscal climate has been to increase spending and taxes, which has failed. At the same time Democrats propose to raise the minimum wage they are also looking to make families pay more with additional taxes and the imposition of tolls on our state highways,” said Rep. Mastrofrancesco. “The state business community has repeatedly said Connecticut must get its fiscal house in order, yet we see lawmakers focusing on proposals such as this.”

Mastrofrancesco along with the House Republicans proposed an amendment that would have eliminated the cost associated with an increase in the minimum wage to our local municipalities and tax dollars.

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State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco: Mid-Session Update

Posted on May 6, 2019 by jdooley


We are half way through the legislative session and I wanted to give you an update on some of the major pieces of legislation that concern me and have made it through the committee process.

Tolls

In the Transportation Committee, three toll proposals were voted out of committee. The proposals approved lacked specific details and frankly didn’t address many questions raised by the people I represent. Questions raised that have yet to be answered included, how much would the average citizen be expected

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Rep. Mastrofrancesco Supports Careers in Construction

Posted on May 1, 2019 by admin


State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco joined students and teachers from Wolcott and Southington High School, and dozens of other schools, today for a hands-on construction industry expo designed to expose students to career opportunities in the trades.

The Associated Builders and Contractors of CT’s 8th annual Construction Career Days event, held at the New Life Church in Wallingford, highlights member companies and groups and promotes career interest in the construction industry.

Career Days

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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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