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.” Read More
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.” Read More
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. Read More
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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,…