Kelly, Candelora: CT Democrats Fail to Address Affordability as Diesel Tax Increase, Energy Rate Hikes Take Effect

Posted on July 1, 2022


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) released the following statement in response to CT Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Ned Lamont rejecting the public’s calls for a special session to address affordability in CT, to deliver energy assistance, and to suspend the diesel tax increase that takes effect today:

“Today Connecticut grows even more unaffordable. The diesel tax is increasing by 23%. New energy

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House, Senate Republican Leaders Fact-Check Democrat Misstatements on GOP Tax Relief Plan

Posted on June 17, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to misstatements made by CT Democratic leaders this week regarding CT Republican calls for further tax relief and assistance:

“Over the last few days CT Democratic leaders have rejected our calls for a special session to deliver greater relief to CT families as inflation surges. Instead, they’ve dodged questions with outright lies

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Candelora, Kelly, Slam 23% Increase to State’s Diesel Tax and CT Democrats’ Failure to Provide Relief

Posted on June 15, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to the 9.1 cents per gallon increase in the state’s diesel tax announced today, a 23% increase in the tax on diesel fuel:

“This is yet another blow to affordability in Connecticut that will further raise inflation on goods, groceries, and services throughout our state.

“What’s so infuriating is that this tax increase is something CT Democrats and

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Candelora & Kelly: Let’s make CT more affordable

Posted on June 15, 2022


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Connecticut families are struggling. From gas to food to energy, the costs of basic necessities are skyrocketing and people need help.

Instead of debating who is at fault for the historic inflation, we must focus on providing relief.

Here in Connecticut, we have the power to ease the burdens on working- and middle-class families now. The question is, will Democrats join Republicans and take action?

Government is swimming in cash, meanwhile our families are in pain. We can deliver responsible tax

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As Inflation Surges, CT Republicans Demand Further Relief to Make Connecticut More Affordable

Posted on June 7, 2022


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HARTFORD – Today Connecticut Senate and House Republican lawmakers called for a special legislative session focused on making Connecticut more affordable as residents struggle with rising inflation.

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and unveiled a package of policies to make Connecticut more affordable for working- and middle-class families, which includes providing relief from rising energy costs as well as cutting

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SENATE & HOUSE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL $1.2 BILLION TAX RELIEF PLAN FOR WORKING- AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

Posted on April 21, 2022


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HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republicans today unveiled a $1.2 billion tax relief package to help Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families.

The proposal reduces the state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduces the state sales tax and eliminates the meals tax, extends the gas tax suspension, cuts the tax on diesel, expands property tax relief, eliminates the state’s new truck tax, accelerates the elimination of the income tax on pension and annuities,

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Republican Leaders Renew Calls for Immediate Public Hearings on School Construction Following Alarming State Audit

Posted on April 8, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) are renewing their calls for immediate legislative public hearings on the state’s school construction financing program, following the release of a state audit that details serious flaws in the state’s oversight of school construction financing program, which is allegedly the subject of a federal investigation.

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Candelora, Kelly, Formica Say CT Should Challenge ARPA’s Limit’s on Tax Reduction

Posted on April 1, 2022


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford),Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) today wrote to Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General Tong calling for further tax relief and requesting that Connecticut join other states in challenging American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) limitations on states’ tax reduction actions to maximize tax relief for CT residents.

The federal ARPA legislation attempts

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House, Senate Republicans for Repeal of Truck Tax

Posted on March 23, 2022


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday again called for the elimination of the highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks as Democrats say they now want to exempt the agriculture industry from the controversial tax they approved during the 2021 legislative session.

“The absurdity of the policy-making strategy from majority Democrats was on full display today as they stood alongside the Connecticut Farm Bureau to talk about the need to provide that sector with relief from a tax their party voted

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House & Senate Republicans Demand Gov. Lamont Convene Leaders Meeting to Advance Gas Tax Cut Plan

Posted on March 11, 2022


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are demanding that Governor Ned Lamont immediately convene a bipartisan meeting with legislative leaders to discuss the Republican proposal to suspend the state’s petroleum gross receipts tax. The Republican leaders are urging their colleagues to vote on the measure when the legislature is next scheduled to convene on Wednesday, March 16.

“Every day it is getting more and

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