Ranking Republicans Comment on LIHEAP Amendment, Disappointed Funding Left on Table

Posted on August 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – The Ranking Members of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees proposed an amendment to supplement $79.2 million in expected federal LIHEAP funds to increase total home energy assistance to $191.5 million. The amendment, however, was not entertained by their majority party counterparts. As a result, millions of dollars in potential relief was left on the table.

“The amendment proposed today could have been implemented without the need for further legislative action, providing

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CT Senate & House Republicans Offer Amendment to Bolster Energy Assistance Slashed by Washington

Posted on August 29, 2022


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HARTFORD – Today, Connecticut Senate and House Republican lawmakers will propose and vote on an amendment to Governor Ned Lamont’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan being voted on today. The Republican lawmakers’ amendment will increase funding for energy assistance and prevent a devastating decrease in benefits for CT’s most vulnerable. In addition to preventing the loss of thousands of dollars in assistance for the poorest families, the Republican amendment will

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Public Hearing on Home Heating Program Funding

Posted on August 24, 2022


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In early June, Republicans raised concerns about the financial pressure residents would experience this fall as they faced the skyrocketing expense of heating their homes. House and Senate Republicans proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Our plan fell on deaf ears. Our concern on this subject continues as the legislature grapples with the reality that one-time federal funding for people who rely

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Kelly, Candelora on Governor’s Insufficient Energy Assistance Plan

Posted on August 22, 2022


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are calling out the Governor’s administration for an insufficient Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan which will be discussed at a legislative briefing today.

The Governor’s allocation plan anticipates $79 million in federal funds, a decrease of more than $50 million from last year; representing a 40% cut. This amount is also lower than pre-pandemic

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Candelora, Kelly: CT families struggle under Democratic leadership; CT Republicans are the solution

Posted on July 15, 2022


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Middle- and working-class families have been clobbered by Connecticut Democrats’ policies, and they’ve had enough.

Since 2011, Democrats voted to increase taxes in Connecticut by nearly $7 billion, making Connecticut one of the most unaffordable and highest-taxed states in the nation and placing us near dead last in job growth and income growth. Yet now, Connecticut Democrats are patting themselves on the back for temporary election-year rebates and a meager attempt to counter the very harmful policies

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Republican Lawmakers Slam Gov. Lamont for Using Public Health Emergency Declaration to Suspend Supervised Absentee Ballot Voting Rules

Posted on July 14, 2022


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HARTFORD – Ranking members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee Senator Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott) and State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-Wolcott), joined by Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Secretary of the State using powers granted under the recently extended public health emergency declaration to suspend supervised absentee

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Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls for Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 13, 2022


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HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%.

On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance Department Commissioner Mais calling on them to hold a public hearing at the State Capitol complex on the proposed health insurance

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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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