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Candelora, Cheeseman Respond to Gov. Lamont’s Retroactive Earned Income Tax Enhancement

Posted on December 29, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Rep. Holly Cheeseman, Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, released the following statement today in response to Gov. Lamont’s decision to retroactively enhance the 2020 Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit:

“This unilateral, retroactive change to tax policy made by Governor Lamont isn’t just political pandering, it’s a slap in the face to the legislature. It’s shameful that the governor has ignored urgent issues such as the dire need for

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Republican Valley Legislators Call on Governor to Honor Promise, Fund Valley Regional Fire School

Posted on December 23, 2021


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In a letter to Governor Lamont on Monday, State Representatives Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105), David Labriola (R-131), Ben McGorty (R-122), Cindy Harrison (R-69) and State Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-21) and State Senator Eric Berthel (R-32) called on him to honor his campaign promise to provide state funding for the important Valley Regional Fire School.

“The Bond Commission met this week but once again did not include funds for the Valley Regional Fire School which has been continually

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House Republicans Pose Questions on Data Privacy Concerns Over Gov’s Vaccine Passport

Posted on December 17, 2021


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HARTFORD–House Republicans, led by Rep. Vincent Candelora, held a news conference today about Gov. Lamont’s plan to have state government facilitate a vaccine passport program in Connecticut while also urging legislative Democrats to hold the governor accountable by demanding more information about his initiatives.

House Republicans Call for Governor to Stop Implementation of Controversial Truck Tax

Posted on November 17, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republicans on Wednesday called for Gov. Lamont to stop implementation of the truck tax, contending the confluence of substantial federal infrastructure aid and the controversial revenue policy that will increase costs for businesses and residents should have state lawmakers redefining a path forward on improving our transportation grid.

“From staffing problems to supply chain issues, and rising fuel prices to inflation, Connecticut businesses face a multitude of challenges and will

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Senate and House Republican Leaders Call for Public Hearing on COVID-19 Relief Funds Distribution

Posted on October 21, 2021


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), joined by fellow Republican leaders, are calling for a legislative public hearing next week on the distribution of federal COVID-19 relief funds, following the allegations of improper and fraudulent use of funds in West Haven.

The CT Republican leaders wrote to the co-chairs of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee to request an immediate public hearing to bring transparency

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Candelora and O’Dea Statement on Republican amendment requiring governor to hold public hearings on new executive orders

Posted on September 27, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Deputy Republican Leader Tom O’Dea (R-125) today issued the following statement after House Democrats prevented a vote on a Republican amendment (LCO 11114) during debate over whether to extend the governor’s emergency declarations:

“We continue to be disappointed by Democrats’ willingness to prevent their constituents from adding their voices to the conversation on decisions Gov. Lamont is making through his emergency declarations, today

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Candelora Responds to House Speaker Ritter Over Manufactured Hearing Controversy

Posted on September 22, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Matt Ritter’s comments about a public hearing on workers affected by employer-issued vaccine mandates:

“This is what Democrats do — provoke, attack, and silence people who have different views than they do. Speaker Ritter’s hyperbolic statement about today’s hearing conducted in a nearly-empty building is not only predictable, it’s inaccurate given the guidance legislators

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Rep. Candelora, Sen. Kelly Call on Gov. Lamont to Expand Call for Special Session to Address Rise in Crime

Posted on September 21, 2021


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are calling on Governor Ned Lamont to expand the anticipated call for special session next week on pandemic-related emergency powers to include a call to address the rise in violent crime across Connecticut. The Republican leaders released the following statement today:

“Our state is fully submerged in a crime wave that legislative Democrats have willfully ignored despite

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Candelora and Kelly Statement on Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies

Posted on September 15, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly on Wednesday issued the following statement urging Governor Lamont to make his appointment to the Bipartisan Commission to Study Declarations of the Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies:

“Over the last year we’ve been adamant in our concerns that the legislature’s role as a co-equal branch of government has been diminished through the unprecedented level of control the governor has held throughout

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Candelora Receives FOI Award for Efforts Aimed at Government Transparency

Posted on September 14, 2021


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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information on Tuesday gave its Bice Clemow Award to House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. The award, named after a former West Hartord-based newspaper editor who drove implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information laws, was presented jointly to both lawmakers during a luncheon held in Hartford at Elizabeth Park. In his remarks about Candelora’s work, Council President

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