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House Republicans Designate Candelora & Perillo to Reapportionment Committee

Posted on February 15, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republicans on Monday announced that state Reps. Vincent Candelora and Jason Perillo have been designated to serve on the Reapportionment Committee.

State legislators are required by the U.S. Constitution and Connecticut constitution to redraw district boundaries every 10 years in order to adjust to changes in population. State lawmakers make up 8 spots on the committee, with the General Assembly’s four caucuses each receiving two appointments.

“We look forward to serving the people

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House & Senate GOP Leaders Oppose Extension of Governor’s Emergency Powers

Posted on January 26, 2021


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HARTFORD — House and Senate Republican leaders Vincent Candelora and Kevin Kelly on Tuesday rejected the idea of extending the governor’s broad-based emergency powers to April 20, and said they are disappointed that legislative Democrats balked when presented with an opportunity to reassert the General Assembly as a co-equal branch of government.

“At this point in the pandemic, it is not unreasonable to ask for certain modifications to the exercise of the Governor’s authority. Businesses should be

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Candelora Calls on Governor to Provide Residents an Update on DPH Operations

Posted on January 21, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Thursday called on Gov. Lamont to update Connecticut residents on his administration’s efforts to select a permanent commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Health.

“We’ve arrived at a critical point in the state’s overall response to the virus, with a looming decision about the future of the governor’s emergency powers and growing confusion and frustration over the rollout of the vaccine,” Candelora said. “I fear that the shared optimism

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Candelora Says More Work to Be Done Despite Improving Revenue Figures

Posted on January 15, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Friday released the following statement regarding the latest consensus revenue projections:

“While it’s great to see an improvement in revenue figures, it’s not news that should cause any of us to relax. The reality is that we have a tremendous amount of work to do in order to turn around our economy that’s been propped up by federal dollars, particularly when it comes to reviving industries hit hardest during the pandemic. We can take a step

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Candelora, McCarty to Propose Legislation Establishing Minimum Guidelines for Remote Learning

Posted on January 13, 2021


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and state Rep. Kathleen McCarty, ranking House Republican on the Education Committee, said Wednesday they will pursue legislation aimed at establishing clear minimum guidelines for remote learning for Connecticut students.

“While we hope that virtual learning is temporary, the reality is that the state and school districts have invested heavily into this virtual structure, and that, combined with the uncertainty of how long COVID will linger, means

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House Republican Leader-Elect Calls on Lamont to Delay Pay Raises, Payroll Tax Amid Pandemic

Posted on December 22, 2020


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora on Tuesday said Gov. Lamont should delay $38 million in salary increases for state employees that go into effect on the same day as the Democrats’ new payroll tax that primarily targets the pockets of private sector workers.

“Main street businesses are struggling under the weight of this pandemic, and their employees even more so. Meanwhile, state government chugs along unaffected—those non-frontline workers still have their jobs, they’re

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House Republicans Announce Pandemic Relief Legislation to Help Bars & Restaurants

Posted on December 16, 2020


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HARTFORD — House Republicans on Wednesday pointed to the dire need to help Connecticut’s bars and restaurants while announcing they’ll introduce legislation aimed at providing relief to these business owners who have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The bars and restaurants on our main streets are critical to local economies, drawing people to our communities and nearby businesses while providing vital income for thousands of residents,” said state Rep. Vincent Candelora, House Republican

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House Republicans Announce Leadership and Ranking Member Appointments

Posted on December 4, 2020


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora today announced Republican minority leadership appointments and committee ranking member assignments for the 2021 legislative session.

“Our state faces considerable challenges that have been made more potent and complex by the pandemic, and through daily conversations with constituents, our caucus members understand the immediate need to tackle these varied issues head-on,” said Candelora (R-North Branford.) “I’m fortunate to have a group of

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House Republicans Urge Immediate Action to Assist Businesses

Posted on December 3, 2020


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HARTFORD—House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora on Thursday said Connecticut’s elected officials must intensify the state’s efforts to help job creators of all sizes, joining members of his caucus in urging action on items they say will ease burdens faced by pandemic-squeezed businesses.

“By many accounts, we’re at the precipice of a second wave—yet we’re miles away from any sort of cohesive, forward-looking effort to build an environment where businesses can recover. It’s still a day-by-day

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Connecticut COVID-19 Holiday Guidelines

Posted on November 23, 2020


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Questions you might have about Holiday Gatherings

General Questions and Considerations

Posted at portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Holiday-Guidance on 11/1/20

Why is it important to be cautious over the holidays? I’ll only be around my family members who I trust.

Connecticut has been a national leader in our COVID-19 response efforts. However, as the country heads into winter, flu season, and into holiday gatherings – the risk of spreading COVID-19 has become higher, and even Connecticut

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