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House Republicans Applaud Electricity Rate Hike Suspension

Posted on July 31, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – House Republicans applauded a recent statement obtained from PURA, the state’s regulatory authority on utility rates, indicating that electricity rate hikes recently approved on June 26, 2020, will be temporarily suspended. Consumers across the state noticed skyrocketing costs in the delivery charge section of their July electricity bills. Earlier in the week, House Republican leadership called for the suspension of the hikes and for the Energy & Technology Committee to conduct its own

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House Republicans Ask to Suspend Electricity Rate Hike

Posted on July 29, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in a bi-partisan call for Eversource to suspend its recently enacted electricity rate hikes. House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Deputy Leader Vincent Candelora, and Rep. Charles Ferraro, the highest-ranking Republican on the Energy & Technology Committee, helped author the letter.

The letter, which can be viewed by clicking here, requests that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) suspend the increase to the components

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House Republican Leaders Call for Eversource Rate Hike Hearing

Posted on July 28, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leaders Themis Klarides and Vincent Candelora today called for a public hearing for Eversource to answer questions about the recent spike in monthly utility bills and why costs go up regardless of weather conditions or other factors.

Many consumers have seen a jump in their bills in the last month and are mad, the lawmakers said.

“Connecticut utility costs were already at the highest point in the country and on July 1 the rates went higher. We had a mild winter, people

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Klarides Wants Better Collaboration, Says Key Issues Must Be Considered in Special Session

Posted on June 11, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD–House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Thursday wrote a letter to leadership of the three other legislative caucuses, contending that time-sensitive issues, such as the allocation of federal relief funding, must be addressed in a special legislative session. Read the letter below, or view the original here.

Dear Leaders,

Thank you for sharing with us your recent letters to Governor Lamont and for joining us in our calls for the Governor to make a greater effort to collaborate with

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House Republican Leaders Ask Governor to Reconsider Decision on Raises

Posted on June 11, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD–House Republican leaders on Thursday wrote to Gov. Lamont, asking him to reconsider his recent decision against delaying scheduled salary increases for state employees as Connecticut tries to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the letter below, and see the original here.

Dear Governor Lamont,

In light of recent news stories, we are writing to urge you to reconsider the possibility of taking unilateral action to delay state employee salary increases. We

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Klarides, Candelora Pledge to Listen and Lead to Work Toward Eliminating Injustice

Posted on June 4, 2020 by admin


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As public officials, we must all stand together and condemn racism and injustice and reject those individuals in our society who use violence to perpetuate systems of inequality. The racial injustice infecting our nation is abhorrent, as is the violence that now burns like a wildfire throughout our country. To manifest peace, we must remember to be quick to listen, slow to anger and compassionate in our discourse. We must take this opportunity to listen to the cries of our brothers and sisters and

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House Republicans to Petition for Special Legislative Session to Address Governor’s Executive Orders

Posted on May 28, 2020 by admin


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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Deputy Leader Vincent Candelora, on behalf of the House Republican Caucus, today announced they will petition their chamber’s members to conduct a special legislative session this summer to address Gov. Lamont’s executive orders. In order to bring the House into special session, a majority of members must agree, effectively requiring House Democrats to join with Republicans.

“The governor, through two separate emergency declarations, has run the state by

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Klarides Says Lack of Transparency, Loss of Public Trust Doomed Failed Dalio Panel, Reopen CT Committee

Posted on May 19, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – The disbanded Dalio education partnership and the abandoned reopen Connecticut committee both failed due to lack of transparency and public trust, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said today.

Klarides released a statement following the announcement from Gov. Lamont that both initiatives would be abruptly scrapped:

“The Dalio partnership and the reopen Connecticut panel were both established without any public scrutiny or oversight and operated without any transparency. Ultimately,

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House Republicans Call for Greater Transparency and Collaboration from Governor Lamont

Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin


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Members of the House Republican caucus on Friday sent a letter to Governor Lamont to call for greater transparency and collaboration in the state’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter is below, and you can download a copy here.

 

May 15, 2020

Dear Governor Lamont,

It has been two months since the shutdown of the State Capitol that effectively ended the regular legislative session. However, that did not end our roles as elected representatives. In fact, our members and staff are

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House Republicans’ Statement on the Awarding of a No-Bid Contract to Boston Firm for CT Reopening

Posted on May 14, 2020 by admin


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“The lack of transparency and blatant disregard for any public input or comment about critical government functions – the safety and health policies
that must guide us in the coming months – is appalling. The people who run the businesses and are the backbone of our economy are the first people we should talk to, not out-of-state consultants who will earn millions telling us how to run our lives.

“And we learned of this development from the Lamont administration just after its chief public health

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