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OPINION: Use Federal Aid to Pay Off Unemployment Debt

Posted on April 14, 2021


Recently, a coalition of the state’s largest business groups — the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and Connecticut Restaurant Association, which collectively represent thousands of large and small businesses statewide — joined the growing bipartisan call for Connecticut to address the looming unemployment tax burden facing employers.

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Labor was paying out unemployment

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Absentee Voting Executive Order

Posted on April 7, 2021


Yesterday, the Governor issued Executive Order 10E:

  • Absentee voting eligibility during COVID-19 pandemic: Permits all voters in any election, primary, or referendum held prior to May 20, 2021 to vote using an absentee ballot, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. This is similar to the order that permitted voters to use absentee ballots during elections held in 2020. In addition, this order provides municipalities and regional boards of education with additional flexibility in scheduling budget

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Energy Assistance Programs

Posted on April 7, 2021


For those unaware, Ashford, Tolland and Willington offer energy assistance through the Connecticut Energy/Heat Assistance Program (CEAP/CHAP). This program pays benefits towards primary heat sources (utility or deliverable) and system cleaning for eligible homeowners and renters based on annual gross household income and household size [See Below].

For households with more than eight people, add $2,087 per additional person.

See If You’re Eligible For This Benefit

Due to the ongoing pandemic, some

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Capitol Update: Rent/Utility Support and More

Posted on April 5, 2021


Rental and Utility Assistance…

Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is developing the UniteCT Program. This $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will financially support households earning up to 80% of the HUD Area Median Income. Click here to see a table of all the towns in CT and their Area Median Income, or check out the map below

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Expanded Vaccine Eligibility and Locations

Posted on April 1, 2021


The state of Connecticut has now expanded eligibility for the COVID vaccine to include all individuals aged 16 and older who live, work or attend school in our state.

According to the governor, priority access will be given to people ages 16 to 44 with certain medical conditions, including:

  • Sickle cell disease
  • End-stage renal disease on dialysis
  • Active cancer treatment
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Down syndrome
  • Medically complex patients of Connecticut Children’s
  • Patients of Yale New Haven Children’s

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Public Hearing on Car Thefts

Posted on March 30, 2021


There’s a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday [Details below] where you can share your thoughts about the motor vehicle theft crisis.

Early this session, House Republicans submitted legislation to impose serious legal consequences for teenagers (15-18) who are repeatedly charged with stealing or attempting to steal a vehicle. Our proposal includes:

  • Facing charges on the regular criminal docket;
  • Expanded ability for judges to order detainment or GPS monitoring;
  • Categorize as “serious juvenile

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Rep. Nuccio to Hold Virtual Office Hours

Posted on March 29, 2021


State Representative Tammy Nuccio (R-Tolland) will be meeting with constituents during a virtual Office Hours event on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  In lieu of traditional in-person district meetings, Rep. Nuccio will host this event online via Zoom with dedicated, 15-minute time slots for each constituent.

“While we’re still unable to hold office hours in person, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a personal, one-on-one conversation about the issues raised in this legislative session,” Rep. Nuccio said.

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Nuccio Votes Against Extension of Governor’s Emergency Powers

Posted on March 26, 2021


HARTFORD — Before the House gaveled into session on Thursday afternoon, State Representative Tammy Nuccio joined her House Republican colleagues in unveiling their plan to restore the legislature as a co-equal branch of the state government. Later, the House considered the extension of the governor’s emergency powers – the third such time that Democratic leaders have voted for unilateral control over the state over the past year.

“This state government was not built to function under one-man-rule.

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Nuccio Supports Relief for Small Businesses

Posted on March 23, 2021


HARTFORD — State Representative Tammy Nuccio (R-Tolland) has put her support behind two proposals to aid the state’s small businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic.

A member of the legislature’s Commerce Committee, Nuccio voted yesterday in favor of HB-5759, which would require the state to provide at least 5 days’ notice before issuing any emergency order that would restrict businesses.

“Business owners are used to reacting to all sorts of unforeseen challenges. Whether it’s a sudden snag with a vendor

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TOMORROW: Statewide Property Tax Public Hearing

Posted on March 21, 2021


TOMORROW, Monday, March 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Planning and Development Committee will be hold a public hearing on two bills that would impact your property taxes. One bill would also push to remove zoning control from local municipalities, which I do not support. Towns like Ashford, Tolland and Willington have already taken steps on their own to diversify their housing stock, and it is not in the best interest of these towns or any towns to take those decisions away from the local community.

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