Posted on April 30, 2021
Earlier this year, Governor Lamont committed our state to the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). This initiative, although well-intended, would actually create an additional gas tax to be paid by Connecticut residents and businesses. Not only would TCI increase fuel costs for commuters, but it would also drive up prices for consumer goods. This regressive tax would, in fact, affect our low-income communities, which ironically is the same demographic this bill is intended to help.…
Posted on April 30, 2021
Yesterday, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) ruled that Eversource committed serious violations in its response to, and lack of preparedness for, Tropical Storm Isaias. Poor communication with customers and other stakeholders was also a major issue as residents throughout New Canaan and Wilton awaited updates from their power company.
The storm left nearly one million Connecticut residents and businesses without power for several days last August amid the global pandemic and…
Posted on April 23, 2021
Posted on April 14, 2021
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches will return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds already accepting reservations.
There is still a 200-person limit for outdoor group activities in Connecticut, which may be further adjusted throughout the recreation season. Most park buildings, museums, nature centers, and other enclosed structures, including restrooms,…
Posted on March 31, 2021
This is a reminder that Connecticut residents between the ages of 16 and 44 who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination will be eligible beginning tomorrow, April 1!
Visit the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Portal to view scheduling options.
Those currently eligible to receive a vaccination will continue to be eligible. This includes:
Posted on March 30, 2021
The legislature’s Planning and Development Committee will be voting tomorrow on multiple bills that would threatened “home rule” of local zoning matters. If these bills are approved by the committee, they would be sent to the full Connecticut House and Senate for a vote.
As I’ve said before, providing more affordable housing should be a top priority for all Connecticut municipalities, but these issues are best dealt with at the local level where land use experts understand the needs of their towns.…
Posted on March 21, 2021
TOMORROW, MONDAY, March 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Planning and Development Committee will be hold a SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on two bills that require our immediate attention.
This is yet another attempt by majority Democratic legislators to take control away from towns like New Canaan and Wilton that are well-managed and that actively seek to provide affordable housing on their own.
Again, there is no doubt that creating more affordable housing is a major…
Posted on March 18, 2021
Posted on March 13, 2021
There will be another major public hearing on Monday, March 15 at 9:00 a.m. on two bills that are proposing STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAXES! Both proposals have been introduced by Senate Democratic leadership.
S.B 171 – An Act Establishing a State-wide Tax on Real Property
Summary: This bill would create a one-mill state-wide property tax on all residential and commercial property. The language does exempt the first $300,000 from taxation, meaning only the value above this amount…
Posted on March 11, 2021
On Monday, March 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Planning and Development Committee will hear testimony on several bills that could change how our communities make major decisions on local zoning and land use.
Below is a summary of the proposals and instructions on how to testify.
There are five bills that I would like to highlight.
S.B. 1024 – An Act Concerning (AAC) Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain…