CT Tax Exemption for Retirees

Posted on November 4, 2019 by admin


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With tax season quickly approaching, I want to share some information that I believe you will find helpful.

In 2017, the legislature raised the income thresholds that allow some taxpayers to be able to deduct 100 percent of their federally taxable Social Security income, therefore expanding this deduction to more taxpayers. Effective in 2019, the threshold increases from $50,000 to $75,000 for single filers and married people filing separately, and $60,000 to $100,000 for joint filers and heads of

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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Praises the Passage of a Bill to Improve Access to Hearing Aids

Posted on October 21, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, worked with members on both sides of the aisle to secure passage of House Bill 5213, An Act Expanding Required Health Insurance Coverage For Hearing Aids, which expands health insurance coverage to those who are in need of hearing aids by eliminating the age restriction that was previously in place.

“I am pleased to see this hearing aid bill signed into law, and I thank my Democrat

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New Digital Tax Hike

Posted on October 17, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut users of the streaming music service Spotify received emails recently that the state sales tax on digital goods would increase in October.

As of October 1, 2019, sales of “digital goods,” which includes audio works, visual works, audio-visual works, reading materials or ring tones, which are electronically accessed or transferred, are subject to sales and use taxes at the standard 6.35% rate. Previously the tax was 1% on digital goods.

I opposed these tax increases, which are part of

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Pints and Policy Event on Thursday, October 17

Posted on October 7, 2019 by admin


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I invite you to join State Represenative Whit Betts (R-78), State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) and me for a Pints and Policy event on Thursday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Better Half Brewing, located at 59 North Main Street in Bristol.

The event will allow residents the opportunity to speak with the legislators and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol in a relaxed setting. The lawmakers will discuss the issues and debates that shaped the 2019 legislative session.

The event is free and

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Bristol Legislators Invite Residents to ‘Pints and Policy’

Posted on October 1, 2019 by admin


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State Reps. Whit Betts (R-76) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) have announced that they will be hosting a Pints and Policy event on Thursday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Better Half Brewing located at 59 North Main Street in Bristol.

The event will allow residents the opportunity to speak with the legislators and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol in a relaxed setting. The lawmakers will discuss the issues and debates that shaped the 2019 legislative

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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 30, 2019 by admin


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Please note that the material provided below is for informational purposes only and, unless otherwise noted, does not indicate my support for, or opposition to, a particular measure.

As we transition out of summer and into autumn, we prepare for a number of new laws and tax and fee increases to take effect starting on October 1st. These new laws and taxes may have an impact on you, your business, and our community.

In an effort to keep you informed, I have listed some of the more noteworthy tax increases

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Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery Tax

Posted on September 26, 2019 by admin


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Recently, House and Senate Republicans called upon Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives need 76 members

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CT Veterans Stand Down (Sept 20 – 8am to 2pm)

Posted on September 16, 2019 by admin


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On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below:

Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Receives 100% Voting Score From Leading Business Organization

Posted on August 7, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD –The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) has released their ‘2019 State House Voting Records’ annual report and State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) was recently awarded a 100% score by the organization for votes that support large and small businesses around the state.

Pavalock-D’Amato’s overall score was based on votes in committee or the House floor on a series of ‘key bills’ that would either positively or negatively impact Connecticut’s economic competitiveness

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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Supports Bill to Provide Parity for Mental Health Treatment

Posted on June 5, 2019 by jpheasant


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BRISTOL – State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato co-sponsored a bill that would prevent insurance companies from treating mental health and substance abuse coverage differently than physical health.

The bill, HB-7125, An Act Concerning Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits, will require parity for mental health and substance use disorder benefits, nonquantitative treatment limitations, increase coverage for health insurance policies to also include prescription drugs designed to treat

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