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Resources for Business Owners and Workers

Posted on March 30, 2020 by admin


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State’s response to protect businesses
The state has taken steps protect our businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis. In addition to documents on various state and federal guidance, among the growing list of resources and information is:

Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Honors Seuss During Read Across America Day

Posted on March 3, 2020 by admin


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State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-22) spent her morning honoring Dr. Seuss’ birthday while reading to kids at Edgewood Elementary, Hubbell Elementary, and Mountain View Elementary School as part of ‘Read Across America Day’ events. Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato expressed how she looks forward to this annual tradition of promoting literacy and enjoys the conversations she has with the students after each story.

“I enjoy visiting local schools on Read Across America Day because it gives me an opportunity

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Bristol Legislators Call on the City of Bristol to Oppose Tolls

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


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State Reps. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Whit Betts (R-78) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) are asking that the City of Bristol adopt a resolution to oppose the implementation of tolls on Connecticut highways.

As a result of the public outcry against the toll proposals put forth by Governor Lamont and the majority party, Bristol legislators drafted a letter to Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu on Friday, February 7, 2020 asking that the city take immediate action by enacting their own resolution to try

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Public Hearing on Tolls FRIDAY 1/31

Posted on January 28, 2020 by admin


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If you oppose tolls, NOW is the time to make your voice heard loud and clear.

On Friday, January 31, 2020, at 1:00 pm in Hartford, CT Democrats are rushing to hold a public hearing on their latest tolls proposal before forcing a vote early next week. You can read more about the bill here.

You can come to Hartford on Friday to testify OR you can submit testimony online.

To speak out in Hartford:

  • Come to the Legislative Office Building on Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Signups will likely be held early

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Join Bristol Legislators for Coffee TOMORROW, 1/3

Posted on January 2, 2020 by admin


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Tomorrow, January 3, please join me, along with Rep. Betts and Sen. Martin, for our first monthly coffee hour event of the New Year at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol) from 8am – 9am.

Coffee will be served as we discuss the issues that will shape the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session, which convenes on February 5. I encourage residents to come and discuss any state or legislative issues, including bill proposals or concepts, or local concerns.

The event is free and open to Bristol

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New Laws Effective January 1st 2020

Posted on December 31, 2019 by admin


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I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2019 coming to an end, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing state sales

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Bristol’s Nelligan Inducted into CT Veterans Hall of Fame

Posted on December 11, 2019 by admin


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Bristol resident and U.S. Army Reservist Patrick Nelligan on Dec. 6 was among 10 local veterans who were inducted into the Connecticut Veteran Hall of Fame.

Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato with her son Leo, Patrick Nelligan, and Rep. Whit Betts at the Dec. 6 Connecticut Veteran Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Hall of Fame was established in November 2005 to help raise awareness about the achievements and contributions

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State Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts, and Sen. Martin to “Ring the Bell” at Bristol’s Walmart on Thursday, December 12th

Posted on December 4, 2019 by admin


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State Reps. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato R (77), Whit Betts (R-78) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) will be volunteering to raise money for Connecticut residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at Bristol’s Walmart on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

WHEN: Thursday, December 12th, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:00pm

WHERE: Walmart, 1400 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT

Reps. Pavalock-D’Amato, Betts and Sen. Martin welcome all of their constituents to stop by the store to help make the fundraising event a success!

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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