House Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday that will create tougher penalties for the illegal manufacturing, distributing or selling of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

“We need to get tough on those selling and distributing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “Fentanyl is killing more people than any other drug and if an individual is selling or distributing this deadly substance they should be locked up for a long time.”

“Letting fentanyl dealers off with a slap on the wrist is an insult to the victims and families who have lost a loved one,” said Rep. McGorty. “We need to pass this legislation and I hope my colleagues in the Senate pass this and the governor signs it into law.”

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Rep. Perillo, McGorty Oppose Steep Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty said on Thursday morning that the passage of the increase in the minimum wage to $15 will have a negative impact on Connecticut’s economy, will reduce jobs, and hurt nonprofits and local communities.

“Legislative Democrats continue to ignore businesses and municipalities who are being asked to pay more and to take on more expenses,” said Rep. Perillo. “This drastic increase in the minimum wage will have devastating ripple effects to our economy. We need to start listening to businesses and local leaders and stop punishing them with more mandates and taxes.”

“Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour will cost municipalities millions to implement, which could result in higher local taxes,” said Rep. McGorty. “Everything from groceries to summer camp fees will increase because of the sharp increase to $15 an hour. We will all feel the negative impact of this legislation.”

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Democrat’s Tax Package is a $2 Billion Dollar Tax Hike

Posted on May 2, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo voted yesterday against a Democrat-backed tax package that will increase taxes by $2 billion dollars over the next two years.

Rep. Perillo said the majority party tax package and budget proposal will continue to hurt Connecticut’s economy and punish taxpayers.

“Our state can barely get back to where we were before the 2008 recession,” said Rep. Perillo. “For the past decade the Democrats only solution to fixing our economy is to spend and tax more – this hasn’t worked. Connecticut residents and businesses, especially our mom-and-pop stores in downtown Shelton, will have to pay more to continue to see less and less of their tax money back from Hartford.”

Rep. Perillo explained that the budget not only taxes more grocery items but also implements a .5 cent payroll tax on every Connecticut resident and businesses will have to pay $15 minimum wage.

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