Reps. Perillo, McGorty Say State Budget Includes Almost $2 Billion in Tax Increases

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty voted Monday against a two-year state budget crafted by Democrats. The budget spends more money than the previous two-year budget and includes nearly $2 billion in tax increases.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty highlighted the following tax increases included in the budget:

-1% increase in the sales tax on food and beverages at restaurants
– A tax on motor-vehicle train-ins
-Increases the tax on ride-share services
– 10-cent tax on plastic bags
– Eliminates the sales tax exemption on digital downloads and dry cleaning services

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

Rep. Perillo said, “The residents of Connecticut don’t want tolls and pushing a vote on tolls until July or August won’t change their stance. The governor and legislative Democrats should drop their toll plan and work with us on a transportation alternative that doesn’t include tolls.”

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Rep. Perillo Joins Calls for the Senate to Pass Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo joined his fellow colleagues and concerned citizens and organizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a press conference to call on the Senate to pass a House bill to strengthen penalties on fentanyl.

“This bills passed with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate should join us in looking to strengthen the penalties for dealing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “We must do anything we can to stop the opioid epidemic and passing this legislation will help send a message to all the bad actors out there that Connecticut is not messing around. If you are caught selling or manufacturing this deadly drug you will go to jail for a long time.”

House Bill 5524, was introduced by the House Republican Caucus. The bill would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.

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