(HARTFORD) — As a Rising Diesel Tax Takes Effect, State Rep. Perillo (R-113) Seeks a More Affordable Connecticut

Posted on July 1, 2022


State Rep. Perillo (R-113) House Republican Member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee responds to the 9-cent increase of the Diesel Fuel Tax on July 1, 2022.

“This historic inflation that has unfortunately become more familiar for Connecticut families has made our state significantly more unaffordable, targeting our middle- and working-class families. Today’s increase of the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax creates additional and unnecessary fuel expenses, which leads to costly groceries, goods,


Posted on June 9, 2022


Local lawmakers are calling for a Special Session to cut the income tax and sales tax, suspend diesel tax, repeal truck tax, and help families struggling to afford energy costs.

 HARTFORD – Shelton’s state lawmakers, Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, State Representative Jason Perillo, and State Representative Ben McGorty, are calling for a special legislative session focused on making Connecticut more affordable as residents struggle with rising inflation.

The lawmakers are backing a package

Republicans Call for Tax Relief to Combat Surging Inflation

Posted on June 7, 2022


In late April, Republicans proposed a $1.2 billion tax relief package aimed at combatting rising inflation in order to provide much needed relief for low to middle class families.

Today, we are once again calling on our colleagues to join our calls to act. This new plan requires zero budget cuts and utilizes $746.2 million in the state’s surplus fund to:

  • Permanently reduce the income tax from 5% to 4%
  • Reduce the sales tax from 6.35% to 5.99%
  • Eliminate the 1% tax on prepared meals
  • Expand the gas


Posted on April 25, 2022


Anyone who’s visited a grocery store, paid an electricity bill, filled up their gas tank or oil tank at home knows the impact inflation has had on their finances. The rise in tax revenue collected by Connecticut during this time has provided an artificial overflow to state coffers. This increase has come at the detriment of residents who have been overtaxed due to rising prices across the board. Connecticut’s ever-growing tax philosophies are hurting our residents, and we the legislative body, have

Sen. Kelly, Reps. Perillo & McGorty Push for $1.2 Billion Tax Relief Plan for Working- and Middle-Class Families

Posted on April 22, 2022


Cuts the Income Tax, Sales Tax, Gas Tax and Returns Overtaxation to CT Families

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, Representative Jason Perillo and Representative Ben McGorty joined Connecticut Senate and House Republicans on Thursday to propose a $1.2 billion tax relief package to help Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families.

The proposal reduces the state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduces the state sales tax and eliminates the meals tax,

Shelton Lawmakers, Mayor Applaud State Approval of Funding for Constitution Boulevard Extension, Commerce Park

Posted on March 31, 2022


SHELTON – Representative Jason Perillo (R-Shelton), Representative Ben McGorty (R-Shelton), Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Mayor Mark A. Lauretti applauded the state bond commission’s approval of a $5 million state investment in Shelton’s 306 Constitution Boulevard extension and Commerce Park.

Rep. Perillo said, “This has been a great team effort that included the mayor, Rep. McGorty and Senator Kelly whose help was invaluable. We made our pitch to the Governor’s office and

Op-Ed: Juvenile Crime Needs to Be Addressed and Restoring Public Safety Should be a Top Priority

Posted on February 25, 2022


Despite the monumental silence from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of you who have picked up a newspaper or turned on the television in the last year or so that Connecticut is facing a serious crime problem.

Within the past week alone, a 71-year-old woman was carjacked in broad daylight in West Hartford and yet another car was stolen in Hartford, this time with a 6-year-old girl inside.

Homeowners being shot at, cars being ransacked, and garages

2022 Legislative Survey Results

Posted on January 18, 2022


A few weeks ago, I reached out to you and asked for your feedback on a wide range of topics – the direction Connecticut is headed, the pandemic, governor’s emergency powers, and others that may have significance as we head into the 2022 legislative session.

I wanted to thank everyone who took the time out to answer this survey as it prompted 202 responses that I wanted to pass along to you.

Opinion: Connecticut Has a Problem with Crime

Posted on November 23, 2021


By all indications the rising tide of crime in Connecticut shows no sign of receding any time soon.

The numbers we’re getting from law enforcement on the ground in our own town are astounding: more cars were stolen in Shelton during a three-month period this year than in all of 2019.

The statewide picture of this trend is equally disturbing.

Crime victims across Connecticut have already made more requests from the victims’ compensation fund than in any previous year on record. The fund pays out expenses


Posted on October 27, 2021


State Senator Kevin Kelly and Representatives Ben McGorty and Jason Perillo in partnership with the Shelton Senior Center hosted their annual Shelton Senior Health Fair on Monday, October 25, 2021.

The event connected seniors with resources and information on issues such as mental health care, identity theft resources, veterans’ services, probate estates, substance abuse services, and local transportation services. On-site flu vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccinations were available, as well as vision