Posted on February 18, 2020 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty joined members of the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association at the State Capitol on Tuesday to call on lawmakers to fix language in the Liquor Control Act that will negatively impact Connecticut Farm Wineries.
Legislation passed last year extends incentives originally designed to support Connecticut farmers to manufacturers who typically import out of state grapes or wine that is already fermented and ready for bottling.
“We are standing with our local farmers and farm wineries and asking our colleagues to make this important fix to the Liquor Control Act,” said Rep. Perillo. “State vineyards and wineries contribute more than $154 million to our economy and we should continue to help this industry grow. By not fixing this language, it will hurt the industry and our state’s economy.”
Posted on February 5, 2020 by admin
HARTFORD – The General Assembly gaveled in for the 2020 Legislative Session on Wednesday. The current legislative session is a “short session”, which will run until midnight on Wednesday, May 6th.
“Last year Governor Ned Lamont asked us to work together to find solutions that will improve our economy and fix our budget crisis, but instead, decided to conduct the majority of his business behind closed doors,” said Rep. Perillo. “Now, the governor is asking us to work together again and be optimistic about the future of our state. I will always remain optimistic about our great state, but for our state to move in a better direction the governor needs to stick to his promises and create a more open and transparent state government.”
Posted on February 3, 2020 by admin
SHELTON – Valley lawmakers attended the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast on Friday morning at PerkinElmer in Shelton to listen to business owners and professionals and to talk about the upcoming legislative session that starts on Wednesday, February 5th.
“For decades Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly have decided to focus on Hartford and not the Naugatuck Valley,” said Rep. Perillo. “Every year millions are wasted on pet projects for Hartford lawmakers and funding is not prioritized on projects that would increase economic development. Democratic lawmakers need to stop wasting time and money on things that won’t help our business community or increase economic development. Stop the revenue grabs and anti-business legislation and let’s work together to move our state and the Valley forward.”