Veterans Day 2019

Posted on November 8, 2019 by admin


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On Monday, November 11, we will observe Veterans Day and pay tribute to the unbroken line of brave citizen soldiers, going back to the Revolutionary War, who stepped forward and served our great nation in times of peace and armed conflict. We honor the brave men and women who fought to preserve freedom for each successive generation.

This year marks the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War – the war to end all wars. Armistice Day – Veterans Day in the U.S.

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Summaries of CT Public Acts

Posted on October 31, 2019 by admin


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Below is a link to the 2019 Public Act Summary Book.

This publication is compiled by non-partisan staff in the Office of Legislative Research.

It contains concise summaries of all public acts passed during the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session, and one public act passed in the July Special Session.

While I supported many of these public acts, I did not support all of them.

I hope you find this summary interesting and informative.

Please share it with others!

https://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/Documents/year/PASUMBK/2019PASUMBK-20191003_Summary%20of%202019%20Public%20Acts.pdf

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New Digital Tax Hike

Posted on October 17, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut users of the streaming music service Spotify received emails recently that the state sales tax on digital goods would increase in October.

As of October 1, 2019, sales of “digital goods,” which includes audio works, visual works, audio-visual works, reading materials or ring tones, which are electronically accessed or transferred, are subject to sales and use taxes at the standard 6.35% rate. Previously the tax was 1% on digital goods.

I opposed these tax increases, which are part of

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Real IDs: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?

Posted on October 9, 2019 by admin


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According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline

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Conservative Caucus Blasts Democrats’ Increase of the Digital Download Tax

Posted on October 1, 2019 by admin


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The legislature’s Conservative Caucus this week warned residents to prepare for yet another round of Democrat tax increases – this time on goods and services that range from supermarket sandwiches and coffee to digital downloads – contained in the Democrats’ budget that take effect on October 1st.

Instead of streamlining state government, or trying to reduce state spending to balance yet another massive budget deficit, legislative Democrats and Governor Lamont chose once again to soak Connecticut

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New Laws Effective October 1st

Posted on September 27, 2019 by admin


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Please note that the material provided below is for informational purposes only and, unless otherwise noted, does not indicate my support for, or opposition to, a particular measure.

As we transition out of summer and into autumn, we prepare for a number of new laws and tax and fee increases to take effect starting on October 1st. These new laws and taxes may have an impact on you, your business, and our community.

In an effort to keep you informed, I have listed some of the more noteworthy tax increases

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Rep. John Piscopo Warns Constituents of New Grocery Tax and Calls for a Special Session

Posted on September 20, 2019 by admin


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On Wednesday, State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) joined House and Senate Republicans in petitioning Governor Ned Lamont to call the General Assembly into a special session to eliminate the grocery tax set to go into effect on October 1st.

On June 3, 2019 when majority Democratic legislators passed the 2020-21 state budget, they included a change in taxes on prepared meals. At the time, the change was labeled as a 1% tax increase on items already taxed at 6.35%, including all food items sold

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Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery Tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin


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Yesterday, House and Senate Republicans called upon Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives need 76 members

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CT Veterans Stand Down 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details

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Home Energy Efficiency Program

Posted on September 4, 2019 by admin


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In preparation for colder months ahead this is a good time of year to check your home energy efficiency.

Windows, doors, and electrical outlets are all common areas for your cool/warm air to escape, causing air conditioner units and heaters to work harder and increase your energy usage. Weatherizing can help keep energy use down without sacrificing comfort.

Please know that both United Illuminating and Eversource offer a low-cost in-home assessment service, called Home Energy Solutions, that includes

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