Rep. Piscopo Condemns New Tax on Children’s Sports & Recreation Services

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


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With the start of Little League season right around the corner in towns across the 76th District, State Rep. John Piscopo (R-76) today announced his opposition to a new state sales tax on sports and recreational services for children.

“The working middle class is already struggling to make ends meet in Connecticut, and if that wasn’t bad enough, now there are proposals being introduced by Democrats in Hartford to target families and children,” said Rep. Piscopo. “This sports and recreation tax goes

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Public Hearing on Forced Regionalization Bills – THIS Friday, March 1

Posted on February 26, 2019 by admin


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This Friday, March 1, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on all bills concerning forced school regionalization.

As you may be aware, the bills before the Education Committee are calling for towns to consolidate educational services with neighboring communities. The bills supporting this policy change are as follows:

What New Regionalized School Districts Could Look Like

Posted on February 6, 2019 by admin


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Connecticut Democrats have proposed multiple bills to force towns to regionalize school districts.

One bill would force any school district with less than 2,000 students to regionalize (impacting an estimated 84 towns). Another bill would force any town with a population of less than 40,000 to consolidate with other towns to form new school districts matching the state probate court districts shown below (impacting an estimated 144 towns).

While encouraging towns to share services is a laudable

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Piscopo Attends Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


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On Friday, February 1, State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) attended Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford.

Scouts from all five of the Boy Scout councils visited the Capitol for a tour at 1 p.m. followed by an inaugural ceremony at 3:15 p.m. followed by a 2019 Report to the State and Meet and Greet.

Nearly150 Scouts, their leaders, parents, along with state and local officials from all over Connecticut were in attendance to celebrate girls becoming members of the new Boy Scouts program.

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Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. John Piscopo Visit Thomaston High School

Posted on January 31, 2019 by admin


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State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) visited Thomaston High School (THS) this morning to speak with local students about state government.

All Seniors and Juniors from THS, along with one Freshman class, joined the legislators to start the school day discussing the legislative process, current issues being debated at the Capitol, and the roles that Sen. Martin and Rep. Piscopo perform in their respective Houses of the Legislature.

“I always enjoy getting

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2019 Major Issues Report

Posted on January 24, 2019 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors, 

 

The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its annual report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2019 legislative session.

 

You can view or download the report by clicking here.

 

If you have any questions while you are reviewing the report, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at john.piscopo@housegop.ct.gov or at (800) 842-1423.

 

Sincerely,

Rep. Piscopo Welcomes a New Business to Thomaston

Posted on January 24, 2019 by admin


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State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) joined local leaders and residents at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for H & R Block in Thomaston on Saturday, January 19.

H & R Block is an American tax preparation company operating in North America, Australia, and India. The company was founded in 1955 by brothers Henry W. Bloch and Richard Bloch. As of 2018, H&R Block operates approximately 12,000 retail tax offices staffed by tax professionals worldwide.

“It is always good to see a small

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Electric Rate Increase Information

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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In an ongoing effort to keep you apprised of the policies of state government, on occasion I regrettably have to inform you of bad news. As you may have heard or read, electric rate increases affecting United Illuminating and Eversource customers went into effect January 1st.

As a member of the legislature’s Committee on Energy and Technology, I am compelled to keep our energy bills as low as possible, and to fight any efforts that threaten to increase our bills in the future.

The rate increases

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Piscopo Prepares for 2019 Legislative Session, Announces Committee Assignments

Posted on January 8, 2019 by admin


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State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) is joining his fellow colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly in preparing for the start of the 2019 Legislative Session which convenes next Wednesday, January 9.  Rep. Piscopo has been selected by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides to continue serving in his leadership role as Chief Whip in the House Republican Caucus.

“I’m honored to have been selected by Leader Klarides to continue serving the House Republican Caucus in my capacity as Chief Whip

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Tax Relief for Connecticut Seniors

Posted on January 8, 2019 by admin


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With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent information to ensure that seniors in Connecticut receive all of the tax relief to which they are entitled.

Last session, I joined my colleagues in the legislature in passing a budget that provided tax relief for seniors. Namely, we passed two provisions, one of which eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the other phases out the income tax on pensions.

 Social Security Income Tax Deduction

Effective

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