Connecticut Energy Assistance Program Applications are Open (Sept. 1)

Posted on September 1, 2023

The application period for the 2023-2024 winter season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) will begin on September 1, 2023. The program helps Connecticut residents – including both homeowners and renters – with the costs associated with heating their homes.

Basic benefits toward heating bills range from $180 to $530 depending on income, size of household, and need. Benefits are available for households with incomes up to 60% of the state median income, which equates to roughly $79,910

Rep. Polletta Votes to Adopt 2024-25 Connecticut State Budget with Historic Income Tax Cut

Posted on June 6, 2023

HARTFORD – On Tuesday, State Rep. Joe Polletta (R-68) voted to adopt the FY 2024-2025 Connecticut state budget, headlined by a historic cut to the state income tax for middle- and low-income earners and families.

The fully balanced bipartisan budget features more than $150 million for local education, investments in public safety, strict adherence to fiscal guardrails established in the 2017 budget agreement, and establishes a phase-out on pension and annuity taxes. Each of these key initiatives

Rep. Polletta Announces State Grant for Watertown Recreational Trails Restoration Project

Posted on May 15, 2023

HARTFORD – On Monday, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) announced the award of a state grant for restoration efforts towards the Naugatuck River Greenway in Watertown as part of the Connecticut Recreational Trails Program.

Watertown will receive $299,935 as part of the program which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and is one in a series of grants approved by the State Bond Commission in July 2022.

“I am thrilled to announce the funding

House Republicans Unveil Biennial Budget Proposal

Posted on May 2, 2023

2024-2025 plan provides more tax relief than Governor and Democrats, invests in key areas including education and nonprofit social safety net providers

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Tuesday released a balanced budget proposal that provides more than $1 billion in broad-based tax relief to Connecticut residents while also making historic investments in education and providing more funding for nonprofit providers.

“Connecticut residents and families are needing financial relief and the House Republican

Rep. Polletta Announces State Funding for Watertown Public Safety Equipment

Posted on April 6, 2023

HARTFORD – On Thursday, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) announced that the State Bond Commission voted to confirm a series of state grants to municipalities in favor of specific community-building initiatives.

The announced funding includes an award to the town of Watertown reimbursing the Police Department for expenses of body-worn cameras, dashboard cameras, and video storage devices.

“This funding for public safety equipment in Watertown is a necessary investment in making our streets

Rep. Polletta Remarks on Devastating Crime Spikes in Waterbury

Posted on March 29, 2023

HARTFORD – On Wednesday, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68), member of the Public Safety Committee, released the following statement on a recent alleged incident which resulted in the death of a juvenile.

“The news of another tragic loss in our community is painful and highlights the human cost to crime. While Waterbury mourns the loss of a young life and offers condolences to his family, we are faced with the uncomfortable realities of a growing crime problem in our state.”

Rep. Polletta continued,

Take My Legislative Survey!

Posted on March 29, 2023

Thank you for your interest in taking my legislative survey. As your state representative in the 68th Assembly District, it is vital that your voices be heard in every step of the legislative process.

Your input strengthens the quality of our legislation and guides my work as your representative.

Below, you will find a series of questions on some major issues facing Connecticut. Tell me where you stand:

Rep. Polletta: We Have A “Shared Interest” In Increasing Affordable Housing Stock in Connecticut

Posted on March 7, 2023

HARTFORD – On Tuesday, March 7th, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) attended the final meeting of the General Assembly’s Housing Committee in advance of their March 9th Joint Favorable deadline. The Tuesday meeting agenda listed Rep. Polletta’s proposal, HB 1050 An Act Establishing Task Forces To Study The Effects Of Evictions On Landlords And Rent Stabilization Policies, as first to be considered.

On the proposed task force, Rep. Polletta said, “The pandemic induced a freeze on evictions

Rep. Polletta Offers Reality Check for UConn After Renewed Requests for Increased State Funding

Posted on February 16, 2023

HARTFORD – On Thursday, State Representative Joe Polletta (R-68) responded to a public hearing in the state Appropriations Committee on Wednesday evening, in which students, administrators, and representatives from the University of Connecticut pleaded with state legislators for increased funding to the university in the governor’s proposed biennial budget.

“I have always been a supporter of UConn and their countless contributions to our state’s workforce, economy, and social fabric. I am proud of

Rep. Joe Polletta’s New Legislation Would Restore Qualified Immunity To Connecticut Police Officers

Posted on January 20, 2023

HARTFORD – On Friday, State Rep. Joe Polletta (R-68) announced a bill proposal that will restore qualified immunity for law enforcement officers in Connecticut. The bill, HB 5366, would reel back provisions from the controversial 2020 Police Accountability Bill passed through the General Assembly.

“Residents concerned for their safety and law enforcement officers concerned of personal liability on the job have made it ultimately clear that certain aspects of this dangerously flawed legislation need