Women’s Caucus Highlights Grant Programs Available for Women-Owned Businesses

Posted on January 19, 2022


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HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Dorinda Borer (D-West Haven) and Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Co-Chairs of the Women’s Bipartisan Caucus, held a virtual conversation with Brenda Thickett and Louise Lisboa from the Women’s Business Development Council to discuss grant programs that are available for women-owned businesses in Connecticut.

The Equity Match Grant Program awards up to $10,000 to projects pertaining to business growth and profitability. The deadline for that program is February 13.

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IRS ‘Free File’ Program Now Open to Taxpayers

Posted on January 14, 2022


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The IRS Free File program opened January 14 and participating providers will accept completed returns and hold them until they can be filed electronically with the IRS. Many commercial tax preparation software companies and tax professionals will also be accepting and preparing tax returns before January 24 to submit the returns when the IRS systems open.

The IRS’s Free File program allows taxpayers who made $73,000 or less in 2021 to file their taxes electronically for free using software provided

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Changes to Route 8 Exit Signs in Naugatuck

Posted on January 14, 2022


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The CT Department of Transportation will launch a project later this year to replace signs on Route 8, including changing the exit numbers for Naugatuck.

The DOT is preparing to change Exit 26 (South Main Street and Route 63) to Exit 25A, to switch Exit 27 to Exit 25B and to convert Exit 28 (Union City) to Exit 26. They will also replace mileage markers on the highway and large signs that mark the exits in Naugatuck.

According to the DOT, the signs have reached the end of their useful life span and

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Rep. Rebimbas to be honored as a Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association

Posted on December 14, 2021


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State Representative Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, will be honored on December 16 as a recipient of the Carroll J. Hughes Legislator of the Year Award by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.

Rep. Rebimbas, who serves as Deputy House Leader, and other honorees will receive the award at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bristol during the association’s Winter Meeting.

She has served as a representative since 2009 and is a former ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, which is key to crafting legislation

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CT Tax Amnesty Program

Posted on November 3, 2021


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Individuals and businesses in the state of Connecticut are now eligible to claim amnesty for back taxes they owe for any tax period ending on or before December 31, 2020.

This program is available from November 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

The program provides a 75% reduction in interest and waives penalties and the possibility of criminal prosecution of those who have not filed, under-reported, or have existing liabilities related to taxes owed.

The following situations are covered under CT’s Tax

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Connecticut Offering Two New Competitive Grants for Municipalities

Posted on October 19, 2021


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The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development recently announced the creation of two new competitive grants intended to give a boost to the state’s towns and cities.

Applications are now being accepted for:

  • Innovation Corridor Program: The department expects to award up to $100 million total for two or more projects in major urban areas or regional economic centers. The projects are intended to facilitate the creation of at least 15,000 new jobs in data science, advanced manufacturing,

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Ongoing Traffic Projects in Our Area

Posted on September 21, 2021


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The CT Department of Transportation has recently announced the following projects expected to impact traffic in our area:

  • Scheduled Weekend Lane Closures on Route 8 Northbound in Waterbury: for two consecutive weekends, beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, September 24, until 6:00 AM Monday, September 27, and  from 8:00 PM on Friday, October 1, until 6:00 AM Monday, October 4, 2021, there will be lane closures on Route 8 northbound in Waterbury to facilitate rehabilitation of Bridges over Platts Mill

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Rebimbas, House Republicans Launch Petition Process on Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 8, 2021


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HARTFORD—Deputy House Republican Leader Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) joined fellow caucus members on Wednesday to kickstart the call for immediate legislative action on the juvenile crime crisis that has gripped communities throughout the state, officially launching a petition effort to bring all state lawmakers into session to implement reforms. The lawmakers were joined by local police chiefs, municipal leaders, and citizen activists who are concerned about the recent spike in repeat juvenile car

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Transportation Update: Governor Announces “Time for CT” Rail Plan

Posted on June 21, 2021


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Please see below for an update from Governor Lamont announcing a plan to improve rail service throughout Connecticut. The plan calls for improved service time and frequency, modernization of our rail infrastructure, and investment in new rail cars.

As co-chair of the legislature’s bipartisan Waterbury Rail Line Caucus, I am hopeful that this plan will lead to upgrades along the Waterbury branch, which services an area of the state with unlimited economic potential.

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Rep. Rebimbas: Portuguese Flag Will Be Raised at State Capitol on June 10 in Recognition of Day of Portugal

Posted on June 10, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Representative and Deputy House Republican Leader Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) announced that the Portuguese flag will be raised at the CT state Capitol on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in recognition of Day of Portugal.

Traditionally, Day of Portugal has been celebrated with a widely-attended event in the Hall of Flags with dancing, keynote speakers and special guest, and Portuguese cuisine. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s celebration was cancelled, and despite

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