Waterbury Rail Line Proposal Raised by Transportation Committee

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


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Public Hearing to Follow

HARTFORD – Members of Connecticut’s Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus and area legislators praised the Transportation Committee’s decision to take up their proposal to improve the infrastructure and service on the Waterbury line.

Current stops along the branch include Derby-Shelton, Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, and Waterbury, with future expansion to Thomaston and Torrington. The plan calls for both short-and-long term improvements between now and 2030.

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Public Hearing on Vaccinations – February 19, 2020

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


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On Wednesday, February 19th, the Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 5044, An Act Concerning Immunizations. If this bill becomes law, it would effectively end the religious exemption for certain vaccines.

Public Health Committee – Public Hearing on Vaccines

Legislative Office Building, Room 2E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

Next Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Proponents of the legislation believe this is a matter of public health while

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Rep. Rebimbas Says CT Rail Issue is Separate from Tolls

Posted on February 13, 2020 by admin


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“Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, said Lamont is confusing the two issues of truck-only tolls and rail.

‘Bottom line: rail is not connected in any way shape or form to tolls,’ Rebimbas said.

She said there are low-interest federal loans for rail improvements that the administration should be acting on ‘right now.’

‘I don’t think there’s one person in this room that’s not for rail,’ Rebimbas said. ‘So let’s stay focused on what we agree on and let’s get rail done.'”

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Waterbury Rail Line Caucus, Area Legislators Introduce Plan to Revolutionize Valley Public Transportation

Posted on February 7, 2020 by admin


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Plan Has Potential to Revive Regional, State Economy

HARTFORD – Members of Connecticut’s Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus and area legislators have introduced a concept through the Transportation Committee addressing issues and concerns that exist on the WRL. During short sessions, members wishing to propose legislation of a non-fiscal nature must submit a written request to the appropriate committee.

On January 13th, 2020, area residents, local and state leaders, and members of the Naugatuck Valley

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Naugatuck Town Hall Meeting – February 6

Posted on January 30, 2020 by admin


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I’d like to invite you to my upcoming Town Hall Meeting with State Senators Joan Hartley and George Logan.

This meeting will focus on the 2020 legislative session, which convenes February 5th. Major topics this session include adjustments to the state budget, among other issues that may be raised by the committees.

Many of these topics can be found in the 2020 Major Issues Report published by the Office of Legislative Research.

This is your opportunity to address any issues of concern to you and

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Tolls Public Hearing This Friday in Hartford

Posted on January 29, 2020 by admin


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This Friday, January 31st, there will be a public hearing in Hartford on Governor Lamont’s latest transportation proposal, which includes tolls on trucks.

Given the magnitude of this issue and its potential impact on the state’s long-term economic outlook, I find it disappointing that the public was only given a few days’ notice. Nevertheless, you do have an opportunity to make your voices heard.

See below for details:

Who: Transportation Committee

What: Public Hearing on Bill Concerning Trucks-Only

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On Tolls, The Community Speaks

Posted on January 9, 2020 by admin


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Opinion by State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

There are certain core functions of government that most can agree on – education; public safety; social services for children, seniors, the disabled, and veterans; and transportation, for example. We create special taxes and fees to support these entities because we know they will benefit Connecticut as a whole. From that logic came the Special Transportation Fund (STF) – the account used to pay for major repairs and improvements. Unfortunately, the

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Rep. Rebimbas, Area Lawmakers Ask Gov. Lamont to Host a Toll Meeting in their Communities

Posted on January 9, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Area lawmakers, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, Rep. David Labriola, Rep. Charles Ferraro, Rep. Kathy Kennedy, sent a joint letter on Wednesday to Governor Ned Lamont asking him to host additional Town Hall Meetings about his CT2030 Transportation Plan that includes truck-only tolls.

Last week, it was uncovered that the Governor and Democratic lawmakers in Westport were preparing to host a secret meeting about the Governor’s transportation

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New Laws Effective January 1, 2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


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As we say goodbye to 2019 and prepare to welcome 2020, I would like to remind you of new laws going into effect Wednesday, January 1st (New Years Day).

Below are the tax changes to expect. These were included in the most recent state budget, which I voted against.

  • Dry Cleaning – Expands existing state sales tax rate to dry cleaning services & laundry services

  • Parking – Expands existing state sales tax rate to parking

  • Interior Design Service – Expands existing state sales tax rate to interior

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Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Posted on December 23, 2019 by admin


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Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season. I hope 2020 brings you health, happiness and much success!

Happy Holidays!