2020 Major Issues Report – Office of Legislative Research

Posted on January 13, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Every year, before the legislative session begins, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) publishes a report on the major issues that could be taken up by the legislature. OLR provides brief descriptions on several topics, including but not limited to: the state budget, opioid drug addiction, education funding, and Connecticut’s business climate.

You can view or download the 2020 Major Issues Report HERE

Sincerely,

Bill Simanski – 62nd District

Barkhamsted,

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January 2020 New Laws

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2019 coming to an end, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to interior design services
  • Safety Apparel – Tax exempt status on safety apparel is repealed, subjecting these items to existing sales tax rate (reflective vests, protective gloves, etc.)

New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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Youth Vaping Resources

Posted on December 4, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Earlier this week I co-hosted a panel discussion on the topic of youth vaping with local experts, Farmington Valley Health Director Jennifer Keratanis, Granby Memorial High School Assistant Principal Julie Gronene, Granby Police Officer Christina Delatto, Granby Youth Services Bureau Prevention Specialist AnneMarie Cox and Granby Memorial High School Junior Tommy Dlugilenski.

Youth vaping has become a major issue of concern in recent months with the nationwide outbreak

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