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  • Safety Apparel – Tax exempt status on safety apparel is repealed, subjecting these items to existing sales tax rate (reflective vests, protective gloves, etc.)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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Mark Your Calendar – Discussion on Youth Vaping – December 3rd

Posted on November 19, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In recent months youth vaping has come to the forefront as an issue impacting communities across our state. Rep. Zawistowski and I would like to invite you to a community conversation featuring a panel of local experts to discuss the impact of youth vaping.

Please join us:

Discussion on Youth Vaping

Tuesday, December 3rd

Senior & Youth Services Center

Community Room

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

15C North Granby Road, Granby

Residents across the region are encouraged to attend

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How do you feel about “temporary” tolls?

Posted on November 7, 2019 by admin


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Governor Lamont intends to issue a new transportation plan. It’s been reported the proposal will include 14 “temporary” tolls, which the Governor’s administration is describing as a “user fee” that eventually would be phased out when transportation project loans are paid off.

The the survey HERE

Reps. Zawistowski and Simanski Tour Hastings Farm

Posted on September 18, 2019 by admin


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SUFFIELD – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Bill Simanski (R-62), members of legislature’s Rural Caucus, recently toured Hastings Farm with co-owner Susan Hastings to learn more about the challenges small dairy farms are facing in Connecticut.

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CT Veterans Stand Down (Sept 20 – 8am to 2pm)

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 20, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the main campus of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery-based services, as well as information about an array of benefits available to veterans. Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided.

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Democrat “Meals Tax” Will Put 7.35% New Tax on Long List of Groceries

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – Today Senate and House Republican lawmakers held a press conference regarding newly released details on the “meals tax” included in the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019.

According to a Department of Revenue Services policy statement issued this week, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items that have never been taxed when sold in grocery stores before.

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**WATCH** Maple View Farm – Granby

Posted on September 6, 2019 by admin


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Click on the image above to watch a video of Rep. Simanski’s tour with Kate Bogli.

 

Rep. Simanski Tours Maple View Farm with Kate Bogli

Posted on September 5, 2019 by admin


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GRANBY – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) toured the Maple View Farm with Kate Bogli to learn more about their new Brewery that opened earlier this year.

“In recent years the legislature has worked on updating our regulations to accommodate craft and local breweries,” said Rep. Simanski. “We have seen impressive growth across the state with more of these new businesses opening up. It was very informative learning about their family farm and the process of opening up their brewery.”

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