Reps. Wilms Appointed to CT Pension Sustainability Commission

Posted on September 10, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representative Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk, New Canaan) has been appointed to the Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I am honored to accept this appointment and I thank House Republican Leader Klarides for placing her trust in me,” Rep. Wilms said. “I believe that if we do not address our unfunded liabilities now, the impact on Connecticut’s economy could be irreversible. We need to make structural changes in the way Hartford has been doing business. I look forward to working with the other members of the commission to address our state’s pension system.”

The commission was established under H.B. 1502 (the budget) under section 180. The purpose of the commission is to explore the feasibility of establishing a trust composed of state assets for the benefit of the state pension system – the single largest component of the biennial budget. The commission is tasked with identifying state assets that may be suitable for the trust, studying the impact of placing those assets in the trust, and developing procedures for managing the trust.

The pension system, which is underfunded, has been a primary contributor to the perpetual budget deficit faced by lawmakers in Hartford. Rep. Wilms, a financial professional by trade, brings a wealth of experience and business acumen to the commission. In Hartford, Wilms is a key member on the legislature’s high-powered Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for allocating funds to the state’s various departments and agencies, and has significant budget oversight.

State Representative Fred Wilms represents the 142nd General Assembly district communities of Norwalk and New Canaan. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Planning and Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. Wilms is available at (800) 842-1423 or fred.wilms@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.

Rep. Wilms Achieves Perfect Voting Record for 2018 Session

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk, New Canaan) finished the 2018 Session with a perfect voting record according to a report just released on Thursday.

“I take my job in Hartford very seriously,” Rep. Wilms said. “Public service is a part of who I am. My constituents voted me into office and they expect me to be present for each vote. Every bill we consider is important to someone in the State of Connecticut and it deserves our consideration. I am proud of my record, but even more proud to represent the 142nd House district.”

During the 2018 Session, which lasted from February 7th to May 9th, there were 317 total votes held in the House of Representatives. Only 52 members of the chamber, or roughly 34 percent, were in attendance for each of them. Achieving a perfect voting record is challenging and uncommon, especially when considering many legislators hold full time positions outside the part-time Connecticut legislature, including Rep. Wilms.

During the 2018 Session, Representative Wilms took leadership roles on the following bills:

  • The State Budget – no tax increases, fully balanced plus $1 billion placed into the Rainy Day Fund.
  • The Special Transportation Fund Crisis – by shifting the Car Sales Tax to this fund from the General Fund, MetroNorth and bus services cuts were avoided.
  • Education Cost Sharing Funding – protecting against funding cuts by the Governor.
  • Bioscience sector – creating a strategic plan for this promising economic sector.
  • Medical Telehealth services – updating our old laws to keep pace with new technologies.
  • Protecting children with food allergies while away at school.