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“Hartford Current”: Where is the common ground and common sense?

Posted on September 25, 2020 by admin


Where is the common ground and common sense?

From the hundreds of conversations I’ve had, 80 to 85 percent of us fit a “moderate middle” description: center right on state fiscal issues and center left on social issues. So why is it that the very far left in our state carries such weight in setting public policy? Where is the balance, respect for process and common sense? Where is the sense of responsibility to work together to craft good policy to benefit all in our state?

An example of this lack

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Voice Your Concerns About Eversource: September 8 & 10

Posted on September 4, 2020 by admin


For those of you who did not have the opportunity to voice your concerns about Eversource’s recent energy rate increases during the recent public hearings, there will be two more opportunities this week, as well as more in October.

This issue affects customers throughout the state, and the more we speak up, the more likely we are to see the results we want.

Please consider submitting testimony if you have not done so already. I have provided details on the hearings and instructions for submitting

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Absentee Ballot Process: What You Need to Know

Posted on August 31, 2020 by admin


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we conduct business, educate our children, and go about our daily lives. It has also changed our election process.

In July, the legislature passed a bill, now law, making all residents eligible to vote by absentee ballot (AB) in the November general election citing concern over COVID-19 as their reason. All you need to do is check the appropriate box on the application.

We passed this legislation because it is important that all residents have the opportunity

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REMINDER: Legislative Informational Forum on Eversource TOMORROW

Posted on August 26, 2020 by admin


This week, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) held a virtual public hearing to review Eversource’s recent request to increase its delivery rate, which resulted in many customers receiving energy bills that were much higher than anticipated. PURA has since suspended the increase, and the hearing gave customers and public officials the opportunity to testify.

Eversource’s decision to increase rates on their customers amid a pandemic, stay-at-home orders, and extreme heat was wrong. Many

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Reminder: Upcoming Public Hearings RE Eversource and UI

Posted on August 18, 2020 by admin


I would like to remind you about three upcoming public hearings regarding Eversource and United Illuminating (UI), the two main electric distribution companies in Connecticut.

  • PURA hearing on Eversource – Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Energy & Technology Committee hearing on Eversource/UI – Thursday, August 27, 2020 (TENTATIVE)

PURA hearing on UI – Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Hearing #1 – August 24

The first hearing will be conducted by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

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Sales Tax-Free Week Begins This Sunday

Posted on August 14, 2020 by admin


Connecticut’s 20th annual Sales Tax-Free Week begins this Sunday, August 16 and runs through Saturday, August 22. This tax holiday gives our state economy a boost each year, which our small businesses need now more than ever.

The event applies to items normally sold for less than $100, specifically clothing and footwear. Examples include athletic socks, baseball caps, belts/suspenders/buckles, blouses, chef uniforms, diapers, ear muffs, formal wear rentals, gloves, golf shirts, hats/caps, jeans,

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PURA Schedules Eversource Hearing for August 24

Posted on August 11, 2020 by admin


The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, August 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This hearing is in response to PURA’s recent approval of Eversource’s request to increase its delivery rate. Between work-from-home orders and hot summer weather, customer electric bills were bound to be higher than usual. Raising rates on top of all this was not the right thing to do.

The hearing will take place over Zoom. PURA officials will be questioning Eversource

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Power Restoration Update

Posted on August 8, 2020 by admin


Since Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall on Tuesday, restoration efforts have been underway to restore power across Connecticut. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands remain without power making it difficult to escape the extreme heat and work from home, which has become the new norm.

Like many of you, I am frustrated with our electric distributor between their recent delivery rate increase, which has been temporary suspended, and their general lack of preparedness for this storm. Once power has

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Public Health & Safety Update: Power Outages, Eversource, Travel Advisory, and Absentee Ballots

Posted on August 5, 2020 by admin


Power Outages Statewide

Tropical Storm Isaias left over 700,000 Connecticut residents without power, and as of this morning, Governor Lamont has declared a State of Emergency. Damage is widespread. Eversource and United Illuminating (UI), the state’s two main electric distributors, along with several municipal providers and emergency crews, are assessing the situation. The priority is clearing roads and making areas safe for statewide power restoration. They have not provided a timeline as of this

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Legislature Responds to Eversource Rate Increase

Posted on July 29, 2020 by admin


If you are an Eversource customer, many of you may have noticed a recent spike in your monthly electric bill. If so, you are not alone. This is because the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the rate increase on June 26, 2020. The increase is in effect from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

As we work through this pandemic, and as many struggle with unemployment and other financial hardships, it is unfortunate that Eversource has now opted to raise rates on their customers

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