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Republicans Propose Tax Relief for an Affordable Connecticut

Posted on April 22, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

House and Senate Republicans held a press conference on Thursday morning to outline our proposal for tax relief to make Connecticut more affordable for residents. Inflation is here, and relief must be too.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTICUT

The Problem:

Connecticut’s state budget is benefiting from inflation as the state sales tax and gas tax brings in new, unplanned for revenue – a result of surging prices.

Meanwhile, CT residents are struggling to balance their own family budgets

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National Drug Take Back Day is April 30th

Posted on April 13, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Saturday, April 30th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

For more information, or to check availability or specific drop off times, please contact the agency listed. Collection sites are set up throughout the area, including:

Darien Police Department

25 Hecker Ave., Darien, CT 06820

Norwalk Police Department

1 Monroe St., Norwalk, CT 06856

Help prevent over-the-counter

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 1, 2022


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“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Enforcement Period Kicked off April 1

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office launched U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The campaign will step up enforcement efforts to enforce distracted-driving laws from April 1 to April 30, 2022.

In Connecticut in 2020, there were nearly 5,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving.

Connecticut law prohibits the use of

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Is a temporary gas tax cut enough? Addressing CT’s energy crisis

Posted on March 25, 2022


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My colleague and friend, State Representative Harry Arora (R-Greenwich) posted the following message regarding the recent issues we’re seeing with energy costs, including record-breaking gas prices in our state.

I felt his comments to be particularly relevant and wanted to share.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Energy costs for CT consumers have been rising over the last year. High prices of gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, and power are creating hardship for Connecticut residents. Yesterday,

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House Passes $.25 Gas Tax Suspension

Posted on March 24, 2022


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In an effort to reduce costs for Connecticut drivers, House Republicans proposed and yesterday were overwhelmingly joined by Democrats who voted for a temporary suspension of a state gas excise tax.

During a March 10th press conference in front of a Hartford gas station displaying prices higher than $4, House and Senate Republicans called for a temporary suspension to certain state gas taxes. With inflation and costs rising on goods and services statewide, legislators on both sides of the aisle have

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DMV Offering New Veteran Wartime Service Plates

Posted on March 21, 2022


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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering 10 new license plate options for veterans that commemorate specific wartime periods, including the Afghanistan War, Grenada, the Iraq War, the Korean War, Lebanon, Operation Ernest Will, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, the Vietnam War, and World War II.

“We owe our freedoms to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, especially those who have served in war and conflict zones,” Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs

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Public Hearing Alert – Judiciary & Planning and Development Committees – Monday, March 14th

Posted on March 11, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There are two legislative proposals that are having public hearings early next week that are important to Norwalk and Darien as well as communities across the state.

I encourage all interested to submit written testimony and/or give virtual testimony.

One, the rise in crime, especially juvenile crime, across Connecticut is a growing concern in all 169 cities and towns. Vehicles — locked and unlocked — are being ransacked and stolen, and innocent victims have been carjacked

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Reading Across America!

Posted on March 7, 2022


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As part of Read Across America events and to promote literacy and a love of books, State Rep. Terrie Wood read to children from Rachel Scicchitano’s first grade class, and Lisa LaRusso and Jacqui O’Hara’s second grade classes at Rowayton School. Rep. Wood chose to share the book, “Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness” by George Saunders.

 

PURA: Virtual Public Listening Session on Performance Based Ratemaking – March 16

Posted on March 1, 2022


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The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is tasked with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut’s energy utility and telecommunication companies. As part of their work, the agency is investigating different systems to help increase efficiency for customers while also reducing costs.

Two years ago, the governor signed PA 20-5 that requires PURA to establish a Performance Based Ratemaking (PBR) framework that “contain standards and metrics to measure how electric distribution

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House Republicans Unveil Full Legislative Proposals

Posted on February 16, 2022


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Today, House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora and the House Republican Caucus outlined our full legislative proposals for the 2022 Legislative Session to focus on restoring public safety, establishing good government practices, making Connecticut more affordable, ensuring educational resources are available to all students and addressing the needs of Connecticut’s businesses.

The House Republican Plan focuses on five key initiatives to tackle the most important issues facing Connecticut residents.

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