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Tax Free Week is Sunday, August 21 – Saturday, August 27

Posted on August 12, 2022


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Friends and Neighbors,

With inflation causing prices to rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing and fuel, and saving money is more important than ever.

I have consistently advocated for additional tax relief for Connecticut families but the governor and the majority party have opposed and stalled those sincere efforts to provide meaningful relief to Connecticut’s residents.

That being said, with school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind

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CT Summer at the Museum

Posted on July 27, 2022


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The popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act

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Hot Asphalt Awareness

Posted on July 20, 2022


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With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too.   The American Red Cross has the following tips on keeping pets safe, but essentially treat your pets the same as you treat yourself:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. Exercise in the early morning or evening hours.
  • Walk

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2022 Acts Affecting Available Now

Posted on July 19, 2022


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At the conclusion of each legislative session, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research compiles reports on public acts organized by topics. These reports include various topics such as “Acts Affecting Seniors,” “Acts Affecting Education,” “Acts Affecting Business and Jobs,” and much more.

Follow the link below to access the full range of reports: https://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/actsaffecting.asp

Comment Period Open for Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 13, 2022


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The Connecticut Insurance Department is considering substantial proposed rate increases for individual and small group (for employers with 50 or fewer workers) insurance markets. The average of the proposed rate increases is 20% which is well above what I consider reasonable, especially with inflation and high prices already taking too much money out of your wallet.

Nine health insurance providers covering approximately 206,000 people have filed for increases. The filings are for both the state-sponsored

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Posted on July 12, 2022


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An important priority for the legislature this past session was to address the mental and behavioral needs of our students and children. One important measure the legislature passed included funding for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.

More information about the line is provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, below.

Beginning July 16, 988 will become the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline

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Rep. Wood Earns Perfect CBIA Score

Posted on July 8, 2022


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Connecticut’s largest business organization recognized State Representative Terri Wood for her perfect voting score on key bills impacting Connecticut’s economic growth and business climate during the 2022 legislative session.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) ranked all state lawmakers based on their support for the business community’s positions on 10 important policies. The bills all affect job creation, small business growth and economic stability in Connecticut.

The scorecard

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New Laws Effective July 1st

Posted on June 30, 2022


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I wanted to make you aware of new policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses that take effect on July 1st, 2022.

This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

DoAG: Passport to CT Wine Country Has Gone Digital!

Posted on June 28, 2022


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The Department of Agriculture announced that the Passport to CT Wine Country has gone digital this year!

The Passport to CT Wine Country is a program of the CT Farm Wine Development Council, a voluntary council administered through the Department of Agriculture, to market licensed farm wineries. In addition to the annual passport, the council provides education for the wineries annually and operates a successful wine booth in the Connecticut Building at the Big E each fall.

There are currently 35

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Celebrating Juneteenth – June 19, 1865

Posted on June 19, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Earlier this year, I proudly joined my colleagues in the legislature as we passed, and Governor Lamont signed into law, Public Act 22-128, which makes June 19th an official state holiday known as Juneteenth Independence Day.

Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is a commemoration of the end of slavery and marks the date Federal troops freed slaves in Texas following the Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is also referred to as Emancipation

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