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Unemployment Fund Crisis

Posted on April 7, 2021


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Today House Minority Leader Candelora and business leaders across Connecticut held a press conference to discuss the looming crisis of the insolvent Unemployment Compensation Fund.

Connecticut is facing an Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund crisis not seen since the 2008 recession. This is the fund that provides unemployment payments to those who have lost their jobs, and which has been a lifeline for so many employees over the past year. While extended unemployment compensation

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Motor Vehicle Theft Crisis

Posted on March 29, 2021


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The increase in juvenile car theft and burglary has become a dangerous threat to public safety and impacted residents’ quality of life. Increasingly over the past year, coordinated groups have burglarized or stolen dozens of cars setting up potentially dangerous confrontations between property owners and juveniles. There have been instances where car thieves have been armed and in at least one case a car was stolen from a garage while young children were playing outside.

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Preserve Local Control of Land Use Decisions

Posted on March 12, 2021


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I’m writing to let you know about an important public hearing Monday in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, where there are several bills aimed at upending local control of land use decisions.

Among the bills is S.B. 1024, An Act Concerning Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use Officials and Certain Sewage Disposal Systems.

The need for more diverse and affordable housing in Connecticut must be addressed – however,

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March 19th Re-Opening

Posted on March 8, 2021


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

On Thursday, Governor Lamont announced upcoming changes to coronavirus restrictions set to begin on March 19th. While certain protocols and guidelines will remain in place, many capacity restrictions will be phased out or significantly reduced. Additionally, the Governor announced an early beginning for trout fishing season.

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Public Hearing – An Act Concerning Virtual Learning

Posted on March 4, 2021


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

On Monday March 8th, the Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on S.B. 977, “An Act Concerning Virtual Learning.” The stated purpose of this committee bill is “to require the Department of Education to develop uniform standards for the provision of virtual learning in public schools, conduct a comprehensive audit of virtual learning programs in the state and develop guidelines for training educators in the provision of virtual learning.”

This is your opportunity

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Age Based Vaccine Distribution

Posted on February 24, 2021


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday afternoon, Governor Lamont announced that the state will move forward with an age-based approach for distributing the coronavirus vaccine beginning on March 1st. Initially, the phased roll out included such factors as age, occupation, pre-existing conditions, and residency. Most recently, eligibility was expanded to those 65 and older under “Phase 1b.”

The planned eligibility timeline:

  • March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64,

In addition to the age-based

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Capitol Update 2.10.2021

Posted on February 10, 2021


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House Republicans Set Policy Priorities 

Connecticut suffers from years of policy decisions that have made it inhospitable to job creators and increasingly unaffordable for its residents. The COVID-19 pandemic created new hurdles, and more than ever we need the legislature to take steps that prove to residents that their state government is willing to take action to improve their quality of life. Our state’s potential lies dormant, and our effort to restart Connecticut is driven by these principles:

  • The cost of government should not be a burden on those it serves.
  • New laws should resolve problems, not create them.
  • Government’s purpose is to protect and serve people, not special interests.
  • Public access and oversight are vital to government accountability.
  • Restoring trust in government requires government to trust people to make their own best choices for themselves and their families.

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Capitol Update 2.3.2021

Posted on February 3, 2021


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Update on Vaccine Distribution

Clinics across our state have currently administered over 425,000 doses of the vaccine including roughly 340,000 first doses and over 80,000 second doses. Currently we are in “Phase 1b” of distribution with scheduling currently open for those 75 and older. Scheduling is available online or over the phone Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line 877-918-2224 is available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Due to high volume, hold times may vary. 211 Connecticut also has a directory to find clinics across the region.

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Rep. Zawistowski Calls for Legislation to Address Rash of Juvenile Car Thefts

Posted on January 29, 2021


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) recently proposed legislation to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools to address the dramatic increase in juvenile car thefts taking place across Connecticut. The proposed bill, “An Act Concerning Auto Thefts by Juvenile Offenders,” would transfer juveniles arrested for larceny of a motor vehicle to adult court.

“The increase in juvenile car theft and burglary has become a dangerous threat to public safety and impacted residents’ quality of life,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “Coordinated groups have burglarized dozens of cars setting up potentially dangerous confrontations between property owners and juveniles.”

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Rep. Zawistowski Named Vice-Chair of Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus

Posted on January 27, 2021


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HARTFORD – on Friday, January 22nd State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) was named Vice-Chairperson of the General Assembly’s bi-partisan Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus. The caucus works to promote polices to improve Connecticut’s tourism and hospitality economy.

“Our caucus is dedicated to growing this sector of the economy and making attractions in Connecticut destinations for travelers,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “Tourism and hospitability have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions. Our immediate focus is helping these businesses and venues get back on their feet quickly as the pandemic subsides.”

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