Cottage Foods Laws

Posted on September 12, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As you know I have been a strong advocate for small businesses and cottage food producers. This session we passed legislation setting up the process for cottage producers to get licensed, sell their products and comply with food safety regulations.

The legislation takes effect October 1st and I am very excited to see this program get off the ground and help people grow their home businesses!

The Department of Consumer Protection has put together comprehensive resources to help you get started:

I would appreciate any feedback as this new program is rolled out. It has been a long effort to get to this point and I want to make sure that the process outlined in this legislation works for our home producers.

As always please feel free to contact my office with any issues you may have working with state agencies or questions you have about state government melissa.ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or (860) 240-8700.

Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

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, watches, etc.

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

Update on Tolls Study

Posted on July 26, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today the State Bond Commission approved Governor Malloy’s request to borrow $10 million to study the installation of electronic tolls on Connecticut Highways. In response I have joined with my House Republican colleagues in petitioning for a special legislative session to take action and prohibit this costly and unnecessary expenditure.

During the past term legislation regarding electronic tolling was considered, but ultimately was not brought to the House for a vote due to a lack of support. Existing studies and analysis have shown that to reach the revenue goals as many as 78 tolls would have to be installed and that most of the burden would fall on in-state commuters.

I strongly support funding our transportation needs. That is why I supported a compromise budget that added new funding streams to the Special Transportation Fund and increased our current investment. I have also supported proposals to predictably and sustainably fund our transportation needs without raising taxes.

Read the Prioritize Progress Plan HERE.  

I would urge my colleagues regardless of party affiliation in the House and Senate to add their signatures to a petition for special session.