Rep. Zullo Calls on Majority Party to Eliminate Grocery Tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin

HARTFORD – Yesterday, House and Senate Republicans called upon Governor Ned Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

“Over $100 million is what the grocery tax will cost Connecticut residents over the next year and a half, and more than $65 million annually,” said Rep. Zullo. “This can’t be the only way to balance a budget and it shouldn’t be the way we balance our state budgets. Let’s get back to Hartford and fix this hefty tax increase.”

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Sales Tax-Free Week – Aug 18th – Aug 24th

Posted on August 15, 2019 by admin

Dear Neighbors,

A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax-free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax-Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

2019 Sales Tax-Free Week dates are Sunday, August 18, through Saturday, August 24, 2019.

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Rep. Zullo Invites Superintendent, Educational Leaders to Join in Monthly Education Discussion

Posted on July 30, 2019 by admin

EAST HAVEN – State Rep. Joe Zullo sent a letter yesterday to East Haven Superintendent Erica Forti looking to team up and begin regular meetings with the Superintendent, administrators, teachers, and staff to discuss emerging education trends and legislative initiatives that will benefit both teachers and students.

In his letter, Rep. Zullo explained, “I am inviting you to join me in scheduling a regular, monthly “Legislative-Education Alliance Discussion” (LEAD). I believe that by carving out time each month to learn more about emerging education trends, I will be better equipped to propose and evaluate education legislation at the Capitol.”

Rep. Zullo continued, “I also believe that our discussions will better educate me about the needs of our district, which will make me more effective advocate for our district and our children in Hartford.”

Rep. Zullo, who won a special election in February, has been hosting legislative updates and meetings with constituents and has been active on social media to provide residents with frequent updates and to answer concerns they may have.

“Residents expect me to be listening, learning, and respecting their concerns,” explained Rep. Zullo. “The people of East Haven sent me to Hartford to be an advocate for our community. I believe that by fostering relationships with our educators, who best understand the needs and challenges within our district, we will come up with some great ideas to better our district, our community, and maybe even our State.”

According to Rep. Zullo, there has never been an initiative like “LEAD” in East Haven, which Zullo feels will help the Superintendent and school district to better take advantage of educational initiatives it may not currently be aware of it.

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New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 2, 2019 by admin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, July 1st, many new laws that may affect you and our community went into effect.

I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also find a copy of the 2019 Major Public Acts by clicking here.

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Rep. Zullo Meets with East Farms Village Residents

Posted on June 25, 2019 by admin

EAST HAVEN – State Representative Joe Zullo hosted a coffee hour at East Farms Village on Thursday, June 20th to discuss the 2019 legislative session and to answer questions from residents. Rep. Zullo handed out the 2019 Major Public Act Report that can be found by visiting

Rep. Zullo Host Successful Flag Drive

Posted on June 25, 2019 by admin

EAST HAVEN – State Representative Joe Zullo hosted a flag drive in June to give East Haven residents the opportunity to properly dispose of their worm American flags in a dignified and respectful way. The worn American flags were retired by American Legion Post #89.

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A Post-Session Thank You

Posted on June 13, 2019 by admin

Having finished my first legislative session at 11:59 p.m. on June 5th, I wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank all of the residents of East Haven for entrusting me with the awesome responsibility of serving as our community’s State Representative in Hartford.

The long days and late nights were trying at times. There were certainly occasions during the past three months that I missed events in town that I wish I could have attended and I appreciate residents’ understand the demands of this new job. However, the experience was entirely humbling and I am proud of the work I was able to undertake in our capitol on behalf of our community.

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Rep. Zullo Votes “No” on State Budget that Hikes Taxes $1.7B

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin

HARTFORD – State Representative Joe Zullo railed against the two-year state budget voted out of the House on Monday, which results in more spending and higher taxes that Connecticut taxpayers and small businesses will be forced to absorb.

“Connecticut families and businesses are leaving this state in record numbers and jobs are not rebounding in Connecticut as they are elsewhere across the country. Now, the majority party’s answer to fixing our state’s economy is to increase taxes by over $1.7 billion dollars and increase spending by another $1 billion dollars. We were forced down this same road under Governor Malloy, and we saw how it ended. Now, we’re repeating the insanity under Governor Lamont, with another ‘tax and spend’ budget that will continue to make it harder for middle class families and small businesses to make ends meet.”

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Rep. Zullo Collecting Tattered U.S. Flags

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin

EAST HAVEN — In anticipation of Flag Day, State Rep. Joe Zullo in cooperation with American Legion Post #89 are encouraging East Haven residents to dispose of their worn American flags in a dignified and respectful way.

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin

HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

“I am new to the legislative process but it seems to me that calling us in for a special session is a waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Rep. Zullo. “If Democrats don’t have the votes for tolls it’s because they are hearing from their constituents that they are against tolls. We need to start focusing on ways we can fund transportation without tolls and creating a plan that improves our economy.”

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