Tax Relief Measures 2024, Digital Equity, Black And Latino Caucus Forum January 9th

January 5, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a great holiday and, Happy New Year! We're about a month away from the start of the legislative session, which begins on February 7th. It's a short session, but I am no less excited to work for you and to make life a little easier to enjoy for the constituents of the 41st district. I want to thank you for your support during the 2023 session and look forward to your backing in 2024!

In our first newsletter of the new year, we take a look at tax relief measures that began on January 1 that stand to benefit a lot of CT taxpayers. Also included is a reminder about the new laws that took effect in our state on January 1 and a plan to expand access to affordable, high-speed internet, devices, and training


What's Our Rep Been Up To?
As the State Representative of the 41st district which encompasses Groton, Mystic, and Stonington, I am incredibly proud to represent our vibrant communities.

I want to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful milestones and experiences that have shaped my journey. My wife and I recently bought a home, and our first year of marriage has been truly beautiful.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your state representative and to work on issues that matter to us all. Protecting the environment, improving transportation, and advocating for a transparent government are just some of the areas I remain focused on.

I feel blessed to uplift local voices and work towards building a stronger community together.

I thank you for your support. Here's to a prosperous and fulfilling year ahead.
Happy New Year! 

Pictured above is one of my favorite moments of the year - kayaking the Mystic River and enjoying the beauty that is our community.

This week marks one year of representing the newly drawn 41st Assembly District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. It has been the honor of my life fighting for the people of Groton, Mystic, and Stonington at our State Capitol!

I could not do this work without my incredible family and a dedicated team in Hartford who tirelessly supported me every step of the way. I celebrate this new year with a renewed commitment to listening, learning, and fighting for what matters most to the constituents I serve.

Along with so many of you, I share an unwavering optimism about the potential of this great district. I am excited to pursue an exciting legislative agenda and we look forward to tackling those priorities this upcoming session!

Today also marks the 14th year since my grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Quiles passed away. I hope to continue to make you proud as a husband, human, and elected official.

Thank you for this incredible opportunity and let’s get back to work!

I had the privilege of visiting the Gemma E. Moran United Way of Southeastern Connecticut / Labor Center Food Center in New London this week. The food center serves as a procurement source and distribution center for all of the food pantries in our area.

They have been operational for 35 years and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food in New London County each year. I enjoyed learning about their plans for future capital improvements so they can continue to meet our region’s food security needs!

Tax Relief Measures for 2024
As a result of fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship in 2023, I am pleased to announce that significant relief is on the way for many Connecticut taxpayers in 2024!

Three tax relief measures took effect on January 1, including the largest income tax cut in state history, an increase in a tax credit aimed at the lowest-income workers, and an expansion of exemptions on certain pension and annuity earnings that will benefit the senior population.

Here's a closer look at the tax cuts, who specifically benefits, and how:

One million filers to benefit from income tax cuts:

The changes enacted in 2024 will see a decrease in the two lowest rates:

  • The 3% rate on the first $10,000 earned by single filers and the first $20,000 by joint filers will drop to 2%.
  • The 5% rate on the next $40,000 earned by single filers and the next $80,000 by joint filers will drop to 4.5%.

The relief targets middle-class tax filers and is capped at $150,000 for single filers and $300,000 for joint filers. This is the first time that rates have been reduced in the state since the mid-1990s and it represents the largest income tax cut enacted in state history.

For more information, single filers click here. For joint filers, click here.
Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers becomes one of the largest in the U.S.

The EITC in Connecticut is increasing from 30.5% to 40% of the federal EITC and will provide an additional $44.6 million in state tax credits to the approximately 211,000 low-income filers who receive the credit. More than 95 percent of filers who receive this credit are families with children.

The Connecticut EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for the lowest income working individuals and families that mirrors the federal EITC.

Expanding certain deductions for IRA distributions and pension and annuity earnings for seniors

The state budget eliminates the retirement income tax cliff by adding a phase-out for allowable pension annuity and IRA distribution deductions against the personal income tax.

Approximately 200,000 filers benefit from the currently enacted retiree exemption limits. It is estimated that with these changes, an additional 100,000 filers could benefit from the elimination of the retirement cliff via the exemption phase-out.

Reminder: New Laws in Effect January 1, 2024
I wanted to remind you that new laws took effect on January 1st. For a complete list, please click on the image below.
Digital Equity
Connecticut is expanding residents’ access to affordable, high-speed internet, devices, and training. The draft plan, as well as executive summaries available in English and Spanish, have been published online and can be found by clicking on the image below.
Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Through January 24
The City of Groton will continue Christmas tree collection each Wednesday through January 24.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Please have your Christmas trees curbside by 7 am for pickup. Also, do not place Christmas trees in plastic bags.

Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Forum January 9th
The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus will hold a forum next Tuesday, January 9 via Zoom. The caucus is seeking input from you - we want to hear your concerns and suggestions about issues concerning Black and Latino communities in the state.

If you are interested in testifying, you must sign up by January 8th at 11:59 PM.

You can click 

here or use the QR code below to sign up. Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes. 
Do not hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or concerns you may have at or 1-800-842-8267.


Aundré Bumgardner
State Representative


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