Weekly Updates & Local Happenings

March 8, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
Property Tax Break for Disabled Connecticut Veterans
This year the 100% Disabled Veteran's Tax Exempt bill will be taken up in Finance Committee, I hope to see, have and help Veterans, Family Members and Advocates come out in support when the bill is heard during the Finance Committee meeting.
Doing this is way overdue to honor and give back to our veterans:
1. Recognition and Gratitude: It acknowledges the sacrifices made by these veterans in service to their country and demonstrates gratitude for their contributions.
2. Financial Relief: Many disabled veterans face financial challenges due to their disabilities. Exempting them from property tax provides financial relief, allowing them to allocate resources to other essential needs.
3. Quality of Life: Property tax exemption can significantly improve the quality of life for disabled veterans, reducing financial stress and allowing them to focus on their health and well-being.
4. Retention and Recruitment: Providing benefits like property tax exemptions can also encourage veterans to stay in Connecticut or move there, contributing to the state's workforce and community.
Click here to read an article on the topic.
International Women's Day
Here's to the women who are breaking barriers, challenging norms, and making the world a better place. Your resilience is truly inspiring.
Public Hearings and Shore Line East Bill
There are 21 public hearings at the Capitol next week! We are at a critical point in the legislative process, where we seek to hear from you, the residents of Connecticut.

If you're interested in testifying, sign up here.
In particular, I hope you can join me Friday, March 15 at 10am, for the Appropriations Committee's public hearing on HB 5006, An Act Restoring Funding to the Shore Line East Rail Line.

The purpose of the bill is to have the Department of Transportation appropriate sufficient funds from the Special Transportation Fund to fund the operation of the Shore Line East rail.

This is a critical bill for our community, so I highly encourage you to testify on this bill if you can!

The deadline to register to speak is Thursday, March 14 at 3pm.

To submit written testimony, click here.

Pushing for Tax Equity
I recently stood with colleagues to join the call for Tax Equity to find solutions to improve & change the tax bracket in Connecticut. A new study revealed the top 1% pays less than 10% of their income to state and local taxes. This is something needing immediate change to insure we all at least pay the same. Those that are rich/super rich should pay just as much as those who make less.
U.S. Coast Guard Class of 2024 Billet Night
It was amazing to sit down with U.S Coast Guard Senior Cadets for a meal, meet with Superintendent Michael Johnston and many other Officers and guest at the City of New London, Connecticut U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the Class of 2024 Billet Night where senior cadets recieved thier operational assignments. The night was full of fun, laghter and excitement as they found where they were going next.
Mitchell College Visit
Thank you to President Espy at Mitchell College, the students, and staff for the invite to hear and learn legislative priorities and the vision for Mitchell College. . It was great to have informative discussion on what the College is doing, the vision and collaborations with our local community.
Early Childhood Event
This week I had the great opportunity to stop by the City of New London, Connecticut New London Public Schools Welcome Center for a Early Childhood Event. It was great to see the many parents and children come out. Numerous books were offered to children, fun games, Raffles and food. Thank you to Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie, Staff and volunteers that continue to serve our community.
Early Voting Information
The presidential primary is coming up, and (for the first time EVER) early voting will be available here in Connecticut! 🗳️

The Early Voting dates for this election have been modified to reflect the Good Friday holiday and Easter Sunday. Early Voting will be held Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 and Saturday, March 30. Presidential Preference Primary Day is Tuesday, April 2, 2024.
Be on the lookout - I’ll be sharing more info. you should know on early voting in the coming days.
"Community Conversation On Navigating Equity in Maternal Health" Event
I had the great opportunity to stop by the "Community Conversation On Navigating Equity in Maternal Health" that was held by the Samaritan House at Connecticut College. Thank you to everyone who helped put together this great event
Sharece Sellem-Hannah's Silence On The Streets Documentary
Great article in regards to Director and playwright Sharece Sellem-Hannah's Silence On The Streets Documentary - New London is a diverse community that values learning from one another and sharing experiences. Whites (Non-Hispanics) constitute about 45% of the town's population, with Hispanics and Blacks making up about 34% and 13%, respectively.

We are excited to announce the upcoming screening of the documentary "Silence on the Streets" will be played at in the City of New London, Connecticut at The Garde Arts Center on April 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm.
This powerful film sheds light on the challenges faced by individuals struggling with addiction and aims to raise awareness and promote understanding. "Silence on the Streets" is a ground-breaking documentary that explores the journey of addiction through the perspective of inner-city minorities and Native Americans.
Young Women's Leadership Day
It's almost that time again!!! where young ladies show up and show out for each other.
Young Women's Leadership Day is back!!
Sign up early to secure your spot.
Regional Innovation Center
Discover the difference between a traditional coworking space and a Regional Innovation Center! This space isn't just about desks and Wi-Fi; it's about fostering collaboration, providing inclusive resources, and empowering growth. Read on and learn how you can be a part of this vibrant community!
Short-Term Job Training Program
Already thinking about your summer plans? Why not make it one you won't forget with a short-term job training program!  The Workforce and Community Education Department is excited to share our schedule of courses being offered this summer. Explore a range of opportunities from Phlebotomy Technician to Real Estate, and now introducing our NEW Community Health Worker program! Click the link for more information on course details. CT State Three Rivers
American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
Receive your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification!! Class starts Saturday, March 16. Sign up online at www.newlondonrec.com or visit us at 111 Union Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov. Don't forget to "Like" my official Facebook page and follow me on Twitter for news and legislative updates.

Anthony Nolan
State Representative

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