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Current News & Issues
FUTURE LEADERS CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY IN HAMDEN
I joined 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Spring Glen Elementary School in my hometown of Hamden to celebrate Constitution Day, and speak with our future leaders about our democracy.
MEET THE LEADERS FEATURES DISCUSSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM & BUSINESS CLIMATE
I was joined by my colleague State Rep. William Tong of Stamford for a taping of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders show to discuss criminal justice reform and Connecticut’s business climate. Rep. Tong is the House Chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and I recently appointed him co-chair of the permanent Commission on Economic Competitiveness. WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS INPUT IN SHAPING STATE BUDGET
Last month I was invited to submit an article for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Capitol Report newsletter. I pointed out that by reducing property taxes, investing in our transportation system, and listening to the concerns of business, this budget begins to set Connecticut on a more stable path toward future economic growth.
READ MY ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
SPEAKER SHARKEY HAILS POSITIVE ECONOMIC INDICATORS/BLASTS GOP NEGATIVITY
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey hailed this week’s positive economic news and urged Republicans to stop gleefully predicting economic doom. READ MORE
PROTECTING "THE PRESERVE"
I was part of a major win for the environment today as 1,000 acres of open space spanning Essex, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook known as “The Preserve” became protected public land. READ MORE
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY IN HAMDEN WILL HAVE TO PAY TAX ON HOMES RENTED TO STUDENTS
“I’m very thankful for Speaker Sharkey and the Hamden delegation’s leadership and support in getting this bill passed to begin getting Quinnipiac to pay their fair share toward the expenses incurred by their host community of Hamden,” Hamden Mayor Curt Leng said.
READ THE ENTIRE NEW HAVEN REGISTER ARTICLE HERE
ROOTING FOR STATE TO FAIL IS NOT LEADERSHIP
I point out in an op-ed that appeared in the Hartford Courant today how the constant negative rhetoric being spewed by state Republicans these days hurts our state and exposes a lack of leadership in the minority party. READ MY OP-ED IN THE COURANT HERE
COMPANIES GET TAX BREAK ON BUSINESS VEHICLES
I joined with some of my fellow Hamden legislators to visit Bob Williams, owner of Auto Sales II in town, to bring attention to the property tax savings businesses with motor vehicles can expect under the new state budget. READ MORE
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ENHANCED FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
At the Center for Latino Progress’ Champion Award Breakfast last week, I was recognized, along with my colleague Rep. Juan Candelaria of New Haven and former Rep. Kelvin Roldan of Hartford Public Schools, for playing a small role in helping get legislation passed that will help shrink the achievement gap for the 30,000 thousand English Language Learner students in Connecticut schools. READ MORE
COLLEGES & HOSPITALS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO TOWNS’ TAX BASE LIKE FAMILIES & BUSINESSES
The Journal Inquirer newspaper published an article today about my legislation that will help preserve a town’s tax base and ease the property tax burden on families and businesses. READ MORE
STATE BUDGET LOWERS PROPERTY TAXES, INVESTS IN TRANSPORTATION, REDUCES BUSINESS TAX HIKES
As a guest on Fox 61’s Real Story program this past weekend, I described some of the benefits families and businesses will see as part of the new state budget adopted by the legislature last week, which includes reductions in local property taxes, long-term investment in our outdated transportation infrastructure, and a rollback of some business tax hikes.
REDUCING RELIANCE ON PROPERTY TAXES & UPGRADING AGING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Speaking at a Metro Hartford Alliance event just prior to tee-off at the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am Day, I emphasized how important it is for our future economy that we reduce costs and property taxes in our cities and towns, and make long-term investments in improving our state’s outdated transportation system.
MAYORS UNDERSTAND IMPORTANCE OF STATE AID TO TOWNS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES
Seven mayors from throughout Connecticut joined me and other legislative leaders at the State Capitol today to praise the state budget passed last week by the General Assembly, pointing out how it provides increased public school aid and PILOT payments while cutting one of the most burdensome taxes in the state - the local property tax.