Archive for ‘State Legislature’

December 31st, 2013

Town Lawmakers Push for Delay in Gun Registry

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Several Republican lawmakers including Wolcott State Rep. Rob Sampson and 16th District Senator Joe Markley for extending the Tuesday deadline to register assault weapons in response to long lines of gun owners waiting at state police locations to comply with new firearm regulations.The long lines have been caused by a deadline set in April when the state adopted new gun control restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The statute expanded the number of guns prohibited under Connecticut’s assault weapons ban. It gave gun owners who bought the banned guns before the change until Jan. 1 to register to keep the weapons.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that about 25,000 Connecticut residents had registered assault weapons as of Dec. 25.

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August 8th, 2012

Risk Reduction Law Increases Risks to Public Safety

by Christopher O'Brien

Rep. Rob Sampson

Crime has been on the forefront of people’s minds and in the news headlines lately due to many violent shootings and deaths in some of Connecticut’s largest cities this summer.

Since the legislative session ended in May, I have been able to meet with many folks in the district and one of the big issues that continues to be brought up is the decision to repeal the death penalty.

Who can forget this past April when Governor Malloy and the majority in the legislature pushed to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty instead of addressing its flaws to make it a workable law? Under the repeal law no one convicted of capital felony murder would be executed prospectively except for those 11 men currently on death row.

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July 5th, 2011

Public Hearing Tonight on Legislative Districts

by LonSeidman

Waterbury has five state representatives. The 73rd extends from Bucks Hill to Bunker Hill, but the 72nd wraps around it


What do you think of the picture to the side? Does it look like a child scrawled lines this way and that in a random fashion? Or do you think it is a fair representation of how Connecticut should be represented in Congress?

Because of the 2010 Census, the lines of Connecticut’s 5 Congressional, 36 State Senatorial, and 151 State Legislative districts are at stake.

Congressional Districts

Connecticut's five Congressional Districts could become a pretty good jigsaw puzzle, particularly near the center

Tonight you can give your opinion at Waterbury City Hall at 7 pm in a public hearing which will include an equally bipartisan group of legislators will draw the fate of Connecticut politics for the next decade. According to the Constitution, re apportionment must be undertaken by the states to ensure fair and equal representation in Congress. A similar obligation exists under the State Constitution for state offices. The result of what ‘fair’ is, however… has been disputed for over 200 years. Generally it means that a roughly equal number of citizens are represented by any one legislator. In Connecticut, they’ve come pretty close, with no district being represented by more than 3 people more than any other.

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June 30th, 2011

New Taxes Take Affect Today

by LonSeidman

Local Wolcott property taxes are due on July 1st. They can be paid by mail, or online. Go to www.wolcottct.org to pay these.

State Senator Joe Markley has a summary of the taxes taking affect on July 1st. Some of the income taxes are retroactive to January 1st as well. State taxes which go into affect on July 1st include:

JULY 1ST
Sales and Use Taxes:

The general sales and use tax rate increases from 6% to 6.35%; (make sure your cash register is reprogrammed!)

The room occupancy tax increases from 12% to 15%;

Renting or leasing of a car for 30 days or less increases to 9.35%;

Luxury tax of 7% for cars more than $50,000, boats more than $100,000, jewelry more than $5,000, clothing or footwear, handbag, luggage, umbrella, wallet or watch more than $1,000.

Service Taxes:
Valet parking provided at any airport;

Yoga instruction provided at a yoga studio;
Read the full list of taxes here

June 30th, 2011

How Much Will Wolcott Lose in ‘Plan B’?

by LonSeidman

After last week’s union rejection of an agreement with state government, the pointing of fingers has begun. Yet, those fingers aren’t willing to plug the $1.4 to 3 Billion leak in the state budget’s dam. But what exactly will change is yet to be seen. Constitutionally, it seems that the legislature is in control of the state budget still. Even after adjourning their session on June 8th, it is that branch of government who controls the state’s purse strings. Last Friday the Governor ordered them back into session. If he could make budget cuts – or at least budget cuts to the extent necessary to balance the budget – himself, he could have done so without summoning them back to the Capitol.

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June 15th, 2011

The Tax Man Is On The Way

by LonSeidman

Taxpayers won’t notice the new income tax increase immediately, but that’s because the increased withholding, which is retroactive to January won’t be taken out of their checks until Aug. 1.
As part of the two-year, $40.11 billion state budget that still has to be ratified by the state employee unions, income taxes were expanded and increased and the property tax exemption was reduced for middle income earners.
The income tax click to continue reading at CTNewsJunkie

June 8th, 2011

Legislature Debates New Hospital Buildings In Closing Hours of Session

by LonSeidman

Nearly two years after Sen. Dodd attempted to bring $990 million to Connecticut to rebuild the UConn health center, the legislature began debating the subject again one day before the end of session. It was a proposal which arose earlier this session but previously was thought to be dead.

“This proposal is about creating jobs throughout the state,” said sponsor Roberta Willis D-Salisbury. “Every project we pile on impacts the budget. Our debt service is already around 11%,” countered Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford. “If our revenues don’t stand as expected, we’ll have to cancel bond projects.”

Other proposals affecting

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May 22nd, 2011

Opinion: Legislature Disregards Logic

by LonSeidman

While the state grappled with a multibillion dollar budget crisis, some state legislators, including Sen. Beth Bye of West Harford, Reps. Holder-Winfield of New Haven and Geoff Luxenberg of Manchester worked on a bill to extend the current protections for housing, workplace, and other facets of life to people who are confused on whether they are male or female. Perhaps, well meaning, but legislators are not considering the confusion this legislation will cause to the public.

Trans-gendered people suffer from Sexual Identity Disorder, a problem recognized by

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May 2nd, 2011

Vote on Malloy’s Tax, Budget Expected Today in State Senate

by LonSeidman

Gov. Dannel Malloy

In case you want some light Monday morning reading, the Governor’s proposed budget can be found here: 2012-2013 Proposed Budget

Sources at the Capitol inform the Whisper that the State Senate debate on Governor Malloy’s proposed state budget will begin on Monday. The proposal includes dozens of new taxes and tax increases including those on income, sales, real estate, and many others. One tax will be missing is Malloy’s proposal to increase the state gas tax by three cents. Republicans and taxpayer groups point out that Connecticut’s gas tax has already increased by at least 7 cents in the past month. This is because Connecticut has two separate taxes on gas. One is a twenty three cent tax, and another is a 7% gross receipts tax. As the price of gas rises, this tax also rises by 7%, growing the amount payable to the state.

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UPDATE: The 3 cent gas tax is eliminated, but the diesel tax will by increase 4 cents.
For a list of all of the proposed taxes, click here
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Wolcott is expected to receive

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April 4th, 2011

In Time For Tax Day: Mayor, Legislators Hold Budget Discussions

by LonSeidman

With just over a week before Tax Day, discussions in Town Hall tonight and tommorwo will revolve around exactly how your money will be spent at the Town and State levels. With a sluggish economy and towns tightening their belts, residents in Wolcott are anxious over whether or not their tax burden will increase or decrease. Gov. Malloy has proposed a variety of increases in taxes, including the sales tax and gas tax. A number of additional special taxes are being proposed in addition to an increase in next year’s budget by over $100 million.

Markley and Sampson will hold a Town Hall meeting tonight from 6 – 8 pm at

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