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Budget Recap

TAXESAugust 11, 2020

This year’s state budget was written and passed without any input from House or Senate Republicans.  We had a nearly 600-page budget document dropped on us Sunday night before the vote on Monday. I voted against the budget because it was loaded with nearly $12 billion in new taxes and hits to small businesses without...

Public Hearing on Tolls

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Governor’s most recent proposal to install tolls on our highways has now been made public and will have a public hearing at the Legislative Office Building this Friday at 1p.m. The 32-page document outlines their plan to add 12 toll gantries for “Large Commercial Trucks” at specific bridges around the...

Meal Tax-October 1, 2019

HARTFORD – Today Senate and House Republican lawmakers held a press conference regarding newly released details on the “meals tax” included in the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019. According to a Department of Revenue Services policy statement issued this week, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a...

State Budget

Years of bad policies in Hartford have led to our state’s economy lagging behind the rest of the country. We have all seen the lists of lasts and the statistics about Connecticut’s job losses and lack of wage growth. We can’t forget that behind those numbers are people, families struggling to get ahead. I approached...

Haines anti-toll rally at Capitol
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Talk about adding tolls to Connecticut highways has been going on for years, and this year was no exception with several bills coming before legislative committees.  Despite the governor’s flip-flop on trucks-only tolling, ill-defined plans with varying numbers of toll gantries and which highways would be tolled, and the Democrats’ push to raise an additional...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Many constituents have reached out to express their concerns about proposals to install tolls on Connecticut highways including I-91, I-84 and in some proposed bills, potentially any other “limited access” road. Last week, I hosted a regional forum in East Hampton featuring Transportation Committee Ranking Members Laura Devlin and Henri Martin...

Irene Haines-Capitol Update

Dear Neighbors, This Friday, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee of the General Assembly will be holding a public hearing on Governor Lamont’s proposed revenue budget and the Senate Democrat Leader’s proposal to institute a statewide property tax and a statewide car tax. As you may have heard, Governor Lamont’s proposed budget expands many taxes,...

Tolls Survey - 34th District

  Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey on plans to install tolls on highways across Connecticut. There are alternatives, the House and Senate Republican Caucuses have continued to advocate for the Prioritize Progress Plan to fund our transportation needs. Working families and small businesses can’t afford a costly burden on daily commutes.

TAXES-Rep. Haines Proposes Legislation to Ease Burdens on Business

State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) submitted legislative proposals to eliminate the state’s Business Entity Tax and revise the depreciation schedule for commercial construction equipment. The Business Entity Tax (BET) is $250 fee paid every other year by all types of businesses: S corporations, LLCs, SMLLCs, LLPs, and LPs in order to obtain a certificate from...

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