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Dear Friends & Neighbors, Recently, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) temporarily suspended Eversource’s recent rate increase while it conducts a full review, the purpose of which is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers. PURA has scheduled a formal hearing process for Monday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m....

Irene Haines - budget recap

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...

Irene Haines-Capitol Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope the message finds you well, and that you and your families are healthy and safe. During these difficult times, many in our community have had their lives upended and others are mourning the loss of loved ones. The last book written by Dr. Martin Luther King was titled, “Where...

Irene Haines-Capitol Update

Hartford – State Representatives Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), Irene Haines (R-East Haddam), Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), and Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook), as legislative colleagues representing Middlesex County, sent a letter to Governor Lamont urging him to assemble a more inclusive team of individuals advising his Reopen Connecticut group as well as urging greater transparency.  The letter, which can be viewed here, also...

COVID-19-Slow the Spread

As part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7BB requiring the use of cloth face coverings or higher level protection in public in situations where close contact is unavoidable. The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 20th. The use of masks has been encouraged by...

Masks for Heros

Dear Friends & Neighbors, During this difficult time there are many ways for us to come together as a community to protect our front-line providers during this outbreak. Below are just a few organizations and opportunities to be of service. Masks for Heroes In an effort to help protect first responders and front-line emergency workers,...

CT Recovery Bridge Loan Program

On Thursday (3/26), Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program, which allows Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to apply for one-year, no-interest loans of up to $75,000. Administered through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the loan program...

Rep Haines supports the Balloon Bill

HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) testified before the Environment Committee on Friday, March 6th to advocate for, HB 5339 “An Act Prohibiting the Release of Helium Balloons into the Atmosphere.” We know that the intentional release of Helium and lighter-than-air balloons hurt our environment and present a serious hazard to marine wildlife and...

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...

Small-Business-Saturday

Dear Friends & Neighbors, Now that Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday shopping rush has begun, I encourage you to shop local this season. Shopping local not only helps out our neighbors who own and work at small businesses – it puts money right back into the local economy by ensuring that up to 67%...

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