MORE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NEWS!
I just wanted to let you know that the state recently allocated $15 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal CARES Act money, to fund innovative workforce programs that will provide job training to more than 1,000 displaced workers in the state and connect them to high-growth, in-demand jobs.
More information can be found by clicking HERE.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 6:00 PM
Record Journal "Voices" asks about the Education MBR (Minimum Budget Requirement) and Local Control
The Record Journal asked:
“Connecticut’s Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) prohibits a municipality from budgeting less for education than it did the previous year. Philosophically, do you agree with this means of state control over local town budgeting? Do you believe that a town like Wallingford, with declining student enrollment, should have more control over education funding, the same way it does on other vital services like public safety and public works?”
“I understand the need for the MBR due to the fact that annually the state contributes millions of dollars for local education expenses. If the MBR went away, then arguably a municipality could artificially decrease their local education budget and seek more from the state, thereby burdening the taxpayers of other towns. On the other hand, I do think that municipalities should have the ability to reduce their budget based upon certain changed conditions. For that reason, in 2019 I co-sponsored HB5087, which would permit a municipality to reduce its education budget due to declining enrollment; HB5180, which would permit a decrease if a special education student was being serviced by a different school district; and HB5243, which would permit a decrease if the state reduced its contribution. Local elected officials should have more control over local budgets, and I am proud to be a part of these discussions in Hartford.”
Click HERE to read the full article.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00 AM
Lauren Takores of the Record Journal Newspaper asks: “Eversource was criticized for implementing a rate increase in July, and then for prolonged power outages following tropical storm Isiasas in August, to the point where the legislature stepped in and created regulations around compensation for customers and the long power outages. What more should be done to ensure that the most vulnerable aren’t taken advantage of by utility companies?”
Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:58 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:41 AM
Yesterday afternoon, I joined some state and town officials at Dag Hammarskold Middle School in Wallingford, for a very interesting and informative demonstration and test ride of an fully electric school bus. Discussions are taking place regarding the possibility of state grants being made available to exchange old diesel buses for these new electric ones.
Thank you to Lion Electric Co., and officials from Wallingford Public Schools, Wallingford Electric Division and Durham School Services for providing this opportunity, answering our many questions, and presenting more transportation options to the district.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:58 AM
Letter to the Editor of the Record Journal: "Let's turn CT around"
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:22 PM
Letter to the Editor of the Record Journal: "Re-elect Craig Fishbein"
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:55 PM
GREAT NEWS FOR CT SMALL BUSINESSES!
I just wanted to share with you that the state is launching the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.
More information can be found HERE:
Sunday, October 18, 2020 11:12 PM
Letter to Editor of Record Journal: "End one-party rule"
Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:47 AM
Letter to Editor of Cheshire Herald: "Fishbein is the Right Person for the 90th District"
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:24 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 5:29 PM
Saturday, October 10, 2020 8:15 AM
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Friday, October 2, 2020 10:14 AM
Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:50 PM
Rep. Fishbein Once Again Stands Up For Electric Rate Payers
"The recent storms that ripped through Connecticut devastated electric infrastructure and forced people to go without electricity and other basic needs for days on end. That situation was more than inconvenient, it was dangerous, and I'm pleased we were able to pass this bipartisan legislation to provide benchmarks that will hold public electricity providers accountable when they fail to meet the basic needs of their customers..."
Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:38 AM
DMV amends extension of deadlines for several credentials
Please be aware that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is extending deadlines again for several expiring credentials. The change impacts credentials that expired between March 10, 2020 through November 30, 2020. Late fees will be waived for qualifying credentials.
Deadlines have been extended for the following DMV transactions:
-- All licenses, permits, and identification cards, including commercial driver’s licenses
-- Motor vehicle and boat registrations
-- Emissions testing and retesting
-- Permanent disability placard
For more information, please click here: HERE
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:04 PM
Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:11 PM
ENDORSED! By the CCDL and NRA
While my opponent is endorsed by groups that want to de-fund the police, and further restrict your ability to lawfully defend yourself in your own home, I have an actual record of supporting law enforcement, victims of crimes, and our right to defend ourselves. THANK YOU to the CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League) for their endorsement of my campaign,
and to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action for my "A" rating based upon my record.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:36 PM
Monday, September 21, 2020 9:24 AM
"An Employer's Guide to CT's new Paid Family Leave Program (PFMLA)"
Recently, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a new website – www.CTPaidLeave.org – the goal of which is helping Connecticut businesses and residents to understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities based on the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA).
The Connecticut Paid Leave program is set to begin on January 1, 2021, making the new website a vital tool for all impacted employees, employers, sole proprietors and self-employed individuals to understand their roles and responsibilities. Paid Leave program benefits become accessible to qualified employees beginning on January 1, 2022.
The new website serves as more than just an informational guide to the new PFMLA legislation, but also provides many of the tools needed by employers, employees, third-party administrators and healthcare professionals to begin preparing for and implementing the changes necessitated by this new program.
Some of these tools include:
· Downloadable fact sheets, video guides and timelines specific to employer, employee and sole proprietor/self-employed individuals' needs.
· An estimator tool to help employees anticipate payroll deductions. (The program is funded through payroll deductions)
· Resources for sole proprietors and self-employed individuals interested in opting in to the program.
· Resources for employers interested in applying for an exemption from the program.
· Resources specific to all business types on how to register with the CT Paid Leave Authority.
· Frequently Asked Questions that are updated periodically to include the most common inquiries as this new program is rolled out.
I hope that you find this website's information to be helpful to you, yours family, and your business.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:53 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 9:31 AM
Wallingford Police Department to Conduct Their Annual School Supplies Drive
On Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Wallingford Police Department, Community Police Division will again sponsor its yearly School Supplies Drive.
COVID-19 has caused a greater need for supplies due to the fact that as a safety precaution, these items may not be shared between students.
As a result, this year, there is a special request for masks and calculators, in addition to standard supplies such as backpacks, pens, pencils and crayons, rulers, glue sticks, paper and notebooks.
Officers will be wearing face masks and stationed in the rear parking lot of the police department located at 135 North Main Street to accept donations. Those who wish to donate will not need to leave their vehicles and can exit our parking lot onto Center Street.
Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through these difficult times.
Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:34 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:09 PM
ENDORSED BY THE INDEPENDENT PARTY OF CT!!!
I'm excited to announce that, as in previous years, I have received the endorsement of The Independent Party of Connecticut, CT's 3rd-Largest Political Party. This group has a long history of endorsing independent-minded people, and my voting record certainly supports that.To me, it is not about whether it is their bill, or our bill, it is more about if it is a good bill, or a bad bill. Thank you to the Independent Party of CT for supporting me in that thought process. #NovemberElection #CheshireCT #WallingfordCT #Fishbein4CT
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:33 AM
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:35 PM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:35 PM
Monday, June 29, 2020 5:35 PM
PLASTIC GROCERY BAG FEE RE-STARTS IN JUST TWO DAYS!
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM DRS, DEEP, and DPH
Please be advised that the above administrative agencies have determined that re-usable grocery bags "do not serve as a significant source of infection for COVID-19" and are therefore re-imposing the plastic bag tax, effective July 1, 2020. Their joint press release is here: CT says, "Re-Usable Grocery Bags Don't Spread COVID-19 Anymore".
Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:50 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:25 AM
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE DEPT. OF LABOR RE: PEUC FILERS
Please be advised that letters are going out this Monday (6/29/2020) to some Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) filers who are close to exhausting their federal benefits. (That is the federal program which allowed for an extension of 13 weeks to those that had already exhausted their traditional benefits.) The letters will indicate that those filers should wait until end of PEUC federal payments to apply for possible state extended benefits so as to prevent overlap, and facilitate smooth transition. (More info is on the DOL release here: DOL Release Re: PEUC Filers - 6/25/2020)
Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:03 AM
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Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:05 PM
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Sunday, June 21, 2020 3:52 PM
Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:31 PM
Friday, June 19, 2020 7:04 PM
Friday, June 19, 2020 2:21 PM
NEW re-opening information for Cheshire Parks, Pool and Library
Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #HopesAndPrayers #CheshireCT
Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:21 PM
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