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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:37 AM

Republican Delegates UNANIMOUSLY Endorse our Re-Election Campaign!

Last night, the delegates to the Republican Convention for the 90th District unanimously supported my campaign for re-election. I am very proud of my record fighting for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the delegates, and here's hoping that at least 50% +1 of the voters in Wallingford and Middlefield agree with their selection in November! #NovemberElection #Fishbein4CT Fishbein4ct.com


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:42 PM

National Police Week is May 11-17, 2022

THANK YOU to those that Protect and Serve!


Monday, May 2, 2022 10:29 PM

Catalytic Converter Bill Passes

Tonight, we passed SB 256 (a bill that went through both the Public Safety Committee, and the Judiciary Committee) to tackle the incredible increase of catalytic converter theft by prohibiting scrap yards and recyclers from accepting them unless attached to a vehicle or marked with an identifiable stock number. The legislation also requires scrap dealers to keep detailed records.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022 7:13 PM

CT Humane Society (and Puppies) Visit the Capitol

The visit was too short, but spending a few minutes with adorable puppies from the CT Humane Society was a nice way to break up a long legislative session day.I want to thank the Society for bringing these wonderful, adoptable animals to the Capitol and highlighting the importance of pet adoption.
 
If you'd like more information on pet adoption, please go to their website at: https://cthumane.org/


Saturday, April 16, 2022 12:31 PM

"Drug Take Back Day" is April 30th

I just wanted you to know that Saturday, April 30th, is National Drug Take Back Day. This is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.
 
In WALLINGFORD Police Department is holding the event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the police station parking lot located at 135 N. Main St. Drivers will be able to pull in, hand over the items and exit without having to leave their vehicle.
 
In MIDDLEFIELD, it will take place at the Middlefield Resident Troopers Office, located at 405 Main St, and you can also call their non-emergency number (860)349-9685 for more information
For even more information, including locations of other drop-offs, please click HERE:


Tuesday, April 12, 2022 9:41 AM

Rep. Fishbein participates in Workforce Development Roundtable Discussion

“Supporting the business community needs to be more than platitudes. We must listen to their needs, and make sure our laws don’t hamper their ability to hire qualified employees,” State Rep. Craig Fishbein said. “The manufacturing and construction industry have distinctly different hiring needs than small retail or healthcare employers. We must do more to support workforce development across all sectors.”

(Please click title of news item for more information.)


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10:33 PM

The CT Renters’ Rebate Program is accepting applications

The CT Renters’ Rebate Program is accepting applications from now through October 1 for elderly and disabled renters. For additional questions, please contact the Renters’ Rebate Hotline at 860-418-6377 or online at Renters Rebate For Elderly/Disabled Renters Tax Relief Program (ct.gov)which can be accessed HERE.


Monday, April 4, 2022 8:17 PM

Rep. Fishbein and the Judiciary Committee Favorably Vote for Bill Strengthening Juvenile Justice Laws

 

“Over the last year, House Republicans have traversed the state calling for changes to the policies and procedures in our Juvenile Justice system. I’m pleased to announce that through negotiation and compromise many of the important provisions we’ve advocated for will be realized,” Rep. Craig Fishbein, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee said. More information is available HERE.


Friday, April 1, 2022 9:12 PM

Kickball for a CAUSE! (Connecticut Foodshare)

Please join us on Monday, April 11th at 4:30 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park for the Inaugural CGA Kickball Classic.

This fun charity event will probably make you laugh and is GUARANTEED to make you feel good with ALL of the proceeds being donated to Connecticut Foodshare. Connecticut Foodshare, according to the website, “supports individuals and families – from one end of the state to the other – by addressing root causes, creating long-term solutions, and distributing nutritious food through local partner programs in an effort to alleviate hunger.”

The ONLY thing better than spending a Monday evening at the park watching your favorite legislators run around the bases like they’re at fifth grade recess is knowing you helped a great cause!

If you want to witness the sporting spectacle of the session, GET YOUR TICKETS here!


Wednesday, March 9, 2022 6:27 PM

CCDL Legislator of the Year Award!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League), Connecticut's main gun rights group, comprised of 42,000 members strong, for voting me their 2021 LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR!


Wednesday, March 2, 2022 5:55 PM

Celebrating Read Across America Day!

Keeping with tradition and in celebration of Read Across America Day, today I was honored to join Ms. Porto’s 4th grade class at Pond Hill Elementary School to encourage reading and promote literacy.
 
The kids were able to enjoy a brief break from their normal class routine while I read “If I Ran Your School” and “Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth.”

 

 
Thanks again for hosting me!


Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:09 PM

Rep. Fishbein and Fellow House Republicans Unveil Full Legislative Proposals

Yesterday, the House Republican Caucus outlined our full legislative proposals for the 2022 Legislative Session to focus on restoring public safety, establishing good government practices, making Connecticut more affordable, ensuring educational resources are available to all students and addressing the needs of Connecticut's businesses. Our plan focuses on five key initiatives to tackle the most important issues facing Connecticut residents. To read our detailed proposals, please click HERE


Wednesday, February 2, 2022 10:19 PM

Rep. Fishbein and Fellow House Republicans Present Plan to Address Connecticut's Crime Crisis

Today, I joined my House Republican colleagues for a news conference outlining our legislative proposals addressing Connecticut’s crime crisis. We were also joined by victims and advocates to explain how the crisis has impacted them.

Our proposals are the result of months of discussions between law enforcement, crime victims, advocates, concerned citizens, government agencies and other stakeholders.

You can view our proposals here https://www.cthousegop.com/safety, and watch the news conference here: https://youtu.be/6_X3YDGq5Hs


Monday, January 31, 2022 4:45 PM

Meeting with members of the CT Apartment Association (CTAA)

Great meeting with members of the Connecticut Apartment Association (CTAA) discussing the difficulties of providing Connecticut residents with a vital service - that being clean, safe and adequate housing stock. Unfortunately, some denigrate the efforts of landlords to provide this service. I for one appreciate the efforts of these business people.


Friday, January 28, 2022 5:00 PM

Please Protect Your Animals from Cold Temperatures

With the potential for major snow this weekend, and with temperatures expected to stay low and wind chills making it feel even colder, it’s important to think about the care of your pets, too!

Some animals, like our state’s beloved Husky, enjoy being outside in the cold and snow, but even they have their limits. Leaving animals exposed to extreme weather is cruel, can be deadly for them, and could be against the law.

If you suspect abuse locally, please contact: Cheshire Animal Control, Wallingford Animal Control or your local police department.

The ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States offer good information and tips to keep animals safe and healthy.

To make sure your pets are properly protected and cared for, the Humane Society offers the following five tips to protect pets in winter, and guidelines on what to do if you suspect animals are being mistreated.

  • Keep pets sheltered
  • Bundle up, wipe down
  • Remove common poisons
  • Protect outdoor animals
  • Speak out

If you suspect an animal is being abused, including being left outside in extreme heat or cold, please:


Tuesday, January 25, 2022 10:23 AM

"An Honor and Pleasure" - From the RJ Newspaper 1/25/2022

AN HONOR AND PLEASURE
 
Editor:
 
It continues to be an honor and pleasure to represent my constituents in the legislature - standing up for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. I just wanted you to know that I recently filed to run, once again, for another term as State Representative.
During my tenure in the legislature, I have served on various committees, and gained diverse knowledge in many areas. I currently serve as the House Ranking Member (meaning that I am the House Republican Leader) on the Judiciary Committee, and also serve on the Environment Committee, as well as the Government Accountability & Elections Committee.
 
Through the state’s recent re-districting process, the 90th district has changed. Cheshire is no longer a part, but it has expanded easterly to include more of Wallingford, as well as all of Middlefield.
 
The possibility of representing Middlefield is especially heartwarming for me. Until their passing, my maternal grandparents lived there for many years, and my family runs a factory in town. I used to work there during summers from college. Through them, I have been a part of Middlefield for decades. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to represent Middlefield, and I just know that my grandparents are looking down proudly.
 
Connecticut needs to change its direction, fiscally and philosophically. Guided by the above principles, I have sought that change. As we head toward next November, I respectfully request that, should you support my efforts, you consider supporting my re-election. With that in mind, please know that campaign webpage is: www.Fishbein4ct.com, and through there we are presently seeking campaign donations.
 
A very happy 2022 to you and yours. I thank you in advance for your kind support, and look forward to another successful campaign for state office.
 
Very truly yours,
 
CRAIG C. FISHBEIN


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:25 AM

Tax Season Information, Tips and Deadlines

With tax season rapidly approaching, I wanted to provide you with some information from the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) that includes deadlines, filing tips and links to programs that are available to assist you.
The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed is Monday, April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers.
Please click HERE for more information, including links for tips or filing assistance.


Monday, January 17, 2022 10:25 AM

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of compelling words and peaceful action, toward a just cause. Felled in his prime, sadly we will never know the mountaintops he would have reached, had he lived longer. Here, is just one of my favorite quotes:

 


Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:47 PM

International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

I just wanted you to know that today is INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY.

Human trafficking is abhorrent in any form, and strengthening state law to put an end to these abuses was one of my top priorities in the legislature last year, where I was proud to work with my colleagues to help draft and amend House Bill 6657 “An Act Concerning Human Trafficking”

More information and a link to this important legislation can be found here: https://www.cthousegop.com/fishbein/january-11th-is-international-human-trafficking-awareness-day/


Sunday, January 9, 2022 2:46 PM

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today is NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY. Law enforcement is one of the very few jobs where daily a member leaves their home to work a shift, with those left not knowing if their loved one will ever be returning alive, nor in what condition. Today, if the opportunity arises, please thank a member of law enforcement for being one of the many first responders willing to keep us safe, no matter the threat. #THANKYOU #BackTheBlue #REfundThePolice


Friday, January 7, 2022 10:46 AM

Please Take My Legislative Survey Online

With the 2022 Legislative Session beginning on February 9th, I'd like to know which issues you believe are priorities.
 
With that in mind, I invite you to complete my brief 2022 Legislative Session Online Survey and provide your perspective on various topics, including: taxes and spending, the state's handling of the pandemic, the governor's emergency powers, government transparency, and many others.
I thank you in advance for your kind attention to this matter.
 
You can access the survey HERE.


Monday, November 2, 2020 12:13 PM

My "Candidate Profile" from the Cheshire Herald Newspaper

Craig Fishbein

Age: 55

Occupation: Attorney at FishbeinLaw Firm, LLC practicing Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Family Law and General Civil Litigation.

Reason for Running: In Hartford, I have fought for (and will continue to fight for) smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. I have fought not only the other party, but my own. I vote on matters not based upon the identity of its sponsor, but rather whether the item makes for proper government and sets Connecticut back on the right path. 

I tend to ask a lot of questions — some say too many questions. But, from my perspective, questions are necessary. Those in Hartford are not used to being questioned. I know for a fact that I have compelled change in Hartford, as well as a level of respect, for my knowledge and interpretation of the written word, as well as my skills of persuasion and negotiation. 

There are many times that I look around the room and imagine the many people that filled it prior to my tenure, and I truly get chills. Serving in the legislature has been an absolutely stupendous, fantastic, and exhilarating time, and I would like to continue in that position, fighting for the betterment of our state and the constituents of my district.

Three Critical Issues:

1. Pandemic Response: People are still significantly affected by the pandemic and now there appears to be a second wave mounting. Over the last six months, being a state representative drastically shifted to almost full time constituent services. For me, this meant contacting various departments, most commonly the Department of Labor, for many constituents that were having issues getting through to them about unemployment benefits. Timely dissemination of information also became extremely important. People just wanted to know what was going on, and when will it end (if ever). I am honored that I was able to help so many people (unfortunately) in their newfound time of need. Over the next months, our state will more than likely face even greater unemployment and business closings, and we will need to be prepared for a wave of even poorer economic activity than that of spring and fall.

2. Unfunded State Pension Liabilities: For years, these continuing obligations have gone on with our state government turning a blind eye. There is enough blame to go around to hit just about everyone who has been in power over that time. From my perspective, these are obligations that should be honored. The state pension crisis should be addressed by focusing attention on paying down the liability. The means are necessary, the attention needs to be focused. To that end, in 2018 we created a “budget volatility cap” which mandates that revenues over a certain amount are required to be applied to the unfunded pension debt. Through the imposition of this new procedure, the state recently paid $60 million toward this liability. That is sound fiscal policy, by addressing the shortfall through present revenue streams, instead of raising taxes — as that would unnecessarily hamper the economy.

3. Reducing Spending and Taxes: If we reduce taxes, people spend more in the private sector. If people spend more in the private sector, there will be more private sector jobs. If there are more private sector jobs then there are less people on public assistance programs. If there are less people on public assistance programs, there is a greater level of personal worth, and less need for tax dollars. It is cyclical, and it works. One of the hardest things about being in Hartford is that almost everyone is looking for money. For some legislators, it is easy to say “yes” to everyone. I recognize that, after years of (what some call) extravagant spending, and borrowing to pay for the spending, the time of reckoning is well upon us. In the end, it is hard to say no to the numerous requests, but those in Hartford have to put the future of our state at the forefront.


Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:27 PM

Protecting Our Families - Supporting Our Police - Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

I am proud of my record of supporting rank and file law enforcement personnel, as well as legislation focused on keeping our families and communities safe.


Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:21 PM

Increasing Our Safety - Protecting Our Children - Protecting Our Pets


Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:14 PM

Fiscal Accountability - Limited Government - Experienced Leadership


Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:08 PM

Creating a More Affordable Connecticut and Protecting Our Families



Friday, October 30, 2020 12:23 PM

Letter to the Editor of the Record Journal: "Fishbein Does His Homework"



Friday, October 30, 2020 12:20 PM

State Relaunches Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP)

I just wanted to let you know that the state and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have relaunched a rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19. The State will be offering assistance to landlords on behalf of renter households in order to prevent eviction actions.
 
Please click HERE for more information.


Monday, October 26, 2020 2:10 PM

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?”

My answer:

“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

VIDEO: My answer to the energy policy question at the WCW's Candidate Forum, 10/21/2020

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?”



Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:41 AM

Rep. Fishbein Learns More About Electric School Buses

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.


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:


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:24 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month




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


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.


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

The Recent "Insulin Bill" and Its Collateral Consequences


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.




Monday, August 31, 2020 5:21 PM

CT'S NEW ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS









Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:35 PM

Sorry to say but ... TAX DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING


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".

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #HopesAndPrayers


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

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #HopesAndPrayers


Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:32 AM

Governor Lamont's unilateral May 20 Re-Opening Guidelines

Here are Governor Lamont's unilateral Re-Opening Guidelines as issued yesterday.

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers


Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:28 AM

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS FROM DEPT. OF LABOR(FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED)

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS FROM DEPT. OF LABOR(FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED)
For the self-employed that have been waiting for the Dept. of Labor's red PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) button to finally appear, it ... is ... HERE! (Finally...) http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/UI-OnLine/index.htm Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers





Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:51 PM

FISHBEIN SUBMITS FOI REQUEST TO GOV. LAMONT


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:22 PM

Info about the new federal unemployment compensation programs

There have been quite a few questions about the new unemployment compensation programs created by the federal government. Here is a document that addresses the most common questions. I hope you find it to be helpful.

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers


Monday, April 27, 2020 8:48 PM

COVID-19 statistics from CTDPH for 4/27/2020


Monday, April 27, 2020 6:13 PM

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE CT DEPT. OF LABOR


Sunday, April 26, 2020 2:19 PM

News from the Feds: "Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-America Response"

Some have asked what the federal government is doing about the pandemic. Here is the most recent cumulative report issued for today's daily briefing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-America Response Daily Briefing Report - 2/26/2020

I hope that you find it to be helpful.



Friday, April 24, 2020 10:04 AM

Guidance from CTDOL on Federal Unemployment Programs

In the past weeks, I have received a lot of questions about new unemployment programs created by the federal government, and when people can apply for them. Unfortunately here in Connecticut, the DOL has yet to put these into place. Here is the latest guidance from them on these programs.

http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF

I hope you find it helpful.

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers


Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:48 PM

Information from the CT Department of Labor

Over the past two months, the one state agency that I have received more complaints about than any other is the Department of Labor. Things "seem" to be getting better though. Today they issued this release, Labor Department Issues Over $230 Million in Benefits to Connecticut Residents; Automation Progress Continues  explaining reasons for some problems, and giving some information that people are asking about. I hope that you find it helpful.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:25 PM

EXPANDED RELIEF FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS

Under this new initiative, Connecticut residents with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for expanded relief.
 
Borrowers in need of assistance should immediately contact their student loan servicer to identify the options that are appropriate to their circumstances.
 
More information, including a list of loan servicers providing relief through this initiative, can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Newsroom/2020/Relief-for-Student-Loan-Borrowers
 
Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers





Friday, April 17, 2020 1:46 PM

Info Re: Wallingford's Tax and Utility Relief Program

 




Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:51 PM

COVID-19 statistics from CTDPH for 4/16/2020



Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32 AM

Info from the Federal Govt. Re: Economic Stimulus Payments to Individuals

Here is a link to a page from the IRS related to economic stimulus payments from the federal government under the CARES Act. I hope that you find it to be helpful.

Where is my Economic Stimulus Check?

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers








Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:06 AM

Mortgage Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

 





Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:34 PM

CSCU Converting SCSU and WCSU Athletic Facilties into Mobile Hospitals

SCSU, WCSU Athletic Facilities Converted into Mobile Hospitals; CSCU Institutions Donate PPE

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this crisis. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers




Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:07 AM

Here's A GREAT Idea (From the Desk of Mary Beth Applgate)

From the Record Journal Newspaper 4/1/2020

HERE'S AN IDEA
Editor: Perhaps you are looking for an interesting walk to take during this isolation time. If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can take the historic Wallingford downtown walks. They all begin in front of the TD Bank. Just go to the following site: https://www.wallingfordcthistory.org/resources and it will bring up the links for each of the three walks. Click on the one you plan to take and just follow along with the addresses. Please plan to keep at least 6 feet apart from everyone else! Enjoy!

Mary Beth Applegate, Wallingford


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:03 AM

A chart from the USDOL about the Paid Family Leave portion of the Family First CoronaVirus Response Act

A chart from the U.S. Department of Labor (please pardon their typos) about the Paid Family Leave portion of the Family First CoronaVirus Response Act (FFCRA). Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this crisis. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers

 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:05 PM

House Republicans Offer Ideas to Help Gov. Lamont Provide Immediate Relief to Families, Businesses, Idle Workers During Crisis

As we proceed together through an incredibly difficult and fast-changing environment related to the Coronavirus outbreak, I have had many conversations with constituents, business owners, friends and family.  As a result, my colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus have identified areas that should be addressed.  
 
Today, we sent a letter to Governor Lamont respectfully requesting his consideration of certain action items to address unmet needs and unintended consequences created by the Coronavirus and the federal, state and local response.
 
The letter sent to Gov. Lamont can be viewed by clicking here. The document conveys the problems we have been hearing from constituents, as well as corresponding proposals to help solve those problems.
 
We remain committed to working together with the administration to flatten the curve and get our state back up and running as quickly and safely as possible.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:03 PM

More Small Business Relief Information (Re: Federal CARES ACT)

Here is some more information about the federal CARES Act that was recently passed to help some affected by the COVID-19 situation.

Small Business Relief Information, CARES ACT

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this crisis. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers



Monday, March 30, 2020 10:23 AM

News Regarding Child Care Expenses

The Office of Early Childhood announced today that funding for OEC-funded child care services will continue through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. The OEC funding streams are School Readiness, Child Day Care, Smart Start, and Care 4 Kids, serving children ranging in age from birth through age 12.

Additionally, OEC will be releasing up to $4.5 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grant Funds to incentivize and support public and private programs that re-open or remain open to provide child care for children of health workers and first responders. These funds are available only during the period in which Governor Lamont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is in effect.

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this crisis. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers



Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:53 PM

COVID-19 statistics from the CT Department of Health for 3/29/2020

Here are the COVID-19 stats from the CT Dept. of Health for Sunday, March 29, 2020.

CTDPH CoronaVirus Stats for 3/29/2020

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this crisis. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers


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