Frey pushes for elimination of Social Security tax

State Rep. John Frey (R-111) introduced legislation to the Connecticut General Assembly that would exempt all social security income and pension benefits from the state income tax. As a member of the Assembly’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, Rep. Frey will play a significant role in advocating the passage of the bill (HB6381). Connecticut is one of 14 states that … read more

Letter: Small towns can’t bail out bankrupt cities

To the Editor: During his State of the State speech and at other recent appearances, Gov. Malloy has talked about the need to take actions to prevent Connecticut’s largest municipalities from entering into bankruptcy. While I agree that no one wants to see these cities take such drastic actions, I cannot agree with the administration’s approach saying that smaller communities … read more

RTC seeks candidates for open zoning commission seat

The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee seeking resumes from interested individuals to be interviewed for the RTC recommendation to the Planning & Zoning Commission for consideration by P&Z as a replacement for an open seat created by a resignation. The candidate must be a registered Ridgefield Republican and if selected will serve until November 2019. Deadline for RTC interviews is Thursday, Feb. … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Finally! Balance and progress

An historic session of the Connecticut General Assembly has begun under a new agreement between Republicans and Democrats to cooperatively manage the State Senate. As a result, for the first time since 1893, Senate Republicans are no longer the minority party and Senator Toni Boucher now holds the title of Chief Deputy Senate Republican Majority Leader, which brings her more … read more

Boucher begins education talks in Hartford

State Senate Republican members of the legislature’s Education Committee met for their first meeting of 2017 Monday, Jan. 16. Some of the committee’s responsibility include reviewing all proposed legislation related to the state Department of Education, local and regional school boards, school employee collective bargaining, and libraries. Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Toni Boucher  represents the communities of the 26th Senatorial District, which … read more

Himes: Replacing ACA with no replacement will cause chaos

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents the Fourth Congressional District, said in a press release last week that Republican threats to replace the Affordable Care Act without first designing a replacement could lead to chaos. He released the following statement on the passage of the FY 2017 Budget Resolution by the House of Representatives last week: “Today, the … read more

Frey appointed Senior Republican Whip; Ferguson sworn in for first time

State Rep. John Frey (R-111), was sworn in to represent Ridgefield for a tenth term in the Connecticut House of Representatives, while State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) was sworn in for his first term in the State House. Rep. Frey, the longest-ever serving state legislator from Ridgefield, will continue to be an influential member of the House Republican caucus, having … read more

Letter: Let’s organize women’s march on Main Street

To the Editor: Given Ridgefield’s proud history of social action, early feminism (Alice Paul) and feminist second wavers, four buses are taking Ridgefielders to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 21 women’s march. For those who can’t make the trip, how about our town having a local march in solidarity with D.C.? I’d do it, but am in St. Petersburg, Fla., … read more

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