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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Great News for Commuters Who Use Metro-North and State/Local Buses

A strong, modernized infrastructure is central to a thriving economy. When I speak with business leaders in Norwalk and Darien and with others across the state, they repeatedly stress the need for an upgraded transportation system. Businesses need a transportation infrastructure that provides reliability and consistency in order to grow and succeed and riders need safe, affordable options.

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That is why I am happy to report that our bipartisan budget--which has been signed into law--provides funding to the Special Transportation Fund that will prevent proposed rail and bus service reductions and fare hikes for commuters who use train or bus service. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced fare hikes and service cuts scheduled to go into effect as planned on July 1st, which I vehemently opposed.

Supporting Connecticut's Maritime Industry

The maritime industry has been important to Connecticut for hundreds of years We have a proud history of supporting boating for both recreational and commercial uses and the jobs associated with them. Fighting for a tax rate that keeps our state competitive with others ensures the industry will thrive well into the future.

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That's why I worked with Democrats and Republicans on a state budget that cuts in half the sales tax on boats, boat motors and boat trailers, a move that is expected to save Connecticut boaters about $2.5 million beginning July 1.

The new state budget reduces the state sales tax on the sale of new boats, motors and trailers from 6.35 percent to 2.99 percent, effective July 1, 2018.

Memorial Day Parades

On Sunday, May 27th, the Rowayton Civic Association will hold the Rowayton Memorial Day Parade at 12 p.m., stepping off from the Community Center and ending in Downtown Rowayton. After the parade, join fellow residents at Veterans' Cannon to honor those who died in their service to our country. Then stroll on over to the firehouse for hot dogs and soda, hosted by our local firefighters and their families.

Senator Duff and his son in the Memorial Day Parade.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28th, the Norwalk Veterans Memorial Committee's 2018 Memorial Day Parade will step off from Veterans Memorial Park and proceed to the Norwalk Green.

Darien's Memorial Day Parade will also be held at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day and traffic detours and restrictions will begin at 8 a.m. The parade will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway North and end in the area of Spring Grove Cemetery.