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Woodbury-Middlebury Eye on the Beltway: Lieberman Praises Postal Decision

And, Himes applauds House passage of Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act.

 

LIEBERMAN: The senator released a statement on Thursday in response to the U.S. Postal Service's decision to delay closing mail processing plants until 2013. “I appreciate that the Postal Service is moving forward with its downsizing in a way that is consistent with the Senate-passed 21st Century Postal Service Act," he said. "The PMG assures us that no mail processing centers will be closed this year, which means the House still has time to pass a bill so it can be reconciled with the Senate-passed bill."

HIMES: The congressman applauded on Wednesday the House passage of legislation that will reduce income tax and reporting burdens for Connecticut residents who occasionally commute to other states. The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act limits the authority of states to tax the income of non-resident employees who work for a limited amount of time in the state, allowing such individuals to be taxed only if they work in the state for 31 days or more.

“While we depend on income taxes to fund our roads, education, and other investment in our future, it’s not fair that some employees have to pay income tax to two states a time,” he said. “This legislation is a win-win for us: Connecticut residents who work in New York occasionally will pay less in income taxes, and the state will realize increased revenue.”

DELAURO: The congresswoman offered an amendment on Wednesday to the FY13 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that would provide $39 million for the United Nations Population Fund to prevent and treat cases of obstetric fistula.

“This funding would be used to help women in the developing world have safe deliveries, without awful and preventable consequences like obstetric fistulas, to fight the practice of genital mutilation — suffered by three million women and girls a year in Africa alone — and to help save the lives of mothers and children both," she said.

MURPHY: The Weston Democratic Town Committee, in conjunction with the Fairfield County Democrats, will be between Murphy and former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz. The debate — which is free and open to the public — will take place on Wednesday, May 23 at Westport Town Hall and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

"I am eager to hear them discuss many topics, including the economy, health care and foreign affairs as well as local issues," said Barbara Reynolds, chairman of the Weston DTC, in a press release.

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