CASE: Transportation Lockbox Fails to Lock

HARTFORD – State Representative Jay Case (R-63) voted in strong opposition to a House Resolution that would implement a lockbox on the Special Transpiration Fund (STF).

“This is a false lockbox because it does not effectively lock-in the funds that are funneled to it. The reality is, a similar measure was considered in December of 2015. That very day, the majority party swept $35 million from the fund, for services and programs that were not related to transportation projects, to close a prior deficit,” explained Rep. Case.

Under current law, the STF is designed to fund state highway and public transportation projects. According to Case the STF has historically been raided by previous legislatures in order to fill budget gaps, which has only expedited the disrepair of many Connecticut roads and bridges in the Northwest Corner.

“In light of the budget shortfall, I am supportive of dedicating certain dollars to be earmarked for transportation projects. I have hosted the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation in my district to show him how critical the funding is to some of these projects. However, I cannot support a measure, which amends the Constitution of Connecticut and clearly has false intent,” concluded Case.

The House Resolution was passed on a party-line vote. It must be acted upon by the Senate prior to midnight tomorrow to continue in the legislative process.


Case Hails Passage of Opioid Overdose Prevention Legislation

Hartford – State Representative Jay Case (R-63) addressed the House of Representative on Wednesday, May 31, during consideration of HB 7052: An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse. In his remarks, Case explained the importance of tightening opioid regulation and providing education associated with the risks of taking opioid medication.

“In my district, six people have lost their lives as a result of overdoses related to the abuse and misuse of opioids in the Month of May alone, which exemplifies how imperative this legislation is. So many families and individuals have been effected by this crisis, we need to take a proactive approach and educate the general public of how dangerous some opioid-related medications can become,” explained Rep. Case who is a co-sponsor to the bill.

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Case Encourages Proper Retirement of American Flags

HARTFORD —State Representative Jay Case (R-63) is helping Northwest Corner residents dispose of their worn American flags in a dignified and respectful way. The collection is currently open and will conclude on June 14, which is Flag Day.

The U.S. Flag Code specifies that older American flags, which are no longer in service, must be properly disposed. This critical service is being offered to residents free of charge, in conjunction with The American Legion.

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