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Rep. Fishbein Continues to Vote Against Increasing State Budget Deficit

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Continuing to vote against measures that add to the state deficit, State Representative Craig Fishbein (R-90) today voted against a veto override to restore Medicare Savings Plan funding until July 1.

The legislation, initially passed on January 8 and vetoed by Governor Malloy, restores funds for the state Medicare Savings Plan for half of the budget cycle but fails to address the program’s future, unbalances the present budget and creates an additional $17.8 million deficit for 2019.

The Medicare Savings Plan (MSP), a state program to help seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare coinsurance, deductibles and premiums, was reduced with passage of the bipartisan budget late last year. The program is administered to qualified individuals based on income eligibility limits. In the meantime, Governor Malloy delayed implementation of the cuts until the beginning of the next fiscal year in July.

“I support the program and its recipients but I could not cast a vote to increase the state budget deficit, and certainly not when it only creates a 5-month, temporary reprieve,” Rep. Fishbein said. “When I voted against the original bill I said the program needed substantial overhaul to better serve the people it is intended to serve.”

 

Get Your Flu Vaccine Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow, January 27, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will be teaming up with local health departments to administer free/low cost flu vaccinations.

As the flu continues to spread across the state, DPH strongly encourages all residents 6 months of age or older to get vaccinated.

Please click here to access a full list of times and locations of Flu Clinics in your area.

Stay safe and healthy this winter by taking advantage of this great opportunity.

Rep. Fishbein Honors Joe Dacunto

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State Representative Craig Fishbein and State Senator Len Fasano joined dozens of firefighters, family, friends and well-wishers to honor Joe Dacunto for 53 years of service as a Volunteer Fire Chief and Firefighter to the Town of Wallingford.

Inside the large apparatus bay at Wallingford Fire Department’s Company 7 on North Farms Road, local elected officials and former coworkers shared heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious, stories of his time serving the town as a firefighter, fire chief and public works employee.

During the formal portion of the event, Mayor Dickinson announced January 22, 2018, as Joe Dacunto Day in the town and Rep. Fishein and Sen. Fasano presented an official state citation on behalf of the entire Wallingford delegation.