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OPINION: Bi-Partisan Budget Deserves Support

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As a first-year Republican legislator it was exciting to see something so important for our state pass both chambers with support from both sides. For decades Connecticut has been controlled by one party; budgets, contracts and almost every law currently on the books needed only Democrat support to pass. Republican ideas were dismissed as gimmicks, or worse. Now, however, residents of Connecticut and their elected State Representatives and Senators are looking for true leadership. The failed policies of the past are being rejected and common sense is taking over. I applaud my colleagues for working so diligently to craft and pass a budget that doesn’t eviscerate school funding, holds municipalities harmless and rejects attempts to shift teacher pension obligations directly onto towns and cities. I thank the truly brave Democrats who crossed party lines to support the only viable plan to move our state forward without forcing brutal and punitive tax increases on our citizens.

Governor Malloy has stated on multiple occasions that the governor’s role is to work with the legislature to approve a balanced budget, that you don’t hire a governor to make all the decisions. Yet that’s exactly what he’s planning to do with veto threats and executive orders. Make no mistake, Governor Malloy did his job when he proposed a budget in February, and he’s been working with legislative leaders on various levels to try and reach consensus as they crafted their budgets. Unfortunately, his veto threats signal his unwillingness to actually allow the legislature to do their job.

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Legislative Internship Program for Undergraduates

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I would like to let the students in my district know that the Connecticut General Assembly is now accepting applications for the 2018 Legislative Internship Program! Starting in the Spring, interns at the Capitol will see how state government works first-hand, work one-on-one with a state legislator and legislative staff members, and earn school credit while gaining job experience in public service and/or law.

To apply, you must comply with the following qualifications:

  • Be an undergraduate student attending a two or four-year institution of higher education in Connecticut, and/or state resident attending an out-of-state college. (CT residents attending out of state colleges should contact the program director prior to applying)
  • Be 18 years of age or older by program start (January)
  • Have completed 20 credits by program start (January)
  • Have a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Be prepared to register for a course (varies by institution) in order to receive credit for the internship during the participating semester

If you have any questions about the program, Program Director Lisa Roy encourages you to call her at 860-240-0520 or email cgaintern@cga.ct.gov. You can also visit the program’s website or Facebook and LinkedIn pages for more information, including instructions on how to apply.

Click Here to Submit An Application

Please pass this information along to students who may be interested and eligible.

I have personally seen the positive impact that the invaluable work of a legislative intern can have on our caucus. Many interns, in fact, later become staff members or legislators. This is a wonderful opportunity – I hope to see you at the Capitol in 2018!

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CT Veterans Stand Down, September 22nd

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On Friday, September 22, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (CTVA) will host the 2017 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services they have earned.

Several community providers will have booths set up and staffed with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings and legal services.

Additional details are in the flyer below, provided by the CTVA: