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Rep. Hall Statement on Potential Downgrade of Enfield Credit Rating

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EnfieldRepresentative Carol Hall (R-59) responded to news that Enfield might face a credit downgrade from Moody’s Investor Service as a result of the ongoing state budget crisis.

In a report by Moody’s Investor Service, Moody’s said they would look closely at the “ongoing vulnerability to changes in state funding and individual local governments’ long term capacity to make up for possible declines in state support with local resources.”

“I am very disappointed to hear about the potential downgrade to Enfield’s credit. I served over a decade on town council and we worked very hard to maintain and improve the town’s credit rating. Having a good credit rating is vital for towns like Enfield, without a high rating it is harder to borrow, invest and undertake infrastructure improvements,” said Representative Hall “As a State Representative and a member of the Appropriations Committee, I took this perspective with me. We worked long hours going line by line to find appropriate cuts and prioritize funding. The result was the budget that passed on a bi-partisan basis in September. This budget would have maintained current municipal funding levels and fully funded local school districts. It is shameful that Governor Malloy vetoed this effort falling back on his executive order which strips over $23,000,000.00 from Enfield.”

Currently the town of Enfield carries an Aa2 rating from Moody’s which indicates a strong capacity to meet financial obligations. Representative Hall concludes, “Well run towns like Enfield should not be punished for the state’s fiscal problems.”

National Bullying Prevention Month

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In conjunction with  National Bullying Prevention Month, I wanted to reach out to families throughout the district and let them know about what to look for if you feel your child is being bullied, how to participate in nationwide anti-bullying campaigns, and what to do if believe you child is involved in bullying.

The acts of bullying can occur in several ways. They can be verbal, physical, online social networks (Facebook, etc.), via text messages, or even as a result of social exclusion. Bullying can also include physical assault, threats,  or intimidation.

Bullying can severely affect a person’s confidence, own self-image, and performance in school. It can also lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicidal thoughts or behaviors.  In addition, students who participate in bullying are at an increased risk of committing crimes, abusing alcohol and drugs, dropping out of school, and fighting.

According to Stopbullying.gov, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.

Warning signs that your child might be bullied include:

-Refusal to go to school (afraid of riding the bus)

-Moodiness Changes in school performance

-Sudden Personality changes (sad, depressed, upset)

-Vocalizing suicidal thoughts (“No one would miss me if I wasn’t alive”)

-Avoiding interaction with other classmates and friends

-Bedwetting

The site also states that only approximately 20 – 30% of students who are bullied actually notify adults about the bullying.

This year’s “Unity Day” will take place on Wednesday, October 25th. I’d like to encourage you to wear orange on this day as a display of love, hope, support and unity against bullying.

In 2011, Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws, was enacted to expand on the existing statute to incorporate advances in technology.

The Act expanded the types of conduct that define school bullying and the different types of situations where it can/could occur. It identifies bullying as a the targeting of a student based on the student’s actual or perceived “differentiating” characteristics, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical appearance.

In addition, it also defines actions taken through electronic communication as “cyberbulling.”

For more information on bullying please visit here.

 

Enfield Representatives Stand by Veto Override

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Hartford – State Representatives Carol Hall (R-59) and Greg Stokes (R-58) continue to support the push to override the Governor’s budget veto. On Tuesday the Speaker called the House into a special session in the hopes that a member who voted for the budget would make a ‘motion to reconsider’ and that the override effort would fail due to the lack of a 2/3 majority needed for passage. Members refused to make a motion, keeping the budget alive for consideration as bi-partisan negotiations continue.

The budget was initially passed by 21-15 in the Senate after three Democrat senators joined their Republican colleagues and passed the house 77-73-1 with five Democrats joining the other side of the aisle. As a result of the Governor’s veto and the continued lack of a state budget the Governor’s executive orders will take effect eliminating education funding for 85 districts and substantially reducing funding for dozens more. The budget that passed would have preserved local education funding.

“This is the only budget on the table right now, and it’s the right budget for Connecticut. The speaker knows that a majority of the public feel the same way. The speaker will try to spin our decision on Tuesday but the fact is that we kept alive the possibility of delivering a budget to the people of Connecticut,” said Representative Hall. “Both the regular and special legislative sessions have been characterized by false starts and procedural mishaps that have created gridlock and jeopardized Connecticut’s well-being. Our state deserves better, and we’ll keep fighting to deliver it.”

“I am disappointed with the Speaker’s actions, it was a highly partisan attempt to put an end to the override effort and kill the budget that passed in September. We did not fall into the trap. By not calling for a motion to reconsider we have kept the only budget to pass the House and Senate alive,” said Representative Greg Stokes. “I believe that the budget we passed back in September was the best way forward and should be the basis of negotiations going forward. This isn’t ‘silly’ as the Speaker said earlier this week, this is serious, especially considering the Governor’s executive orders that would cut 21 million dollars from Enfield schools.”