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Ringing the Bell for The Salvation Army, 12/5

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I will be joining Representative Chris Davis in supporting the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at the East Windsor Walmart on Tuesday December 5th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. I invite all community members to support the cause and donate whatever they can.

Walmart will be making a generous contribution to the Salvation Army on behalf of all the legislators who ring the bell.

Walmart is located at 44 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor.

Enfield Representatives Call for Legislative Response to Governor Malloy’s Budget Actions

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Hartford – State Representatives Greg Stokes (R-58) and Carol Hall (R-59) responded the Governor Malloy’s Friday announcement that he would be holding back education funds and municipal aid appropriated in the recently passed budget.

“I am outraged by the actions taken by the Governor cutting Enfield’s education cost share and municipal aide.  These cuts would have devastating consequences to our schools and community,” said Representative Hall. “We worked extremely hard to ensure the compromise budget that we passed was fair to all municipalities.”

Representative Stokes added, “Republicans and Democrats put in many hours of hard work to reach a compromise budget. I think it is unfortunate that the Governor has targeted Enfield repeatedly throughout the whole process, at one point proposing $26 million in cuts.”

The compromise budget agreement was passed with targeted savings lapses of $112 million for the 2018 fiscal year and $151 million in the 2019 fiscal year. Both the Republican and Democrat caucuses agreed on how to reach those savings and forwarded the information to the Governor’s office.

Below are the agreed upon savings:

 

Anticipated Savings due to Teachers’ Retirement Updated Valuation and Contribution (18,000,000) (38,000,000)
Consolidate Human Resource Functions into DAS (1,314,090) (2,628,179)
Other Expenses Account Lapse (52,250,000) (52,250,000)
Managerial & Consultants Lapse (12,250,000) (30,000,000)
Purchasing Process Improvements (3,000,000) (3,000,000)
Overtime Lapse (25,000,000) (25,000,000)

Representative Hall concluded, “This was the longest session in recent memory and we worked hard to arrive at an acceptable compromise plan to put the state on a better path, the Governor’s actions have jeopardized this work. I believe we should reconvene before the end of the year to restore municipal funding and enact the legislatively agreed to savings.”

“This has been a long process and we have worked hard to protect Enfield from the Governor’s actions, it’s clear that our work is not finished and I would urge my colleagues to join us in calling for reconvening special session,” said Representative Stokes in agreement.

Enfield Legislators Host Coffee and Conversation with Seniors

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Enfield – State Representatives Carol Hall (R-60) and Greg Stokes (R-58) recently hosted a legislative update for seniors at the Enfield Senior Center for residents to meet with their representatives and share their concerns. They discussed the recently concluded session, acts affecting seniors, the compromise budget and the action to be taken later that day at the capitol to apply fixes to the recently passed budget. The representatives also took questions from constituents. Anyone who was unable to attend is urged to contact Representative Carol Hall at carol.hall@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700 to share questions or concerns regarding state government.