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Rep. Ackert Votes to Restore MSP Funding

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HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) and his colleagues voted Monday to restore $53.9 million dollars in Medicare Savings Plan (MSP) funding that was previously removed in the bipartisan budget.

MSP is an income-based program, which provides supplemental financial assistance to more than 113,000 seniors and disabled individuals around the state to help cover items such as Medicare co-insurance, deductibles, and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators in adopting the budget in October reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants.

In order to reach the almost $54 million dollars, lawmakers needed to readdress many agreed upon aspects of the bipartisan budget that were not enacted by Governor Malloy. Some of these savings included the consolidations of multiple human resource functions into the Department of Administration Services, reductions to managers and consultants, and eliminate the carry forward from FY18 to FY19.

“This is just one of many fixes that this legislature needs to work on,” Rep. Ackert said. “We need to put a stop to the mentality that Connecticut is in recovery mode and be truly realistic about where we are financially. As we approach the start of the 2018 session, our legislative focus needs to be how we get back to the basics and doing what government is supposed to do.”

Late last year, The Department of Social Services (DSS) announced that it would delay implementation of eligibility reductions to the state’s MSP program two months (until March 1, 2018), while it conducted a review of coverage alternatives.

Realizing almost 86,000 low-income seniors would be disqualified and another 27,000 would have their coverage reduced, members from both the House and Senate of the Connecticut General Assembly petitioned the Secretary of the State to call them back into special session in order to restore the previous cut.

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Rep. Ackert represents the 8th District covering the towns of Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, and Vernon

Rep. Ackert Congratulates Inducted Veterans in CT Hall of Fame

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HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) recently welcomed Chet Morgan and Ben Cooper, two new members inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame seeks to recognize men and women who have made countless contributions to society after their service.

“As a veteran myself, it was an honor to have had an opportunity to congratulate both Chet Morgan and Ben Cooper not only for their enlisted service but also to the dedication to their communities long after their military service had ended,” Rep. Ackert said.

Chet Morgan a former state representative of the 56th district, served his country for 20 years as a member of the Army National Guard. Benjamin Cooper served as a combat medic in the 45th Infantry Division Thunderbirds during World War II.

An executive committee chaired by the Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs and comprised of the Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard, selects eligible veterans with ties to Connecticut, who have served their country honorably.

Morgan and Cooper joined eight other veterans inducted into the Hall of Fame class of 2017. Since 2005, more than 100 veterans have been inducted into the veterans hall of fame. The names of those inducted will be included on the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Plaque located in the State Legislative Office Building.


State Rep. Tim Ackert shakes hands with 2017 inductee Chet Morgan, a retired member of the Army National Guard.


State Rep. Tim Ackert talks with Ben Cooper, an Army combat medic who served during World War II.

Rep. Ackert to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) will be participating in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Highland Park Market on the Boston Turnpike in Coventry.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13th
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park Market, 1721 Boston Turnpike, Coventry
WHY: State legislators will join fellow volunteers ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

The public is invited to support the cause and monetary donations of any size are appreciated. The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort and care to local residents as well as 128 other countries around the globe.

If you are unable to stop by during the bell ringing but still wish to donate to the Salvation Army text CTREP to 71777 and donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.

All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army.

Rep. Ackert Welcomes The Rusty Relic Antiques and Primitives

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-35) along with local municipal leaders, town board members, family, and friends for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome The Rusty Relic Antiques and Primitives, an antique store and gift shop.

Representative Ackert presented store owners with a legislative citation to officially commemorate the occasion and said that with the influx of new business and renovations happening in the downtown area that it will prompt residents from all across the state to shop and eat.

“Coventry has a new destination point and it’s the village,” Rep. Ackert said.

Owners Jamie Stearns and her husband Jason Beausoleil were already on Main Street for approximately six months before relocating down the road, but did so because the new space offered them a more expansive area for inventory and a much closer proximity to the village downtown.

“I’d like to congratulate Rusty Relic for their investment into the village and our community and I look forward to their continued success for many years to come,” Rep. Ackert said.

The shop is located at 1265 Main Street on Route 31 across from Bidwell Tavern in Coventry.

 Photo caption: State Representative Tim Ackert and store owners Jamie Stearns and her husband Jason Beausoleil prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their business The Rusty Relic Antiques and Primitives, an antique store and gift shop in Coventry.

Rep. Ackert Achieves 100% Voting Record For 6th Straight Year

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) has earned a one hundred percent voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the House of Representatives during the 2017 Regular Session. The House Clerk’s Office released the data on members’ votes.

“In order for me to fully represent the district and be your voice in the legislature, it is extremely vital to be fully committed and doing so means being there 100% of the time,” Rep. Ackert said.

This is the sixth consecutive year Rep. Ackert received a one-hundred-percent voting record according to the House Clerk’s office.

Rep. Ackert represents the towns of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland and Vernon in the General Assembly. He is also a member of the legislature’s Commerce, Higher Education, and Insurance & Real Estate Committees.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in February.

Rep. Ackert “Veterans Are Our Superheroes”

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COVENTRY – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined his fellow veterans, municipal leaders, members of local law enforcement, and Senate colleague at Coventry’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Senior Center.

As the featured speaker, Rep. Ackert paid tribute to the many veterans who have served our country here and abroad and for those who have paid the ultimate price, likening them to superheroes due to their fearless bravery and dedication to keeping this country safe.

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Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached, Bill Now Heads to The Governor

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) voted on behalf of a bipartisan budget for the state’s 2018-2019 biennium. Passage of September’s bipartisan budget helped set the stage for this agreement which will put a stop to the massive educational and municipal cuts that would have continued to take place through the governor’s executive order.

“Ensuring that something for those being affected by crumbling foundations was included within this budget was imperative for me,” Rep. Ackert said. “This budget will finally stabilize our communities and stop the uncertainty they have been under for several months.”

This budget agreement has worked to avert Governor Malloy’s cuts to many critical social service programs and protects funding for Care4Kids, CT Home care for the elderly, and firefighter training schools.

Moving forward, state employee union contracts will now require votes by the House and Senate before any contract can become law.

“Many pieces that have been included within this budget are things that I have been fighting for since I took office,” Rep. Ackert said. “The inclusion of a spending cap, phasing out of the social security tax and estate tax are significantly going to help residents of this state moving forward.”

The bipartisan budget which has passed both the House and Senate does not include increases to the sales or income tax, a cell phone surcharge tax, restaurant tax, taxing second homes, or shifting 1/3 of teacher’s pensions onto local municipalities, or the reintroduction of tolls.

The budget passed 126-23 and will now move onto the governor’s desk for his signature.

Rep. Ackert Celebrates Grand Opening of Umami Japanese Restaurant

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined other local dignitaries, residents, and the Chen family at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of the Umami Japanese Restaurant in Vernon.

“I am pleased to welcome the Chen owned family restaurant to Vernon,” Rep. Ackert said. “It is wonderful to see all of the work they have done to transform this once unoccupied location into a beautiful restaurant with delicious food.”

The former Rockville Friendly’s location at 172 Union Street will feature authentic Japanese cuisine including an expansive sushi menu, various noodle dishes, and desserts. The restaurant will also feature a full sushi bar where patrons can sit in front of their chefs and watch as they individually prepare their sushi rolls.

Before the ribbon cutting, Rep. Ackert and Rockville Mayor Daniel Champagne presented owner Paul Chen with a legislative citation to commemorate the occasion.

State Rep. Tim Ackert and Rockville Mayor Daniel Champagne present Paul Chen, owner at Umami Japanese Restaurant with a legislative citation for the grand opening of their family business.

Rep. Ackert Applauds Efforts to Bring Essential Services to Veterans

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined his fellow lawmakers in a show of support for our veterans during the 22nd annual “Stand Down” event held at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill.

The event hosted by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs provides an opportunity for all veterans to receive a wide variety of federal, state and local services. Some of the services offered during this event include veterans benefits, medical, dental, recovery services, mental health, housing, employment, and education.

“These men and women have selflessly, honorably, and bravely served this great country of ours and events such as this one allow us to say thank you for your service,” Rep. Ackert said. “As a veteran myself, ensuring all branches of our military are taken care of is extremely important to me and I was honored to have had an opportunity to attend this event.”

The state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs was the event’s lead sponsor, also working with state, federal and private agencies such as the U.S. Social Security Administration, the state’s Social Services and Judicial departments and the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Events like these are vital for not only providing our veterans with the necessary services they require but also letting those individuals who may not be aware of their existence,” Rep. Ackert said.

Rep. Ackert Welcomes a New Business to Coventry

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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined municipal leaders and residents at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for Elm Human Performance, LLC.

Elm Human Performance is an alternative and holistic health service specializing in massage therapy and reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing.

“I am extremely happy to welcome Jennifer Wendry and her business to downtown Coventry,” Rep. Ackert. “This location holds a special place in my heart as it is where I first started my business many years ago.”

After the ribbon cutting, Rep. Ackert presented Jennifer with a legislative citation to commemorate the occasion.

“Local business owners like Elm Human Performance are essential pieces of our community and state,” Rep. Ackert said. “We as a legislative body must continue to do all that we can to help promote their continued growth along with the development of future businesses within the state.”

Elm Human Performance, LLC, is located at 1199 Main Street, Coventry.


State Representative Tim Ackert and Jennifer Wendry prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of her business Elm Human Performance, LLC, a massage therapy facility in Coventry.

State Representative Tim Ackert represents the 8th General Assembly district towns of Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, and Vernon.