Rep. Ackert Welcomes Another Business to Coventry Village


HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined local municipal leaders, family, and friends for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Preserved Antiques to the Coventry village.

According to owner Melissa Tremblay, the goal of her store is to offer accessible and affordable merchandise that appeals to a vast array of shoppers from the novice collector to the more experienced ones.

As a first-time business owner, Tremblay said she felt the need to make a change in her life and decided to do something she was passionate about. Tremblay visited the area as a young kid and said she chose the village because she loved the area.

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Rep. Ackert Participates in ‘Family Hearing Day’


HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined his colleagues and members of the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Caucus as part of Family Hearing Day.

The event now in its 5th year is designed to not only provide lawmakers with the opportunity to hear first-hand from members of the IDD community, but also the challenges and comments their care givers, parents and advocates face from across the state.

“It is one of our responsibilities as state representatives to ensure the vital services the IDD community require are protected,” Rep. Ackert said.

‘Family Hearing Day’ was created specifically for legislators to listen to parents concerns about their children’s’ future living needs, enlighten them on the critical lack of funding for support services, the seemingly endless wait lists for care and a myriad of other issues families face when accessing DDS supports and services.

This will be Rep. Ackert’s fourth year serving on the first-in-the-nation state legislative Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities caucus, which was formed in 2015.

State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) listens to testimony from various residents on Family Hearing Day, an annual event designed to bring together lawmakers and members of the IDD community.

State Reps. Ackert and Dubitsky Stand Up Against Domestic Violence


HARTFORD – In conjunction with February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) and Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47) stood alongside their fellow male lawmakers in a show of support and unity against domestic violence in a press conference sponsored by Interval House’s, Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence group.

“I’d like to commend all of the groups involved who are working toward the reduction and elimination of all types of domestic violence,” Rep. Ackert said. “In order to ensure that violent behaviors aren’t accepted in our society all of us need to be engaged as to what is going on and it starts with raising children in environments where violent or abusive behaviors aren’t tolerated.”

“Domestic violence is something all members of our community should work to prevent. As men, we have a unique opportunity to help boys understand what is expected of them in our society and what types of conduct will not be tolerated. That message must be heard early in a young man’s life and reinforced as he grows into a man,” Rep. Dubitsky said.

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Rep. Ackert Votes to Restore MSP Funding


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.


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


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


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


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


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”


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


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.