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Rep. Bocchino, CT House Passes Compromise Budget for FY 2019

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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Budget Restores MSP, Fully Funds Education, Excludes Tolls

HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.

The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.

“Republicans took the lead on budget negotiations because the alternative would have resulted in further cuts to Greenwich at the hands of Governor Malloy,” Rep. Bocchino said. “That is something we could not allow, and something that our communities would certainly not tolerate. We drafted a plan that sets priorities for state government and avoids highway tolls, but there is more work ahead of us. I want the people of my district to know that I will not stop fighting until Connecticut’s economy is once again a leader in growth and innovation. Our fiscal problems will not be resolved overnight, but today was a step in the right direction.”

S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

 

Click on the video below to watch Rep. Bocchino’s interview with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders” – May 8, 2018.

 

Update from Hartford

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are in the final stretch of the 2018 Session, and I am happy to report that House Republicans made progress this week in the struggle to provide stability and predictability to the State of Connecticut

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released our second balanced budget proposal for FY 2019. Our plan does the following:

  • Pays down unfunded liabilities
  • Fully funds teachers’ pension plan and retired teachers’ healthcare fund
  • Provides more municipal funding to Greenwich compared to Governor Malloy’s 2019 proposal
  • Fully restores Medicare Savings Plan
  • Provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Accomplishes the above without introducing new tax increases

Republican Revised FY 2019 State Budget Proposal

Governor’s Judicial Nominations

This year, the governor nominated thirty-one judges to the State Superior Court, which comes at a substantial cost to taxpayers. While I acknowledge their individual qualifications, we simply cannot afford more judges at this time. Between salaries, benefits and pension costs, these positions would add millions to our state expenses, and we have yet to see a spending plan from majority Democrats.

My Republican colleagues and I voted no on these nominations because it was the responsible thing to do, but unfortunately, they were approved on party-line votes.

Toll Bill Blocked for this session

To end on a positive note, I am happy to report that after months of Republican opposition, the Speaker of the House has decided not to call for a vote on tolls because he no longer has the votes.

Tolls are just another tax on Connecticut residents, and I do not support their installation. With that said, I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the toll debate in the future, but we will be ready.

I will keep you updated on any new developments during these final days of session. Until then, please contact me at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding state government.

 

Best Regards,

Mike

Rep. Mike Bocchino

150th District

Rep. Bocchino Cosponsors Bill to Reduce Occurrence of Dual Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) co-sponsored S.B. 466, An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence.

“There are far too many incidents where victims of domestic abuse remain in the shadows because they are afraid to report these assaults to the police,” Rep. Bocchino said. “That is wrong. The police are here to protect us, and I think with more extensive training and allowing the responding officers more discretion, they will be able to identify the aggressor, and ultimately save someone from further abuse. As lawmakers, it is our job to stand up for the most vulnerable, especially victims of domestic violence. I think this bill does just that, and it has my full support.

Dual arrest is when both parties are taken into custody during a domestic violence incident regardless of who was at fault. This has discouraged many victims from seeking help over the years. With this bill, lawmakers hope that more individuals will come forward and report these incidents to the authorities. Under this bill, law enforcement officials will have more discretion when determining who to arrest. The bill also calls for more extensive training to assist the responding officer(s) in these situations.

The bill passed 147-1-2 and is in concurrence with the Senate. It will now make its way to the governor’s desk for his signature.