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Urge Gov. Malloy to Sign Bipartisan Budget!

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, September 16, something historic happened in Hartford. After hours of debate, and months of budget impasse, the General Assembly, in a bipartisan effort, passed a two-year, balanced budget package drafted by House and Senate Republicans.

From day one, Republicans have consistently called for a no-tax-increase budget that erases the deficit and lays the foundation for a steady economic recovery in Connecticut. With the announcements of Alexion’s departure, credit downgrades and financial struggles at the local level, Connecticut is out of time.

I commend the efforts of our Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate for placing party politics aside for the greater good. We believe this plan will stabilize our state’s finances and encourage future investment.

Despite our success in the legislature, the bill is now at the mercy of Governor Malloy, who has publicly threatened to veto the budget that we already approved on your behalf.

The link below will provide you with detailed information about the budget.

General Assembly Bipartisan Budget Agreement: H.B. 7501

If you agree that this budget is an effective way to address our state’s fiscal challenges, please contact Governor Malloy’s office at 800-406-1527 and ask him to sign this bipartisan budget. Vetoing this budget is not a solution and only prolongs our challenges.

Opportunity for Seniors to Lower Monthly Expenses

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As our senior population enters retirement, many of them are living on fixed incomes. For these individuals, the expenses of running a household are often too high for them to maintain.

When possible, I like to pass along information and opportunities that may help alleviate some of these expenses. With that said, I do not endorse any specific company, and encourage anyone interested in these offers to always perform their own due diligence before purchasing any product or service.

Please see the following press release for more information.

Best Regards,

Rep. Mike Bocchino, 150th District

 

ALTICE USA EXTENDS LOW-COST BROADBAND SERVICE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Altice USA’s $14.99 per Month High-Speed Internet Service Available

Across Optimum and Suddenlink Service Areas

New York, September 19, 2017 – Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, today announces that its ‘Economy Internet’ low-cost broadband service is available in both its Optimum and Suddenlink footprints, providing eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price.

“As the internet becomes increasingly important for education and accessing critical information and services, Altice USA is pleased to expand our low-cost broadband service to connect even more families and seniors across our U.S. footprint,” said Dexter Goei, Altice USA Chairman & CEO. “We remain committed to supporting programs that help bridge the digital divide within our local communities, and ensuring that consumers across the country have access to affordable internet connectivity is a major step in reaching that goal.”

To raise awareness of this service and promote adoption among qualifying households, Altice USA is partnering with community organizations across both the Optimum and Suddenlink footprints. The Company will also promote ‘Economy Internet’ through public service announcements and a digital ad campaign. In addition, Altice USA works with hundreds of community centers and libraries to provide free broadband in computer labs and other public spaces, enabling residents with access to high-speed internet at no charge in their communities.

‘Economy Internet’ Details:

Benefits

  • Broadband speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream
  • In-home WiFi at no extra cost as well as free modem
  • Email service
  • No data caps

Offer & Eligibility

  • $14.99 per month with no annual contract
  • Available to households who qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and senior citizens who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • New Optimum and Suddenlink internet customers

Those interested are encouraged to visit the dedicated ‘Economy Internet’ website at GetEconomyInternet.com or call (844) 358-3147 for more details.

 

Rep. Bocchino Attend High-Speed Rail Discussion in Greenwich (Greenwich Time Article)

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Rep. Bocchino and fellow Greenwich state and local officials attended a crowded meeting at Town Hall regarding the potential high-speed rail project, which could run through the community. Greg Stroud, Ph.D., of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke of possible impact on the town’s historical and cultural sites.

Please click here to read the full Greenwich Time article by Ken Borsuk (photo by Bob Luckey Jr.).

Rep. Bocchino Stands with Abilis Supporters Amid Budget Cuts (Greenwich Time Article)

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Rep. Mike Bocchino proudly joined fellow Greenwich state legislators and hundreds of Abilis supporters at the Greenwich Town Hall on Wednesday to stand up for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The state budget impasse has adversely affected people throughout Connecticut, and without swift action, these cuts will only bring more uncertainty to those in need of assistance.

Please take a moment to read the Greenwich Time Article by Ken Borsuk (photo by Chris Palermo).

Rep. Mike Bocchino Votes to Override Malloy’s Veto of Affordable Housing Bill

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HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-150) voted to override Gov. Malloy’s veto of H.B. 6880, An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure during a veto session yesterday, July 24, 2017. The Governor vetoed the bill after it passed both the House (116-33) and Senate (30-6) during the regular session.

The bill lowers the requirements for municipalities to reach a moratorium on affordable housing construction. Currently, cities and towns that cannot meet the threshold are vulnerable to predatory developers who can bypass local zoning laws. The language in this bill expands the unit types that count toward moratorium, adds more weight to certain unit types and reduces the threshold for smaller cities and towns making moratorium more achievable. Towns are required to have a specified number of affordable housing units, which has been problematic for some local governments. This legislation is designed to alleviate some of that burden.

“This bill gives local government more control over their municipalities at a time when stalled budget discussions have made planning difficult,” said Rep. Bocchino. “I think this legislation will provide some much needed relief to our cities and towns while keeping predatory developers at bay. This bipartisan effort will provide municipalities with a chance to reach moratorium and achieve affordable housing on their own terms.”

In order to override a veto by the Governor, each chamber must repass the bill with a two-thirds vote, meaning at least 101 votes would be needed in the House and 24 would be needed in the Senate. H.B. 6880 received the required votes in the House of Representatives (101-47) and the Senate (24-12). The veto has been overridden.

House Republican Budget Resource Page

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Last week, House Republicans held a presentation in Hartford to outline our latest, no-tax-increase budget proposal. We want the public to remain informed throughout this process as the final budget approved for the new biennium will have a significant impact on all Connecticut residents.

Please follow the link below to visit our budget page to learn more about our proposal and our plan to bring Connecticut out of this fiscal crisis.

House Republican Budget Proposal

State Finances Served Up at Greenwich Picnic (Greenwich Time Article)

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Rep. Bocchino joined Reps. Floren and Camillo at the League of Women Voters’ annual Legislative Picnic in Riverside July 12, 2017. They discussed state issues affecting Greenwich, including the ongoing state budget crisis. Thank you to the hosts and the LWV for the invitation to addressed the group, and special thanks to Ken Borsuk and Tyler Sizemore of the Greenwich Time for their coverage and photography.

Please click here to read the full article.

Greenwich Legislators Talk Budget Impasse at RMA (Greenwich Time article) – 7.5.2017

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On Wednesday, July 5, Reps. Bocchino, Camillo and Floren spoke at the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich’s weekly lecture series. They discussed the gridlock in Hartford surrounding the state budget and how they believe the solution to Connecticut’s fiscal troubles is for our state government to begin operating within its means.

Special thanks to the Greenwich Time for their coverage of this event, especially Ken Borsuk (reporter) and Tyler Sizemore (photographer). Please click here to read the full story.

To watch the video of our remarks, please click here.

Rep. Mike Bocchino on Meet the Leaders – June 5, 2017

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State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-150) spoke with David Smith about the 2017 Session and the state’s current economic condition. Bocchino spoke of the majority party’s inability to reach a consensus on the budget while the Republicans have unified behind their own proposal. He also spoke of the concerning number of bills that were passed temporarily, meaning they would have failed if not discussed again before the close of Session on June 7, and how other bills were not called at all. Bocchino attribute this to the close numbers in the House.

Please click here to watch the full interview.

Rep. Bocchino Tours Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Applauds Energy Savings Project

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Last month, I had the opportunity to tour the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich to learn more about its energy savings project, which is expected to result in significant savings for the organization. Their partnership with Eversource has provided them with the technical expertise necessary to undertake this endeavor. With these savings, the club can redirect crucial funds to the programs that directly benefit the kids. I commend their efforts and I am proud to lend my support.

Please click here or on the image above to learn more about this project.