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Bolinsky Participates in SWCAA Legislative Breakfast

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PHOTO: State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (middle) speaks during the SWCAA legislative update. He is joined by State Representative JP Sredzinski (left) and by State Senators Kevin Kelly (middle-right) and Tony Hwang (right).

BRIDGEPORT – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) participated in the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging’s (SWCAA) annual Legislative Breakfast. The breakfast meeting was held in partnership with the Greater Bridgeport Elder Service Council in Bridgeport. Bolinsky was joined by several members of the General Assembly to provide the legislative update.

Rep. Bolinsky stated, “It was an honor to address and answer questions from so many care providers and be able to draw on the expertise of Aging Committee Chairman, Senator Kevin Kelly, Vice-Chair, Senator Tony Hwang and fellow Newtown Rep., JP Sredzinski, in this well attended forum.”

According to Bolinsky, the legislative panel discussed some very timely issues, legislation and service needs affecting older adults, while also taking questions from members and nonprofits of aging services organizations that are from our region.

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Bolinsky Joins Newtown Police Department Patrol

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PHOTO: State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (right) shakes hands with Newtown Police Officer Matthew Piralla

NEWTOWN – At the invitation of Newtown’s finest, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) participated in a ride-along with the Newtown Police Department’s Officer Matthew Piralla on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Their day began with roll-call, where Bolinsky had the opportunity attend a late afternoon briefing on outstanding issues, wants, warrants and the status of on-going observations and investigations. After roll-call, he was fitted with a Kevlar vest, wished well by Police Chief James Viadero and hit the road, patrolling Newtown’s Northeast section in Car 10.

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Bolinsky, Sredzinski Welcome Newtown Students

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Hartford – Students from Newtown Middle School’s 7th Grade recently visited the State Capitol. The students were invited to the Captiol in order for them to gain an understanding of the state run legislature and the workings of state government as a whole.

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky reflected on the visit and said the following, “Nothing better than a visit from Newtown’s future leaders on the floor of the House of Representatives. Thanks to Newtown Middle School’s 7th-Graders for their energy, interest and great questions; to their teachers, Ms. Oliver, Ms. Contra, Ms. Stevens and Ms. Musco; to the parents and staff chaperones, fellow Representative JP Sredzinski; and, as always, the League of Women Voters tour guides for a wonderful day at the Capitol!”

PHOTO (from top to bottom): Ms. Oliver’s class, Ms. Contra’s class, Ms. Stevens class, Ms. Musco’s class.

Newtown Lawmakers Bolinsky, Duff, Sredzinski, and Hwang Applaud Bipartisan Budget’s Passage Into Law

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Newtown state lawmakers are applauding the governor’s Oct. 31 decision to sign the historic, bipartisan vote on a state budget to close a projected $3.5 billion deficit over the next two years.

The bipartisan budget eliminates the Governor’s executive order that deprived schools, communities, and nonprofit social service organizations of essential funding for 123 days.

According to State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, “This is the first, truly bipartisan budget in modern CT history. The same can be said on a national basis. Is it a perfect budget? Absolutely not. But, in the true spirit of compromise, it contains much more sound policy than it does difficult choices and sacrifice. It gives just about everyone something to dislike. But it is remarkable to have achieved as many positives as we did, with such strong support from both sides of the aisle, especially in these very partisan times. I was pleased when Governor Malloy signed it on Tuesday afternoon, even though he invoked a line-item veto on the new hospitals’ revenue agreement that could have easily and more quickly been handled as a technical change amendment. Unfortunately, the way he chose to handle things only adds another delay to final implementation. It’s too bad he chose to make the process harder.”

“Despite the budget being less than perfect, for Newtown, it is a darn good start. It immediately restores critical school and municipal funding to our town and 84 others, sustaining us and our schools at a time that was, until last week, very uncertain. Now, we can keep our local house in order and have the predictability to keep things “Nicer in Newtown”, as our state begins its journey to re-grow a damaged tax base and transition to more efficient state government with greater local control…also good for Newtown.”

“It does not fix all of Connecticut’s financial woes at once but, this budget is clearly a step in the right direction. Think of it as an iceberg. Much of its substance is not immediately visible to the naked eye but, we’ll now be able to make progress on 30-years of fiscal unaccountability, even though it may take a few years of transition to fully realize the benefits. But, as a beginning, it tackles our state’s problem of spending and borrowing more than we take-in or can afford to pay back. After a 26-year wait, we have a brand-new Constitutional Spending Cap and a conservative bonding cap to keep a lid on our checkbook and credit cards. Mandate relief will ease some of the burdens on towns, schools and businesses. We’ll be phasing out state income taxes on Social Security and other retirement income, increasing or restoring funding to the social services safety net, including our local School-Based Health Center, non-profit providers, senior nutrition, residential home care and more. We’ve also stymied earlier, partisan proposals including income tax increases, sales tax increases, sales tax expansion, hotel & restaurant taxes, DMV fees, cell phone surcharges and more.”

“Perfect? No. But, I believe this is a reasonable path forward”, concluded Rep. Bolinsky.

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Bolinsky Visits Tier ONE With Ability Beyond

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Photo (from left to right): Steve Belair, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, Amy Giordano, Brienne Shepard, and Mike Issagona.

Newtown – On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) visited Tier ONE Machining & Assembly, on Peck’s Lane in Newtown, on the invitation of Amy Giordano, a Tier ONE employee working in their assembly group, through a partnership with Ability Beyond, an organization that helps those with developmental and physical disabilities participate in meaningful, fulfilling employment opportunities.

“Amy, a fellow Newtown resident, the folks at Tier ONE and Ability Beyond invited me to visit her at work today, as part of Ability Beyond’ s 1st annual Take Your Legislator to Work Day. It was a wonderfully eye opening experience. Amy assembles ‘value-added installation and repair kits’, working independently to produce 300 kits a day for sale to Tier ONE customers. She brings a bona fide enthusiasm and devotion to her work that her supervisors love. Ms. Giordano works with her Ability Beyond support coach, Brianne Shepard and receives wonderful accolades from the company’s principal, Newtown’s Mike Iassogna and her direct supervisor, Newtown’s Steve Belair. I applaud her daily efforts and it is quite clear that her impact on the company is a positive one,” stated Rep. Bolinsky.

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LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES RESPOND TO GOVERNOR’S LATEST BUDGET AND THE IMPACT ON SENIORS AND CAREGIVERS

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SHELTON, Conn. – On Wednesday, October 18th, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) was invited by State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and advocates for seniors, to shed light on the Governor’s proposal to cut funding to senior services. The following statement was released after the press conference:

Rep. Bolinsky stated, “I am very grateful to Senator Kelley for inviting me. As a friend and a Leader of the legislature’s Aging Committee, he knows how important these cuts are to me. Not only do I represent seniors in my community but, at home, my wife and I are caregivers to my Father-in-Law, who has dementia and is currently aging in place with us. The Governor’s elimination of Aging-in-Place funding impacts many in my community and us, personally. His proposed increases to home-care recipients’ copays take unfair aim at the elderly on fixed incomes and also hit their caregivers hard. For my dad, who has Alzheimer’s, having access to occasional respite care was critical to keeping my mom healthy and sane. And here’s Governor Malloy, cutting these and other senior programs again. That’s just unacceptable and I will fight to restore these vital programs.”

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Status of the State Budget

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To the Editor,

At a time when we should be coming together and making progress toward creating a balanced budget – one that moves Connecticut forward – the legislative majority continues to demonstrate that they are not fit to lead.

On Tuesday, the House was called into session, hastily, by the Speaker and Majority Leader. Usually, when sessions are convened, members of both parties are provided with an agenda in terms of what the business of the day will be. This did not occur.

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Bolinsky Reacts to Budget Veto

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HARTFORD – On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Governor Malloy delivered on his threat and vetoed the state budget passed by both Houses of the state legislature, in a historic show of bipartisan support. Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) today expressed disappointment, but no surprise, along with his determination to get back to the business of saving the approved budget or moving forward on a compromise budget that implements the structural changes necessary to put Connecticut on a path to permanent economic recovery for all residents, businesses and communities.

“It’s disappointing that the Governor thinks it’s a good idea to hold well-run cities and towns responsible for deficits created by the fiscal mismanagement of our state government.” said Bolinsky. “By vetoing the bi-partisan budget, the governor is rubber stamping the continuation of wasteful spending and bad fiscal policy. He’s chosen projects over people. Consider the choice to pour $140-million into an aging XL Center versus funding my town’s schools, roads and safety net services for our state’s and Newtown’s at-risk populations. He picks institutional winners and losers by cutting reimbursement to nonprofit providers of developmental services, transitional and work programs, community mental health agencies, plus a host of other critical core social services. I think it’s pretty heartless.”

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Newtown Delegation Releases Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Hartford – On Tuesday, State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), William Duff (R-2), and J.P. Sredzinski (R-112), along with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) joined together to release a revised two-year state budget proposal with no new taxes that would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and core social services, and provide stability for towns and cities.

The revised budget proposal offered by Senate and House Republicans includes no tax increases and rejects the governor’s proposal to shift teacher pension costs onto towns and cities that would further burden municipalities and lead to increased property taxes. The Republican budget proposal combines elements of the Senate and House Republicans’ multiple prior budget proposals released earlier this year, feedback from Democrat lawmakers and the governor, and factors in the legislature’s passage of the state employee labor concessions deal that is now law.

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Bolinsky Walks to End Alzheimer’s

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PHOTO: Rep. Bolinsky concludes his portion of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Western Connecticut State University on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

DANBURY – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Western Connecticut State University’s campus. To date, the event has garnered over $85,000 in donations that will be used to fund Alzheimer’s research. Bolinsky participated with Almost Home, Danbury, one of 80-Teams, and was the number 5 fundraiser for this year’s event. He also became a member of the Champion’s Club, through the generosity of his donors.

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