Newtown Delegation Votes to Protect Education Funding

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), JP Sredzinski (R-112), and Will Duff (R-2), along with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) voted on Monday to override a veto Governor Dan Malloy made on a law, Public Act 18-35, that would have prevented future governors from making cuts to education funding in the middle of a fiscal year.

It was a key legislative priority for all members of the Newtown Delegation to support this policy because Newtown has been targeted for mid-year funding holdbacks by the governor the past two years. The law had received great bipartisan support when it was initially considered by the General Assembly during the regular legislative session.

Rep. Bolinsky rose and spoke in support of overriding the governor’s veto at today’s House Session stating, “This override is of the utmost importance to Newtown and all towns, across Connecticut. In Newtown, our town and education budgets are formulated months before the state actually arrives at its final allocations and, historically, because we work together to provide two-year projections. Our track record of accuracy has been consistently reliable and, general something I consider to be a solemn promise. Cutting educational funding mid-year breaks the state’s promise to our children and, in my opinion, that’s a complete non-starter. In desperate times, projects should always be sacrificed before people, especially our kids. No governor, not this one or future ones, should have the unilateral power to purge education dollars mid-year. This bill was similar to a concept I proposed and my name actually appears as its first, among 61 co-sponsors. I’m proud that we, in the House voted to override the Governor’s veto. It’s unfortunate that the override did not gather the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate but, there’s always next year.”

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Bolinsky Organizes American Flag Retirement Drop-off

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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NEWTOWN  – In recognition of Flag Day, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) coordinated a worn American Flag drop-off event for flags that served their time but, because of wear or damage, deserve a respectful retirement.  The flags were collected at VFW Post 308 and will be disposed of in an appropriate military ceremony.  As a symbol of America, the freedoms we hold dear and those who have sacrificed to defend our nation’s freedoms, the VFW makes available this flag drop-off box, accessible all year at Post 308, 18 Tinkerfield Road in Newtown.

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Bolinsky Welcomes St. Rose Students to Capitol

Posted on June 8, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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Rep. Bolinsky is pictured with Ms. Davenport’s 4th Grade Class from St. Rose in the House of Representatives.

HARTFORD – St. Rose’s fourth-grade students from Ms. Davenport’s class visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and were welcomed by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) in the House Chamber.

“The annual visit by St. Rose’s fourth-grade is one I look forward to all year,” beamed Bolinsky. “At this age, they’re already very civically aware, curious and full of great questions. With the help of wonderful teachers like Paula Davenport, we talked about how laws are made and the role of a State Representative as their voice, their parents’ voice and their community’s advocate in matters of the state. Their enthusiasm always makes this one of my favorite days of the year!”

The students also had the opportunity to meet Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, a friend of Rep Bolinsky’s, and to view the Senate Chambers, learn the Capitol’s history, explore the Legislative Office Building, enjoy lunch on the Capitol lawn and visit the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park.

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Bolinsky Participates in On-Field Opening Ceremony Promoting Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Posted on June 4, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – June, 2018 has been designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) and State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown), a leader in Alzheimer’s advocacy in Connecticut was invited to participate in the on-field Opening Ceremony of Friday’s Hartford Yard Goats baseball game held at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Bolinsky joined Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), Alzheimer’s Association officials and team promotional staff in the presentation of a Governor’s Proclamation to Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter in recognition of their ongoing advocacy efforts to defeat the disease.

Hartford’s AA MiLB baseball club partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to kick-off ABAM at the ballpark, with thousands of fans and ALZ Association members in attendance, wearing purple “END ALZ” shirts, while Rep. Bolinsky donned  his 2017 white &purple ”Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club” fundraiser’s shirt.

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Attention: Sugar Street Bridge Replacement Project

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is into stage 3b of replacing and upgrading the Sugar Street (Rt. 302) bridge between the Pleasance and Ram Pasture. To help traffic flow as smoothly as possible, a temporary detour to divert traffic around the construction zone will be implemented.

The project will begin this Thursday, May 17, 2018. According to the DOT, the project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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On Balance, Bolinsky Pleased with No-Tax-Increase Budget Compromise

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) voted in favor of a state budget compromise that protects Newtown’s essential state Educational Cost Sharing and Municipal Revenue Sharing grants for all of 2019, without raising taxes or implementing the Governor’s costly and unpopular plan to enact electronic tolling on state highways. The Compromise deal was struck in the waning hours of the 2018 session, culminating in a vote, first in the Senate, then in the House.

In addition to no new taxes or tolls, the bi-partisan compromise maintains or advances funding for mental health and critical social service programs for our state’s most vulnerable populations, rescinding earlier cuts made by the Governor. Rep. Bolinsky and the House Republicans were successful in achieving most of their major proposed policy objectives, including those. However, like any good compromise, a couple of items that were important did not make it in the final document, like the proposal to apply about $300-Million to begin paying down part of the state’s Teachers’ Retirement Program debt and another $300-Million toward the State Employees’ Retirement Program debt. An objective that will be re-introduced next year.

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