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Buckbee Preserves Critical Funding for Senior and Disabled Communities

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HARTFORD—State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-67) on Tuesday co-sponsored and voted for a plan that would provide funding for services and benefits to enrollees of the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The legislation was approved in the House by an overwhelming bipartisan majority with a final vote tally of 130 to 3.

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federally established level for program qualification. The budget that was adopted in October reduced the eligibility to the federal standard, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s participants. This oversight was the reason for the General Assembly convened in order to ensure those who had qualified through the old standards do not see a lapse in benefits or services.

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New Laws Effective January 1st

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As 2017 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you or your business, but all will impact the community. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

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Buckbee Earns 100% Voting Record

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HARTFORD – Freshman State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) received confirmation from the House Clerk’s Office that he had earned a one hundred percent voting record for the 2017 regular and special sessions.

“I am proud to report to my fellow residents of New Milford that whenever the Speaker of the House called for a vote, which he did on 417 unique occasions, I participated on behalf of our district,” said Buckbee after the release of his official voting record. “I also believe thanks are in order to all of those who expressed their opinions to me regarding legislative matters, whether we agreed or not. I take all of these interactions into consideration before I cast any vote in the House of Representatives.”

Buckbee currently serves on the General Assembly’s Children, Commerce, and Internship Committees. The 2018 Legislative Session is slated to begin in February.

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Buckbee Visits Kimberly-Clark New Milford Mill

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PHOTO (left to right): Bruce Parker, Financial Manager, State Rep. Bill Buckbee, Gary Wright, Mill Manager.

NEW MILFORD State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) visited the Kimberly-Clark Mill on Tuesday, November 14th, to learn more about how the state legislature can support the manufacturing industry within the local community.

“Manufacturing represents a great opportunity here in Connecticut. I want to thank Gary Wright, the Mill Manager, and Bruce Parker, Financial Manager, for showing me around the facility,” said Buckbee. “Kimberly-Clark serves as a great ambassador for the industry by working with students enrolled in various educational institutions, such as New Milford High School, Abbott Tech, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and Western Connecticut State University. Programs incentivizing students to get involved and explore what the manufacturing industry has to offer will ultimately translate to improving the economy, through job creation and stability.”

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Buckbee Supports State Budget

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HARTFORD – The Connecticut State Legislature has approved a budget that will reverse the governor’s previous executive order, which slashed education funding to New Milford, and restores the majority of municipal aid across the state. This version of the budget was recently signed into law by the governor at the State Capitol on Tuesday, October 31.

According to Buckbee, the version of the budget that was passed retained several of the structural changes within the original document that cleared both chambers last month. Of these changes, a state spending cap and a state bonding cap were imposed to limit the amount of government spending. Additionally, all union contracts must receive legislative support before the state enters into such labor agreements.

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