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Carpino & Bransfield Unveil Prescription Drug Return Box

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Photo: Portland Police Officer Paul Liseo, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, State Representative Christie Carpino, and Portland Police Sergeant James Kelly are pictured in front of the drug return box.

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Carey Manufacturing Welcomes Cromwell Leaders

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Photo (from left to right): Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza, Paul S. Lavoie, State Rep. Christie Carpino

CROMWELLState Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) and Mayor Enzo Faienza recently toured Carey Manufacturing. The company’s 30,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility produces catches, latches, and handles for military, aerospace, computer, automotive, and consumer applications.

“Carey Manufacturing is one of Connecticut’s most prominent manufacturers and serves a large client base spanning multiple industries. The company prides itself on advancing abilities and talents of its incredibly diverse workforce – with a strong focus on utilizing emerging technology. Carey Manufacturing is a great neighbor to our community and I am confident they will continue to craft quality products for years to come,” said Rep. Carpino.

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Letter to Editor: Connecticut State Budget Debate Denied

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To the Editor,

Monday we were called to the Capitol to vote. Yet again, we were prevented from debating and voting on a budget. In fact, the majority party voted to prevent the minority party’s budget from even being presented. This lack of leadership is dangerous for the state and our citizens.

Instead, the House voted on what is commonly known as the SEBAC agreement. Without having a two year budget in place, this labor agreement provides a four year guarantee of no layoffs for state employees. This is unconscionable in light of the state of Connecticut’s poor financial affairs. The proponent of the bill admitted during the debate that now “our hands are tied” in regards to wage, hour and layoff discussions.

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Post-Session Update; Letter to Editor

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Special session will be called in the coming weeks for the General Assembly to vote on a biennium budget and to address the $5.3 billion projected deficit. I am disappointed that although multiple proposals were discussed, none were presented for a vote during the 2017 regular session. The failure to present a balanced budget to the membership for a vote prior to the session’s adjournment date is disheartening. The final budget will require difficult choices, but they must be made.

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A New Opportunity: CT’s Autonomous Vehicle Program

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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) introduced a concept to the legislature that would provide an opportunity for all Connecticut residents to gain greater independence. Specifically, her idea promotes the study and safe use of autonomous vehicles (AVs).

“Autonomous vehicles are an opportunity to increase the independence of those with physical challenges who are unable to operate a traditional motor vehicle. The industry also has the potential to be a major economic driver and future employer here in Connecticut,” said Carpino. Rep. Carpino introduced the bill after learning about the struggles of one of her constituents. “Karl has a physical difficulty that prevents him from driving. The inability to drive prevents him from utilizing his education and obtaining a job. Technology presents an opportunity for people like Karl to access reliable transportation and enhance their futures.”

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