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Our Budget Deserves a Signature

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To the Editor,

Last Friday, the legislature came together and passed a state budget through both chambers. Members from each party voted in support of the budget, which does not rely on increased taxes to erase the current deficit while also funding the core services of government.

This budget preserves the right for every child in Connecticut to get a quality education through a new Education Cost Sharing formula that equitably distributes education dollars to the Northwest Corner. Additionally, it reduces municipal mandates providing a little more flexibility for cities and towns to allocate their budgets appropriately. Day programs for our seniors and the intellectual and developmentally disabled communities are vital. Critical social services, such as these, will continue to be funded under this budget.

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Case Attends Joyner Hall Ribbon Cutting

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Photo (from left to right): NCCC President Michael Rooke, State Representative Jay Case, NCCC Board Member Roberta Willis, CSCU President Mark Ojakian

WINSTED – State Representative Jay Case attended the ribbon cutting of the Joiner Building on the campus of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Tuesday morning. The project, which conceptually began in 2008, was fully funded and put out to bid in 2015 through state bonding. “Through the collaborative effort of many stakeholders, the project has finally come to fruition for the start of the 2017 academic year. I firmly believe that it is a core function of our state government to ensure our students are afforded the resources they need to succeed in their secondary education. Joyner Hall now serves as one of the state’s most state-of-the art academic buildings offering over 24,000 square feet of cutting edge learning space,” concluded Case.

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Letter to Editor: Alarming Proposal

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To the Editor,

The House Democrats have unveiled an alarming proposal to increase the state’s sales tax from the existing 6.35% to a loftier 6.85%. This is irresponsible at this point in time because there are other no-tax-increase budget options, which I have supported, that are simply not being considering by the legislative majority.

The two largest tax increases in Connecticut’s history have been dealt under the Malloy Administration and backed by the Democratic Leadership of the General Assembly, both of which occurring within the last six years.

Where have those previous revenue increases gotten the state?

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