To the Editor,
Last week, the governor released a reactionary list of holdbacks, or budget reductions, to various state budget accounts to close a newly projected budget deficit. These reductions mainly reduced municipal aid. In light of the recent action taken by the executive branch, I felt it necessary to fully explain what the legislature had done in lieu of axing more aid to the towns of the Northwest Corner.
HARTFORD – State Representative Jay Case (R-63) and Brian Ohler (R-64) voted on a provision to add funding the elderly and disabled Renters Rebate Program at the State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
“It is too late in the year to be cutting vital services to elderly and disabled renters in our communities,” explained Rep. Case. “I have had several conversations with concerned constituents about their ability to continue to remain in their rented apartment or home. A fix was made, and as a result the Office of Policy and Management will continue to administer the program and issue checks to those who have qualified.”
According to Case, checks will be issued at the end of the current month.
HARTFORD – State Representatives Jay Case and Brian Ohler reported on Tuesday, November 8, that the Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Torrington will remain open. There had been prior discussions of the office closing, especially in light of the state’s budget situation, but state funding has been allocated to keep the office running.