Historic Compromise Budget Deal Changes Connecticut Government

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The narrowing of the Democratic stranglehold on state government following the 2016 elections has led to a compromise budget deal that fundamentally alters the way Connecticut’s government is paid for by imposing historic spending controls, something Republicans have sought for decades.

If Gov. Malloy signs the budget the state’s longest fiscal impasse would end. And the looming crisis Connecticut faces would stall at the doorsteps of towns and cities, state social service agencies, our schools and hospitals. That’s a big “if” but here’s hoping the governor recognizes the disaster that awaits if this impasse continues and Connecticut continues to operate under his executive orders.

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Stuff a Humvee to Help Local Veterans

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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74), in conjunction with Veterans Count Connecticut, Waterbury Veteran’s Memorial Committee and Stop and Shop Supermarkets, and with assistance from the Connecticut Military Department , is hosting a “Stuff a Humvee” event to collect needed items and money to assist local veterans in need.

Stop and Shop will have collection boxes at all three Waterbury locations – Waterbury Plaza, 240 Chase Ave., Naugatuck Valley Shopping Center, 920 Wolcott St., and 410 Reidville Drive from October 21 through November 16.

The Stuff a Humvee event will take place on November 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Super Stop & Shop located at 410 Reidville Dr., Waterbury.

“I am extremely proud of the men and women who dedicate their lives to serving and defending our country and I’m honored to lend a hand to help collect much-needed supplies to make their lives a little easier,” Rep. Cummings said. “With generous help from veterans’ groups and your donations I’m confident we can make a positive difference in many Connecticut vet’s lives.”

What: Stuff a Humvee Veterans Collection

When: Sunday, November 19th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

            Collections will take place at all three Waterbury locations from October 21 – November 16

Where: Super Stop and Shop, 410 Reidville Drive, Waterbury

Some of the needed items include:

Personal Care:
· Deodorant, men’s and women’s
· Razors, men’s & women’s

  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Hand soap
    · Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes
    · Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
    · Dental floss
    · Feminine hygiene products
  • Depends” type products
    · Vaseline and hand lotion
    · Medicated foot powder
    · Nail files/nail clippers
    · Cough drops
    · Vicks vapor rub
    · Reusable water bottles
    · Combs/hairbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact solution/eye drops
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Individual tissue packs
  • Band aids
  • Wet Ones type hand wipes
  • Q-Tips
  • Dry shampoo
  • No-rinse wipes (for adult personal hygiene)

Clothing:

  • New or like new adult winter jackets
  • New or like new adult mittens and gloves
  • New or like new adult winter hats and scarves
    · NEW packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
  • NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear
  • New or like new men’s & women’s shoes/boots/winter boots
  • New or like new children’s winter jackets, mittens, gloves, hats and s carves

Food Items:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Cases of individual bottled spring water
  • Gallon size spring water
  • Regular “ground” coffee
    · Nonperishable canned goods
  • Packages of hard candies
  • Instant coffee and hot cocoa
  • Powder drink mixes
  • Chewing gum

Miscellaneous:

  • New household cleaning supplies
  • Non-prescription reading glasses (“Readers”)
  • Hand/feet/body warmers
  • Can openers for nonperishable foods

 

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House Republican Leader Klarides Disputes Gov. Malloy on Pension Savings Analysis

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HARTFORD – Reacting to Gov. Malloy hasty efforts to contest a Republican plan to obtain hundreds of millions in state employee pension savings, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called the move a “desperate attempt’’ to undercut ongoing negotiations between GOP lawmakers and Democrats over the budget impasse.

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Rep. Hall Statement on Potential Downgrade of Enfield Credit Rating

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EnfieldRepresentative Carol Hall (R-59) responded to news that Enfield might face a credit downgrade from Moody’s Investor Service as a result of the ongoing state budget crisis.

In a report by Moody’s Investor Service, Moody’s said they would look closely at the “ongoing vulnerability to changes in state funding and individual local governments’ long term capacity to make up for possible declines in state support with local resources.”

“I am very disappointed to hear about the potential downgrade to Enfield’s credit. I served over a decade on town council and we worked very hard to maintain and improve the town’s credit rating. Having a good credit rating is vital for towns like Enfield, without a high rating it is harder to borrow, invest and undertake infrastructure improvements,” said Representative Hall “As a State Representative and a member of the Appropriations Committee, I took this perspective with me. We worked long hours going line by line to find appropriate cuts and prioritize funding. The result was the budget that passed on a bi-partisan basis in September. This budget would have maintained current municipal funding levels and fully funded local school districts. It is shameful that Governor Malloy vetoed this effort falling back on his executive order which strips over $23,000,000.00 from Enfield.”

Currently the town of Enfield carries an Aa2 rating from Moody’s which indicates a strong capacity to meet financial obligations. Representative Hall concludes, “Well run towns like Enfield should not be punished for the state’s fiscal problems.”

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Rep. Lavielle Named Environmental Champion for Sixth Straight Year

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HARTFORD – State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) has been named an Environmental Champion by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for the sixth consecutive year.  Of the 16 legislators to receive the recognition this year, she was commended for her leadership on issues related to electric vehicles and bottle recycling during the 2017 legislative session.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters is a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s environment by making it a priority for elected officials.  CTLCV works with the state’s environmental advocacy groups to identify, highlight, and track important bills that affect Connecticut’s natural resources, including air, water, wildlife, open space, and health. Following each legislative session, it recognizes a number of lawmakers for their leadership on environmental issues by naming them Environmental Champions.

“Because our state’s historic fiscal crisis and the failure to pass a state budget into law have dominated the conversation this year in the General Assembly, many critical environmental issues did not receive the attention they deserved, which is why I am especially honored to maintain the distinction of Environmental Champion this year,” said Rep. Lavielle.  “Although passing a responsible state budget is the most urgent matter we have, environmental stewardship is essential not only to preserving Connecticut’s unique character and landscape, but also to its quality of life and economic viability.  Because I firmly believe that conservation of natural resources goes hand in hand with conservation of financial resources, I consider environmental stewardship an important component of fiscal responsibility, an objective that should underpin everything we do in the General Assembly.  It must not be ignored and I thank the CTLCV for keeping legislators focused on these issues.”

During the 2017 legislative session, Rep. Lavielle supported legislation aimed at securing dealer licenses for electric vehicle manufacturers in Connecticut. She also helped defeat an effort to dismantle the state’s landmark recycling law, succeeding in retaining Connecticut’s bottle deposit refund program. In addition to her efforts in these areas, Rep. Lavielle was a vocal supporter and co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment resolution protecting state conservation lands. She also supported legislation designed to improve the DOT’s management of tree removal on state highways, as well as successful efforts to ban the disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut and to improve access to water planning data.

“Facilitating the sale of electric vehicles in our state and encouraging bottle recycling are two good examples of issues that have the dual effect of both protecting our environment and saving our state money in the midst of a financial crisis, and can even potentially spur more economic growth here,” said Rep. Lavielle.  “Instead of repealing our state’s bottle bill, we can modernize and expand the program to make it more cost-efficient.  Electric vehicles, in addition to helping to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, provide consumers with access to a choice that they have been asking for. Conserving our natural resources and encouraging business development do not need to be competing issues and I will continue to work for a harmonious implementation of these two priorities.”

According to CTLCV Executive Diretor, Lori Brown,  “Gail Lavielle has an in-depth understanding of complex environmental issues.  She is a strong voice in the State House of Representatives that we can count on to push for legislation that protects our land, air and water. More of our elected leaders should be working as hard as Gail in fighting for our environmental future.”

The complete 2017 CTLCV scorecard can be viewed at: http://www.ctlcv.org/uploads/6/2/0/1/6201942/2017_scorecard_web_pdf.pdf

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