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Rep. Devlin, Trumbull Legislators Hosting Public Safety Forum with Trumbull PD

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HARTFORD- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-123) along with the Trumbull Police Department are inviting all Trumbull residents to a Town-Wide Public Safety Forum.  

The Trumbull House Delegation is hosting the event in honor of Crime Prevention Awareness Month. Deputy Chief Ronald Kirby of the Trumbull Police Department will discuss how residents can protect themselves and their families from potential criminals.

The Public Safety Forum will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Trumbull Town Hall, Council Chambers at 5866 Main Street.

In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October Crime Prevention Month. Every year since then, government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses, and youth organizations have reached out to educate the public, showcase their accomplishments, and explore new partnerships during this special month.

October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. The month-long recognition spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, please email your particular State Representative: Dave.Rutigliano@housegop.ct.gov, Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov, Ben.McGorty@housegop.ct.gov.

State Rep. Laura Devlin Reminds Fairfield & Trumbull about National Bullying Prevention Month

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This and every October is National Bullying Prevention Month. I wanted to reach out to families throughout the district and let them know about what to look for if you feel your child is being bullied, how to participate in nationwide anti-bullying campaigns, and what to do if believe your child is involved in bullying.

Here is Fairfield’s ‘Community Resource for Children’ on bullying and here is Trumbull’s bullying policy for students.

The acts of bullying can occur in several ways. They can be verbal, physical, online social networks (Facebook, etc.), via text messages, or even as a result of social exclusion. Bullying can also include physical assault, threats, or intimidation.

Bullying can severely affect a person’s confidence, own self-image, and performance in school. It can also lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicidal thoughts or behaviors.  In addition, students who participate in bullying are at an increased risk of committing crimes, abusing alcohol and drugs, dropping out of school, and fighting.

According to Stopbullying.gov, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.

Warning signs that your child might be bullied include:

  • Refusal to go to school (afraid of riding the bus)
  • Moodiness
  • Changes in school performance
  • Sudden Personality changes (sad, depressed, upset)
  • Vocalizing suicidal thoughts (“No one would miss me if I wasn’t alive”)
  • Avoiding interaction with other classmates and friends
  • Bedwetting

The site also states that only approximately 20 – 30% of students who are bullied actually notify adults about the bullying.

This year’s “Unity Day” will take place on Wednesday, October 25th. I’d like to encourage you to wear orange on this day as a display of love, hope, support and unity against bullying.

State Rep. Laura Devlin Assails Governor Malloy’s Veto of Bi-partisan Budget

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HARTFORD – State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) condemned the governor’s decision to veto the Bi-partisan state budget that passed the General Assembly on September 16th.

Warns Constituents of Impending Funding Cuts as a Result of Governor’s Veto

“I am extremely disappointed the governor didn’t take action to move the state forward. Our bi-partisan agreement stopped the budget cycle of spending more money than the state has and taxing residents more than they can afford. This was an opportunity for real change to put Connecticut on a new path and met the Governor’s criteria of a no tax increase budget,” said Rep. Devlin. “It’s too bad he can’t get past the ‘not invented here’ syndrome and look at what’s best for our state – like the courageous Democrat legislators who stood up in support of the budget”

The governor’s veto means that a state budget will not be in effect by the October 1st  Education Cost Sharing (ECS) payment deadline leaving several towns, including Trumbull to face across the board cuts in municipal aid, education funding, and elimination of core government services.

 

 

State Rep. Laura Devlin with Myth vs. Facts on Bipartisan Budget

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Does the budget decimate UConn/UConn Health Center?

The Republican budget passed with bipartisan support by the legislature provides $1 billion in state aid to UConn and UConn Health Center over two years. This is a $200.1 million reduction to the anticipated $1.2 billion in state aid UConn would have received had the university not been touched by any budget cuts. While this is a cut of approximately 17%, this budget also for the first time allows for purchasing and contracting flexibility so the university can save money and enhance revenues in other ways that do not rely on taxpayer dollars.

There are policy changes that will allow in direct savings for UConn; like requiring professors to teach one additional class and eliminating the tuition waivers that allow UConn and UCHC employees and their dependents to attend UConn for free. Yes there are cuts to UConn, like every other agency. The difference between other state agencies and our flagship university to raise revenue or trim costs are substantial. UConn has alternative ways to support their organization through the school’s Foundation and fundraising or additional federal grants for research. While we have supported large investments over the years, we simply cannot afford it until our state is back on course. UConn still has an extremely healthy budget and now even greater flexibility to attain funding in ways that do not overly burden taxpayers. All of those avenues should be explored fully and pursued.

It’s also important to note that UConn is overstating it’s reductions by using the fiscal year 2017 original budget as the base, rather than what they actually received in 2017. It is only fair to compare the actual dollars taxpayers invested last year.

Does this budget change hospital taxes?

The budget proposed by Republicans and passed with a bipartisan vote in the legislature does not allow municipalities to tax local hospitals and preserves the small hospital pool. It also accepts the hospital settlement agreed to by the Connecticut Hospital Association and the governor’s office which includes tax changes our state hospitals lobbied for and meets all their requests to help them operate more efficiently and better meet the needs of their patients. This budget will also phase out the hospital tax over time and increases Medicaid rates which protect hospitals from changes on the federal level.

What does it do to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

The Republican budget that garnered bipartisan support in the legislature would implement a graduated schedule for the Earned Income Tax Credit which provides 5% for single individuals, 10% for those with one child, 15% for those with two children, 25% for those with three or more children. By implementing a graduated scale we can make sure to preserve as much of the credit as possible for those who need the support most. Unfortunately facing a massive deficit of historic size we had to make the difficult decision to reduce this program in part to protect other core social services including SAGA. In addition, there are some who say a case could be made that it is not actually a tax cut, as over 80% of recipients never paid state income tax. Regardless on your opinions about the program–we prioritize children in the graduated scale model we worked hard to define.

Does this budget better serve the I/DD Community?

It is the only budget to fully fund day and employment services for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It also does not carry forward reductions imposed by Governor Malloy to employment and day opportunities services for the intellectually disabled. In addition it adds funding to help individuals on the wait list access services.

Is this budget balanced?

Yes, OFA shows surpluses of $70 million surplus in 2018 and $40 million surplus in 2019.

How do we balance the budget?

– We rein in government as much as we can. We consolidate agencies and eliminate top heavy positions like Commissioners and their deputies.

– We make targeted spending cuts while simultaneously protecting core services.

– We implement 10% reductions to certain agency accounts.

– We implement overtime savings of 10 percent, a hiring freeze of non-24-hour employees, and cut the legislature’s budget.

– We include long-needed structural changes to achieve future savings such as a strong spending cap and bonding cap. The Democrat budget included a spending cap which recommends not counting our growing pension debt.

Why does OFA show a deficit in the out years?

All budgets proposed show deficit in the out years because the state’s financial problems cannot be resolved in one year. That being said, the Republican out year deficits are less than what was projected in the Democrats’ budget which includes many new tax policies like cell phones and non-prescription medicine (for example, in FY20 the Republican budget shows $1.2 billion deficit while the Democrat budget shows $1.4 billion deficit. In 2021, Republican budget shows $2 billion deficit while Democrat budget shows $2.1 billion deficit.) However, unlike the Democrat budget, the Republican budget also includes tax reductions to pension income, social security income, and inheritance/estate tax. We have heard our retirees and seniors loud and clear! They want to stay here and we want them here, too. These tax reductions contribute to the deficit on the surface because we are taking in less revenue, but they are likely to actually lower the deficit once implemented by sparking economic growth. In addition, the Republican budget contains a strict spending cap (as voted for nearly 25 years ago, but never enacted) and other long term structural changes to achieve future savings, restore confidence in our state, and therefore have a positive effect on the economy that cannot be calculated by OFA in the projections they show.

Does this budget change taxpayer funding for campaigns?

This budget eliminates taxpayer funding for political campaigns under the “Citizens Election Program” (CEP). The state cannot keep up with managing funds for this program that is a mere shadow of the original program meant to keep elections clean. In an extremely challenging budget year, this budget makes the decision to end taxpayer funding for political candidates – an expense which is expected to balloon to $50 million for the next election cycle with no additional money to be found in escheats which has previously funded the program. Democrats have actually underfunded this program in their own budget proposal by $10 million also putting the program in jeopardy because the state simply does not have the funds to support what this program has grown into.

Does this budget change teacher pension contributions?

This is not a tax on teachers. This budget does increase contributions teachers’ pay towards their own retirement from 6% to 8% at maximum, which remains below the national average of over 10% for teacher contributions. It was important in this budget to minimize the increase while also stabilizing this fund so the state can keep the promises it makes to our teachers who dedicate their lives to serving our state and its students. This is an increase that teachers pay into their own pensions; therefore it is all money that every single teacher gets back when they retire as it is part of their retirement savings. This is money that will be used to make the teachers’ pension plan more solvent and benefit teachers in the long run. In addition, this budget does not shift any teacher retirement costs onto towns and cities. Shifting any portion of this opens the door to more burdens being placed on municipalities and taxpayers. This is the state’s responsibility and we stood firm on not letting the state push off any amount of this obligation onto our cities and towns.

To make sure that the intentions behind the legislation adopted by the General Assembly are crystal clear, since partisan folks are distorting those intentions— the leadership of the Republican caucuses will put a request in writing immediately to the Teacher’s Retirement Board (TRB). While normally the TRB sets the state contribution amount every two years, this is too important to wait for the normal process. The money will be held in the General Fund UNTIL the TRB sets the amount as required.

Our intentions are crystal clear. This money will be deposited to the teacher’s pension fund, as was explained during the budget debate. Period.

Here is a link to the Teacher’s Retirement Systems latest evaluation: http://www.ct.gov/trb/lib/trb/forms…

THREE CHOICES FOR TEACHERS

  • Support the bipartisan budget that gradually increases the pension contributions for teachers 2%, while also keeping the income tax exemption of 50% promised in the last session. This budget also promises level funding for every school district.
  • Support the Democrats proposed budget that passes a significant portion of the teacher’s pension payments to local taxpayers and municipalities. This mandate will force towns to consider laying off teachers or programs and their education funding cuts many communities. It also fails to keep the promise to exempt 50% of their income tax, dropping it down to 25% retroactively to January 1st 2017.
  • Support the Governor’s Executive Order which slashed education funding by almost $600 million and passes the burden of the teacher’s pension fund onto taxpayers.

Reps. Devlin & Kupchick, Sen. Hwang Point to Historic Nature of Occasion as Republican Budget Passes Both Chambers of General Assembly

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Urges Governor to Sign Budget Bill into Law “as Soon as Possible” 

HARTFORD – State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) along with State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) expressed cautious optimism at the passage of the Republican budget through both chambers of the General Assembly late Friday night.

After three Democratic State Senators broke ranks and voted for a GOP budget amendment, which passed the Senate earlier that afternoon, the House passed the same Republican budget bill by a 77-73.  It now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, although it is possible he will use his veto power to block it from becoming law.

“Taxpayers have had enough. People and businesses continue to flee Connecticut for more affordable, lower tax states. We need to break the never-ending tax increase cycle and get our state back on a path to prosperity. Today’s historic vote was an opportunity to come together as state lawmakers for the better of Connecticut. This budget takes the first major steps in turn our state around,” said Rep. Laura Devlin.

“Our plan moves Connecticut in a new direction,” Sen. Hwang said. “We want to generate a predictable, sustainable and transparent ecosystem where Connecticut businesses can thrive and grow. We can do it with no new taxes.  Time is of the essence to protect our schools, our communities and our most vulnerable and at-risk residents.”

After the Republican budget passed the State Senate, Governor Malloy declared his intention to veto the budget bill passed by the General Assembly.  The Fairfield legislators urged the governor to reconsider, citing the “draconian” effects his executive order could have on local education and other state services.

The budget crisis in Connecticut is currently in its third month.  Should the governor block passage of this budget bill, it is unlikely the state will adopt a budget prior to the October 1 deadline for education payments and the governor’s executive order would take effect.

“This is a watershed moment for our state, as the legislature has indicated its willingness to reject the fiscal policies of recent years and take a new approach to budgeting that will change our current course and set us on path to recovery,” said Rep. Kupchick.

 

Rep. Laura Devlin: Important Budget ‘Call to Action’

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CALL TO ACTION

This is the last chance to stop a $1.54 Billion Tax Hike and get a vote on our Republican ‘No Tax’ Increase budget plan.

The State Senate is scheduled to go in any hour now and the House of Representatives is scheduled to go into session at 5pm to vote on the state budget.

House and Senate Democrats have proposed at least 12 new major taxes hikes and 20 new fee increases and gives a new non-elected transportation authority the ability to enact tolls without further legislative approval.

It’s time to call the House and Senate Democrats and ask them for a vote on our Republican ‘No Tax’ increase budget. We deserve the respect of a vote on our budget.

Our budget is endorsed by CCM, COST, CBIA and CT Realtors.

Call:

  • House Democrats at 860 240-8500
  • Senate Democrats at 860 240-8600

Rep. Devlin, Trumbull Lawmakers Release Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Hartford – Today State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) joined together with their Senate Republican colleagues to release a revised two-year state budget proposal with no new taxes that would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and core social services, and provide stability for towns and cities.

The revised budget proposal offered by Senate and House Republicans includes no tax increases and rejects the governor’s proposal to shift teacher pension costs onto towns and cities that would further burden municipalities and lead to increased property taxes. The Republican budget proposal combines elements of the Senate and House Republicans’ multiple prior budget proposals released earlier this year, feedback from Democrat lawmakers and the governor, and factors in the legislature’s passage of the state employee labor concessions deal that is now law.

“Let’s be crystal clear, this Republican plan is the only state budget proposal which saves taxpayers from a third large tax hike in 6 years and also makes long-term structural changes to the way Connecticut runs its fiscal house, said Rep. Devlin. Taxpayers have had enough. People and businesses continue to flee Connecticut for more affordable, lower tax states. There is a better way to lead our state on a path to growth and this budget is a first step.”

Rep. Rutigliano said, “If the majority party is serious about fixing our state’s budget problem they would embrace our new plan. Our budget protects Trumbull’s fair share of state funding while avoiding yet another massive tax bill from the Democrats.”

“I’m proud to join my Republican colleagues and once again propose and support a balanced, no-tax-increase budget that increases education funding and preserves the social safety net,” Rep. McGorty said. “Connecticut residents have been struggling for decades and they deserve relief, not increased taxes and further cuts to town and education aid.”

 

No New Taxes

The revised Republican budget contains no new taxes. It does not increase or expand the sales tax, hospital tax or income tax. It also rejects the governor’s proposal to shift teacher pension costs onto municipalities as such a policy change would likely result in property tax increases.

Reduces Taxes

The Republican budget enacts two policies that will reduce taxes for retirees by phasing in a tax exemption for Social Security and pension income for middle income families. In addition, the Republican budget also restores the entire $200 property tax credit for all qualifying families and individuals. Under Governor Malloy’s tenure this tax credit has been reduced from $500 and we believe that property owners deserve a break on their taxes.

Increases Education Funding

The Republican budget rejects the governor’s devastating education cuts contained in his budget proposal and executive order entirely. It instead includes a fully revised Education Cost Sharing Formula that takes into account factors regarding recent court decisions, enrollment, poverty, wealth and number of English Language Learners, among other factors. This budget dedicates $33.6 million more to education in FY 2018 and $136.6 million more in FY 2019 and phases in a new formula over 10 years. It also establishes a council to analyze and make any necessary changes to the new formula within the next year if deemed necessary. In 2018 all towns and cities’ base ECS grant will either be held harmless or gain more funding.

Municipal Support and Mandate Relief

This budget provides predictable municipal aid so that towns and cities know what they can count on from the state. This plan does not ask towns and cities to pay for teacher retirement costs as the governor’s proposal does. It also implements significant mandate relief for cities and towns to help municipalities achieve efficiencies and pass savings on to taxpayers.

Funds Core Social Services

This revised budget maintains Republican proposals to restore funding for core social services and programs that benefit people most in need. It fully funds day and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reopens Care4Kids, protects funding for SAGA that supports disabled residents who are unable to work, funds school based health clinics and family resource centers, restores funding for mental health services among many other programs.

Prioritizes Transportation

The Republican budget recognizes the importance of a safe, modern transportation system to public safety and economic growth throughout our state. Therefore, this budget prioritizes the state’s transportation needs and stabilizes funding without tolls or new taxes. It implements the Republican “Prioritize Progress” transportation funding plan and stabilizes the state’s Special Transportation Plan by dedicating transportation-related revenues to fund transportation needs and protects monies in the state’s Special Transportation Fund from being diverted for other uses.

Supports Seniors

The Republican budget lowers taxes for retirees by immediately eliminating the tax on social security and phasing in an elimination of taxation of pension income for single filers with an AGI below $75,000 and joint filers below $100,000. It also helps seniors age in place by restoring funding for core programs such as Meals on Wheels, the personal needs allowance, non ADA dial a ride, and the CT Home Care Program.

Employment and Day Opportunities for the Intellectually Disabled

Our budget fully funds employment and day opportunities for new high school graduates over the biennium, nor does the Republican Budget carry forward reductions imposed by Governor Malloy to employment and day opportunities services for the intellectually disabled.

Funds State Parks & Tourism

Acknowledging the multiplier effect that tourism has on our economy, the Republican budget proposes to transfer 1.5% of the current hotel occupancy tax to a new Marketing, Culture and Tourism account. This is not a new tax as Democrats have proposed. Rather, it dedicates a portion of the current tax for its intended purpose to boost tourism funding. This budget also implements the Passports to Parks program that has garnered bipartisan support in the legislature.

Reduces Size of Government

The Republican budget proposal includes overtime savings of 10 percent, a hiring freeze on non-24-hour non-union positions, and makes cuts to the legislature such as reducing the number of legislative committees. The budget also makes targeted spending cuts, 10 percent reductions to certain agency accounts, and rolls forward lapses made last year except for cuts to core services such as grants for mental health and substance abuse and youth service bureau funding.

Includes Structural Changes

In addition to balancing the budget over the next two years, this budget includes policy changes that roll out into future years to achieve significant savings. Changes include items such as a spending cap, bonding cap, municipal mandate relief, and other policy changes for long term savings. The budget also implements pension reform beginning after the SEBAC deal ends in 2027 that will result in some immediate savings as calculated in an actuarial analysis.

Rep. Laura Devlin Statement on Charlottesville

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Statement by Rep. Laura Devlin: 

“I want to denounce the politics of hate and intolerance seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. I am disgusted by those expressing racial bigotry and anti-Semitism those thoughts and ideas have no place in our respectful national debate. I have always been someone that works to bring people and communities together and that is what I will continue to do. With that said I have seen no evidence of this sort of toxic debate at the State Capitol in Hartford and if I did I would repudiate it immediately.”

 

Devlin, Fairfield Lawmakers Hail 8-30g Veto Override Vote

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HARTFORD- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) along with State Senate Tony Hwang (R-28) hailed the General Assembly for their vote to override Governor Malloy’s veto of 8-30g affordable housing reform legislation.  After the governor announced his decision to veto the bipartisan compromise bill to revise the 8-30g statute on July 14, Senate and House leadership chose to take up the issue of overriding the veto at a special session on Monday.

To override a gubernatorial veto of the 8-30g reform bill, the General Assembly needed the support of 2/3 of both chambers to override the veto, the measure passed by a vote of 101-40 in the House and a vote of 24-12 by the State Senate.

Rep. Devlin said, “I applaud the hard fought work of Brenda and Tony as leaders in the Housing Committee. This legislation was not a complete rewriting of the affordable housing statutes, it simply helps put into place a series of equitable, common sense changes that modernize and update the 8-30g statute without undermining the true good meaning intend of the Affordable Housing Act and providing a measure of fairness to communities, like Trumbull & Fairfield, which are subject to the current law and its significant deficiencies.”

Senator Hwang is the Co-Chair of the Housing Committee and Rep. Kupchick, who is the lead House Republican on the Housing Committee were integral in the bipartisan negotiations to craft the bill.

Rep Kupchick said, “With this veto override, Connecticut achieves the first affordable housing reform in 30 years. While the new law doesn’t include everything proponents wanted, the changes provide towns a better opportunity to create their own affordable housing development plans that communities can embrace and receive more points toward a moratorium under the revised 8-30g statue and stave off predatory development.”

Sen. Hwang said, “The reform fight represented ‘the way the system should work: with transparency, with a sharing of ideas and common goals, and with the will to create positive and lasting change for Connecticut.’ We were disappointed by the governor’s veto, but we were not deterred. The support for these reforms from Democrats and Republicans was overwhelming, and we kept fighting.  We want to increase housing opportunities for everyone in Connecticut and encourage a diverse and dynamic residential community that will foster economic, educational, and cultural growth.  We want to allow more local zoning and planning input in developing affordable and workforce housing projects that are compatible with community character.  With this veto override vote, the legislature is taking a step in that direction.”

With the overrides, the bill will now become Connecticut law, in spite of the governor’s objections. The bill was a modest step towards affordable housing reform which hoped to offer towns an attainable goal of developing and reaching a moratorium.

The provisions of the bill are:

  • Lowers minimum number of HUE points smaller municipalities must  obtain to qualify for a moratorium from 75 HUE points to 50 HUE points
  • Encourages the development of family units and senior units tied to family housing, and family units located in incentive housing zones Makes income-restricted units in an IHZ development eligible for points toward a moratorium.
  • Changes the definition of Median Income applicable to IHZ’s to conform to 8-30g’s definition (the lesser of state median income and the area median income as determined by HUD).
  • Makes affordable housing moratoriums more achievable for midsize cities, when they are applying for a second moratorium and would last for 5 years. The current threshold to qualify for a moratorium is 2%, this bill lowers that threshold to 1.5%. While this goal is still very difficult to attain. It is a step in the right direction.
  • Requires towns to adopt plans to state how they will increase the amount of affordable units in the town.
  • Contains a five year sunset provision

Under the current 8-30g statue, towns like Fairfield had very little chance of ever achieving the high bar for a moratorium that allowed predatory developers to sidestep local zoning laws.

Fairfield Legislators Disheartened at Veto of Affordable Housing (8-30g) Bill by Gov. Malloy

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FAIRFIELD- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) & Brenda Kupchick (R-132) along with State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) expressed extreme disappointment with the announcement that Governor Malloy has vetoed the bi-partisan 8-30g Affordable Housing compromise bill, HB-6880.

The bill was a modest step towards affordable housing reform which hoped to offer towns an attainable goal of developing and reaching a moratorium.

Rep. Devlin said, “Considering the incredible amount of work and compromise that it took to pass this common-sense bill, it is unconscionable that the Governor would veto it. This was a small step toward making a difference for our communities by providing some fairness and contemporary changes to update the 8-30g statute without undermining the Affordable Housing Act.”

Rep. Kupchick said, “We worked hard to draft and pass a bi-partisan compromise that received 116 votes (77%) in the House of Representatives and 30 votes (83%) in the State Senate. I call on the General Assembly to override the Governor’s veto so the voices of Fairfield citizens and state residents are heard.”

Co-Chair of the General Assembly Housing Committee, Sen. Hwang said the reform fight will continue.  “While the governor’s action is disappointing, we are not deterred,” Sen. Hwang said. “The support for these reforms from Democrats and Republicans was overwhelming, and we will keep fighting.  Our goal continues to be a worthy one:  We want to increase housing opportunities for everyone in Connecticut and encourage a diverse and dynamic residential community that will foster economic, educational, and cultural growth.  We want to allow more local zoning and planning input in developing affordable and workforce housing projects that are compatible with community character.  The nearly 30-year-old 8-30g language needs updating. It should address the need for affordable housing in our state while providing more fairness to local communities that are often at the mercy of developers whose projects conflict with the wishes of the town zoning bodies and neighborhoods. These reforms aimed to motivate our state and municipalities toward greater access and inventory of workforce and affordable housing for Connecticut residents.  I want to express my gratitude to all stakeholders for their passion and participation in getting this bipartisan plan to the governor’s desk.”

Under the current 8-30g statue, towns like Fairfield had very little chance of ever achieving the high bar for a moratorium that allowed predatory developers to sidestep local zoning laws. It’s clearly been a difficult and complicated issue to work on with the majority in the legislature not in favor of any changes.

Each year the legislature has a veto session to meets to consider whether to override vetoes by the Governor. An override requires a two-thirds vote by each chamber (House & Senate) which would mean the House of Representatives would need 101 votes and the Senate would need 24 votes.