Rep. Will Duff Votes to Protect Education Funding

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representative Will Duff (R-2) voted on Monday to override a veto Governor Dan Malloy made on a law, Public Act 18-35, that would have prevented future governors from making cuts to education funding in the middle of a fiscal year.

 

It was a key legislative priority for Rep. Duff to support this policy because many towns in the 2nd Assembly District have been targeted for mid-year funding holdbacks by the governor the past two years. The law had received great bipartisan support when it was initially considered by the General Assembly during the regular legislative session.

Rep. Will Duff expressing major disappointment said, “Stopping the governor’s mid-year cuts to our state education grant was a widely popular proposal amongst the legislators and the residents in my District, especially in Newtown. The bill created budget stability and predictability for our small towns and local schools and school administrators. It’s frustrating to know the will of the people was thwarted today by the Senate Democrats, who walked lockstep with the governor today.”

Today, when the bill was reconsidered in the House, it received a super majority vote of 103-33 to override the governor’s veto. However, when the bill was considered by the Senate it was only passed by a simple majority of 19-10, meaning the requisite super majority, or two-thirds, of the chamber needed to override the action of the governor was not met and the veto was sustained.

 

 

 

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Reps. Duff & Harding Hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ Event to Help Local Veterans

Posted on June 21, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD — State Representatives Will Duff (R-2) and Stephen Harding (R-107)  in conjunction with Veterans Services of New England are hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ event to collect items to benefit local veterans in need.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Bethel Municipal Center on 1 School Street in Bethel.

What: Stuff a Humvee Veterans Collection
When: Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

There will be a ‘Humvee’ on the premises to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries that will then be donated to local Veterans in need. The Veteran Services of New England is a registered Connecticut not-for-profit, Veteran Service Organization* (VSO).

The Veteran Services of New England assist those in the reserves, active duty, prior service members and their immediate families, includes providing employment, mental health, recreational rehab assistance and other services associated with the transition from military service to the next phase of life and beyond.

“We can never forget the great sacrifice that our brave men and women in the Armed Forces gave so that we can enjoy our daily freedoms. I appreciate those selfless sacrifices and believe that it is our duty to at least provide some basic needs and services to our most vulnerable veterans, this Humvee collection is one small gesture for our veterans,” Rep. Duff said.

Rep. Harding said, “I know that our local community has great appreciation for our military who protect our freedom here and around the globe. This initiative is a great way to support these brave men and women who do so much for us.”

 

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 packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
  • NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear

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”)
  • Can openers for nonperishable foods

 

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Rep. Will Duff Hails Bethel Solar Project

Posted on June 1, 2018 by jdooley


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BETHEL- State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) along with State Sen. Toni Boucher attended a ribbon-cutting today at the Town of Bethel’s capped landfill to celebrate the completion of the solar photovoltaic (“PV”) facility hosted by Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company.

The Town partnered with Ameresco to develop the solar PV project under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Ameresco will operate and maintain the system for the term of the contract to ensure optimal energy production.

Bethel’s solar farm is comprised of more than 2,900 photovoltaic panels totaling 947.7 kW DC and designed to generate over 1.2 million kWh of renewable electricity each year. The solar farm is connected directly to the local utility distribution system. The annual CO2 emissions reduction of 934 metric tons is equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road and annual electricity usage of 140 homes.

According to Ameresco, renewable energy projects like this one directly benefit the Town of Bethel. With 100% of the solar system’s energy generated used to power Bethel’s town buildings and operations, through virtual net metering, the Town’s consumption at key buildings is offset. Furthermore, it demonstrates the Town’s commitment to sustainability.

“What a great way to cut down on CO2 emissions and spur local interest in energy conservation,” Rep. Will Duff, who is a member of the legislature’s Energy and Technology committee said, “This solar PV project will now bring the Bethel landfill into state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection compliance permitting the town to be supplied by green renewable power.”

 

Rep. Will Duff Co-hosting Redding Town Hall

Posted on May 31, 2018 by jdooley


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State Rep. Will Duff will be meeting with his constituents along with his fellow Redding legislators on June 4th.  They will offer residents an opportunity to discuss pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session.   

What: Redding Post-Session Town Hall Update with Rep. Will Duff (R-2) and Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26)

Where: Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., Redding

When: Monday, June 4, 2018 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm 

Rep. Duff Hails Compromise Budget Deal

Posted on May 16, 2018 by jdooley


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Protects of Medicare Savings, Teacher Pensions, Transportation Funding

HARTFORD –State Reps. Will Duff (R-2) & Stephen Harding (R-107) applauded final passage of a bi-partisan state budget agreement, noting that it fully restores Medicare Saving Plan funds that were cut, add money for teachers’ healthcare and provides more money to the Special Transportation Fund without raising taxes or bringing tolls back to state highways.

“I was proud to work with my legislative colleagues in crafting a budget without tax increases or tolls, while also restoring critical funding to education and social services in our local community,” said Rep. Harding .

“This year the legislature came together and passed a bipartisan compromise budget that I was happy to support,” said Rep. Will Duff. “We have accomplished many good things in the last two years to change the way government budgets, by addressing and reforming the state’s long-term structural problems and moving away from raising taxes on middle class families every time the budget is in deficit we can begin to halt residents fleeing our great state for lower cost states.”

The budget adjustment does not contain any tax increases and blocks the planned fare increases on buses and trains that are scheduled for July 1. The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects, and maintains ECS funding for our schools.

The plan also includes:

  • Restores $130 million in funding to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) for senior citizens and the disabled
  • Funds the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund
  • Restores funding for the HUSKY ‘A’ Medicaid program for about 13,500 low-income parents who are “working poor”
  • Contains a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million
  • All Municipal Aid, Education Cost Sharing, Town Aid Road, Regional Fire Training Schools, the CT Firefighters Cancer Fund will all remain whole and untouched for 2019

In addition the budget deal features:

  • $5 million for emergency placement for DDS patients
  • $9.5 million for coast of living increases for private providers
  • An additional $12.5 million to support VoAg students
  • $1 million for dairy farmers
  • Restores funding for military funerals

An important victory for our cities and towns, both Reps. Duff and Harding were able to secure language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.

Reps. Duff & Harding Support Bethel Schools with Passage of Construction Legislation

Posted on May 16, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Will Duff (R-2) and Stephen Harding (R-107) successfully shepherded critical school construction grant funds through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly during a special session last week.

The Bethel legislators worked in concert in both the House and Senate to gain approval of $11,125,544 in state funds for Anna H. Rockwell School with the project estimated to cost

$24,723,432 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

The Bethel legislators additionally gained approval of $18,498,470 in state funds for Ralph M.T. Johnson School with the project estimated to cost $41,107,711 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

“In tough economic budget times, the legislature has to prioritize how the state spends its money and focus on the core functions of government. Building a strong education system for our children is one of those priorities we must always work to protect. I applaud the state for this much needed local school support. These funds will be wisely invested in both Anna H. Rockwell and Ralph M.T. Johnson schools to add value to our quality education system and Bethel community. This investment will enable our students to go to school in an environment conducive to learning, social development and growth. An investment in education is an investment in our future,” said Rep. Will Duff.

The legislation SB-184, An Act Concerning Authorization of State Grant Commitments for School Building Projects passed the General Assembly unanimously and now moves to the governor’s office for his final signature.