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Rep. Dunsby Votes to Restore Funding for Medicare Savings Program as Legislature Approves Plan

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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted on Monday for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.  State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) also voted for the same plan in the Senate.  Last month, legislators successfully petitioned the General Assembly back into special session in order to address the issue.

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibly limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators in adopting the budget in October reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months, giving concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.

“Restoring healthcare funding for low-income seniors and people with disabilities was critical business for the legislature and I hope Connecticut residents are encouraged to see a swift and bipartisan solution pass that does not require tax increases,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “However, the persistent budget deficit needs to be addressed by the legislature this year in order to make sure we don’t find ourselves in this predicament again.”

 The MSP plan was approved in the House by a 130 to 3 vote and in the Senate by a 32-1 vote. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.

The 2018 legislative session starts February 7 where state lawmakers will focus primarily on issues tied to the state budget.

Rep. Dunsby Signs Onto Letter Urging DEEP to Fast-Track Electric Vehicles

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Rep. Dunsby is a member of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee.

The following is an excerpt from a press release sent out by the Sierra Club:

Hartford, CT — Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and 26 Connecticut legislators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee urging DEEP to to fast track recommendations that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The legislators called on DEEP to make specific recommendations in the final Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) to ensure: longer term funding for Connecticut’s successful EV incentive program, expanded EV charging infrastructure, a clearer role for electric companies in supporting EVs, and bold policies that will limit, price, and reduce carbon pollution from transportation.

“Connecticut has the opportunity to put clean transportation in the fast lane,” said Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign director Gina Coplon-Newfield. “As the transportation sector is the largest source of climate emissions in Connecticut, it is imperative that we speed the transition to clean, electric vehicles. By bolstering electric vehicle infrastructure, incentives and utility work around electric vehicles, our state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy can dramatically reduce dangerous climate emissions.”

Connecticut’s counties received failing grades from the American Lung Association for the number of high ozone days in 2016, and transportation fuels are a major contributor of the pollution that causes smog problems. Transportation is now the largest source of carbon pollution in Connecticut, accounting for 43% of climate-disrupting emissions. We need to quickly transition away from dirty fossil fuels to improve our health and environment.

“Electric vehicles make our communities quieter and cleaner and don’t require importing oil from across the globe. Connecticut should do its part to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135), who signed the letter to DEEP.

According to analysis done for the Governor’s Council for Climate Change, Connecticut’s economy is predicted to gain $17 billion in cumulative net benefits by 2050 if the Legislature’s climate protection goals are met, particularly due to switching to nearly all electric vehicles.

Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang to Host State Budget Forum on December 18th

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EASTON – State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) invite their constituents in Easton to attend a state budget forum in Easton. The event will be held at the Easton Library on Monday, December 18th from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

The legislators will use the opportunity to discuss recent developments with the Connecticut state budget and legislation that passed in 2017. Residents should come prepared with questions related to state government, the state budget, and concerns about their community.

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby or Sen. Hwang can reach them at Adam.Dunsby@cga.ct.gov or tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov.

Redding Legislators to Host State Budget Forum on December 11th

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REDDING – State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and Will Duff (R-2) along with State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) invite their constituents in Redding to attend a state budget forum in Redding. The event will be held at Redding Town Hall on Monday, December 11th from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.

The legislators will use the opportunity to discuss recent developments with the Connecticut state budget and legislation that passed in 2017. Residents should come prepared with questions related to state government, the state budget, and concerns about their community.

What: Redding Budget Forum

Where: Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Rd, Redding

When: Monday, December 11th, from 7:30pm until 9:00 pm

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby, Rep. Duff, or Sen. Boucher can reach them at Adam.Dunsby@cga.ct.gov, will.duff@housegop.ct.gov, or toni.boucher@cga.ct.gov .