Rep. Dunsby to Host a Series of Town Hall Forums in the 135th District for Interested Constituents

Posted on May 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


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EASTON State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) is inviting his constituents to three post-session town hall events he is holding with his fellow legislators throughout the 135th district.  The dates are: June 4 in Redding, June 5 in Easton, and June 12 in Weston.  He will offer residents of Easton, Redding & Weston an opportunity to discuss with him pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session.

 

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby can reach him at Adam.Dunsby@housegop.ct.gov. Sen. Boucher can be reached at toni.boucher@cga.ct.gov, Sen. Hwang can be reached at tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov, and Rep. Duff can be reached at Will.Duff@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Dunsby Update: Conclusion of the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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The legislative session ended at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th. This session was intended for budget adjustments to the full, two-year budget adopted last October and to consider additional legislation, which as always, there was a lot of.

Connecticut’s budget, which had been drifting into deficit, was reprieved by an, apparently, unanticipated revenue boost from the repatriation of offshore profits by financial firms. This windfall, in excess of $1 billion, will be used to cover shortfalls and to bolster programs.

The Republican budget adjustment plan proposed that one third of that excess surplus be put in the underfunded state employees’ pension fund, one third into the teachers’ pension fund, and one third into the rainy day fund. This would have increased the funding ratio of these two pension funds and was favored by the unions, who prefer cash from the state over I O U’s.  Legislative Democrats preferred that all additional surplus go into the rainy day fund… and this is what happened in the compromise budget plan we adopted.

While putting money into the rainy day fund is not a bad thing, it’s like placing the cookie jar on a higher shelf—it’s harder to get to, but not impossible.  For instance, a future legislature could intentionally spend its way into a deficit, which the comptroller would be forced to close by drawing on the rainy day fund.

I supported the eventual compromise budget adjustment plan because of its key components: no tax increases, full restoration of the Medicare Savings Plan, and increased funding to the Special Transportation Fund from the transfer of sales tax on cars.  It also preserves crucial municipal funding for our towns, like ECS and Town Aid Road grants, which the governor would have cut if this budget had not passed.

While we can all be happy that the state had a revenue windfall, the state’s underlying economic issues remain substantially unchanged. Connecticut’s economy shrank in 2017, and has now shrank in three of the past four years – all while the country as a whole is enjoying strong economic growth. We still need pro-growth reforms such as lower taxes, lower regulation, and state employee benefits that match the private sector. Republicans proposed reforms such as removing overtime from pension calculations after 2027, but these reforms were blocked.

In future legislative sessions, I intend to advocate for the long-term structural changes our state will need in order to end its persistent fiscal crisis.

As always, please email me at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions about the state budget or any other piece of legislation from this session.  For information on other bills that were discussed this year, you can visit www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Dunsby Votes for Compromise Budget to Protect Local Education, MSP Funding

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) on Wednesday praised the passage of a budget adjustment plan for the 2019 fiscal year.  The budget plan, which passed on a bipartisan vote before the end of the 2018 session, is the result of negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to make adjustments to the budget passed last October.

The Republican budget plan was called for a vote earlier in the day, but was defeated. This plan would have put a portion of surplus revenue into the underfunded teachers and state workers’ pension plans. Instead this money will go into the rainy day fund, where it could be spent by a future legislature.

Rep Dunsby emphasized the budget adjustments fulfill several of his key priorities for the session, including the protection of ECS funding, fully funding the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) for seniors, adding money to teachers’ healthcare accounts, and increasing funding to the Special Transportation Fund.  The budget adjustments do not contain any tax increases, a critical requirement Republicans insisted on. A one-time revenue increase of about $1 billion, mostly from the required repatriation of offshore investment company profits, allowed legislators more flexibility than expected.

“This budget adjustment plan was able maintain services and municipal aid without raising taxes because of one-time revenue gains,” said Rep Dunsby. “However, these revenue gains are temporary, and it is as important as ever that we implement pro-growth policies and restrain spending.”

The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years.

Republicans were able to negotiate several provisions from their original budget proposal into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million.

Among the provisions in the compromise budget are:

–          $5 million for emergency placement for Department of Developmental Services patients

–          Reduce Energy Efficiency Fund sweeps by $10 million

–          $9.5 million for cost of living increases for private providers

Republicans also were successful in including some provisions for long-term structural changes, such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities, and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.

Republicans also secured 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.

“We still have a lot of goals to accomplish in future session, but I am proud of the way my caucus took the initiative to lead even though we are in the minority,” said Rep. Dunsby.

Rep. Dunsby Credits Vocal Opposition to Tolling for Legislative Reconsideration of Toll Proposals

Posted on May 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Cautions that Toll Legislation Could Still Reappear Later this Session

HARTFORD State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) expressed optimism to Connecticut commuters and taxpayers after the Speaker of the House announced he was unlikely to bring proposals related to the installation of electronic tolls up for a vote in the House of Representatives this year.

Crediting “significant pressure from toll opponents,” Rep. Dunsby noted that majority leadership has realized there are insufficient votes to pass the toll proposals. However, he warned that until legislation related to tolls actually receives an up-or-down vote in the House, tolls could still be a part of the final budget package for the state.

“Significant opposition from commuters and taxpayers to any kind of tolls proposal has prompted majority leadership to reconsider putting tolls up for a vote in the House, so passing tolls legislation does not appear likely at this point – though it is not impossible,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I remain opposed to tolls because the Special Transportation fund already takes in sufficient revenue, but the funding is not spent in an efficient way. As the proposal looks right now, Fairfield County drivers would be disproportionately impacted. I will continue to keep my constituents updated on any developments related to tolls and the state budget.”

The 2018 legislative session concludes on May 9.

Rep. Dunsby Editorial: The Highs and Lows of Putting the Theory of Municipal Regionalization into Practice

Posted on April 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


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April 16, 2018

To the editor,

Today, it is often stated that pushing municipalities to share services is critical to solving the state’s financial problems. I doubt that. First, municipalities have already regionalized services more than many realize. Second, while the term regionalization is hastily deployed, business plans showing the savings and who gets them are rarely seen. I suspect many of the ideas floated would not stand up to analysis.

Municipal officials are under constant pressure to keep spending down. This leads them to look for savings everywhere, including sharing services with other towns. In Easton, for example, we share a high school, school administration, sports leagues, and a land use director with Redding.

In public safety, towns rely on mutual aid. Police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel respond to emergencies in other towns when needed. We share a regional fire school in Fairfield, which the state intends to defund—go figure. Further, a regional emergency management team sends storm forecasts used by municipalities.

What about insurance? Easton, like almost all municipalities in Connecticut, gets its liability and workers compensation insurance through CIRMA, a municipally-owned insurance consortium. Municipalities are eligible to join the health insurance plan for state workers, the State 2.0 partnership plan. Easton has done so and has achieved savings (as have Easton’s employees).

Every municipality in Connecticut belongs to a council of governments. The COGs provide a regionally shared skilled workforce to help plan area projects, primarily transportation. MetroCOG, Easton’s COG, helps obtain the grant that funds our senior center van and managed the six-town GIS mapping project, which anyone can access through Easton’s website. Ironically, failed SB 538 proposed taking money away from COGs to create a new state department with eighteen employees to study regional efficiency. (Do you think it would ever recommend shutting itself down?)

There are many other examples of regionalized services, such as probate courts, inter-library loans, senior centers open to all, and the state bid list, which allows towns to get the same price the state gets on many goods and services.

Some services just cannot be shared in ways that promote efficiency. It’s hard to share a public works department because when it snows all personnel and all trucks are needed in their respective towns. There may be opportunities to share other capital equipment, but renting is probably cheaper still.

In Easton, we investigated sharing an assessor with Weston, but when we ran the numbers it just didn’t work. The savings were minimal, but the loss of service was significant. We investigated joining a health district and found our costs would have gone up.

But perhaps there are more opportunities for shared services that municipal officials just haven’t thought of yet. Dispatch centers are often mentioned. Sometimes animal control. Okay, I’m listening. How much money will be saved? Who gets the savings? How do we handle friction with our collective bargaining agreements? A concept is a good starting point, but proponents of new regionalization plans have the responsibility to produce detailed plans showing what they propose will save money.

If they can’t, I remain skeptical.

 

Rep. Dunsby Votes No on Toll-Related Bills in Finance Committee

Posted on April 9, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) on Thursday voted against four proposals related to the implementation of electronic tolling in Connecticut that were ultimately approved by the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

The four bills that were approved by the committee are:

SB 389: An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Authority

HB 5393: An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority to Maintain Major State Highways

HB 5046 (governor’s bill): An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Transportation Projects

HB 5391: An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure

 

After the committee vote, Rep. Dunsby made the following statement:

“I oppose all measures related to tolling currently before us, first, because they assume Connecticut collects insufficient revenue for transportation, which is false.  The STF takes in almost $1.5 billion, and that number goes up every year. We should be prioritizing projects needed for public safety and to keep what we already have in good repair. Instead, the state continues to grant money for trophy projects, while doing little to keep costs down. Second, the proposed toll booths will be located disproportionately in Fairfield County. Because the federal government requires congestion pricing, it will be commuters in our part of Connecticut that will be hit the hardest.”

 

Each proposal related to authorizing tolls now heads to the appropriate legislative chamber for consideration later this spring.

Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Support Ban on Bump Stocks

Posted on April 6, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) today praised the progress of a bill that prohibits ways to circumvent existing firearm legislation with rapid-firing devices like bump stocks after it was approved by the Judiciary Committee this week.

The legislators are both co-sponsors of HB 5542 in the legislature, which they described as a “reasonable proposal” that could prevent future tragedies without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

HB 5542 would ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm. As Rep. Dunsby noted, fully automatic weapons have been illegal since 1986, so he views this legislation as an elimination of a loophole in Connecticut’s gun laws.

“All fully automatic weapons are illegal, so devices whose only function is to turn guns into guns that fire continuous rounds should also be illegal,” said Rep. Dunsby.

“There is no single solution that will put an end to the national epidemic of gun violence,” said Sen. Hwang.  “Banning bump stocks Connecticut will represent a step forward.  At the same time, I continue to stress that a balanced approach to addressing this epidemic requires that more attention be paid to mental health and school safety issues.  I will continue working to find ways to lead the community conversation on these vitally important public policy areas.  We should never stop striving to make our communities safer.”

After its approval by the Judiciary Committee, HB 5542 now heads to the State House floor and, later, to the State Senate for debate.

Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Welcome Cub Scout Pack to State Capitol

Posted on March 29, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) welcomed the Cub Scout Pack 166 Webelos of Easton to Hartford on Friday.  The Scouts toured the State Capitol and met with Sen. Hwang and Rep. Dunsby in the House chamber and then the Senate chamber. 

Rep. Dunsby Update: A Look at the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

Posted on March 26, 2018 by rjoslyn


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3/26/18

On Friday, the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth gave their final report to members of the General Assembly as well as to the public.  You will be hearing a lot about the work of this commission, so I wanted to take some time to look at this group and how they could affect the future of our state.

 

What is it?

During the bipartisan budget negotiations this past fall, members from the business community offered their expertise to help solve Connecticut’s long term fiscal problems and sluggish economic growth. We took them up on it and created the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.  On March 1st, they produced their final report.  I attended the public hearing on this report in the House Chamber on March 23rd.

 

What’s the problem?

Commission members Bob Patricelli and Jim Smith expressed their view that Connecticut’s situation was even worse than they had thought. They referred to Connecticut as a burning platform.

Connecticut’s economy is shrinking. It’s smaller than it was in 2004. Connecticut’s competitiveness is declining. Our “place to do business” rankings are near the bottom and declining. Connecticut faces a grim budget outlook. Our tax burden is already well above the national average.

Connecticut has a lot going for it, such as great schools and a top-notch workforce.  Unfortunately, unless we deal with our structural problems soon, those will begin to slide too.

 

What’s the solution?

This, of course, is the tough part.  The Commission offers ten sets of recommendations.  I won’t go into all of them here. I agree with some and disagree with others (you’re going to hear every legislator say that).

One recommendation I agree with is shifting from income taxes to consumption taxes. If you tax something, you get less of it.  The income tax is a tax on work, so it is no surprise that Connecticut’s recent history of increasing income taxes has corresponded with its period of economic contraction.

 

What’s Next?

I’m not sure.  It’s a weighty report and many legislators are still going through it (at least, I hope they are). The intent of the report was that the legislature would vote on the package, but whether or not this will happen, I can’t say. It’s also not clear what the statutory language would be. While, conceptually, I like the report overall, there’s nothing to vote on right now.

One thing I hope we all agree on: It’s time to put the fire out.

Rep. Dunsby Calls for Swift Release of Stalled Town Aid Road Funding

Posted on March 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) has joined calls from municipal officials across Connecticut in requesting the immediate release of overdue state aid following the third nor’easter to hit the state in two weeks.  In December, Governor Dannel Malloy announced $30 million in Town Aid Road (TAR) grants would be withheld because of the Special Transportation Fund’s persistent budget shortfall.

Rep. Dunsby, who is also First Selectman of Easton, noted additional winter snowfalls have made further dents on public works and snow removal budgets in Easton, Redding, and Weston, especially given rampant power outages in the region. He is urging state officials to hasten the release of funds communities normally would have received in January.

“The three late season nor’easters we have faced this month combined with the continued delay of state aid towns had been promised makes me very concerned for the condition of local roads this spring,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “The three storms and wildly fluctuating temperatures this winter will cause serious damage to pavement.  Potholes and other road hazards may be pervasive this spring if towns do not have the funds right now to bid and enter into contracts to move forward with urgent construction projects.  This is the wrong place for the state to be looking for savings.”

The governor has made TAR grants a political football this year in his dispute with the legislature regarding funding for the Special Transportation Fund. The state budgeted $60 million in TAR grants for the fiscal year, but the governor decided to suspend half of that funding, claiming insufficient revenue had been collected.

“Towns recognize the state is mired in an ongoing fiscal crisis and that their state funding will be lower than they usually expect, but their biggest request has been for funds not to be cut mid-year like this,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “It is unfortunate the governor has chosen to hold TAR grants hostage in his quest for tolls and a higher gas tax.  The governor needs to release these funds immediately.”

Rep. Dunsby has asked the governor to put TAR grants on the agenda for the next State Bond Commission this spring in order to ensure towns have sufficient funding for infrastructure projects.

Rep. Dunsby and Greater Danbury Legislators Applaud DOT Commissioner, Commuters for Productive, Multi-Town Community Forum

Posted on March 8, 2018 by rjoslyn


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DANBURY–On Tuesday night, State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) and other legislators were joined by area drivers, bus and train commuters, who all had an opportunity to voice their frustrations with the conditions of Connecticut’s transportation system, proposed fare hikes and to offer ideas for improvements at a forum with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) James Redeker.

The forum was organized by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Route 7 corridor who are concerned that in the last few months, the state DOT has proposed raising rail and bus fares 21.28 percent over the next 3 years, significantly reducing rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury Lines. Additionally, the governor has cancelled over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide and introduced a proposal to bring tolls back to the state, raise the gas tax 7 cents over 4 years and implement a new ‘tire tax’.

The forum was held in the Council Chambers at Danbury City Hall.

“What we heard tonight makes clear that years of misallocated transportation spending isn’t just something we can shrug our shoulders at,” said Rep. Dunsby. “The consequences of this are hardworking people losing services they rely on and paying more. If we aren’t going to spend transportation dollars where they are needed, it won’t matter how much money we take in.”

Rep. Dunsby and Easton Police Chief Advocate Giving Police Departments Access to State Grants to Save Towns Money

Posted on February 27, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) joined Easton Police Chief Timothy Shaw at a public hearing before the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Public Safety in support of a bill to expand a grant program that reimburses a municipality for the cost of dashboard cameras and digital data storage devices. Rep. Dunsby is a co-sponsor of HB 5229, which would add eligibility to an already-existing grant program for police departments making a first-time purchase of the recording equipment.

Funding for this equipment is currently available via a grant previously created by the State of Connecticut to allow for greater transparency in law enforcement. Expanding the grant program would not require additional funds to be allocated.

“Smaller towns like Easton want to provide their communities with the most reliable police force that their tax base allows, so access to existing state grants is helpful for making police departments more transparent and efficient,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I thank Chief Shaw for making the trip up to Hartford to advocate for this sensible and taxpayer-friendly measure.  If it becomes law, it will save police departments and municipalities money during a time of persistent fiscal crisis at the state level.”

Rep. Dunsby emphasized that HB 5229 does not call for additional revenue to be raised by the state, instead offering towns access to funding that already exists.

“The CT Police Chief’s Association continues to look for ways to increase transparency for the community during these difficult financial times,” said Chief Shaw in his testimony on behalf of the CPCA. “Opening up the grant to towns that could benefit with the purchase of dashboard cameras will benefit each department and their respective community.”

HB 5229 awaits action in the Public Safety Committee.

Rep. Dunsby and Area Legislators Hosting Greater Danbury Transportation Forum

Posted on February 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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DANBURY- To better inform the greater Danbury region on status of area state transportation issues, State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and area legislators will be holding a State Transportation Forum on March 5th in Danbury with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker.

The purpose of the forum is for the legislators to give greater Danbury residents an opportunity to present their suggestions and voice their concerns about transportation needs for the region and state.

 

In the last two months, the DOT has proposed raising rail and bus fares 21.28 percent with over the next 3 years, significantly reducing rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury Lines. Additionally, the governor has cancelled over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide and introduced a proposal to bring tolls back to the state, raise the gas tax 7 cents over 4 years and implement a new ‘tire tax’.

Rep. Dunsby and his colleagues are eager to hear from their constituents.  Anyone unable to attend or with more questions about this forum may contact Rep. Dunsby at adam.dunsby@cga.ct.gov or by calling 800-842-1423.

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

Posted on January 9, 2018 by rjoslyn


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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

Posted on December 22, 2017 by rjoslyn


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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

Posted on December 13, 2017 by rjoslyn


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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

Posted on November 30, 2017 by rjoslyn


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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 .

Reps. Dunsby and Duff Discuss Senior Issues with Redding Residents

Posted on October 5, 2017 by rjoslyn


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REDDING – State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and Will Duff (R-2) visited the Redding Senior Center this week to discuss pieces of legislations and budget-related topics that affected senior citizens in Connecticut.

Rep. Dunsby Update: The Legislature Has Approved a State Budget and Sent it to the Governor

Posted on September 18, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Early Saturday morning, with the support of several courageous Democrats, the legislature passed a two-year budget for the biennium that began on July 1st.

This budget combines government departments, mandates less overtime for state employees, restricts state borrowing, implements the constitutionally mandated spending cap, does not raise taxes, and does not transfer the cost of teachers’ pensions onto the towns.  Make no mistake, this is a tough budget and there are cuts that some people won’t like. But given the state’s condition, there’s just no other way.

The alternative budget proposed by the Democrats and Governor Malloy last week contains new taxes on cell phones, real estate, nonprescription drugs, and other products. It reduces the property tax credit and begins the transfer of teacher pension costs onto the towns.

Most importantly, the now-bipartisan budget we passed shows workers, businesses, and taxpayers that Connecticut can and will live within its means.

The governor has said all along that he wants a budget that is not revenue driven. That budget now awaits his signature.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or comments about the budget the legislature just approved and how it could affect our community.  I am happy to clear up any confusion.  My email is adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov and my office line is 800-842-423.

Rep. Dunsby, Sens. Boucher and Hwang, Continue Dialogue with Concerned Constituents on Developing Budget Situation

Posted on September 7, 2017 by rjoslyn


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WESTON – The local delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly of State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135), State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-27) invited constituents from Easton, Weston, and surrounding communities to the Weston Library on Wednesday evening to offer an update on a state budget situation that is still not resolved more than two months into the new fiscal year.  Wednesday’s event marked the second town hall forum since the conclusion of regular session in June that the three legislators hosted together.

The legislators explained how the situation had changed since their last budget update, noting the significance of the General Assembly last month passing the SEBAC labor agreement that contained certain structural reforms while extending the current agreement for another ten years. Each legislator agreed that this union deal “did not go far enough” to address Connecticut’s substantial budget deficit and “took many good options off the table” for future legislatures and governors.

Local residents expressed their concerns about how the budget crisis would impact their families and businesses. Most prominent among local concerns included the possibility of the state eliminating local education funding and how municipalities could cope with footing the bill for teacher pension costs.

As current First Selectman of Easton, Rep. Dunsby gave a blunt assessment of the governor’s budget proposal and the turmoil it would place on many towns.  He also criticized the plan put forth by House Democrats that proposed raising the sales tax and other taxes and fees because “these kinds of taxes specifically target middle and lower income earners, and tax increases have failed year after year.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join my Senate colleagues and listen to how these pressing issues we deal with every day affect the lives of our friends and neighbors in this community; it is important for me to spend as much time in my district as possible,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “Majority leadership needs to understand the direct and immediate impact their revenue grabs have on families and businesses here.  This feedback will help shape my strategies in crafting an alternative budget that will benefit Connecticut taxpayers in every income bracket and convince my colleagues in both parties to do the same.”

“We continue to listen to and stay in close touch with Easton and Weston taxpayers,” said Sen. Hwang.  “Our collective priority is to protect Easton and Weston property taxpayers and to preserve state funding for the towns. We feel that these regular updates on state issues make us better, more responsive legislators.  We will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of all residents in Easton and Weston, and we encourage area taxpayers to stay active, involved and up-to-date on what’s happening in Hartford.  Sign up for my social media updates by sending me an email at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov or by visiting www.SenatorHwang.com. ”

“I’ve been to several town halls throughout my district and heard from so many of my constituents. What they are telling me is that they are scared and angry.  They are concerned about the drastic cuts Governor Malloy has proposed making to education funding and to towns,” said Sen. Boucher, adding that the legislators talked at length about the legislative process and how budgets get passed. She said that although the Senate is tied and Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, Republicans are still the minority party.

“The majority party that controls the process, the budget, and the votes will not bring our budget alternatives to the floor for a vote and they can’t seem to get the votes they need from their own side of the aisle. Too bad they forced a vote on a state labor agreement that did not make the changes needed to solve the $5 billion state budget gap.  That agreement has now stalled the budget process,” she said. “Connecticut taxpayers are outraged that we have started the school year without a state budget. They want these issues fixed in a responsible way and they want it fixed now!”

The legislators urged those who could not attend the meeting or did not have a chance to ask a question to contact them at their offices or by email at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov, toni.boucher@cga.ct.gov, or tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Dunsby Invites Constituents to Budget Forum in Weston

Posted on September 5, 2017 by rjoslyn


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WESTON – Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) invites constituents from Easton, Redding, and Weston to attend a budget forum with area legislators Sens. Toni Boucher (R-26) and Tony Hwang (R-27) in Weston.

The budget forum will be held at the Weston Library on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30p until 8p.

Those unable to attend the event can contact Rep. Dunsby by emailing him at adam.Dunsby@housegop.ct.gov or by calling 800-842-1423.

 

Rep. Dunsby on Sales Tax Increase: Not an Acceptable Alternative to Balance the Budget

Posted on August 30, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) today explained his opposition to a sales tax increase proposed by House Democrats in their budget proposal, continuing to resist raising any new tax on Connecticut residents as a means to balance the state budget.

Although no date has been set, majority legislative leadership has indicated a preference to vote on their budget during the week of September 11. House Democrats recently released a budget proposal that contains $1 billion in new taxes, while reducing municipal aid and education funding. They propose raising the sales tax to 6.85%, $50 million of new motor vehicle fees, as well as taxes and fees on cigarettes, home heating oil, prescription drugs, and other items. At the same time, Governor Malloy is still supporting his proposal to shift to municipalities the responsibility for one-third of the cost of the state’s annual contributions to the teachers’ pension fund.

Rep. Dunsby and fellow House Republicans have been on record since January stating their adamant opposition to any kind of tax increase for Connecticut residents. He and his colleagues have also continued to stand firm against the governor’s proposal to shift responsibility for the teachers’ pension contributions to the towns, because it would lead to dramatic property tax increases.

“After refusing to act for most of the year and ignoring the four detailed versions of a no-tax increase budget that my party presented, majority leadership is now telling us that a sales tax hike is the only option for our state to avoid harmful funding cuts to municipal aid and education funding,” said Rep. Dunsby. “This is a disingenuous claim that requires Connecticut residents to somehow forget the past eight months of inaction and obstruction. The budget I supported maintained current levels of town funding and education aid by taking cost-effective steps to scale back the size of our state bureaucracy. Majority leadership refused to even debate our ideas, let alone call our budget for a vote.”

Rep. Dunsby urged against raising any kind of tax, noting the affect a sales tax hike up to 7% could have on both Connecticut’s businesses and consumers.

“It has been difficult to watch the mass exodus of businesses from our state, whether by choosing to relocate or closing their doors for good. To reverse this trend, we have to foster a business climate where consumers decide to patronize businesses here,” said Rep. Dunsby. “A sales tax hike in this sluggish economy would disincentive both consumers from buying and businesses from expanding. Connecticut families and businesses are overtaxed already, and so demanding they relinquish any more of their paychecks to the state – whether through tolls, local property taxes, or sales taxes – is unacceptable.”

“Of particular concern for families is that these tax increases will not be used to fund local education, town projects, or programs for those in need,” Rep. Dunsby continued. “Instead they will go to paying the bills for our unfunded pensions; a problem the majority party refuses to do what it takes to fix. I want to reassure my constituents that I will not support any budget proposal that increases taxes.”

Rep. Dunsby Criticizes Majority Party’s Priorities as SEBAC Labor Agreement Passes the House

Posted on July 26, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Extends Current State Employees’ Union Contract Until 2027, Still No Budget Vote

HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voiced his disapproval of Monday’s House approval of the state employees’ union new labor agreement package due to its insufficient savings relative to the size of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis, lack of structural changes, and its extension of the current union contract until 2027, including a multi-year no lay-off provision.

The labor agreement, negotiated by Governor Malloy and union leaders, was ratified by state employees earlier this month and now is tentatively scheduled to go before the Senate on July 31.  According to of Office of Fiscal analysis the agreement will save the state about $700 million over the next two years. Employees will receive no wage increase in years one and two, a $2000 stipend in year three, and 3.5% wage increases in years four and five.

House Republicans, including Rep. Dunsby, highlighted some of the structural change in the agreement as “steps in the right direction” that they supported, but reiterated the deal won’t solve Connecticut’s fiscal crisis and will likely result in tax increases.

“No one likes asking employees to take less than they hoped to get, but the state is in fiscal crisis and the magnitude of this crisis dwarfs the savings produced by this agreement.  Taxpayers will inevitably be told to make up the difference,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “Any new union contract needs to switch state employees to a defined contribution plan rather than just creating new tiers.”

The deal also restricts the state’s ability to lay off state workers until 2021, an option Rep. Dunsby warned against ruling out, given Connecticut’s ongoing financial problems, saying, “if three years from now we face a big deficit – an outcome consistent with recent experience – the one thing we won’t be able to do is reduce the workforce.”

No action was taken Monday on passing a two-year budget for Connecticut.  House Republicans’ attempts to call their fully-vetted, no tax-increase budget proposal for a vote were shut down by majority Democrats.

“Legislators should not have been able to get away with supporting this piece of the budget without saying how they were going to make the whole thing work,” added Rep. Dunsby.  “Legislative Republicans have produced several no-tax increase budgets in response to changing circumstances. We haven’t been allowed to debate or vote on any. It’s time to vote on a budget.”

Dunsby: New Law Will Save School Districts Time, Money, and Resources

Posted on July 14, 2017 by rjoslyn


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July 14, 2017

To the editor,

Our local school systems currently labor under 380 state education mandates, most of them unfunded. While perhaps individually well-intentioned, this heap of mandates has stolen flexibility from our local school officials and increased the cost of education.

This year, the legislature finally provided some relief by passing into law HB 7276, An Act Concerning Mandate Relief, a bill I cosponsored. The Education Committee, on which I sit, introduced this bill with input from superintendents, board of education members, and education advocates. It passed both chambers with broad bipartisan support and was signed into law by the governor this past week.

This bill eliminates the requirement that schools adopt the regional school calendar, gives districts more flexibility in educating expelled students, eliminates the requirement that all school professionals be trained in physical restraint and seclusion, and provides that only the last twenty years’ worth of employers need be contacted for potential new hires.

A lot of work remains to be done, but HB 7276 provides at least some financial and bureaucratic relief to our schools. This is especially important given the current state budget crisis, when the state is cutting education funding for our towns and contemplating billing our towns millions of dollars for teachers’ retirement—a state program. The time, money, and resources this can save schools should work to lessen the impact of the fiscal crisis for municipalities. It also signals that state government is beginning to understand that unfunded, one-size-fits-all state mandates hold our schools back and inhibit educational success for our children.

HB 7276 is a bright spot this legislative session. I hope we can do more next session to eliminate mandates and provide our schools the space they need to flourish.

Rep. Dunsby and Senate Colleagues Update Weston Residents on State Political Issues Following the Conclusion of Session

Posted on July 12, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Rep. Dunsby in front of a crowd in Weston with Sens. Boucher and Hwang

WESTON – Weston’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly of State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135), State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-27) invited their Weston constituents to the Weston Library on Tuesday evening to offer their thoughts on the status of state politics since the 2017 legislative session concluded on June 9th.

The town hall forum took place during a period of stalemate in the legislature, which has not yet agreed on a two-year biennial state budget. Because the fiscal year ended on June 30th, the legislators noted, the governor is now funding the state unilaterally by executive order.  The legislators shared the complete, balanced budget proposals that the House and Senate Republicans had crafted respectively.  Neither budget proposal contains any new tax increases.

In addition to the state budget, residents of Weston and surrounding communities asked the legislators about a vast array of issues such as toll proposals, education initiatives, health insurance costs, state labor contracts, Tesla dealerships in Connecticut, and various local concerns.

Rep. Dunsby thanked those who attended and for listening to his ideas on the state budget, noting the “severity” of the budget crisis that Connecticut faces.

“Questions from concerned citizens allow me to learn what is important to my constituents and how these issues affect them personally,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I hope those who attended learned something new about state government and their representatives, but without the feedback from people in my district I could not do my job.  If I did not get a chance to speak with you on Tuesday, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office and schedule a time for us to discuss what’s on your mind.”

Rep. Dunsby Invites You to a Post-Session Update in Weston

Posted on June 26, 2017 by rjoslyn


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WESTON State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) invites his constituents to attend a post-session town hall event in Weston, CT at the Weston Library (56 Norfield Rd). The town hall will be on Tuesday, July 11th, from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. He will be joined by Weston’s State Senators, State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-27).

The legislators will offer Weston residents an opportunity to discuss pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session. See attached flyer for further details.

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby can reach him at Adam.Dunsby@housegop.ct.gov. Sen. Boucher can be reached at toni.boucher@cga.ct.gov and Sen. Hwang can be reached at tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov.

WATCH: Rep. Dunsby Highlights Unfunded Mandates Presented by Early Voting Bill

Posted on June 7, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – Legislative Democrats passed a bill in the House to have ‘another’ referendum in the future to allow early voting in CT. Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) wasn’t buying it. Watch the video to hear why I think early voting would put a major financial strain on already cash-strapped municipalities.

Post-Session Update with Rep. Dunsby in Redding

Posted on May 30, 2017 by rjoslyn


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REDDING – State Representatives Adam Dunsby and Will Duff, alongside State Sen. Toni Boucher are holding a town hall meeting in Redding in order to discuss pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session.

This will be an opportunity for Redding residents to hear from their state representatives about the outcome of major developments in the session.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to speak with Rep. Dunsby can contact him at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Dunsby Supports Revised Budget Proposal in Response to Declining Revenue

Posted on May 17, 2017 by rjoslyn


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No Tax Hikes Necessary

HARTFORD State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) has joined the House Republican caucus in presenting a revised no-tax increase budget for 2018-19 that eliminates the projected $5 billion budget deficit, increases school funding for all towns, reduces the corporate surcharge, and mitigates municipal aid losses by reallocating funds.

The revisions were necessary in light of severely declining tax receipts and updated revenue projections that predict a shortfall of $1.46 billion, which means the projected deficit for the 2018-2019 biennium now exceeds $5 billion.  Additionally, Connecticut is slated to finish the current fiscal year with a deficit for the third year in a row.

This comes following Governor Dan Malloy announcing on Monday an update to the budget he pitched in February.  In the revised proposal, the governor proposes $80 million in additional annual tax increases.

“The governor’s budget still includes the disastrous proposal to shift teacher pension costs to our towns, which is something that they just can’t afford,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “The majority party’s budget fix includes creating a third casino, legalizing marijuana, and a plan to establish tolls. While everyone has different opinions on these issues, major societal changes such as legalizing drugs should be debated on their own, not as an emergency plug for a two-year budget gap.”

In the House Republican budget proposal, every town will see stable school funding.  House Republicans relied on significant state employee union concessions and reduced state spending to balance the budget. They also included a wage freeze for state employees, but no layoffs.

“Make no mistake – this is a tough budget that includes significant cuts including department consolidation, union concessions, program elimination, and less borrowing,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “The fact that the two biggest tax increases in state history failed to produce expected revenue shows that we are past the point where tax increases can solve Connecticut’s budget problems.  Faced with high taxes, workers and businesses are leaving.  We see it every day.  We must draw a line on taxes if we want families and businesses to have faith in Connecticut.”

Rep. Dunsby and Legislative Republicans Ready to Take Lead on State Budget

Posted on April 28, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Offer “No Tax Increase” Budget Proposal

HARTFORD – State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and legislative Republicans in supporting an alternative budget proposal called “Confident Connecticut” that would balance the state’s budget without increasing the tax burden on Connecticut residents.  The budget proposal, unveiled by Senate and House Republicans on Thursday, is an alternative to the controversial proposal that the governor advocated in February and could be approved by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee with three votes from Democrats.

“This budget closes the deficit without raising taxes and without forcing our towns to take on the burden of teacher pension costs,” said Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) who sits on the Finance Committee. “It cuts government, implements the spending cap, and I’m proud to support it.”

The Confident Connecticut budget plan differs from the governor’s in several key areas, including the restoration of municipal aid funding that was cut from the governor’s proposal, specific concessions from state employees’ unions, and the establishment of a constitutional spending cap.  The Republican plan also spends $313 million less than the governor’s budget.

The Republican budget plan is the only proposal put forth by the legislature so far, with the only current alternative being the governor’s proposal that he announced in February.  Legislative Democrats withdrew their proposed budget earlier this week after failing to secure enough votes to approve it and declined to hold a hearing on Thursday for the Republican alternative.

Watch a video of the press conference here!

Rep. Dunsby Tours Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Weston

Posted on April 24, 2017 by rjoslyn


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WESTON – State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) toured the Wildlife in Crisis Rehabilitation Center in Weston today in his quest to learn more about environmental conservation efforts in his district. Wildlife in Crisis is a non-profit organization that rescues injured and orphaned wildlife and seeks to protect endangered ecosystems.

Rep. Dunsby met with Peter Reid, the Associate Director of Wildlife in Crisis, Inc., who showed him some of the animals they were currently rehabilitating, including a falcon with a broken wing. He met with the organization’s crew of entirely volunteer workers who engage in habitat protection, wildlife rehabilitation, and environmental education.

“Within Easton, Redding, and Weston we have some of the most wonderful and diverse ecosystems in the state. Protecting these resources is a priority,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I was glad to meet with Wildlife in Crisis of Weston, who are on the front lines of wildlife preservation in Fairfield County.  Their devotion to caring for injured and orphaned animals is tremendous. Thanks to Peter and the rest of the team of volunteers for everything they do for our wildlife.”

More information about Wildlife in Crisis can be found at their website, www.wildlifeincrisis.com.

Reps. Dunsby and Duff, Sen. Boucher, Guide Redding Constituents through Pressing State Issues

Posted on April 19, 2017 by rjoslyn


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REDDING State Representatives Adam Dunsby (R-135) and Will Duff (R-2) visited the Mark Twain Library in Redding for a productive and informative dialogue about crucial topics with Redding residents at a town hall forum they hosted on Monday night alongside their Senate colleague, Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26).   

The 30 people who attended the forum were primarily from Redding, with residents of Easton, Ridgefield, and Weston also joining and took the opportunity to raise their concerns with state government and the direction Connecticut is headed in with the representatives, who were eager for the opportunity to have a conversation with their constituents.  The legislators fielded dozens of questions over the course of the hour and a half event and remained in the library afterward to answer questions from those who did not have a chance to ask them during the town hall.   

The state budget was of particular concern to the attendees, who feared additional tax increases while core services like education would continue to be cut. 

“After the governor proposed a budget that would all but assure dramatic property tax increases for Redding, it was not surprising that people wanted to hear what actions their state legislature is taking.  My colleagues and I have been listening to families across Fairfield County who are concerned for our state,” said Rep. Dunsby. 

Members of the public expressed their concerns about local education funding and the governor’s state budget proposal.  The legislators assured the audience that the budget the General Assembly passes will not contain the drastic education cuts included in the Governor’s proposal, stressing that the legislature would continue to debate the issue and craft a more palatable budget. 

Many town hall attendees expressed their support and appreciation for the Norwalk River Valley Trail and Greenway. They had advocated for the release of funds to complete this project from Norwalk to Danbury that is now being used by thousands on a regular basis.  

“The NRVT project has been a long and exhaustive effort that produced spectacular results,” Sen. Boucher said.  “Once I was able to remove language from the state statutes that prohibited the use of this state land for any purpose other than a Super 7 highway, this important environmental asset was freed to accommodate a greenway.” 

She said funds were solicited from generous donors that made this recreational treasure accessible to one and all.  It has been a great win for the region and for the state residents who now can enjoy local lands and landscapes that are uniquely New England.  

Sen. Boucher said all the legislators involved in the NRVT project are proud to be a part of making it happen. 

“I was pleased to welcome to Redding an informed group of citizens with a keen interest in in how the state’s financial problems will affect their schools and their town,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “It’s clear people are fed up.  People who contribute to society and pay taxes every day shouldn’t be told they have to work harder and pay more taxes to solve problems they didn’t create. As I suggested tonight, though, the changed make-up of the legislature shows many people feel this way. There are no easy solutions, but our state can be turned around.”

 “I heard from many constituents last night who expressed their concerns over the disappearing jobs in our state and constant increases to taxes and I want to reassure Redding residents that I hear you loud and clear,” said Rep. Will Duff. “Hartford needs to do a better job managing our hard-earned tax dollars.” 

“I appreciate all the people who came to the town hall to hear what is going on in Hartford and to share their concerns with us,” Sen. Boucher said. “Their feedback is so important as we address the state budget and other legislative proposals.”

 Anyone who was unable to attend the event but would like to speak with Reps. Dunsby and Duff can reach them any time by contacting 800-842-1423.  Sen. Boucher can be reached by contacting 800-842-1421.

Legislators Commend DOT Commissioner, Commuters for Productive Multi-Town Community Forum on Improving the Danbury Branch Line

Posted on April 13, 2017 by rjoslyn


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WILTON – On Monday night, train commuters had a chance to air their frustrations with the Danbury Branch Line and to offer suggestions for sensible upgrades and improvements at a forum with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and local area state legislators. The forum was organized by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Route 7 corridor who co-introduced House Bill 6553, which would require the reallocation of previously authorized bonds to make incremental service improvements on the Danbury Line.

The legislators who co-introduced the bill are State Representatives David Arconti (D-Danbury), Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford), Will Duff (R-Bethel), Adam Dunsby (R-Easton), Michael Ferguson (R-Danbury), John Frey (R-Ridgefield), Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury), Steve Harding (R-Brookfield), Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Chris Perone (D-Norwalk), Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), and Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk). 

Also present were John Longobardi, Metro-North’s Deputy Chief of Field Operations, and other DOT and Metro-North staff members.

The forum was held at Wilton High School between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. to give commuters ample time to stop by after work, at a location meant to accommodate commuters all along the railroad from Norwalk to Danbury.  It was also broadcast live on Facebook and posted afterwards online in its entirety for those who were unable to attend.

Rep. Lavielle, who spearheaded the effort to introduce HB 6553, was encouraged by the passion and dedication commuters showed the commissioner.

Reps Dunsby and Ferguson listen to a commuter’s suggestion

 

“We all felt that if the people who regularly call and email us about Danbury Line service could share their thoughts and suggestions directly with the DOT commissioner, it could have an impact on our attempt to focus more attention at the state level on improvements for the Danbury Line,” Rep. Lavielle said. “When people voice their views in person, they are no longer just ticket sales or numbers on a spreadsheet, but individuals with families and demanding jobs who rely on trains to make a living. We’re very grateful to everyone who came and spoke. Commissioner Redeker mentioned to me afterward how much he appreciated the opportunity to hear from commuters who use the line every day. Regardless of the outcome of our work during this session, we intend to hold further local area Danbury Line community forums with the DOT and Metro-North regularly in the future.”

HB 6553 specifically does not request new bonding.  Because of the state’s precarious financial situation, the legislators felt it was unlikely that any bill requesting the $400 million or more necessary for the full electrification of the Danbury Line would be passed this year.  Rather than making commuters continue to wait indefinitely for any further service improvements at all, however, they have taken the approach of trying to identify less extensive measures that could improve service in cost-effective ways and to begin making at least some progress now.

With that objective, Rep. Lavielle and her colleagues have been meeting with the DOT and the governor’s staff to explore these possibilities.  The language of the bill is not specific in terms of upgrades and costs, to allow for input during the legislative session, and it may evolve to focus more precisely on identification of feasible service improvements and specifying timelines for bringing recommendations before the legislature.

“The commuters who attended the forum made several strong points to the commissioner about why the Danbury Branch Line needs to be improved as soon as possible,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “It is so important for Hartford lawmakers to hear from the people who must contend with this railroad for their commutes. Now that these issues have been brought to the attention of the DOT and their legislators, I think there is a much greater possibility of re-allocating the necessary funding for the improvements these people talked about.”

“As legislators, we need to be responsive to our constituents. I am grateful Commissioner Redeker was on hand to listen to the area Danbury Line commuters,” said Rep. Duff.  “My hope is this forum will produce positive momentum in getting the concerns of the commuters addressed.  Our rail commuters deserve real and immediate service improvements.”

“It was a successful event,” said Rep. Perone, who is also the Chair of the General Assembly’s Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee.  “Public engagement on transportation issues, especially in lower Fairfield County is crucial in helping us set transportation policy. The give and take between the audience and public officials took on a ‘working group’ quality.  Several specific policy points were addressed, examined and in some cases, next steps were discussed.”

“It was great to hear the questions and concerns of the Danbury rail line commuters,” said Rep. Wilms. “Kudos also to DOT Commissioner Redeker for joining us.  The Danbury rail line has been ignored for far too long.  Forums like these help create the momentum to finally take action.”

“One of the most important aspects of lawmaking is making sure you are always listening to the people who are affected by the policies you pass,” said Rep. Frey, who is the Ranking Member on the Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee. “It was an illuminating experience to hear how badly these improvements are needed and what commuters often have to go through because of the poor train service in their areas. Commuters in Ridgefield should not have to drive a half hour to Norwalk or Darien stations to be connected by train to their workplaces. We can do better.”

Commuters make suggestions for the Danbury Branch Line

“I really want to thank Commissioner Redeker, Mr. Longobardi, and all of the commuters who took the time to come to the forum,” said Rep. Ferguson.  “Many people are surprised to learn the value that their words and passion have when they voice them to government representatives.  I can tell you my colleagues and I, as well as the commissioner, will remember what we heard and do everything we can to put your words into action so we can make your commutes on the Danbury Line more convenient.”

“It was great to hear from people who use the Danbury-Norwalk line often. I was very pleased Commissioner Redeker was there as well,” said Rep. Godfrey. “It was truly a dialogue on an issue I have an emotional connection to because my dad and grandad were railroad men.”

“The status of the service commuters get on the Danbury Branch Line is of tremendous concern to residents, and this forum was a great way for them to come out and have their voices heard directly by the commissioner,” said Rep. O’Dea.  “I appreciate the Commissioner dedicating so much time with us for the evening and being willing to hear all comers.  We are all looking to work together to ensure that the necessary and essential improvements to the Danbury Line are made, and that the DOT has the resources they need to make that happen.”

The legislators were appreciative of the individuals who came to Wilton on Monday night and shared their concerns.  While turnout was solid and discussion exceeded the allotted time, they were regretful that not everyone who wanted to come was able to attend, and stressed that April 10 was the only day that the DOT could make available, despite several weeks of efforts to secure a date.  The forum needed to be held prior to the following Tuesday’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee meeting.

In a step forward for the legislation, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee voted on Tuesday to draft legislation based on HB 6553, allowing it to proceed as a committee bill.  Once fully drafted, it will await consideration by the Committee on or before its April 28 bill deadline.

Rep. Dunsby at the forum

“Our legislative process is unpredictable, and as with any bill, I want to caution against over-confidence that legislation will pass this session,” said Rep. Lavielle.  “We will continue to work together as a bipartisan team on making progress, and if we succeed in taking even a small step forward, it will be in large measure thanks to the articulate and thoughtful testimony we have received from rail passengers, both at the forum this week and at the bill’s formal public hearing in Hartford.”

Footage of the event is available at the websites of both the House Republicans (www.cthousegop.gov) and House Democrats (www.housedems.ct.gov) who attended the forum.

Redding Legislative Delegation to Host Town Hall

Posted on April 12, 2017 by rjoslyn


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REDDING – State Reps. Adam Dunsby (R-135), Will Duff (R-2) and State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on April 17th at the Mark Twain Library Community Room in Redding.

 The Redding legislative trio invites all interested constituents to join them in discussing the issues that are shaping the 2017 legislative session – like the state budget deficit and any bill proposals that could directly impact our community.

If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with contact the Representatives at 800-842-1423 or Senator Boucher at 800-842-1421.

Will.Duff@housegop.ct.gov, Adam.Dunsby@housegop.ct.gov, Toni.Boucher@cga.ct.gov.

 

Rep. Dunsby Invites Danbury Line Riders to April 10 Evening Forum in Wilton with DOT Commissioner

Posted on April 4, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) is inviting Danbury Line riders and other interested individuals and organizations to an area forum next week with Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James Redeker to discuss the service improvements they would like to see on the Danbury Branch Line. The forum will be held on Monday, April 10, from 7:30-9:30 PM at Wilton High School’s Clune Center at 395 Danbury Road.

“Making these improvements to the Danbury Branch Line could make life a lot easier for a lot of people in our area,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I know many who have told me they would like to take advantage of Metro North train stations closer to their houses, but are concerned about the unreliability and infrequency of service that has been a hallmark of this particular train line.  This forum offers a real opportunity to give suggestions to legislators like myself and the Commissioner, who has the final authority over the details of the matter, what improvements would make the most of a difference to you and your family.  If you are one of the many people who commute to Norwalk,  Stamford, or New York for work, I highly recommend attending and making your voice heard.”

Together with a bipartisan group of 11 other House legislators, Rep. Dunsby has co-introduced HB 6553, which would require the reallocation of previously authorized bonds to make incremental service improvements on the Danbury Line. The other co-introducers are Representatives David Arconti (D-Danbury), Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford), Will Duff (R-Bethel), Michael Ferguson (R-Danbury), John Frey (R-Ridgefield), Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury), Steve Harding (R-Brookfield), Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Chris Perone (D-Norwalk), Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), and Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk). 

HB 6553 specifically does not request new bonding.  Because of the state’s precarious financial situation, the legislators felt it was unlikely that any bill requesting the $400 million or more necessary for the full electrification of the Danbury Line would be passed this year. Rather than making commuters continue to wait indefinitely for any further service improvements at all, however, they have taken the approach of trying to identify less extensive measures that could improve service in cost-effective ways and to begin making at least some progress now.

With that objective, Rep. Dunsby and his colleagues have been meeting with the DOT and the governor’s staff to explore these possibilities. The language of the bill is not specific in terms of upgrades and costs, to allow for input during the legislative session.

For its public hearing in the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, HB 6553 received ample testimony from commuters residing in Bethel, Danbury, Norwalk, Redding, and Wilton, offering suggestions for service improvements. These suggestions included scheduling more afternoon or evening trains, improving connections with trains on the main line in Norwalk and Stamford, opening more doors at station stops, and providing more information on delays and service issues to conductors to help them respond to passengers’ questions.

Among area organizations and officials testifying in support of the bill were Elizabeth Stocker, Director of Economic Development of the City of Norwalk; Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton; Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi; the Economic Development Commission of the Town of Wilton; Ridgefield’s Economic Development Commission; Andrea Rynn, Director of Public & Government Relations of the Western Connecticut Health Network; Jill Smyth, Executive Director of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy; and Francis Pickering, Executive Director of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments. 

HB 6553 now awaits consideration by the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and its Transportation Bonding Subcommittee. Suggestions received at the area forum on April 10 may help to shape the language of the bill.

The April 10 forum is meant to accommodate residents of towns all along the Danbury Line at a place that is located right on Route 7 and at a time late enough to allow them to attend after their evening commutes. Commissioner Redeker and area legislators will be present to listen to their concerns from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, and anyone who would like to attend is welcome to arrive at any time during that two-hour period.

Those wishing to attend can contact Rep. Dunsby’s office for more information by calling 860-842-1423 or by email at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov.

Upgrade of Railroad Crossing on Topstone Rd. in Redding

Posted on March 31, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to inform you of a construction project beginning this Friday in Redding that may affect your daily commute for next week.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced that work to upgrade the at-grade railroad crossing carrying the Danbury Branch of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad on Topstone Road in Redding, will begin on Friday, March 31, 2017. To facilitate the work, Topstone Road will be closed at the crossing beginning at 10 AM on Friday, March 31, until Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 4 PM.

The project will be performed and a detour will be implemented via signage by Metro-North Commuter Railroad.  Work will be confined to the area of the at-grade crossing.

On Saturday (April 1st) and Sunday (April 2nd) there will be no train service between Danbury and Norwalk.  If you rely on the train to get to work, Metro-North Commuter Railroad will be providing bus service during these times (please refer to MTA website for more information).  Otherwise, you may want to consider using a train station on the New Haven Line like South Norwalk or Westport. Train service is expected to resume on schedule on Monday (April 3rd).

There will be an increase in noise levels in the vicinity of the railroad crossing due to the construction.  There also will be construction activities occurring at night starting Friday (March 31st) until Monday morning (April 3rd).

Should you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Mr. John R. Mandeville of the Connecticut Department of Transportation at (203) 497-3400 or at John.Mandeville@Ct.Gov.

I am also happy to help should you need any assistance.  Please contact me any time to discuss this or any other state issue that concerns you.  You can reach me at adam.dunsby@housegop.ct.gov or by calling my office at 800-842-1423.  Please also visit my website and stay tuned to my Facebook page for more updates.

Rep. Dunsby: Cost-Saving Mandate Relief for School Districts One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Posted on March 27, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) applauded the passage of a bipartisan bill that he co-sponsored to provide school districts significant relief from costly and time-consuming state mandates. The bill, HB 7276, passed the General Assembly’s Education Committee, on which he sits, and will be voted on by the full Assembly later in this session.

“I am encouraged that an increasing number of legislators understand the seriousness of our budget situation and are embracing mandate relief,” said Rep. Dunsby. “The Education Committee worked diligently to produce a bipartisan bill that will benefit all school districts.”

Rep. Dunsby highlighted the recommendations he and other committee members received from superintendents, administrators, teachers, Board of Education members, parents, and advocates in crafting HB 7276.

Among the bill’s provisions are eliminating the requirement for school districts to adopt the uniform regional calendar; eliminating the requirement that the alternative educational opportunity for expelled students be nine hundred hours; requiring school districts to contact only those former employers in which an applicant was employed for any of the previous twenty years; and allowing districts to focus training in procedures for dealing with highly sensitive behavioral issues on staff who have direct contact with students.

“Our local schools face hundreds of state mandates,” said Rep. Dunsby. “These mandates are expensive and restrict our school leaders from running our schools according to the circumstances and values in individual communities. While there is still a ways to go, HB 7276 is a step in the right direction by removing at least some of the least-defensible state directives. I will continue to work for it to become law.”

Redding Light Bulb Swap on Saturday

Posted on March 7, 2017 by rjoslyn


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A message from State Rep. Adam Dunsby:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Saturday, March 11, Eversource and the Town of Redding, as a Clean Energy Community, are hosting a light bulb swap as part of a national initiative to combine energy efficiency with community service.

Redding residents (*must present identification) can stop by the Redding Community Center, located at 37 Lonetown Rd. between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to exchange up to five traditional incandescent light bulbs in any condition for new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs free of charge while supplies last. Additional LED bulbs and lighting products will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

Energy experts from Eversource will also be on-hand to answer questions and provide information regarding how residents can save money and energy at home – especially with an in-home energy checkup, Home Energy Solutions.

Please bring your incandescent light bulbs to the Redding Community Center on Saturday and help the Town of Redding reach its goal of reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018!

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to save money and use clean energy for the betterment of our community.

Best regards,

Adam

Reps. Dunsby and Lavielle Lead Discussion of Critical Political Issues at a Crowded Town Hall in Georgetown

Posted on March 2, 2017 by rjoslyn


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GEORGETOWN State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Adam Dunsby (R-135) listened to spirited questions and engaged in a productive dialogue with their constituents in the Georgetown area at a packed town hall meeting they hosted on Tuesday night alongside their Senate colleague, Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26).

More than 100 citizens crowded into the Gilbert and Bennett Cultural Center in Georgetown from across Fairfield County to raise their concerns over national, state, and local political issues with the representatives, who were eager to get a chance to have a conversation with their constituents. The legislators stood diligently and fielded dozens of questions over the course of the hour and a half event. Afterward, all three remained in the building for an extra hour to answer questions from those who did not have a chance to ask them during the town hall.

They were asked about various topics over the course of the meeting, including the governor’s budget proposal, special education program funding, environmental and natural resource protections, health insurance in the event of a change to the Affordable Care Act, and equal rights for the LGBT community.

“I was pleased to welcome to Georgetown such a large and passionate crowd with such a keen interest in current affairs and the effects of public policy on everyday life,” said Rep. Lavielle.  “I always appreciate having the opportunity for serious conversation with constituents about issues that are important to them and for discussion of ways my colleagues and I can address their concerns. Connecticut’s budget and finances are in an extremely precarious condition, and the sooner we turn it around the more we will be able to do to address issues like education funding, tax pressure, the state of our transportation infrastructure, and the quality of social services. We were fortunate to hear from many residents of our area last night, and I want to thank the Gilbert & Bennett Community Center and its Executive Director Patricia Hegnauer for so graciously hosting our forum.”

Rep. Dunsby answers a constituents’ question at a town hall in Georgetown.

“I thank everyone who attended this meeting and offered their views and asked questions. Town hall meetings like this one demonstrate that our constituents are informed and interested in government,” said Rep. Dunsby. “It’s important for me to hear your concerns and I hope I was able to provide insight into what is going on in Hartford.  I especially hope I was able to convey the seriousness of the state’s desperate financial position.  We need to resist the governor’s current plan to send our towns the bill for underfunded programs it has mismanaged for years.”

“I always enjoy meeting my constituents and it was a great turnout,” Sen. Boucher said. “We heard so many concerns and I know people are worried.  They are worried about things happening on a federal level that we as state legislators cannot control.  They are worried about the state budget and budget deficit.  They are worried about what it means for the environment, the 2nd Amendment, special education, and local education funding.  As we work toward developing a new biennial budget, hearing their concerns and input has never been more important.”

Constituents were pleased to have the opportunity to speak frankly with their legislators about hot-button topics and receive honest responses to their questions. The representatives, in turn, appreciated the feedback and thanked the group for offering their opinions on the issues.

Anyone who was unable to attend the event but would like to speak with Reps. Lavielle and Dunsby can reach them any time by contacting 800-842-1423. Sen. Boucher can be reached by contacting 800-842-1421.

Rep. Dunsby Announces Support for Union Steward Reform Bill

Posted on February 24, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) will support and work to pass a House bill that would amend collective bargaining statutes to prohibit the use of state funds to pay for the time union stewards use to engage in union activity while on state time. H.B. 6209 calls for union stewards to use personal, vacation, or comp time to engage in union-related activity. The General Assembly’s Labor Committee heard testimony on the bill Tuesday.

Current collective bargaining agreements allow union stewards to use release time if they have to take off from their state jobs to work on behalf of unions. Some collective bargaining agreements specify a maximum number of union stewards; however, there is no limit on the number of hours a steward may spend providing service to union members and such service is part of the steward’s regular taxpayer-funded paycheck.

“Reforming our collective bargaining practices is a critical part of healing Connecticut from its fiscal crisis,” Rep. Dunsby said.  “The generous union contracts granted by the state have brought us to the brink of insolvency.  Passing this bill would take a small but important step towards filling the gaping hole in the state budget by ending paid time for state employees to do union work on the taxpayer’s dime.  In Fiscal Year 2015, for example, 124 union stewards spent 121,000 hours of state time on union activity at a cost to the taxpayers of $4 million. In many cases the state was actually paying people to figure out how to get more money out of the taxpayers.”

Rep. Dunsby was troubled by public hearing testimony which revealed multiple cases of state employees abusing this allowance, including union stewards using release time so they didn’t have to show up for work.

“I want to make clear that this bill targets only these union stewards who have taken advantage of the system; not the vast majority of hardworking state employees and union workers.” Rep. Dunsby said. “Between 70-90% of union dues paid actually have nothing to do with union representation, but instead pursue political and social issues – a disturbing fact given that union stewards engage in this activism while receiving taxpayer money.”

Rep. Dunsby has previously stated his opposition to the governor’s budget proposal, which seeks to pay down Connecticut’s unfunded liabilities by transferring the cost of teachers’ pensions onto cities and towns and redistributing municipal aid away from wealthier and well-run towns.

“Our state is running out of money and rapidly depleting its taxpayer base, so we need to look at how we can save money. The governor wants to force property taxpayers to foot the bill, but I think we should first ensure that our limited resources are not used to subsidize unions,” Rep. Dunsby added. “I hope H.B. 6209 will be the first in a series of badly needed fiscally responsible legislation that will put us back on the right track.”

Rep. Dunsby to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Georgetown on February 28th

Posted on February 15, 2017 by rjoslyn


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GEORGETOWN State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) invites his constituents to attend a town hall event in Georgetown, CT at the Gilbert and Bennett Cultural Center (49 New Street, Wilton). The town hall will be on Tuesday, February 28th, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. He will be joined by fellow House Republican State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) as well as State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26).

Rep. Dunsby will offer residents an update on legislative activity in Hartford, answer their questions on state issues, and listen to their concerns about the community.

This will be his first town hall as a State Representative.

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby can reach him at Adam.Dunsby@cga.ct.gov.

What: Georgetown Town Hall

Where: G&B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Wilton, CT

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7pm until 8:30pm

Rep. Dunsby Responds to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Posted on February 9, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) expressed disappointment with Governor Dan Malloy’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which was delivered to the General Assembly on Wednesday.

“Years of neglect of have made next year’s budget difficult,” said Rep. Dunsby, who also serves as the First Selectman of the Town of Easton.  “However, putting teachers’ retirement costs back on our towns is untenable. By statute, our towns could have no say in the design or management of this plan.  It should come as no surprise then that the plan was mismanaged and underfunded.  The governor’s solution is to tell the towns, “It’s your problem now.”  For Easton, Redding, and Weston, enormous and ongoing tax increases would be required to accommodate the governor’s plan. The sad thing is, the governor’s proposal, including the near zeroing out of Education Cost Sharing aid for our district, is not likely to improve any troubled district in the state, but it will damage our high performing schools, which are the pride of our state.”

Rep. Dunsby emphasized, however, that the governor’s budget is not the final budget, and that the legislature is still a long way off from crafting, debating, and voting on a budget.

“I plan to spend the next few days reading the entire budget and contributing my ideas to a better path forward.”

Rep. Dunsby Votes to Reject Governor’s Pension Agreement

Posted on February 2, 2017 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted against Governor Dan Malloy’s pension funding agreement with state employees’ unions to restructure pension payments.  He joined most of the House Republican caucus and one Democrat in opposition to the agreement, which passed in the House of Representatives by a narrow 76-72 vote and later in the State Senate after Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman broke a 17-17 tie vote.

“I voted no on the governor’s pension deal yesterday because it was merely distraction from the bigger problem,” Rep. Dunsby said.  “This agreement increases the overall taxpayer burden by $11 billion and does nothing to structurally improve our pension plan in Connecticut.  It drops the state’s contribution for the next few years, which will make the governor’s budgeting easier in the short term, but I could not ignore the increased burden it puts on the next generation.”

Rep. Dunsby supported exploring other alternatives to this agreement before going through with it.  “The truth is, if Governor Malloy reopened the union contract to move pension payment dates around, he could have also done that for structural reform and benefit changes,” Rep. Dunsby added.  “Unfortunately, he didn’t, and that’s what Connecticut so desperately needs.”

My First Term

Posted on January 10, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Good afternoon friends, neighbors, and fellow residents of the 135th District.

It is an honor and a privilege to represent you in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

I want to share my goals for the 2017 legislative session, and what you can expect from me as your state representative.

A New Session and a New Context

I was sworn in for my first term on January 4 in the House chamber of our majestic Capitol building. Not only is the session new, but so is the makeup of the chamber, with the number of Republicans and Democrats as close as it’s been in decades. I hope this allows for real collaboration and for greater weight to be given to the voices of those who believe state spending has gotten out of control.

I am pleased to have been appointed to three important committees in the General Assembly: Education, Environment, and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding.

Opening day was a day of great ceremony, and now it’s time to get to work. We need to make Connecticut more appealing to workers and businesses. This means less government, not more.

 

What I Hope to Accomplish

Connecticut is in the midst of a fiscal crisis with no end in sight.  Historic tax increases only led to historic spending. Now families and businesses are leaving. Getting our state’s fiscal house in order must be our chief priority.

Whether you think the state should do a lot or a little, it can’t do anything without a foundation of prosperity. And we can’t be prosperous if we are not fiscally sound.

Mandate relief for towns and cities will also be a chief objective for me.   As a municipal official, I experience firsthand the harmful effects and higher property taxes that countless unfunded state mandates have on our cities and towns.  Many of my initial legislative proposals are to provide our municipalities relief from at least some of these burdens.

I will also work on several issues that remain important to the state and to our region, such as improving regional transportation, continuing progress in the Georgetown district, and providing opportunities for the disabled.

 

What to Expect From Me

I want to be as accessible as possible. I pledge to be available to listen to you, your family, and your business about what the state can do to help you.  I live and work in your community, so I share many of the same questions and concerns that you have.

I will be sending you regular updates on important legislative developments.  For more information on me and what I’m doing in Hartford, please visit my website www.repdunsby.com and ‘Like’ my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/repdunsby.  Encourage your family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who live in Easton, Redding, and Weston to sign-up on the website.

This is my state email account and you can message me at this email for a quick reply.  The rest of my contact information is listed at the bottom of this email.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I am always happy to hear from you.

Best,

Adam

Rep. Adam Dunsby Takes Oath of Office to Serve First Term

Posted on January 6, 2017 by rjoslyn


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Adam Dunsby

HARTFORD State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) took the oath of office on Wednesday to serve his first term representing Easton, Redding, and Weston in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

“Joining the Connecticut General Assembly is a great honor,” said Rep. Dunsby, after the Assembly adjourned for the day. “And now it’s time to get to work. We need to get spending under control and take real action to make Connecticut inviting to workers and businesses. This means less government, not more.”

Rep. Dunsby is sworn in alongside the rest of the House of Representatives

This week, Dunsby was appointed by House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) to serve on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, which has jurisdiction over all matters relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, fees and taxation.  He will also serve on the influential Education Committee, which has authority over all matters relating to the Department of Education; local and regional boards of education and the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards; vocational rehabilitation; and the Commission on the Arts. His third committee assignment is on the Environment Committee, working on issues relating to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that include conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control; and all matters relating to the Department of Agriculture.

“My position as a municipal official has shown me the harmful effects that countless unfunded state mandates have had on our cities and towns,” Dunsby continued. “Many of my initial legislative proposals will be to provide our municipalities relief from some of these burdens.”

“Getting the state’s fiscal house in order must be our top priority,” Dunsby concluded. “We are facing a $3 billion deficit over the next two years. Historic tax increases only led to more spending, and more taxes are not the solution.

“Whether you think the state should do a lot or a little, it can’t do anything without a foundation of prosperity. And we can’t be prosperous if we are not fiscally sound.”

Rep. Dunsby will serve in a House of Representatives with greater partisan parity, with 72 Republicans and 79 Democrats following the 2016 election.