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Greenwich Tree Conservancy Branches Out to Bruce Park (Greenwich Free Press article)

State Rep. Livvy Floren joined fellow residents in a tree walk at Bruce Park hosted by the Greenwich Tree Conservancy on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

“State Representative Livvy Floren, who is also a board member of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, congratulated the organization on its leadership.

‘To paraphrase one of my favorite quotations: A single act of leadership throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees,’ said Floren.”

Thank you to the Greenwich Free Press, and especially Devon Bedoya, for covering this event and for providing this photo.

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Rep. Floren Speaks at Water Safety Task Force Press Conference

It was a pleasure to be a part of the press conference for the formation of the Water Safety Task Force and to recognize the ongoing educational work of the ZAC Foundation, a philanthropic force for good for more than seven years with water safety and swim camps in 20 locations nation-wide.

Water safety training and learning how to swim are gifts, gifts that serve people of all ages throughout life. Thank you to all of you for being able and willing to give.

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Rep. Floren Attends Realtor Rally at Bushnell Park

Rep. Floren joined many of her colleagues for the Realtor(r) Rally at Bushnell Park in Hartford this morning. Thousands of realtors from across the state were present and UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma delivered the keynote address. Rep. Floren is committed to helping realtors by advocating for a more business-friendly environment to attract new companies and residents to Connecticut.

Rep. Floren Celebrates Polish Day at the Capitol

On Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, I joined in the celebration of Polish Day at the Capitol. There were great performances and remarks, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak about Polish culture in my own family including my daughter-in-law, Nina, and grand-daughter, Magda.

4/27/2017 – Rep. Livvy Floren Speak in Support of S.B. 788

Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149) spoke in support of S.B. 788, An Act Authorizing and Adjusting Bonds of the State for Capital Improvements, Transportation and Other Purposes, during a meeting of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Rep. Floren is Ranking Member of the Bonding Subcommittee.

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GREENWICH DELEGATION SUPPORTS REPUBLICAN BUDGET: TAX INCREASES ARE OFF THE TABLE FOR 2018-2019

HARTFORD – State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), Fred Camillo (R-151) and State Senator Scott Frantz (R-36) strongly support the Republican budget, which was presented today, April 27, 2017 during a press conference at the Legislative Office Building.

“I think the hallmark of our budget is the absence of any new taxes or tax increases,” said Rep. Floren. “We addressed the $3 billion budget deficit by reducing spending where we could. Difficult decisions were made, but we believe this is the most effective and least harmful way to close the deficit and reboot the economy. With these proposals, we can prioritize our funding and reduce the size of government to a sustainable level.”

“Raising taxes would merely put a band aid on our current deficit, but it doesn’t address the inevitable deficits we will face in the future if structural changes are not made this year,” said Rep. Bocchino. “We are trying to encourage businesses to invest in Connecticut by reducing regulations and taxes where possible. The Democrats have failed to present a viable budget alternative that will resolve the fiscal crisis and restore economic prosperity. Our budget will take the state in a new direction.”

“Our budget proposals restore funding to where it is needed most, and above all, it restores common sense to our state government,” said Rep. Camillo. “Estimated tax receipts are declining, which is largely due to the exodus of businesses and residents who have lost their patience with the government’s tax-and-spend philosophy. House and Senate Republicans are ready to lead, and today, we have made that abundantly clear.”

“I was proud to stand with my Republican colleagues today to offer Connecticut residents a budget plan that is realistic, a budget plan that creates stability and predictability across the state,” said Sen. Frantz. “In recent years the state’s answer to budget deficits was to implement large tax increases. It is clear that high taxes have continued to push people and businesses out of our state, sending our revenues into a downward spiral. This budget proposal does not increase taxes and it does not push state expenses and responsibilities onto towns, cities or hospitals.”

The Republican budget comes in $313 million under Governor Malloy’s budget proposals. Specifically, this budget phases in the federal exemption level for the estate tax, implements a $2 billion bond cap and places a constitutional Lockbox on Transportation dollars. Most importantly, it calls for the mandatory approval of labor contracts by the General Assembly. Labor contracts are a major component of the state’s fixed costs, and Republicans believe the legislature should exert some control over this process.

House Republican leadership requested an Appropriations meeting this afternoon to present their proposals, but the request was denied by the majority party.

Greenwich ZAC Camp ends with medals, laughter: Rep. Floren Presents Medals to ZAC Camp Graduates (Greenwich Times Article)

Rep. Livvy Floren joined ZAC Camp co-founder, Karen Cohn, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Chief of Police James Heavey and Fire Chief Peter Siecienski in giving medals to the young graduates of 2017 ZAC Camp. 120 kids participated in the four-day swimming safety program.

Thank you to the Greenwich Time for their coverage of this event, especially Ken Borsuk (article) and Tyler Sizemore (photo).

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Rep. Floren Comments on Malloy’s Warning of a Potential Bond Downgrade for CT

April 12, 2017 – Rep. Floren spoke with Matt Campbell of Channel 3 News about Governor Malloy’s warning to CT legislators that the state could be facing a potential downgrade in it bond rating.

“We are trying to work on our unfunded liabilities, especially pensions, I think it’s a good sign to show progress there,” said State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich/Stamford).

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Rep. Floren Tours State Office Building

Rep. Floren and fellow legislators toured the State Office Building at 165 Capitol Ave. in Hartford on Monday, April 10, 2017. The site will be undergoing a massive transformation over the next two and a half years. The historic building will house many Constitutional offices once completed in late 2019.

“‘Past is prologue’ to Greenwich Historical Society’s future” (Greenwich Time article)

Rep. Floren attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Greenwich Historical Society on Sunday, April 9, 2017. The project includes an expansion and renovation of the current campus with an expected completion date set for 2018.

State Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th, said every time she visits the society, she is reminded of a quote from Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

“‘For life to be understood, you have to look backwards. But to enjoy it you have to look forward,’” Floren said. “That’s exactly what has been done here. We can love and appreciate our past here and really revere our future.”

Thank you to the Greenwich Time for their coverage of this event. Special thanks to Ken Borsuk for writing the article, and Michael Cummo for the photos.

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