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Rep. Frey Calls on Bond Commission to Remove Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study from Agenda

Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative John Frey (R-111) today urged the State Bond Commission to remove from their agenda an item bonding $10 million to study the impact of electronic tolling on Connecticut highways. The agenda item would borrow money to pay for the study and is a request from Governor Dan Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission and decides which items are on the agenda.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways.

Rep. Frey, who also serves as Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee and sits as an ex-officio member of the Bond Commission, offered the following statement in response to the announcement.

“To request $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study exploring the impact of tolling is to completely disregard the interests of Connecticut taxpayers. The legislature has considered various proposals for tolling and several proposals to study tolling over the past 5 years, but they have never received enough support.  That is likely because we in the legislature are aware of several studies that indicate what should be obvious – tolls would make life in Connecticut more unaffordable for commuters and their families.

“Instead of studying how we can ask for more money from Connecticut taxpayers, we ought to study how we can reduce their tax burden. We need to be studying how we can reduce the gas tax while at the same time spend transportation funding more efficiently and with lower administrative costs.

“A $10 million toll study is a textbook example of frivolous spending and it is a particular brazen request from a governor who is out the door in January. I urge the State Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s request and take this item off of their agenda.”

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25.

Rep. Frey Update: Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friend,

I hope you will take some time today to celebrate the birth of our nation and reflect on the war that was fought for our independence.

The United States is a country founded on the principles of freedom and liberty, which is what makes it the greatest country to ever exist.

It is also a holiday spent enjoying at barbecues and fireworks shows with family and friends.

I ask that you join me in honoring the brave soldiers who made our country’s independence possible, as well as the men and women in uniform currently stationed around the globe who preserve our freedom and liberty every day.

In Ridgefield, a fireworks celebration is again scheduled for today on the grounds of Ridgefield High School.  Rain appears to be a possibility for tonight. If that is the case, then the rain date is tomorrow, July 5.

Gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin after dark.  Parking passes can be purchased at the entrance to RHS.

Although grilling and alcoholic drink are prohibited, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be on site.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

Reps. Frey Commends Transportation Funding in Budget Plan, No Transit Fare Hikes

Posted on May 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Representative John Frey (R-111) expressed his satisfaction with transportation funding in the budget adjustment plan that passed the legislature overwhelmingly earlier this month, noting that the Department of Transportation has cancelled the rail and bus fare hikes they originally called for.

“For most of my service in the legislature I have advocated for protecting the Special Transportation Fund and have watched as previous legislatures raided our investment in transportation to pay for other projects, so it was encouraging to this year be a part of the winning side, successfully funding the STF without relying on tolls, fare hikes, or service cuts,” said Rep. Frey.

The budget adjustment plan, which was based largely on a proposal crafted by legislative Republicans, passed both chambers on bipartisan votes and was signed into law by the governor last week. The plan provides $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.  There is also a provision to secure $150 million in General Obligation bond funding to support transportation projects.

“Connecticut’s transportation problems have never been the result of insufficient revenue, but rather a systematic failure to responsibly prioritize the money that we already have,” said Rep. Frey.  “This shortsighted practice of raiding transportation funding is why we have deteriorating infrastructure today and an STF that is going bankrupt.  The budget we passed this year is a marked departure from the days when the first place the legislature would look when it needed money was the pockets of its commuters.  Instead, we specifically address the STF and actually secure a long-term source of revenue.”

“By prioritizing funding for transportation and creating a more effective strategy for identifying urgencies, we can create a safe, reliable and multi-model transportation network – including roads, bridges, rail, bus, and port improvements,” added Rep. Frey.  “Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system, and progress can only be made if we prioritize transportation.”

The new budget adjustments go into effect at the beginning of FY 2019 on July 1.

Rep. Frey Update: Memorial Day Weekend in Ridgefield

Posted on May 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is Memorial Day Parade information for Ridgefield this weekend to commemorate this national holiday and the heroic actions of those who fought in the name of our freedom.

 

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade steps off from Jesse Lee Church, marching down Main St. and ending with a closing ceremony in Ballard Park.

The closing ceremony will include short speeches by honored guests and patriotic music throughout the program.

Be advised for traffic: King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.

If the parade is cancelled because of bad weather (like last year), the closing ceremonies planned for Ballard Park will be moved to the sanctuary of Jesse Lee Methodist Church on Main St. at 11:30 a.m.  The American Legion invites people to attend the observances in the church if the parade is rained out.

I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend.

Reps. Frey and Ferguson, Sen. Boucher, Welcome State Champion Ridgefield Girls Soccer Team to Capitol

Posted on May 8, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Representatives John Frey (R-111) and Michael Ferguson (R-138) joined State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) in welcoming the 2018 State Champion Ridgefield High School Girls Soccer team to the State Capitol in Hartford.  The Ridgefield delegation proudly introduced the Tigers players to their colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Later, they presented them with a state citation in honor of their triumphant 2-1 win over Staples HS in the Division I State Championship game – the first in program history for Tigers girls’ soccer.

“This was a historic season for the Ridgefield High School girls’ soccer team,” said Rep. Frey, who was a member of Ridgefield High School’s Class of 1981.  “Under the direction of Head Coach Iain Golding and Assistant Coach Adam Sebastian, the girls entered the season with high expectations, coming off back-to-back seasons in which they won FCIAC Championships and advanced to the state championship game only to come up short against Glastonbury both times.  This season they were committed to re-writing the final chapter.  For the graduating seniors, the state championship was the perfect ending to their four years in the program in which the Tigers amassed an overall record of 68 wins, 14 losses, and nine draws, claimed two FCIAC Conference titles and played in three consecutive state title games.”

“Despite all the success on the field, arguably the most noteworthy accomplishments for the program take place in the classroom. For the past two years the girls have combined for a team GPA over 4.0, earning them nominations for the High School Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches, the national governing body for the sport.” said Rep. Ferguson.

The Ridgefield delegation joined their colleagues in giving the State Champion Tigers a round of applause on the floor of the House.

Rep. Frey Tours Ridgefield Supply Company Facility in Recognition of Women-Owned Business Day

Posted on May 1, 2018 by rjoslyn


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RIDGEFIELD – In an effort to promote awareness of Women-Owned Business Day, State Representative John Frey (R-111) visited the Ridgefield Supply Company and toured the facility with the company’s owner, Margaret Price, to learn about the business and her experience as a business owner.  Women-Owned Business Day is an annual event at the State Capitol every May 2nd and hosted by the Women’s Business Development Council, which is an organization dedicated to women’s economic equity.

The Ridgefield Supply Company, a lumber and building supply dealer, has its roots in a lumber company founded in 1883 and operates from its current location in downtown Ridgefield opposite the train station. Margaret Price, the granddaughter of company founder Louis H. Price, Sr., has run the Ridgefield Supply Company since she acquired the company from her father in 2011.

“Women-Owned Business Day has been always been a valuable event, and I thought showcasing Margaret and her work with Ridgefield Supply, a storied institution in Ridgefield, would be an exceptional representation of the success and innovation that women entrepreneurs can bring to businesses,” said Rep. Frey. “Margaret is an exemplary business owner who made a major investment in the property, including preserving and restoring the former Ridgefield Train Station building, and has broken barriers in a traditionally male-dominated industry.”

Rep. Frey and Price also had an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by small business in Connecticut as well as policy issues affecting women business owners specifically. In addition to her role at Ridgefield Supply, Price also is active in Northeastern Retail Lumbermen’s Association and Lumber Dealers of CT.

“Ridgefield and the State of Connecticut need to cooperate with business owners like Margaret as extensively as possible,” said Rep. Frey.  “Business owners put their personal lives on hold as they labor to build and grow their businesses.  They are the people who can do the most to turn our state’s economy around if we work with them instead of making it harder for them to be competitive.”

The WBCD is encouraging women business owners in the state to register for their event at the Legislative Office Building on May 2nd at 9am.