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Reps. Hoydick, McGorty Help Raise Money for the Salvation Army

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STRATFORD- State Representatives Laura Hoydick and Ben McGorty kept the bells ringing outside the Stratford Walmart Tuesday night for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

In an hour period, Reps. Hoydick and McGorty raised over $100 dollars for the Greater Bridgeport Salvation Army. The Stratford Firefighters Union – Local 988 joined the lawmakers and presented them and Lt. Gavin Yatts of the Salvation Army with a generous check.

“It was great to see our community come together to help those in need,” said Rep. Hoydick. “We are in the season of giving and many in our community and our surrounding communities need our help. Let’s continue to support our local charities and nonprofits and work together to help them serve our communities.”

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Hoydick, McGorty and Gresko Support Bipartisan Budget

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L-R Reps. Ben McGorty (R-122), Laura Hoydick (R-120) and Joe Greeks (D-121).

HARTFORD – In a special session of the House today, State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120), Ben McGorty (R-122) and Joe Gresko (D-121) voted in support of a bipartisan budget compromise arrived at after a months-long budget impasse that lasted well beyond the close of the regular legislative session at the beginning June, and 118 days after the start of the current fiscal year.  The action today ends the longest budget impasse in Connecticut history.

The Stratford legislators noted that this budget, arrived at after marathon negotiations between Republican and Democrat leaders, passed the House by a vote of 126-23.  The budget had passed the Senate the previous evening by a vote of 33-3.  The margin of favorable votes in both chambers would be enough to override a veto from Governor Malloy if necessary.

“This budget is far from perfect, but we were able to work together to save the $21 million in Education Cost Share funds the governor threatened to slash from Stratford in his executive order,” said Rep. Hoydick, “We were also able to prevent towns like Stratford from having the burden of the cost of teachers’ pensions foisted on them by the state as the governor proposed. We also finally instituted a spending cap and a bond cap to reign in state spending, and phased in exemptions on taxes on Social Security and pensions.  We also protected important services for the disabled. The alternatives we would face continuing under the governor’s executive order would have been devastating.” Read More →

Reps. Hoydick, McGorty Continue Push for Veto Override

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House Speaker’s Attempt to Kill Bipartisan Budget Fails- For Now

HARTFORD – In a hastily called special session of the State House of Representatives convened with less than one day’s notice, State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120) and Ben McGorty (R-122) criticized House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) for his attempt to kill the bipartisan budget passed by the legislature in September, but vetoed by Governor Malloy. Firmly aware that there would not be the necessary 101 votes to override the veto, the session was called by the Speaker to quickly defeat the bipartisan budget – but that’s not how it played out.

House rules require the bill to be recalled by a member on the prevailing side of the bill, and none who voted in favor of the budget called the bill to assure its defeat.  The Stratford legislators joined with supporters of the bipartisan budget, both Republicans and Democrats, in preventing action from being taken, thwarting the Speaker’s attempt to kill the budget bill.  Having not taken action on it, the budget remains on the table, though both Stratford legislators recognize that getting an additional 24 Democrats to support the budget is a tall task. Read More →

Hoydick Votes for No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Rep. Laura Hoydick talks with Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield in a meeting of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee ahead of the budget vote.

Republican budget finally called in House – Passes with bipartisan vote

HARTFORD – State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120) was in Hartford today for a second day in a row to vote on a biennial budget for the State of Connecticut.  Last evening the House failed to go in to take up a Democratic budget that had been negotiated with Governor Malloy.  Earlier today, the State Senate passed the House and Senate Republican budget with a surprise bipartisan vote including three Democrats.

The Republican budget moved to the State House of Representatives where five Democrats joined all 72 Republicans to pass the GOP No-Tax-Increase budget 77-74.

“The budget vote tonight represents a critical turning point for the state,” said Rep. Hoydick.  “This vote is a recognition that more of the same higher taxes and increased spending won’t do the job.  Our budget, which does not raise taxes while preserving essential services and restoring cuts made by the governor to education in our towns, puts us on a course toward long term structural changes that are necessary to reverse the state’s failed fiscal direction.  I hope Governor Malloy will sign this budget, end this fiscal crisis and help us move the state forward.” Read More →

Hoydick and McGorty Blast Malloy for Education Funding Hit to Stratford

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State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120) and Ben McGorty (R-122) blasted Governor Malloy for his announcement today that he would slash education funding to 139 municipalities across the state including Stratford.  Under the governor’s new plan, Stratford would lose all of its Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding for FY 18 – a whopping $21.46 million hit which is equal to 5 mills on the tax rate.

  

“The total elimination of all state Education Cost Sharing funding to Stratford is nothing less than a disgraceful abdication of leadership,” said Rep. Hoydick.  “I understand that the governor has to make cuts because the Democrats in the majority wouldn’t act on the GOP budget, and still haven’t produced a budget of their own two months into the new fiscal year.  The governor is trying to make towns pay for his fiscal mismanagement of the state and slashing all ECS funding to the Stratford school system is unacceptable. The proper education of children in Stratford should be a priority, not a disposable line item to terminate.” Read More →