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Stop the Governor’s Toll Study

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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Outgoing Gov. Dan Malloy has decided that after seven and a half years in office, he wants to put $10 million on the state taxpayers’ credit card to study the issue of tolls in Connecticut.

Think about that.

As Gov. Malloy is leaving the job…he wants to borrow $10 million of OUR money…to study tolls!

Tolls on I-95, I-91, I-84, Routes 8 and 25, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and more.

The state Bond Commission is expected to vote on the $10 million allocation on July 25.

If you want to help defeat this $10 million proposal, please contact members of the Bond Commission and urge them to Vote NO on the Tolls Study!”

Contact information for members is listed below:

Let them hear you!

Governor Malloy

(860) 566-4840

Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management

(860) 418-6500, Ben.Barnes@ct.gov

Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer

(860) 702-3010, state.treasurer@ct.gov

Kevin P. Lembo, State Comptroller

(860) 702-3301, Comptroller.Lembo@ct.gov

George C. Jepsen, Attorney General

(860) 808-5318, attorney.general@ct.gov

Melody A. Currey, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services

(860) 713-5100, Melody.Currey@ct.gov

John W. Fonfara, Senator and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8600, John.Fonfara@cga.ct.gov

Jason Rojas, Representative and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8500, Jason.Rojas@cga.ct.gov

For any questions please call my office at the State Capitol at 1.800.842.1423 or email Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

CT Early Childhood Alliance Names Rep. Kokoruda as a 2018 Children’s Champion

Posted on June 27, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Noreen Kokoruda as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.

(l to r): Amanda Dalton, Director of Madison Educational Playcare Center; State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Jane Porterfield, Educational Playcare Center Owner and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at CT Early Childhood Alliance.

“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.

“While at the state Capitol in Hartford, children, their families, and educators are always a priority of mine,” said Rep. Kokoruda, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “I am honored to receive a 2018 Children’s Champion Award from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as they are a wonderful partner and advocate for children throughout the state of Connecticut. I look forward to working with them during the next legislative session to advocate on behalf of our children.”

Legislators honored this year are: Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D-Meriden), Rep. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk),  Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain),  Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven), Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20), Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), and Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19).

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.

 

Rep. Kokoruda Receives Award for her Support in Education

Posted on June 1, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) was recently recognized by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) for her legislative support and advocacy for gifted children all across the state.

Last session, lawmakers in both chambers voted unanimously in favor of Public Act No. 17-82, An Act Concerning Services for Gifted and Talented Students. The legislation would help promote programs that address the intellectual, social and emotional needs of these students while also providing educators with training and professional development.

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Rep. Kokoruda said. “Children are our future and anything we can do to promote the importance of education as well as reward gifted and talented students in Connecticut is always a priority of mine.”

According to CAG, their mission is “to support and advocate for Connecticut’s gifted, talented, and high-potential children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds so they are identified and provided access and opportunities to an appropriate education by personnel trained and qualified to meet their cognitive, social, and emotional special needs” with the goal to “provide parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high quality professional development, and Boards of Education with the tools to support talented students.”