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Watch: Rep. Kupchick’s Opening Remarks at Sacred Heart University Panel

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FAIRFIELD – Rep. Brenda Kupchick joined area legislators on November 28th at a panel called “Connecticut at a Crossroads,” organized by Sacred Heart University’s Master of Public Administration Program for a conversation about Connecticut’s present and future.  Rep. Kupchick and her colleagues addresses the university’s findings that many residents are overall dissatisfied with the direction the state has taken in recent years, including high taxes, runaway spending, years of harmful state budgets, and cuts to core social service programs.

Watch Rep. Kupchick’s opening remarks from the forum in the video below:

Fairfield Legislators to Host ‘Pints & Politics’ Event

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FAIRFIELD- State Senator Tony Hwang along State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) are co-hosting a ‘Pints and Politics’ legislative conversation for all Fairfield residents.

 The event will be held on Monday, December 4th between 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Local Kitchen & Craft Beer Bar on 85 Mill Plain Road in Fairfield.

 Now that Connecticut finally has a budget. Let’s talk. This is a chance to talk to your three Fairfield legislators if residents have questions they might have regarding the just adopted state budget, the upcoming 2018 legislative session, or any state issues of interest to them.

 For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to Reps. Devlin and Kupchick at please contact their office at 1.800.842.1423 or Sen. Tony Hwang at 1.800.842.1421.

 The legislative conversation is a ‘cash bar’ event.

Rep. Kupchick Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear Friends,

I want to take a moment to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

While many of us will enjoy gathering with family and friends, there are many in our community who may not have the means to do the same.  There are many ways you can share in giving thanks and gratitude with those in our community who are in need.

This year, Norma F. Pfriem is hosting Thanksgiving Feast in a Box, and Operation Hope will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast on Thursday morning.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings in life. I am personally grateful for my family and to represent a kind and giving community.

You may also be interested in attending one of Fairfield’s high school Thanksgiving football games:

Warde Mustangs @ Ludlowe Falcons

Taft Field at Ludlowe High School, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

West Haven Blue Devils @ Fairfield Prep Jesuits

Rafferty Stadium, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Notre Dame Lancers @ Pomperaug Panthers

McCarty Stadium at Notre Dame, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

 

I hope to see you at one of the games.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Proudly Serving Fairfield & Southport

Rep. Kupchick Speaks With Students at Fairfield Alternative High School

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FAIRFIELD – State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) visited Fairfield High School’s Walter Fitzgerald Campus to speak to the students and staff at the alternative high school this week.

Rep. Kupchick shared with assembled students the story of her background as a third-generation Fairfield resident who graduated from Fairfield Public Schools, stayed and built a life in her hometown.

While active in the school community, she became frustrated with local elected officials and started a grassroots education group eventually winning a seat on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), then the Board of Education before being elected as the State Representative for the 132nd District.

Following her introductory remarks, Rep. Kupchick answered students’ questions about her work as a state representative. The students were interested in both her experiences tackling legislation at the State Capitol, as well as her positions on issues like the state budget, small business growth, gun safety, drug abuse and animal welfare.

“I always look forward to speaking with students and having the opportunity to have candid conversations about answering the call for public service. I can identify with many of the students’ experiences,” said Rep. Kupchick.  “Speaking with young people has real value for me and my work as a state representative.  I hope the students felt our discussion was valuable and that they become inspired to find their voice, passion and possibly a call for public service too.”

Rep. Kupchick added, “The message I hope they will come away with is that current circumstances do not have to dictate how the rest of your life will play out. Making your education a priority, being an informed member of our community, and then working as hard as you can to achieve your goals can have a positive impact on the world around you.”

Rep. Kupchick Newsletter: Connecticut Passed a Budget

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Video update from the Capitol before the budget vote 10/25/17

Dear Friends,

The 2017 legislative session is one for the history books, with Connecticut holding the distinction of being the last state in the nation without a budget.

The budget was a compromise between House and Senate leadership from both parties in the midst of the governor’s executive order, which included sharp funding reductions for town aid, education, and core social services – facts that had local leaders and residents worried about teacher layoffs and supplemental tax bills.

The SEBAC agreement that passed in July left the legislature with few options to close a multi-billion dollar deficit. The minority could have walked away from budget negotiations after the SEBAC agreement Governor Malloy negoiated that passed the legislature along party lines. However, I believe each and every legislator had a responsibility to do everything possible towards fixing this crisis for the people who rely on us to represent them. We had to make difficult choices faced with the alternative of the governor’s executive order that was devastating important services for many residents and massive cuts for education funding for a majority of towns across the state, including Fairfield.

This compromise budget restores services and most of Fairfield’s and many municipalities education and state aid.  Given that we were almost four months into the fiscal year with the governor’s intent to transfer the cost of teacher pensions to municipalities without including structural changes to Connecticut’s government; I decided this compromise budget was better than the alternative. This crisis has been years in the making, and we can’t fix it in one budget cycle. While this was a tough vote and doesn’t put our state across the finish line, it cleared some important hurdles.”

 

Budget highlights include:

*Enacts the constitutional spending cap that was first approved by voters in 1992

*Imposes a $1.9 billion cap on bonding, $500 million less than what was bonded last year

*Protects core social services

Imposes a state employee hiring freeze

*Requires mandatory votes on union contracts by the legislature

Provides municipal mandate relief and prevailing wage reform, raising the threshold from $400,000 to $1 million

*Phases in tax reductions on pensions and social security

The budget also stopped proposals which would have raised taxes on residents including:

*No sales tax increase

*No income tax increase

*No tax on cell phones

*No restaurant tax

*No business tax increase

*No Shift of teachers pensions on to municipalities

The plan passed the Senate 33-3 Wednesday evening and by 126-23 in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The budget vote margins are enough to override a possible veto by the governor.

For a full view of the state budget go to : www.cthousegop.com/budget

I have heard loud and clear from the people of Fairfield and Southport, and the message was that you are tired of partisanship and want your government to put the state’s interests above politics and work towards rebuilding a stable and prosperous Connecticut. I’m hopeful this budget will move our state in a positive direction.

If you have any questions about the budget, please email me at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

You can also check for more updates through the news aggregate site at:

http://www.ctcapitolreport.com

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Rep.Brenda Kupchick

132nd District

Proudly serving Fairfield & Southport