Posted on July 20, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
With only days remaining until the next Bond Commission meeting, Governor Malloy announced that he’ll be adding to the agenda a request for $10 million dollars to study the feasibility of tolling here in Connecticut.
We fought this idea for the past two years. We’ve had committee meetings, public hearings, and floor votes. Now, in the final months of his tenure, Governor Malloy is choosing to side-step the public process and force his hand, yet again. This is a blatant and malicious misuse of taxpayers dollars.
Posted on July 18, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
TORRINGTON – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-Canaan) participated in a press conference today for FuelCell’s announcement of the company’s expansion and immediate hiring opportunities.
According to Ohler, FuelCell has been integral to the state’s overall comprehensive energy plan. The state awarded the company a contract that will allow them to double the wattage output of the Torrington plant, from the current 25 megawatts to 55 megawatts.
Rep. Ohler stated, “This is the type of state investment that is important for the progression of the state’s stagnant economy. This is a clean energy initiative that will also help diversify and strengthen private industry – it’s a win-win. Public policy that is shaped to foster the growth of local business while making a positive impact on the preservation of greenspace is the beginning of a path towards prosperity. For those who are currently seeking employment, one with a consistent living wage, with attractive long term opportunities, FuelCell has those options. I would like to thank FuelCell for inviting us to participate in this historic occasion.”
Posted on June 29, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-Canaan) was informed today that he had officially earned a one hundred percent voting record for 2018. This marks the second year in a row that Rep. Ohler has earned a perfect voting record and has not missed a floor vote since being elected in 2016.
“I make sure that I am present and participate every time there is a House session and we are considering pending legislation. I am proud to report to the residents of the 64th House District here in the Northwest Corner that I took part in all 317 roll call votes in the House of Representatives this year,” explained Rep. Ohler. “I have not missed a vote throughout my entire term because I am truly committed to bringing the voice of my constituents to Hartford and to ensure the Northwest Corner has quality representation in Hartford.”
Posted on June 26, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler received notification today from the Connecticut State Firefighters Association that he will be presented with the organization’s “Legislator of the Year” award at their annual convention to be held in September.
“I am very grateful and appreciative to be recognized as Legislator of the Year for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association for the second year in a row. The 2018 legislative session proved, yet again, to be an uphill battle for our firefighters,” said Rep. Ohler. “It was an immense honor to work with my fellow colleagues on the Fire/EMS caucus and with the House Republican caucus leadership to ensure that our regional fire training schools and the Firefighters Cancer Fund were fully funded through the next fiscal year.
Posted on June 21, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
Ms. Reilly Hedden, an 8th grader at Cornwall Consolidated School, has been named ‘State Representative for the Day’.
This past April I announced that I was hosting my inaugural 64th State House District Essay Contest. All 8th grade students in the district (Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Torrington) were invited to participate by writing a 300-word essay on the question, “Who is the public figure you feel best represents leadership and why?” Each student was to select a public figure (i.e. politician, athlete, actor, singer, etc.), detail their life and accomplishments, and explain why they exemplify leadership to them.
It’s always been so important to reach out to our youth and to make sure that they are included in as much of the civic processes as possible. As 8th graders, who will soon be moving on to high school, they are already exposed to so many world events and so many of them have started to develop valuable opinions on certain issues. These students are tomorrow’s leaders and we must be listening to what they have to say.