Bristol Legislators to Host Pints & Policy


HartfordState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for a Pints & Policy event on Monday, October 30 at One Fifty Central (150 Central St., Bristol).

The public is invited to meet with their legislators from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, including the ongoing state budget crisis and key issues.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative or local concerns. Light refreshments will be provided.

Those unable to attend but would like to discuss any concerns may contact Reps. Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Sen. Martin at 800-842-1421.


Republican Legislators Urge Override of Governor’s Veto


Governor’s actions irresponsible to schools, municipalities


State Republican legislators today expressed disappointment that the Governor vetoed the only state budget to pass the General Assembly with bipartisan support. At a press conference in Plymouth earlier in the day, the legislators and local municipal leaders had called on the Governor to sign the budget. Now, they are calling on support to override the veto.

Senator Henri Martin (R-31) said, “I guess the one good thing I can say is that the Governor is a man of his word. He said he was going to veto this budget and that is what he did. He did that knowing what his executive order has been doing and will continue to do to our communities, to our schools, to the elderly, and to those with disabilities. He has either been deaf to their pleas or he must have a heart of stone.”

The only recourse that can save core services, Sen. Martin said, is for the legislature to meet and override the veto.

Senator Craig Miner (R-30) said, “The bipartisan budget is not perfect, but it reflects the consensus intention that problems at the state level should not result in a disaster at the municipal level. The governor should not have vetoed this budget, but since he did, it is the legislature’s duty to override his short-sighted decision.”

Representative Whit Betts (R-78) said, “We continue to hear the pleas from our municipalities and school systems about the importance of moving forward on a budget and providing them with certainty and predictability. The General Assembly did its job and adopted a bipartisan budget which does just that. Although not surprised, I am disheartened by the governor’s budget veto today. I urge the Speaker of the House to call the legislature into session, and I’m hopeful that my fellow lawmakers will vote to override the budget veto.”

Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) said, “The bipartisan budget that Governor Malloy vetoed today reduced state expenses and cut administrative costs throughout government while prioritizing core functions and maintaining funding for critical programs for those most in need, like Care for Kids. I am extremely concerned for my constituents about the governor’s executive orders that will go into effect on October 1, and the devastating impact it will have on these programs.”

Representative John Piscopo (R-78) said, “Now that the governor has vetoed the bipartisan budget, I’m greatly concerned about Governor Malloy’s looming executive order. Not only is it bad policy, it will be putting a terrible hurting our towns. Some of the finance houses in New York, namely Standard & Poor’s, have indicated that the bond ratings will be degraded in our towns if the executive order stands. We have seen the state’s bond ratings degraded four times in the last year and a half. It would be detrimental if this were to happen to our towns, because this is funding we depend on for our local infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.”

Representative William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) said, “The bipartisan budget which helped towns and cities across our state with increases in municipal aid has been vetoed today, and we will now see drastic cuts to municipal aid with the Governor’s executive orders. In the Appropriations committee on which I serve, our mantra in crafting a budget has been to try and protect children, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Now, drastic cuts to vital social services, including Care for Kids, Meals on Wheels, and substance abuse treatment services, will go into effect on October 1, and our small towns and communities will not be able to sustain this extra burden that the state will be inflicting on them.”

The legislators said they hope that when the veto session comes, other members of the General Assembly will reflect on the words municipal leaders spoke during the press conference at Plymouth Town Hall today.

Plymouth Mayor David V. Merchant “We’re a small community. We don’t a have big fund balance. We’ve gone through some financial woes over the last couple years and we don’t have that extra money to make up in the middle of a year. . . We’ve got a school system that’s three months into the year and now we’re talking about making major cuts to that. We can’t sustain that. The Town of Plymouth, and I speak for a lot of small communities, we just can’t sustain that.”


Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne “I second what First Selectman Criss said. Municipalities, we don’t have the luxury of not having a budget. We had to have a budget. And what we did in Bristol was we spoke to our representatives and we took a best guess at where our budget was going to be and the Republican budget is right about where they said it would be. The Governor, in Bristol, is cutting almost $4 million out of our budget. That’s over one mill. We cannot sustain that. We would be in trouble if we have to start making those cuts.”

For more information on the bipartisan budget that Governor Malloy vetoed, visit:

Sen. Martin, Rep Pavalock-D’Amato Help Bag Hunger


 Bristol – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) were joined by Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne September 20 at the Bristol ShopRite as they Helped Bag Hunger. The event collected food as part of ShopRite’s Partners In Caring Program.

State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (far left), Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne (center left) State Senator Henri Martin (center right) and Salvation Army Lieutenants Shareena and Emmanuel Echavarria cut the ribbon to kick off ShopRite’s Help Bag Hunger campaign.

The legislators were also joined by Salvation Army Lieutenants Shareena Echavarria and Emmanuel Echavarria.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to work with a local, family-owned business that is giving back to the community,” Sen. Martin said. “Anyone can fall on hard times. This helps ensure that those families can still have a decent meal.”

Rep Pavalock-D’Amato said, “I look forward to participating in this event each year, and having the opportunity to raise awareness about hunger in our community. I’m thankful to Bristol ShopRite for hosting this annual event, in order to raise necessary funds that will ensure our local food pantries will have the resources they need to serve the neediest among us.”

Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.
Rep Pavalock-D’Amato serves the community of Bristol.


Bristol Legislators to Host Friday Coffee Hour


BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for a Coffee Hour on Friday, October 6 at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, including the recently passed state budget and what lies ahead.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative or local concerns. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to discuss any concerns may contact Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.


State Budget Update


Early last Saturday morning, in true bipartisan fashion, several brave Democratic lawmakers from both the House and Senate joined their fellow Republican colleagues to vote on a state budget proposal.

The timing of this budget agreement couldn’t come at a more important time for the residents and municipalities of Connecticut as the governor’s executive order deadline (October 1st) looms right around the corner.

While this budget is far from perfect, it does increase educational funding (through a new ECS formula), provides mandate relief and municipal support over the biennium by not putting our teachers retirement costs back on to the municipalities. It funds core social services, prioritizes the state’s transportation needs, supports seniors by lower taxes for retirees and eliminates the tax on social security, includes structural changes (bond cap, spending cap), restores funding for core social services that help our most vulnerable residents, and reduces the size of government (10% on certain agencies).  

Over the last few days, I’ve heard concerns, and many untruths, about higher education cuts, namely to UConn. Our budget provides $1 BILLION to UConn and initiates purchasing/contracting flexibility so the university can save money and enhance revenues. It also reduces funding to UConn by no longer allowing employees’ children to attend tuition-free and asking professors to teach one additional class. It scales back an expensive, bloated administrative system — so we can restore essential funding for core state services such as employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, substance abuse treatment to combat the escalating opioid epidemic, the Care4Kids program for working families, and the CT Home Care program that helps seniors age in place.

The bipartisan support shown this past weekend deserves the governor’s signature and support, not a veto. If vetoed, our residents and municipalities would be faced with massive and extensive cuts from the governor as part of his executive order. If rejected, these devastating cuts would go into effect on October 1st and would ultimately prolong our chance to get back to the positive steps that were made during this historic vote.  

Months ago, Governor Malloy asked lawmakers to send a budget to his desk that didn’t lead with tax increases. He now has that bipartisan budget awaiting his signature.

I urge you to contact the governor’s office at (800) 406-1527 and let Governor Malloy know you’d like him to support this bipartisan budget.

For More Information on the Bipartisan Budget
Budget Myths vs. Facts
Questions & Answers
Budget Summary
Structural Changes
Municipal Runs
How the Deficit is Solved