Bipartisan Sober Home Bill Clears House

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo said on Monday that he was proud of the bipartisan work of the General Assembly for passing legislation that will help those suffering from addiction

The bill, House Bill 5149, permits a sober living home certified by an affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, or a successor organization, to report its certified status to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). A home that does so must also provide DMHAS with the number of available beds it has at the time of its report and upon the department’s request.

In addition, the bill also requires DMHAS to post on its website a list of these certified sober living homes as well as the number of available beds at each home. The department must update this information daily.

“Those suffering from addiction and seeking help should know where available beds are and that the operators of sober living homes are certified,” said Rep. Perillo. “This legislation is another proactive step we are taking to tackle the opioid epidemic.”

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Republican Budget Focuses on Prioritizing Spending

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty announced yesterday that the House and Senate Republicans released their second complete balanced budget.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty said the Republican budget proposal restores funding to the Medicare Savings Program, funds the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund, and fully funds the FY 2019 enacted Education Cost Sharing grants.

“We are providing a vision for the state that doesn’t require tax increases or funding cuts to people that need it the most,” said Rep. Perillo. “It’s clear that residents and businesses are fed up with the taxes they have to pay in Connecticut. We are continuing to listen to those who are tired of tax increases, and with this budget, we can start to regain their confidence in Connecticut.”

Rep. McGorty added, “It is critical that we prioritize spending. Our budget does that, and as a result, we are able to fully restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program and other much-needed programs. Democrats shouldn’t play party politics with the future of Connecticut, and instead, work with us to pass this forward-thinking budget.”

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Rep. Perillo and McGorty Support Republican Budget Proposal

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty are backing a Republican budget proposal that fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and eliminates the projected $321.5 million deficit. It includes policies to address the state’s long term unfunded liabilities and put the state on a path toward stability and predictability.

“Maintaining tax breaks for seniors and working families and reducing the size of state government are just two of the many pro-taxpayer proposals we include in our budget plan,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Dan Malloy has proven that spending more and taxing more isn’t the solution to solving Connecticut’s growing budget concerns. A new direction for the state of Connecticut is needed and our proposal offers bold alternatives that will take us down a new road.”

“We protect funding for seniors, veterans, and those that need it the most in this budget,” added Rep. McGorty. “In addition, our budget will reduce state spending, reform state government, and protect taxpayers’ wallets from more tax increases being proposed by the majority party. We don’t need tolls or tax increases to solve our state’s budget crisis. It’s time to stop talking about raising new revenue and start talking about cutting unnecessary spending.”
The Democrat majority rejected the Republican budget in the Appropriations committee but instead voted for their own spending plan which ‘fails to address our unfunded liability and included $213 million more in state spending.

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Important Information from UI

Posted on March 21, 2018 by admin


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Below is important information from UI about the storm today

United Illuminating Ready for Another Winter Storm, Urges Customers to Be Prepared

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is operating in storm mode as yet another snowy nor’easter bears down on the state. The company urges customers to prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

UI storm readiness teams have been tracking the storm, holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and making arrangements for additional resources in case they’re needed to help restore service. The company is coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities. Also, after the storms earlier this month, UI completed a “sweep” of its electrical system to address lingering damage and mitigate threats to overhead wires and equipment.

Forecasts call for rain, snow and wind throughout Wednesday and into Thursday. The snow and wind are expected to intensify Wednesday afternoon, with gusts potentially reaching 40 mph. The combination of wet, heavy snow and wind has the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

UI reminded customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment to make arrangements and have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of electrical service. Life-support customers may also register with UI by calling 800-722-5584.

The company also warned customers to stay far away from downed lines, or anything that might be in contact with them. Even lines that appear dead can be dangerous. Report downed lines and other hazardous electrical conditions to UI by calling 800.722.5584.

Before a Storm:
• Visit Outage Central at uinet.com for storm-related information and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter to receive updates and other information.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• Make sure that smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are fully charged.
• Fill your car’s fuel tank.

Restoration Priorities:
UI follows an orderly process when restoring service that emphasizes public safety and seeks to make effective use of resources.

1. UI’s immediate concern after a storm is public safety. Restoration teams work with towns and the state to de-energize downed lines, clear roads and restore critical facilities such as hospitals and shelters.

2. Next, UI focuses on assessing damage and repairing the backbone of the electrical system: substations, transmission lines, circuits and primary lines. Crews visit locations where they can restore large numbers of customers at once.

3. Then, crews restore equipment and lines that serve smaller groups of customers.

4. Finally, crews focus on restoring remaining service lines to individual homes and buildings until every customer has service. This phase may begin while higher priority work is already underway.

If You Lose Service:
• Customers may report an outage using UI’s 24/7 automated phone system: Call 800.722.5584. To report an outage via mobile, text “OUT” to 839.884 (TEXT.UI), or visit Outage Central at uinet.com.

• Keep sensitive electronic appliances such as computers, TVs and stereos plugged into a surge protector, or unplug them. They could be damaged if a power surge occurs when electricity is restored.

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. For information about food safety, visit http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
• Never use a stove or oven as a space heater to stay warm. Only use space heaters intended for indoor use inside or in enclosed spaces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are unable to keep your home heated safely and comfortably, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Home Generators:
• Any generator that plugs into a home’s wiring should be connected via a transfer switch by a licensed electrician. Improper installation can damage the generator, or create hazards for utility employees working on poles, or even the general public. UI leases and installs an affordable automatic transfer switch that safely connects your portable generator to your electric meter to allow you to run your home’s equipment directly from your circuit breaker panel. Call 877.447.8743 or visit www.uinet.com/shieldandconnect for information.

• If adding a natural gas-fired generator, consult your gas utility to ensure there is adequate pressure. Generators should be placed outdoors and away from doors and windows to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.

Restoration:

• UI can only reconnect service if the electrical system on the property is undamaged and capable of accepting service. Any damage on the property owner’s side must first be repaired by a licensed electrician. To learn more, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and select “What’s Ours and What’s Yours.” For more information, visit Outage Central at uinet.com and follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter.

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Rep. Perillo Looks to Improve Medicaid Enrollees’ Health and Wellbeing

Posted on March 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113th) said on Monday that he is co-sponsoring legislation to help improve Medicaid enrollees’ health and well-being by incentivizing work and community engagement.

Senate Bill 270, An Act Concerning Work and Community Service Requirements for Recipients of Certain Public Assistance Programs, will require the Department of Social Services to apply for a waiver to impose work and volunteer participation requirements on able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid, similar to what is required in our TANF and SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) programs. The bill also reasonably excludes from the work requirements seniors, children, disabled individuals, child care takers, and students.

“We need to take steps to reform Connecticut’s Medicaid program,” said Rep. Jason Perillo. “Our current Medicaid program doesn’t encourage able-bodied adults to find work. I believe those that need our help the most should receive assistance, but letting adults who are able to work receive benefits is a strain on the program.”

Rep. Perillo added, “The proposal is consistent with the guidance letter that was issued on January 11, 2018 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to all state Medicaid Directors informing them of this opportunity through state tailored demonstration projects.”

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Stop Governor Malloy’s New Tax Plan!!

Posted on March 1, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends,

In his budget proposal at the beginning of the month, Governor Malloy proposed a series of new taxes and fees as a means of closing Connecticut’s $245 million budget deficit.

The governor’s proposed taxes and fees were submitted to the General Assembly in a bill called SB 10, which includes the following:

1. A new tax on nonprescription drugs and medicines.
2. A new CT Tire Tax. $3 per tire.
3. A new tax on low-income working families and elderly individuals by eliminating the $200 property tax credit
4. A gas tax hike.
5. A 25-cent deposit fee on wine and liquor bottles. Fruit, tea, sports, and energy drinks would also be subject to the redemption fee.
6. A penalty on businesses by maintaining a temporary surcharge on the corporation tax that was due to expire June 30.
7. A hike in the hotel tax.
8. A hike in the tax on real estate conveyances.
9. The elimination of the $500 credit on the income tax for recent college graduates who earn a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

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