Posted on July 3, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD- State Representative William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) achieved a perfect record for votes cast on the floor of the state House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.
Representative Petit was present and voted for all 317 votes taken on the state House floor during the 2018 session, according to voting record data released last week by the House Clerk’s Office.
“The residents of the 22nd district have entrusted me with the privilege of representing their voice in Hartford and I am proud to say that I have done so this year on every issue that was called for debate by the legislature,” said Rep. Petit, whose district includes Plainville and the western edge of New Britain. “I take my legislative responsibility very seriously, and my voting record proudly reflects my commitment to representing my constituents to the best of my ability.”
Representative Petit serves on the Appropriations, Public Health, and Commerce Committees in the General Assembly.
For an overview of legislation passed this year, visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.
Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin
Plainville – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) presented two boxes of worn American flags to Plainville’s American Legion Post 33 for proper retirement on Flag Day (June 14), where the flags were disposed of during a formal ceremony. The worn flags were turned in by local residents during a collection event hosted by the legislators earlier this month.
Per the American Legion, the Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937. The ceremony has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since that date.
Anyone who missed the collection event may contact the American Legion Post 33 at (860)747-9074 for further information on turning in their worn or tattered American Flags, so that they may be properly retired.
Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr., Katherine Pavano, American Legion Post #33 Auxillary 2nd Vice, Philip Povano, Sr., Member-American Legion Post #33, Dan Kulas, Member-American Legion Post #33, and Carl Dubois, Member-American Legion Post #33.
Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin
Doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices across 37 states are opening their doors exclusively to veterans as part of their annual Day of Service on Saturday, June 9. Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care as Aspen’s way of thanking them for their service.
An estimated 191,607 veterans live in Connecticut, and most don’t receive dental benefits through the Veterans Administration. Appointments for Day of Service are still available, so please help us get the word out to veterans in your community.
More About Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement
The Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) was launched in 2014 and since that time has provided free dental care to veterans in need in communities across the U.S. In fact, more than 17,000 patients in 37 states have received over $10 million in free dental care through the program thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices.
Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin
Plainville – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31), will be hosting a Flag Collection and Proper Retirement Event in cooperation with the American Legion Post #33 in Plainville. The event will run from May 30- June13.
Anyone having a worn or tattered American Flag that is ready for retirement, is invited to drop it off during the collection at the following locations:
Plainville Town Hall
1 Central Square, Plainville
Plainville Public Library
56 East Main Street, Plainville
For questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact Rep. Petit at 800-842-1423 or Sen. Martin at 800-842-1421.
Posted on May 14, 2018 by admin
Posted on May 11, 2018 by admin
Cite Medicare Savings, Teacher Pensions, Transportation Funding
HARTFORD – State Representatives William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22), Whit Betts (R-78), Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) voted in support of a compromise budget, noting that it fully restores Medicare Saving Plan funds that were cut, adds money for teachers’ healthcare and provides more money to the Special Transportation Fund without raising taxes.
The final budget plan that passed by a vote of 142-8 on the final day of the legislative session, is the result of lengthy negotiations with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. The budget adjustment does not contain any tax increases, a critical requirement that Republicans insisted on.
“We’ve achieved a compromise budget that helps to ensure the state of Connecticut moves forward. This is by no means a perfect document, but it does provide necessary adjustments to the existing budget which fully restores the Medicare Savings Plan, and provides help for those we need to protect, including the disabled and the elderly. We’ve also addressed Governor Malloy’s holdbacks on municipal aid and educational funding,” said Petit.
“This budget adjustment is a compromise that does not increase taxes on Connecticut residents. It also funds the Retired Teacher’s Healthcare, and provides aid to assist with emergency placements of the developmentally disabled. The budget allows for the most vulnerable residents to be cared for while moving Connecticut forward,’’ Betts said.
“My top priority was to ensure that the Medicare cuts made, which I did not vote for, were reinstated in full so that seniors would not lose their benefits on July 1. Not only does this budget plan restore the Medicare cuts 211%, it also provides $1.8 million for State Supplemental Program (Old Age Assistance). While this budget is not perfect, it provides a path forward so that we can continue working on the issues that matter to the people of Connecticut,” said Pavalock-D’Amato.
The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years, and all municipal aid and education cost sharing funding will remain whole in 2019.
Republicans were able to negotiate numerous provisions from their budget plan into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million.
In addition the deal features:
$16 million in additional funding for Retired Teachers’ Healthcare to bring the state’s portion of funding to 3
$5 million for emergency placement for DDS patients
$9.5 million for coast of living increases for private providers
$1.8 million for Old Age Assistance
$1.4 million for Aid to Disabled
$16.2 million for Community Colleges to cover fringe benefit costs
An additional $12.5 million to support VoAg students
$1 million for dairy farmers
Republicans also were successful in including some provisions for long-term structural changes, such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities, and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.
The GOP also blocked a proposal that would cut funding for military funerals.
Republicans also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.
The Senate approved the budget unanimously by a vote of 36-0; it heads to the governor’s desk for signing.
The 2018 legislative session came to a close at midnight on May 9.