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Photo Brief: Thomaston Representatives Discuss Policy with Constituents

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Thomaston – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and Representative John Piscopo (R-76) met with constituents on January 31, at Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant in Thomaston. They discussed restoring funding to the Medicare Savings Plan, the state budget and budget deficit, and the 2018 legislative session.

 
Residents who were not able to attend the event and would like to share their concerns and ideas with the legislators can email Sen. Martin’s office at Henri.Martin@cga.ct.gov and Rep. Piscopo’s office at John.Piscopo@housegop.ct.gov.

PHOTO– Sen. Henri Martin (L) and Rep. John Piscopo (R) discuss issues facing the state of Connecticut with constituents at Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant in Thomaston.

 

Piscopo, Martin to Host Thomaston ‘Pints & Policy’ Event

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 Thomaston – State Rep. John Piscopo (R-76) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) have announced that they will be hosting a Pints & Policy event at Black Rock Tavern & Restaurant (78 Main St., Thomaston) on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00pm-7:30 pm. Residents are invited to join Rep. Piscopo and Sen. Martin for casual conversation as they discuss the major issues shaping the upcoming 2018 legislative session and answer your questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak with their legislators regarding any concerns may call Rep. Piscopo at 800-842-1423 or Sen. Martin at 800-842-1421.

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2018 Major Issues Report

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The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2018 legislative session that begins on February 7th.

You can view or download the report by clicking here.

This is also your opportunity to contact me with bill proposals or ideas.

You can also visit my webpage at www.reppiscopo.com to sign up for my newsletter.

As always please feel free to contact me at John.Piscopo@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423, if you have questions, concerns or ideas about issues related to state government.

Local Lawmakers Vote to Restore Medicare Assistance for Seniors, Disabled

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HARTFORD — State Representatives John Piscopo (R-76), and David T. Wilson (R-66) last week voted in favor of a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators, in adopting the budget in October, reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months, giving concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.

“Many people were being affected by the funding cuts to MSP. While we voted to restore funding to this program, the legislature will again have to address the fiscal crisis and deficit that Connecticut faces in the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers will continue their work to find funding alternatives to support our seniors and those most in need, which depend on these critical resources,” said Rep. Piscopo.

Realizing almost 86,000 low-income seniors would be disqualified and another 27,000 would have their coverage reduced, members from both the House and Senate of the Connecticut General Assembly petitioned the Secretary of the State to call them back into special session in order to restore the previous cut. “I joined my legislative colleagues in supporting our seniors and our citizens most in need, who depend on MSP resources. We were able to restore funding without raising taxes. Unfortunately, Connecticut continues to face an uphill battle in managing the state’s deficit crisis. I will work with my fellow lawmakers in the upcoming 2018 legislative session to continue seeking alternative funding to ensure critical resources are available to those most in need. At the same time we are faced with many hard decisions in CT and it will take sacrifices in many line items and all our towns to get us to a truly balanced budget before this is over,” said Rep. Wilson.

The MSP plan was approved in the House through a 130 – 3 vote. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.

State senators approved the plan 32 – 1 in a vote later in the day. The 2018 legislative session—a so-called short session—starts Feb. 7 and will see lawmakers focus primarily on issues tied to the state budget.

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Rep. Piscopo, Sen. Martin, and Sen. Witkos to Meet with Constituents on January 30

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Harwinton Town Hall with Local State Lawmakers

Harwinton – State Senator Henri MartinState Senator Kevin Witkos and State Representative John Piscopo are holding a town hall meeting in Harwinton on Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm to discuss the upcoming legislative session.

The event is open to the public and will take place in Harwinton Town Hall located at 100 Bentley Drive.

Should you be unable to attend, your local state lawmakers can always be reached at their Capitol offices. For more information visit www.senatorwitkos.comwww.senatorhenrimartin.com or www.reppiscopo.com.

WHO: State Senator Henri Martin, Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos and State Representative John Piscopo
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Harwinton Town Hall, 100 Bentley Drive, Harwinton, CT 06791
WHY: Opportunity to meet with local state lawmakers to discuss state issues and the upcoming legislative session.

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