Rep. Rebimbas Opposes Gov. Malloy’s Executive Order for $10 Million Bond to Study Tolls

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Early this year, House Democratic leadership decided not to call votes on four toll proposals because they determined they did not have the support to advance the legislation. Republican opposition was largely to thank for killing the bills, and I was proud to be a part of that opposition.

Unfortunately, just yesterday, Governor Malloy signed an executive order demanding that the state make available a $10 million bond to study the implementation of electronic highway tolls in the State of Connecticut. For someone who has raised our taxes for years and has subjected the state to more reckless spending than we can afford, this comes as no surprise, but it is unacceptable nonetheless.

The state has conducted studies and has held hearings on the subject, but there is simply not enough support for tolls right now. The toll proposals presented to date have been vague. Some would require up to 80 tolling locations across the state, far more than the 14 locations we previously had before they were decommissioned. Additionally, it’s been estimated that 70 percent of the toll revenue collected will come from Connecticut residents rather than drivers passing through.

This state government is capable of funding critical transportation projects using existing revenue sources. We do not need to install tolls. They are nothing more than an additional tax on residents, commuters, and tourists. Our state’s economic situation is too fragile to even consider something that could drive more businesses and employers from Connecticut. Enough is enough.

The Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. I encourage you to contact the members and express your concerns before then. Their names and contact information can be found below:

  • Bond Commission number 840-418-6246.
  • Honorable Dannel P. Malloy, Governor and Chairman (Phone: 860-566-4840
  • Honorable Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (Phone: 860-418-6500)
  • Honorable Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer (Phone: 860-702-3010)
  • Honorable Kevin P. Lembo, State Comptroller (Phone: 860-702-3301)
  • Honorable George C. Jepsen, Attorney General (Phone: 860-808-5318)
  • Honorable Melody A. Currey, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (Phone: 860-713-5100)
  • Honorable John W. Fonfara, Senator and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee (Phone: 860-240-0043)
  • Honorable Jason Rojas, Representative and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee (Phone: 860-240-8585)
  • Honorable L. Scott Frantz, Senator and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee (Phone: 800-842-1421)
  • Honorable Christopher Davis, Representative and Ranking Member Finance Revenue and Bonding (Phone: 860-240-8700)

As always, you may contact me with any questions at (800) 842-1423 or rosa.rebimbas@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

 

 

 

Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas

70th Connecticut House District

Pizza and Politics with Rep. Rebimbas – Wednesday, July 18

Posted on July 16, 2018 by admin


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Sens. Logan, Hartley and Rep. Rebimbas invite all Naugatuck residents to attend Pizza and Politics this Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bellissimo’s Pizza.

Bellissimo’s Pizza

40 Cherry Street, Naugatuck, CT

This Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for residents to address questions about the 2018 Session including the state budget adjustment, important legislation and the recent veto session. The senators and Rep. Rebimbas will provide a brief overview of major 2018 highlights, but the majority of the event will be devoted to questions from attendees.

The event is free and open to the public.

​If you cannot attend, but still have questions or concerns relating to state government, please contact Rep. Rebimbas at 1-800-842-1423 or Rosa.Rebimbas@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Rebimbas Achieves Perfect Voting Record for 2018 Session

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), House Republican Whip, has achieved a perfect voting record for the 2018 session according to a report just released on Thursday.

“Each piece of legislation put before the House is important to someone in the State of Connecticut and, therefore, each bill deserves fair and equal consideration,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Being in attendance for each vote is no easy task, but it is my job. My constituents have trusted me to represent them fully and consistently in the legislature, and that trust is something I take very seriously. As always, it is an honor to represent the 70th district.”

During the 2018 Session, which lasted from February 7th to May 9th, there were 317 total votes held in the House of Representatives. Only 52 members of the chamber, or roughly 34 percent, were in attendance for all of them. Achieving a perfect voting record is challenging and uncommon, especially when considering many legislators hold full time positions outside the part-time Connecticut legislature, including Rep. Rebimbas.

The 2018 short session mainly focused on budget-related bills, but other important pieces of legislation managed to reach the House floor via the consent of the appropriate committee. One of several proposals Rep. Rebimbas introduced resulted in Public Act 18-128, which concerns the rights and restitution requests of victims of criminal offenses. As Ranking Republican Member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Rebimbas guided the bill to a favorable report and onto the House floor where it passed the House, and Senate, unanimously, was signed into law, and will take effect on October 1st, 2018.

Rep. Rebimbas also supported legislation assisting veterans, Public Act 18-47, which passed and has been signed into law. This legislation expands education, housing, tax and identification benefits to veterans who suffer from PTSD, brain injuries or other trauma as a result of their service.

Rep. Rebimbas is proud of her voting record and the legislation she was able to support during the session.