NAUGATUCK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) was one of four elected keynote speakers at the Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) Leadership Breakfast. Other speakers included Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John, and State Rep. Geraldo Reyes. They were joined by other area lawmakers and municipal leaders.
“The State of Connecticut is in a fiscal crisis,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “We can accept the status quo or we can work together as a community to revive our economy. We as state representatives took an oath to govern responsibly and as a bipartisan team, along with local leaders, to tackle Connecticut’s greatest challenges. The state cannot continue to shift costs onto our residents, businesses, cities, and towns and expect them to remain complacent with burdensome unfunded mandates and unreliable aid from Hartford. As elected officials, our responsibility is to manage the limited resources we have and ensure that this government is prioritizing its responsibilities. We need additional structural changes and mandate relief.”
The theme of this conference was “Challenging Transitions”, and focused on the increased burden that local governments are under as a result of the state’s fiscal crisis. Topics included the state budget that passed in October, education cost sharing, municipal aid, student financial aid, employment opportunities in the state, and Connecticut’s economic status as a whole. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with their representatives about these issues and more. During her remarks, Rep. Rebimbas stressed the need to invest in education, and why this is a top priority for state government.
“Our priority should always be education,” added Rep. Rebimbas. “The President of the Naugatuck Valley Community College, Daisy Cocco De Felippis, Ph.D., and the faculty and staff at NVCC have done an amazing job educating, training, and finding employment for their students. We need to preserve and support these successes because these students are our future. They are well worth the investment and they are the key to reviving this economy.”
The 2018 legislative session of the General Assembly begins on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 when legislators are expected to tackle issues stemming from the recently passed state budget, among other pressing matters.