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Rep. Rebimbas Keynote Speaker at NVCC Leadership Breakfast

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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.

Rep. Rebimbas Votes to Save MSP Funding

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NAUGATUCK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) voted in favor of a bipartisan plan, H.B. 7601, that will provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year during a special session of the General Assembly on January 8, 2018.

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 eligibly limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Connecticut’s ongoing fiscal and budget crisis resulted in a reduction in income 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.

“Although Connecticut is facing one of the worst fiscal crises in its history, there are certain programs we simply cannot afford to cut without proper notice and adequate time for people to plan for these changes,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “Thousands of seniors and disabled individuals rely on these funds for basic healthcare needs, which is why we pushed for a special session to address this immediately. I am proud that we found a temporary bipartisan solution. More adjustments will be needed in the months to come, but yesterday’s session gave me confidence in this legislature’s ability to govern responsibly.”

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.

The bill, which passed the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature, or veto. The 2018 legislative session will begin on February 7, 2018 when legislators are expected to focus on additional budget-related matters.

 

Rep. Rebimbas, Sen. Logan Raise Over $5,000 for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign

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Walmart Matches Donation Dollar-for-Dollar 

NAUGATUCK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) and State Senator George Logan (R-17) rang the bells at the Walmart on New Haven Road in Naugatuck on Tuesday, December 5th and Saturday, December 9th to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. In total, they raised $5,428.08, which Walmart has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar.

“There are countless individuals in our community who cannot afford basic necessities, which makes this time of year especially difficult for them and their loved ones,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “In the spirit of giving, many House and Senate Republicans have volunteered their time to help collect donations for our neighbors in need. The Salvation Army does an outstanding job helping those less fortunate. Participating in this campaign over the years has been a humbling experience and certainly puts the holidays into perspective. I encourage my constituents to take time this month to reach out to a family member, friend or neighbor who could use their support.”

“Naugatuck Valley residents have stepped up in a big way to help our neighbors in need,” Sen. Logan said. “I thank Rep. Rebimbas for ‘ringing the bell’ with me in Naugatuck, and I thank Walmart for its generous support of the Red Kettle Campaign. I also want to thank the community for its enthusiastic support of our volunteer work on behalf of the Salvation Army.”

The funds raised will help the Salvation Army provide basic social services to those in need of food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance. As a group, the Republican caucuses have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.