TRUMBULL- State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123) and Laura Devlin (R-134) joined Trumbull Parents of Students with Learning Differences (TPSLD) and Jane Ryan Elementary School’s PTA for their Sensitivity Day on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  

Sensitivity Day is an opportunity for fourth grade students to be exposed to a variety of physical and learning disabilities with a hands-on sensitive program and helps increase awareness of those with disabilities.

State Rep. David Rutigliano with Jane Ryan Elementary School Principal Mary Ellen Bolton and State Rep. Laura Devlin.


Rep. Rutigliano, Trumbull State House Delegation to Host Pizza & Politics Chat


TRUMBULL-State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) will be hosting a legislative review on Thursday, June 7th, at Old Towne Restaurant in Trumbull.

The Trumbull legislative trio wants to know what is on the minds of town residents when it comes to important state issues affecting them.

The event will be at Old Towne Restaurant on 60 Quality Street in Trumbull from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on June 7th.

The event is open to the public – please come for some pizza and discussion.  Reps. Rutigliano, Devlin and McGorty hope to see you there!


Trumbull Legislators Sponsor Retired Flag Collection


Trumbull Legislators Sponsor Retired Flag Collection

TRUMBULL- With the summer season upon us and patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is the perfect time to properly retire your worn, faded and tattered American flags as you prepare to put on fresh new displays of the Stars and Stripes.

Trumbull legislators, Rep. David Rutigliano, Rep. Laura Devlin and Rep. Ben McGorty, in conjunction with the Trumbull Memorial VFW Post #10059 are providing three locations that residents can drop off their worn American flags for proper ceremonial disposal according to the U.S. Flag Code.  Drop-off locations will receive flags from May 16th – June 13th.

The drop-off locations are:

  • Trumbull Town Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull
  • Trumbull Town Hall, 5866 Main Street, Trumbull
  • Fairchild-Nichols Memorial Library 1718 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull

For additional information please call (800) 842-1423.



Rutigliano Recognizes National ProStart Invitational Restaurant Management Competition


HARTFORD- State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-123) recognized the Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) and the Connecticut winners of the National ProStart Invitational® Restaurant Management Competition on the floor of the House of Representatives.

New Haven’s Wilbur Cross High School took first place at the National ProStart Invitational® Restaurant Management Competition in Providence, RI. The team, consisting of Janaisha Taylor, Kayla Rose, Brenda Lituma, Denaysia Gumbs and Eva Perez each won $5,000 scholarships from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and Coca-Cola®, plus an additional $1,000 scholarship from the Burger King McLamore Foundation. In addition, the winners have more than $100,000 in college and university-specific scholarships available to them, should they choose to attend any of the sponsoring schools.

The five students from New Haven, Conn. won the Restaurant Management competition, which consisted of 46 teams from around the country. The young ladies created their own restaurant idea called “N2ICE LAB” and presented it to a panel of world-class judges from the restaurant industry. The N2ICE LAB concept is a woman owned business that uses food science to create unique, non-dairy frozen desserts using liquid nitrogen, while also creating awareness and opportunity for women in the STEM fields.

The National ProStart Invitational is the country’s premier competition for high school students who are studying culinary arts and restaurant management. Each year, the top 400 ProStart students from around the country put their knowledge and skills to the test in front of industry leaders, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Trustees, state restaurant association executives, and top culinary and arts universities.


Rep. Rutigliano, Trumbull House Delegation Unveil Budget Plan Focusing on Prioritizing Spending/No Taxes


HARTFORD – State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) along with their House and Senate Republicans released their second complete balanced budget in a week.

The Trumbull legislators said the Republican budget proposal restores funding to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), fully funds the Teacher Pension account and pays more into the state employee retirement fund, funds the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund, and fully funds the FY 2019 enacted Education Cost Sharing grants and protects funding for our state fire training schools.

“This budget plan begins the process of rebuilding Connecticut’s economy without the need for tolls or new taxes. It’s time to restore fiscal sanity to the State Capitol,” Rep. Rutigliano said. Governor Malloy and the majority party have continually threatened Trumbull with massive cuts to education and town road aid. This budget protects Trumbull taxpayers. Inaction is unacceptable.”

This revised plan fully balances next year’s budget, reduces future deficits, restores funding for the core functions of government while increasing funding for Trumbull as compared to the governor’s proposal, and it does not include any new tax increases. It also implements policies to achieve long-term savings to create stability and predictability in future years.

This Republican budget makes the following changes to the enacted fiscal year 2019:

  • Restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program in full, allowing all 169,450 seniors to maintain current coverage. Cost of $130 million.
  • Increases Vocational Agriculture per pupil grants by $1,000 per slot.
  • Contains two recommendations to reduce unfunded liabilities and achieve long term savings
  • Dedicates more funding to the state’s unfunded liabilities including state employee retirement funds
  • Makes two changes to state employee benefits beginning after 2027 by eliminating COLAs unless legislatively directed and eliminating overtime from calculation of final average salary. However, does not assume any immediate savings from these changes.
  • Provides $16 million to the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund to provide a full statutory contribution of 33%.
  • Allows car tax cap grant to be maintained at 39 mills and fully funds towns and cities.
  • Restores full funding for Municipal Aid. $28.4 million more than appropriated in FY 2019 as originally enacted. $70.5 million more in municipal aid than FY 2018.
  • Provides $5 million for Emergency Placements for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Fully funds rail and bus operations. Provides protection to funding for transit districts.
  • Contains no new tax increases.
  • Results in a surplus of $17 million in FY 2019.
  • Contains policy recommendations that reduce the fiscal year 2020 deficit by $800 million.
  • Provides a 1% private provider COLA to all non-profit providers effective July 1, 2018.
  • Restores $18.5 million to magnet schools.

In addition, the plan:

  • Fully funds the Special Transportation Fund resulting in surpluses in the fund in each of the next 5 years (accelerates the diversion of sales tax from sale of automobiles at car dealerships into FY 2019 at 2.5%). This allows us to fully fund transportation infrastructure projects. This budget also enacts Prioritize Progress, a long-term transportation funding plan that would result in over $63 billion in transportation funding over the next 30 years without new taxes or tolls.
  • Maintains retiree tax breaks contained in bipartisan budget for pension & social security income.
  • Rejects governor’s proposal to eliminate $200 property tax credit which supports elderly and working families.
  • Fully funds the FY 2019 enacted Education Cost Sharing grants.
  • Fully funds Renters Rebate program, protecting 48,000 people. No longer shifts the expense onto municipalities.
  • Restores funding for Elderly Nutrition Program, providing $2 million and rejecting the governor’s proposed cut to this vital service. Also makes this a separate line item to better protect this funding in the future.
  • Preserves grants for substance abuse treatment and mental health care.
  • Protects funding for fire training schools and eliminates governor’s cut.
  • Restores funding for School Based Health Clinics.
  • Provides funding for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit, responsible for approving school security plans.
  • Restores $2 million to fully staff the Connecticut state veterans hospital’s critical care unit.
  • Does not implement any cuts to Care 4 Kids.
  • Continues enhanced reimbursement rate for primary care providers.
  • Maintains $7 million savings target for a hard hiring freeze
  • Selective reduction to the size of government with policies such as limiting deputy secretaries, executive secretaries, eliminating executive assistants, and consolidating legislative and communication functions under the governor.
  • Selective privatization options such as DMHAS option to outsource geriatric and detox beds statewide.
  • Reduces grants totaling $8.6 million to the City of Hartford so that actual aid provided to Hartford is kept at the $40 million agreed to in the bipartisan budget.