State Reps. Rutigliano, Devlin and McGorty Talk State Issues over Pizza

Reflect on 2017 Legislative Session

HARTFORD –State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) hosted a spirited ‘Pizza and Politics’ constituent event at Old Towne Restaurant in Trumbull to discuss the just concluded legislative session to approximately 20 interested Trumbull residents.

The three Trumbull lawmakers chose to meet constituents at a local Trumbull business over a more formal Town Hall-type event to promote a more casual and free-flowing discussion with constituents.

State House members talked with Trumbull residents over pizza on the major issues that shaped the 2017 legislative session including; the failure of the majority party to pass a state budget by the legislative session deadline of June 7th; an update on the possibility of tolls coming back to Connecticut; how the legislators are fighting an effort by the governor to push teacher pension obligations on to towns; why Trumbull needs to fight for every dollar we can get in the state budget especially considering the state income taxes Trumbull residents pay.

“I was impressed with the large turnout on a beautiful June evening, which lead to thought-provoking questions and conversation. The people of Trumbull care deeply about their state and they inspire all three of us to work hard for them. It’s always a pleasure to meet with residents and keep the lines of communication totally open. This is how government is supposed to work,” said Rep. Rutigliano. Read More →

Trumbull Legislators, Trumbull Police & EMS Trumbull Officials Discuss Dangers of Leaving Kids & Pets in Hot Vehicles

TRUMBULL – State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) joined by State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) held an informational press conference along with Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo, Chief of EMS, Joseph Laucella, Trumbull PD Officer Tim Fedor, Animal Control Officer Lynn Dellabianca, and members of Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) to promote the ‘Heat Kills – If you love ’em, don’t leave ’em’ awareness program that focuses on child and pet safety.

Rep. Devlin started work with Trumbull Chief of Police Michael Lombardo last year to design a Public Safety Awareness Program to remind residents about the dangers of leaving children and animals in cars. Together they brought together the full House delegation from Trumbull, Trumbull Police and EMS along with local community leaders to establish the program, which includes signage, window stickers, bumper magnets, flyers and similar items to spread the word about keeping children and animals safe.

During the press conference Chief Lombardo said, “The point of the Heat Kills program is to raise awareness about the dangers leaving children and pets in hot cars. This program is a helpful reminder especially considering 52% of the child deaths in hot cars occur from caregivers who are just forgetful and didn’t realize the child was still in the car.”

‘This is great community program that will save lives. I ask anyone out there to use their good judgment and protect the welfare of your children and pets,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

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Rep. Rutigliano Honored by Bridgeport Regional Business Council

BRIDGEPORT- State Representative David Rutigliano (R-123) received the ‘Regional Impact Legislator of the Year Award’ at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s 143nd Annual Meeting and Luncheon today held at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn & Conference Center.

Rep. Rutigliano said, “I want to thank the Bridgeport Regional Business Council for this honor and for their efforts in promoting pro-growth policies for the state of Connecticut, particularly the Greater Bridgeport Region.”

The mission of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) is to increase the economic opportunities for the people of the Bridgeport region by acting to create an environment for business expansion, retention, and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth.

The award to Rep. Rutigliano was determined by the BRBC’s Government Relations Committee and is given annually to a regional legislator with a record in support of business and legislation relating to improving the economy, and employment opportunities.

Rep. Rutigliano is a small business owner with over 20 years of experience creating jobs. He is a partner in the local SBC Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Southport Brewing Company, Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, and the Sitting Duck Tavern.  David has created over 300 jobs in Connecticut.

Rep Rutigliano has taken his many years of experience running a business and participating in the Connecticut economy and brought those skills to Hartford in an effort to improve the state’s economic situation and increase opportunities for job growth and retention of our residents especially young people.

The award was presented to Rep. Rutigliano by Kelly-Wade Bettuchi, representing AT &T, sponsor of the award.

Rep. Rutigliano is a member of the General Law, Labor and Public Employees, and Regulations Review Committees.

Rep. Rutigliano Opposes CT Toll Plan

Would Negatively Affect Trumbull Residents

HARTFORD – In the House of Representatives on June 6, State Representative David Rutigliano (R-123) stood in strong opposition to a proposal that would take the first steps towards implementing electronic tolls throughout Connecticut.

The proposal, offered as a strike-all amendment by the legislature’s Transportation Committee, would have requested the Commissioner of Transportation to prepare a state-wide plan to implement electronic tolling systems on the highways of this state.

One of the proposed plans pushed by the Department of Transportation would have ten tolls on the Merritt Parkway from Greenwich to New Haven, twelve tolls on I-95 from Greenwich to New Haven, and potentially 72 tolls throughout the state. These tolls to not affect some of our federal funding would be have to be a controversial congested priced scheme which means the toll would increase during high traffic times.

“At last week’s presentation by DOT, I was shocked at the enormous breath and scope of their tolling proposal. They seem to want to toll every limited access highway from I-95 to the Merritt Parkway to Route 8, Route 25 and Route 7. Also the findings that 70% of toll money would be paid by Connecticut residents flies in the face of trying to get the out-of-state drivers and instead is just another tax on our already overburdened residents,” said Rep. Rutigliano. “Connecticut does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.  Until we seriously reconsider how we spend taxpayers’ dollars, we cannot impose yet another tax upon the residents of Connecticut.”

The requested plan would seek to identify the highways, or the portions thereof, where such electronic tolling systems may be located and the toll amounts that may be charged; including the use of dynamic pricing witch could potentially penalize commuters as toll pricing would change during peak use hours or periods of heavy traffic.

The bill was tabled after a few hours of debate when it became apparent that the toll proposal would not have enough votes to pass in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Rutigliano Shares DOT Tolls Study

I-95 Corridor Congestion Relief Study – Executive Summary by Connecticut House Republicans on Scribd

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