10 Million Ways to Waste a Taxpayer’s Dollar

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There is a reason why there is a separation of powers in our system of government. The legislature creates the laws, the executive branch enforces them, and the judicial branch interprets them.

Yesterday, Governor Malloy issued an executive order to obtain a $10 million bond solely for the purpose of studying the implementation of highway tolls in Connecticut. This is outrageous since the General Assembly abandoned four toll proposals earlier this year due to opposition from Connecticut residents.

As you know, this is not the first time Governor Malloy has exceeded his executive authority as governor to circumvent the proper process of using the legislature to create public policy. Just this past year, Governor Malloy, by himself, reduced education grants to small towns across Connecticut without the legislature’s consent.

Several years ago, I led the opposition against forcing daycare workers and personal care attendants to unionize, which also began with a similar overreach by Governor Malloy using another executive order.

Clearly, the Governor has his own agenda, which varies greatly from what we as residents have in mind for ourselves. We cannot allow an outgoing executive to spend our hard-earned tax dollar lavishly on studies for something we know will not work.

I promise that my fellow Republicans and I will do everything in our power to get this item removed from the Bond Commission agenda, which is scheduled for next week. We are also looking into the legality of the governor’s actions.

If you would like to discuss this further I encourage you to contact me at rob.sampson@housegop.ct.gov or at (800) 842-1423. I am always eager to hear your thoughts on major issues affecting our state.

Sincerely,

Rep. Rob Sampson

80th District

2018 Session Shenanigans – Opinion by Rep. Rob Sampson

Posted on July 16, 2018 by admin


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A common theme of my recent columns has been my dissatisfaction with the ever-increasing amount of partisan politics, games, and distractions that have become pervasive in actual policy making. I have always accepted that during campaign season (it is an election year) that there would be an increase in rhetoric and finger pointing. However, now it seems that it’s no longer just election year competition and, sadly, actual public policy is being created for political reasons.

Last month, I touched upon a few bills that were proposed for the sole purpose of creating election year negative campaign mailers. Many are nothing more than creative titles that have little to do with the content of the bills themselves. There was the so called “women’s health bill” that writes federal Obamacare statutes into our Connecticut state law on the possibility that the Affordable Care Act (another oxymoronic title) would be repealed in Congress. This November, there is no doubt that Republicans will be a target of Democrats making the false and ridiculous claim that we don’t support women’s health based on this vote.

There was also the “pay equity” bill – that has nothing at all to do with pay equity. The bill simply added another burdensome restriction on employers, effectively prohibiting them from asking for a potential employee’s previous pay rate. Again, there is no doubt that those of us who voted against adding even more regulations on business will be falsely accused of being part of the made up “war on women.”

There was even a bill allegedly designed to protect gay children from electro-shock therapy – the “conversion therapy ban” – but the language not only restricts parents from being involved in their own child’s counseling, it also removes protections from certain kinds of abuse if no money is exchanged.

There were gun control bills designed to stir up emotion on the idea that somehow adding more restrictions and regulations on law abiding gun owners will stop more tragedies from occurring. Unfortunately, actual policy efforts, such as my attempts to pass amendments to crack down on illegal guns used by criminals and gangs in our major cities, and to provide funding for school resource officers, were blocked repeatedly.

One good thing that happened in 2018 was that we passed a bill that I was proud to co-sponsor – the ECS bill. PA 18-35 would have prevented the Governor from unilaterally making cuts to education aid not approved by the legislature’s budget process. A great bill, right?! – and who could possibly be against it after what happened last year when Governor Malloy arbitrarily targeted small towns across Connecticut by reducing education aid, affecting town budgets and causing many to raise property taxes. It passed the Senate 36-0 and overwhelmingly in the House with only inner-city Democrats voting no.

Then, in a brazen move, Governor Malloy chose to veto it! Surprising, since the bill passed easily with enough support to override his veto. A veto-session was scheduled for June 25th and legislators gathered in their respective chambers prepared to override the veto, which requires two-thirds of all House and Senate members (101 in the House, 24 in the Senate).

The override narrowly passed in the House with all Republicans voting to overturn (103-33). Fortunately, enough House Democrats joined us to surpass the magic number of 101, but in a shocking turn of events, the attempt failed in the Senate 19-10 (short of the required 24 votes). All Republican senators voted in favor of the override, but several Democratic senators abandoned their original positions and voted with the governor this time around.

Unfortunately, not even one of Malloy’s seven other vetoes were overturned this year because majority leadership refused to call them – and the entire veto session resulted in yet another waste of taxpayer time and money.

I am greatly disappointed that some of my colleagues across the aisle chose to switch their positions on the ECS bill. I am equally displeased with the majority’s rejection of my school safety proposals, which I truly believe would help keep our students safe. We need common sense solutions now more than ever, and my proposals would have served that purpose.

It is sad when political agendas take precedence over education and public safety. It is my sincere hope that this November brings positive change and new leadership to our state government. I will keep doing my part to make it happen.

Thank you for reading. As always, you can contact me directly at repsampson.com.

Click below to check out Rep. Sampson’s recent legislative update at Wolcott Senior Center with Sen. Joe Markley.

 

Reps. Sampson and Fusco, Sen. Markley to Host Town Hall Meeting

Posted on July 9, 2018 by admin


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State Representatives John Fusco (R-81) and Rob Sampson (R-80), along State Senator Joe Markley (R-16) will host a post-session, town-hall-style meeting for constituents on Wednesday, July 11, at the Southington Municipal Center.

Residents and constituents are welcome to stop in and learn about the recently ended 2018 legislative session, and to ask questions or discuss policies and legislation.

What: Town hall meeting

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time:  6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Where: Municipal Center, 196 N Main Street, Southington.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Rep. Sampson or Rep. Fusco’s office at: 1-800-842-1423 or via e-mail at: rob.sampson@housegop.ct.gov  john.fusco@housegop.ct.gov

Rep. Sampson with Participants in the 2018 Boys State Program

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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Rep. Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott) met with students participating in the 2018 Boys State Program at Eastern Connecticut State University. He was joined by fellow State Reps. Pam Staneski, Tim Ackert, Doug Dubitsky, Bill Simanski, and Prasad Srinivasan.

Boys State is a highly competitive program of government instruction for high school students. Students have the opportunity to participate in the operations of local, county and state government. It is sponsored by the American Legion.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Sampson may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at rob.sampson@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Sampson Hosts Legislative Update at Wolcott Senior Center

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Rep. Sampson spoke with constituents during a town hall-style meeting on June 27 at the Wolcott Senior Center. Topics covered included the recently passed budget adjustment, which protected funding for the Medicare Savings Program, helping over 100,000 seniors in Connecticut. Rep. Sampson also discussed important bills passed this year. These include a bill addressing nuisance solicitor phone calls, another rising prescription drug costs, which disproportionately affects seniors, and a bill expanding benefits to certain veterans.