Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
I am pleased to share with you that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be reopening the Windsor Locks Canal State Park & Trail. Today crews from DEEP will be clearing brush and debris from the property ahead of the reopening on Saturday, July 21st.
The trail has been closed since June due to insurance issues, the Windsor Locks Canal Company has agreed to the reopening of the trail while a new agreement is reached.
The canal trail is an important and unique asset for the region and I hope you will enjoy the use of the trail during the summer season!
Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Yesterday evening, Governor Malloy announced that he will be requesting $10 million from the State Bond Commission to study tolling on Connecticut highways. These funds are not part of the bipartisan compromise budget agreement enacted by the legislature, have not been vetted or authorized by any legislative committee, and creates an additional financial commitment at a time when we cannot afford to fund yet another study at taxpayer expense. I believe that this is an unnecessary and costly use of the State’s borrowing authority that will take years to pay off and will cost the taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars in interest charges further increasing state deficit spending.
In the past two years, the legislature has been presented with multiple plans and proposals to study and implement tolls and none of them had enough support to come to the floor for a vote. Outside studies and analysis have shown that the majority of the fees collected by tolls would be paid by Connecticut residents commuting to and from work.
The House and Senate Republican Caucuses have over the last several years proposed viable alternatives to fund infrastructure in a sustainable way.
Require the state to:
1) Reserve a set amount of General Obligation Bonds to be used solely for transportation priorities.
2) Preserve Special Tax Obligation bonds dedicated to transportation.
3) Re-establish the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) to work alongside DOT to assess proposed projects and identify community needs.
Benefits of the plan include:
Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system. However, we must not add to the burdens that face residents and businesses.
Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. There were 317 votes taken this year according to information released by the House Clerk’s office.
“Making sure that the people of Windsor and Windsor Locks have a voice in the legislature is my highest priority,” said Rep. Storms. “I have kept that commitment by making sure I was there for every vote. We addressed many important issues this year such as the budget, mental health and addition services and classroom safety. I would urge anyone with questions or concerns about state government to reach out to my office.”
Representative Storms currently serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Transportation Committee.
For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.
Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Storms’ office at Scott.Storms@hosuegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.