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.
Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin
This Monday, my colleagues and I joined with the family and friends of Heather Mosher to bring greater awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. On the day Heather was engaged to be married she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. After a yearlong struggle with her illness and while a patient at St. Francis Medical Center, she married David Mosher. Heather passed away 18 hours later on the one year anniversary of her diagnosis and engagement. And our gathering today holds special significance as June 18th marks the anniversary of the day Heather and David had their first date.
I did not know Heather personally, but her story is serving as an inspiration to many across our state and the country. Heather’s hope was not to be forgotten, to leave a legacy as a “beacon of light” to bring hope and awareness to the rare form of cancer that took her life, and to encourage others to work for a cure of this disease that affects so many in our country.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and 15%-20% of these cases are Triple Negative. This year an estimated 30,000 cases will be diagnosed and 10,000 women will die of the disease.
**Watch the Event Below**
Posted on June 20, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR – State Senator John Kissel and State Representatives Tami Zawistowski, Brandon McGee, Scott Storms and Bobby Gibson hosted a Wartime Service Medal Ceremony with Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commission Thomas Saadi that honored nearly 200 Windsor veterans.
The ceremony was held at the Windsor High School on Saturday the 16th, with over 500 family and friends in attendance to support the veterans. The ceremony was made possible with the help of local volunteers; the Windsor JROTC Presented the Colors, Noah Swanson from Boy Scout Troop 203 led the Pledge of Allegiance, the Windsor Chorus Ensemble sang the National Anthem and retired Air Force Major Carlton Stidsen led the invocation.
The legislators thanked the veterans for their service, bravery and sacrifice. In his remarks Commissioner Saadi emphasized the importance of recognizing veterans for their service especially those who served in Vietnam.
Rep. Storms stated that, “Connecticut’s citizens can be proud of the men and women who served and are serving in our armed forces to defend the principles of liberty and freedom upon which our nation was founded. I am pleased to honor these amazing veterans and their families, and through the presentation of the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, thank them for their service.”
The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Services Medal was established in 2005 by the state legislature to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualified wartime service. Before this, the state had not issued such a medal since World War I. In subsequent years, the state has authorized awards to be made posthumously on or after November 12, 1918. In order to receive the medal, a veteran must qualify according to three conditions. Veterans must have served during a qualified wartime for longer than 90 days, unless the engagement was less than that, he or she must have received an honorable discharge, and lastly, must currently reside in the state of Connecticut. For more information visit portal.ct.gov/dva.
Posted on June 18, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR LOCKS- State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) hosted two legislative updates for seniors in Windsor Locks on June 12th and June 14th. The first event ‘coffee and conversation’ was held at the Senior Center before lunch. The second was held for residents of Stonebrook Village. Rep. Storms spoke about the major public acts passed during the session and offered an over view of the no-tax increase compromise budget agreement enacted in May. The Office of Legislative Research produces reports on major legislation, including Acts Affecting Seniors, these reports can be viewed at www.cga.ct.gov/olr.