Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) recently held two town-hall style meetings in his district to update constituents on what’s happening up at the Capitol. He discussed the recently concluded 2018 Legislative Session, the state budget adjustments that were adopted in May, and answered questions from attendees. Issues touched upon in particular included transportation and education funding.
Rep. Tweedie also provided information on the 2018 Major Acts – the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in its 2018 regular session, according to the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) and Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). He also provided his contact information and urged constituents to reach out to him any time with questions or concerns related to state government.
Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin
MANCHESTER – On Friday a new veterans care program officially opened at Touchpoints, a skilled nursing facility, in Manchester. State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) spoke at the opening, which included an American Flag retirement ceremony, and recited the Navy Creed.
According to spokesman Dave Skoczulek, as a part of iCare, Touchpoints on Bidwell Street was awarded a Veterans Affairs contract for short- and long-term care of veterans who use their service-connected benefits. The 20-bed program in Manchester is the only one of its kind in the region, and provides post traumatic stress treatment, supportive clinical programming and veterans’ benefits coordination, among other services.
Posted on June 11, 2018 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is beginning construction on Route 17 in Glastonbury tomorrow, June 12th.
This project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.74 mile segment of Route 17 from Route 160 (Water Street) to .18 miles north of the underpass of Route 2 Eastbound.
The milling portion of this project is scheduled to conclude on Monday, July 9, 2018, and the resurfacing segment is anticipated to conclude on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday-Thursday).
Please expect lane closures and maintain a safe speed when driving through this area. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.
Posted on May 25, 2018 by admin
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, let us remember that this is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.
We commemorate their memories in church services and in visits to their graves. We also enjoy parades, barbecues, picnics and ball games with friends and family. Let us dedicate these celebratory events to those who preserved our freedom, and let us also remember their families who made great sacrifices.
Following the Civil War, Memorial Day was established to honor those who died during the conflict. Major General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, originally proclaimed May 30, 1868 as “Decoration Day.” It was not set aside in anniversary of any particular battle, but rather as a day to decorate the graves of those who died in defense of the nation.
By 1882, this day became more commonly known as “Memorial Day,” and in 1967 it became a federal holiday. The following year, Congress moved the date to the last Monday of May.
Below is a list of some important events happening in our district this weekend to commemorate this patriotic holiday and the heroic actions of those who fought in the name of our freedom.
Thank you, God bless you, and have a great Memorial Day. It is an honor to be your voice at the State Capitol.
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m.
The Glastonbury Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Town Veteran’s Service Commission, will begin at Main and Welles Street and will proceed south on Main, turn onto Hubbard Street, and end at the Veteran’s Memorial on the Town Green (on Hubbard behind the Historical Society).
Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 28th, approx. 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
In the event of heavy sustained rain, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial services will be held at the High School gymnasium, on Main Street, at 9:00 a.m. Please consult TV Channels 3 or 30, or tune in to radio channel 1080, WTIC AM, around 7:45-8:00 a.m. to learn if the weather has affected the services. Please note that rain showers will not interfere with the scheduled event.
Memorial Day Church Service
Sunday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Manchester’s Memorial Day Observance will begin with a Church Service and Massing of the Colors at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main Street. The Rev. Jack Cook will be officiating. The public is invited to attend.
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28th at 9:30 a.m.
The parade steps off promptly (Marchers should assemble at 8:45 a.m.) from the Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main Street, and turns east on East Center Street, west at Munro Park, and will conclude at Center Memorial Park.
Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 28th
The program will be held at Center Memorial Park immediately following the conclusion of the parade. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, 745 Main Street, at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
Posted on May 14, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – At 11:21 p.m. Wednesday evening, just 39 minutes before the 2018 Regular Legislative Session deadline, the House Speaker called a vote on a compromise budget. State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) joined 141 of his colleagues in voting to pass the budget agreement, which fully restores Medicare Saving Plan funds that were cut, adds money for teachers’ healthcare and provides more money to the Special Transportation Fund … without raising taxes.
“Our priorities in adjusting the existing bipartisan budget that passed in October were to restore Medicare cuts so that more than 100,000 seniors would not lose their benefits on July1st, and to support our veteran’s health programs and community colleges,” said Rep. Tweedie. “I am proud to share that we did this without raising taxes. Manchester and Glastonbury will actually receive more education funding in Fiscal Year 2019 than we did in 2018 through ECS funding.”
Republicans were able to negotiate numerous provisions from their budget plan into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million, maintaining funding for military funerals, $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars (which will ramp up dramatically in the coming years), provisions for long-term structural changes – such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities – and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.
In addition, the deal features:
“Thankfully, something that is not included in this deal is tolls. After a lot of talk surrounding the implementation of tolls at the beginning of session, no reasonable proposal was brought to the table because majority leaders realized that they did not have one,” said Rep. Tweedie. “As our House Republican Leader Rep. Klarides said Thursday in an end-of-session press conference, we live in the third smallest state in the country. When tolls were removed in the 1980’s we only had 14 tolling locations. Yet the proposals we’ve seen in recent years regarding tolls feature up to as many as 80 tolling locations – way more than in any of our larger surrounding states. This means that in the State of Connecticut, it would cost $10 to travel 40 miles, whereas in the States of New York it costs $20 to travel 400 miles. In addition, because putting tolls solely on our borders is illegal under federal law, out-of-state drivers would not be the only ones paying these fees; 70% of toll revenue would be paid by Connecticut residents because we would have tolls all over the state – including on Route 2. This is not something that I could support, which is why we need better, more realistic proposals if we are to consider implementing tolls in earnest next year.”
Republicans also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.
“Ultimately, this budget was just a start,” said Rep. Tweedie. “There is much more work that needs to be done – particularly, finding a responsible way to preserve the Rainy Day Fund while still continuing paying down Connecticut’s debt.”
Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) invites his constituents to join him for a town-hall style meeting on May 30th in Manchester and/or on June 6th in Glastonbury for a legislative update. He will be discussing the major issues that came out of the 2018 Legislative Session, particularly the state budget, which could impact our communities.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park School Cafeteria, 397 Porter Street, Manchester, CT
WHEN: Wednesday, June 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Smith Middle School Cafeteria, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, CT
These events are free and open to the public. If constituents are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. Tweedie, please do not hesitate to contact him at Mark.Tweedie@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423. In the event that a meeting must be postponed, a notice will be posted on Rep. Tweedie’s website at www.reptweedie.com and on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reptweedie. Constituents can also sign up for e-mail notifications on his website.