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Upcoming Coffee Hour and Town Hall Meetings

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In the coming days and weeks, Rep. Wilms will be co-hosting the following events with other area legislators.

Please see below for details:

 

 

 

Coffee & Conversation

Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

 

 

 

Norwalk Post-Session Town Hall

South Norwalk Library, 10 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

New Canaan Post-Session Town Hall

New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

These events are opportunities to discuss the issues from the 2018 Session that are important to you such as Transportation funding, education cost sharing and the state budget.

All residents are encouraged to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of these events, but will still like to speak with Rep. Wilms regarding any state government issue, please contact him at fred.wilms@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423.

 

Rep. Wilms, Republican Lawmakers Release

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HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Wilms (R-142) joined fellow House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol this afternoon to release their second complete balanced budget proposal this year to stabilize the state budget in fiscal year 2019 and beyond.

“Once again, Republicans have taken the lead with budget negotiations by proposing a second fiscally responsible, balanced spending and revenue plan for Connecticut,” Rep. Wilms said. “Our state needs stability. Instead of using an expected revenue surplus to create more lavish programs and offer more empty promises, we show fiscal restraint by putting that money towards our unfunded liabilities and the rainy day fund. Best of all, we fund core social services, such as the Medicare Savings Program, without introducing new taxes.”

The revised Republican plan fully balances next year’s budget, reduces future deficits, restores funding for core government functions, and accomplishes the above without new taxes. The plan also preserves grants for substance abuse treatment and mental health care, and provides $5 million for Emergency Placements for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Finally, the plan increases funding to Norwalk and New Canaan compared to the governor’s 2019 proposal. Overall, the Republican plan implements policies to achieve long-term savings for the state allowing stability and predictability in future years.

The 2018 Session ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.

 

Please click here to read more about the Republican FY 2019 budget proposal.

Reps. Lavielle, Wilms, and Wood Detail Plan to Balance the Budget & Make Connecticut Fiscally Sustainable

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Budget Adjustments Prioritize Transportation, Education, Paying Off Liabilities

HARTFORD Norwalk’s GOP delegation of State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143), Fred Wilms (R-142) and Terrie Wood (R-141) joined their Republican colleagues in rolling out a budget adjustment proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 ahead of a meeting of the Appropriations Committee.

The proposal aims to eliminate Connecticut’s $200 million budget deficit without raising taxes while maintaining funding for transportation, Education Cost Sharing grants, core social services, and tax breaks for seniors, retirees, and working families.  More dollars are also dedicated to repaying the state’s unfunded liabilities, including the State Employees’ Retirement Fund, the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, and the Teachers’ Healthcare Fund.

The representatives will continue to advocate for further structural changes to state government and reduce funds that had been allocated to bailing out the city of Hartford.

“It is not appropriate ever for the state to make promises it can’t keep by undertaking things it can’t afford and neglecting the debts it owes and the services essential to its residents,” said Rep. Lavielle. “Our budget does not use one-time funds to close operating deficits for this year or next. It does not include new programs that we cannot afford. By simply revising our existing biennial budget, it makes the necessary adjustments to preserve funding for essential social programs, mass transit, education, and municipal aid, and then uses the one-time revenues in the budget reserve only to reduce the unfunded liabilities that are keeping the state from moving forward. This is the way to enhance predictability and stability, the keys to ensuring that the state keeps its promises now and for the long term.”

“Unfortunately, our state is running out of options to control costs and pay down unfunded liabilities without drastically cutting services,” said Rep. Wood.  “Income tax receipts were better than expected, but my concern is that the good news could encourage some of my colleagues in the legislature to go on a spending spree.  We cannot let this happen.  Any additional revenue has to be used to ensure Connecticut’s fiscal sustainability for the long-term while protecting local education and making necessary investments in transportation.”

“Once again, we have produced a budget that is balanced, without tax increases, contains no financial gimmicks plus protects our social safety net,” said Rep. Wilms.  “Furthermore, the one time revenues from overseas tax repatriations are being placed into our unfunded retirement plans.”

Reps. Lavielle, Wilms, and Wood emphasized the prioritization of transportation funding in the budget adjustment proposal by fully funding the Special Transportation Fund (STF) and preventing rail fare increases not already in statute from being implemented in 2018 or 2019.   It protects funding for local transit districts for the entirety of the budget cycle without calling for any new taxes or tolls.  In the proposal, funding is eliminated from the planned expansion of CT FastTrak to UConn and used to enhance existing infrastructure.

Lawmakers have until the 2018 legislative session adjourns on May 9 to complete and pass a budget plan.

State Representative Gail Lavielle represents the 143rd district, which includes parts of Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Transportation Committee.

State Representative Fred Wilms represents the 142nd General Assembly district communities of Norwalk and New Canaan. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Planning and Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

State Rep. Terrie Wood represents the 141st General Assembly district which includes Darien and part of Norwalk.  She is Ranking Member on the legislature’s Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, and serves on the Human Services and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees.