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Rep. Zawistowski Clears the Air on Connecticut’s Missing Budget

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During a social event last week, a constituent – a long-time Democrat and a friend – approached me insisting to know what compromises the Republicans were prepared to make in order to pass a state budget. He is very concerned – as am I and so many of my colleagues – about the negative impact of having our Governor run our state by executive order in the absence of legislative action.

Under these executive orders, non-profits who work with the elderly and the disabled are being forced into furlough days, veterans’ funeral honor guards have been eliminated, and even the Fresh Food For The Elderly program has been defunded mid-stream, leaving some farmers stuck with worthless state checks they can’t collect.

Amid these devastations the governor announced the establishment of a heavily subsidized bus route linking UConn Storrs to Hartford. Governor Malloy is using taxpayer dollars and mandatory increased student fees to fund a project that makes no sense whatsoever while our state carries a $5.1 billion deficit into this next two-year budget cycle. Still, the worst is likely yet to come. Under this power of executive order, the governor also wants to redistribute education and other municipal aid from our towns to our major cities. This will have a devastating effect on our local schools. Suffield’s educational funding would be cut by 70% (approximately $4.5 million) and East Granby’s by 100% ($1.5 million), so that they are left with nothing.

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Help Support “Clear The Shelters”!

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Each year countless animals across the country are rescued in a “Clear the Shelters” event that helps local animal shelters find forever homes for homeless pets. This event helps shelters free up limited space for other animals who are abandoned, neglected, struggling, lost or injured, and in need of rescuing.

This year, the event will take place tomorrow Saturday, August 19th and I am proud to share that Windsor Locks Animal Control, Hole in One Animal Rescue, Connecticut Cat Connection and Mary’s Kitty Korner will be participating. Attendees will have the opportunity to adopt a new companion with potentially reduced fees, for this event only.

As a pet parent, I proudly stand by the mission of this event. Shelter organizations work tirelessly to place abandoned and mistreated animals into loving homes and, this year, you could make a real difference and save a life.

Local locations and times include:

Windsor Locks Animal Control
4 Stanton Road
Windsor Locks, CT
By Appointment (Call 860-627-1461)

Hole in One Animal Rescue
592 Elm Street
Windsor Locks, CT
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Connecticut Cat Connecticut
40 Stevens Mill Road
Windsor, CT
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mary’s Kitty Korner
281 Salmon Brook Street
Granby, CT
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you have are able and have considered adding a new pet to your family, please consider adoption. There are countless animals who need good homes, and caring friends to look after them.

Thank you.

Constituents, Representatives Express Frustrations Concerning State Budget

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WINDSOR – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) recently held in-district offices hours to encourage residents to meet with their representatives about any state or legislative issues.

Residents joined the representatives at Get Baked Bakery in Windsor to discuss the recently concluded legislative session, any new legislation that was passed that may impact them, as well as the status of the state budget.

“Many residents expressed their frustrations with the status of the state budget and the inaction by the legislature,” said Rep. Zawistowski.  “Let me assure you, we are frustrated, too – we get it.  Representative Storms and I, along with our caucus, have done what the House Democrats have not – developed a sound, balanced budget that does not increase taxes or hurt our municipalities.  We have produced now three fully vetted budget proposals – each taking into account the state’s dire financial situation.  It is not fair that our towns are now forced to wait and see what happens at the state level before they are able to finalize their own budgets.”

Due to the majority Democrat’s inaction concerning the state budget, the Governor is now mandated to run the state by executive order on a month-by-month basis.

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