Constituents, Representatives Express Frustrations Concerning State Budget


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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Legislators Honor Over 200 Veterans at War Time Service Medal Ceremony


Photo Caption: Legislators congratulate medal recipients at Connecticut War Time Service Medal ceremony on Thursday, June 22 in East Granby. (From Left to Right) Representative Scott Storms, Senator John A. Kissel, Medal Recipient Mr. Refsnider, Commissioner Sean M. Connolly and Representative Tami Zawistowski.

Senator Kissel, Representative Zawistowski and Representative Storms Host Tri-Town Veteran’s Ceremony at East Granby High School  

HARTFORD, Conn. – State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield), Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-East Granby) and Representative Scott Storms (R-Windsor Locks) hosted a Tri-Town Veteran’s War Time Service Medal Ceremony at East Granby High School on Thursday, June 22.  Legislators were joined by the Department of Veteran Affairs Commissioner, Sean Connolly, who helped distribute the War Time Service Medals to more than 200 recipients.

“Last week we had a beautiful ceremony in East Granby where we honored more than 200 veterans,” said Sen. Kissel. “Far too often veteran’s sacrifices go unnoticed and this was a time for the community to show respect and admiration for these brave men and women. I offer these individuals the most sincere gratitude for their continued commitment to our great nation and the state of Connecticut.  These heroes selflessly sacrificed so that we may continue to enjoy our way of life. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank them for their enduring patriotism.”

“It was an honor to recognize the individuals and their families who sacrificed so much on behalf of our country,” said Rep. Zawistowski.  “It is wonderful that Connecticut created this medal in 2005 to recognize our state’s veterans who have fought to ensure out freedom and all the ideals of our great country.  Over the years, our veterans have been through more than anyone could imagine, and I am humbled that we, as a state, were able to recognize them for their service and dedication.”

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Area Legislators Attend Asnuntuck Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Ribbon Cutting


Pictured (L-R): State Representative Scott Storms (R-60), State Representative Carol Hall (R-59), State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61), State Representative Greg Stokes (R-58), State Senator John A. Kissel (R-7), Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin.

ENFIELD – State Representatives Greg Stokes (R-58), Carol Hall (R-59), Scott Storms (R-60) and Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and State Senator John A. Kissel (R-7), recently joined local and other state dignitaries at Asnuntuck Community College for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.  The 27,000 square foot facility offers countless Computerized Measuring Machines, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, state-of-the-art computer labs with the latest hardware and software, and a number of 3-D printers to give students a real hands-on learning experience.  With over 5,500 manufacturing companies located in Connecticut employing over 160,000 individuals, Asnuntuck’s program boasts a job placement rate of approximately 90%.

To learn more about the program, please visit or call (860) 253-3189.