Update on Tolls 7.18.18

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday evening Governor Malloy announced that he is requesting $10 million from the State Bond Commission to study tolling on Connecticut highways. This is an unnecessary and expensive use of the State’s borrowing authority that will take years to pay off.

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.

Here is how we do it while keeping the budget balanced:

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:

  • An annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing over $1 billion annually over the next 30 years
  • No tax increases
  • No tolls
  • A reduction in state bonding compared to recent practices
  • Flexibility in setting transportation priorities
  • A sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations

Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system. However, we must not add to the burdens that face residents and businesses.

Connecticut River Valley Legislators Host Lyme Disease Forum

Posted on July 11, 2018 by admin


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EAST HADDAM – State Representatives Melissa Ziobron (R-34), Devin Carney (R-23) and Robert Siegrist (R-36) hosted an informational forum on Lyme Disease with Elena Zajac from Lyme Connection.

Elena shared her and her family’s experiences with Lyme Disease and practical steps to prevent exposure to tick-borne illness.

“As summer gets underway and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors it’s important to be aware ticks are out too. There are many things that we can do to protect ourselves and our families from tick-borne illnesses,” said Rep. Ziobron. “Elena and Lyme Connection do fantastic work raising awareness, I hope people will reach out to her and spread this information widely.”

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Rep. Ziobron Earns 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted on July 5, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) earned a 100 percent voting record for the 2018 legislative session according to recently released data from the House Clerk’s office.

“I am proud to have kept a 100 percent voting record since taking office six years ago. As your Representative I continue to steadfastly believe it is my duty to listen to you and bring your voice to the Hartford,” said Representative Ziobron. “Speaking up for the people of East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester is an important responsibility that I take very seriously. Very often the concerns of small towns are overlooked and I will always fight to make sure they are heard loud and clear.”

Representative Ziobron currently serves as the top ranking House Republican on the Appropriations Committee and is also a member of the Environment Committee and the General Law 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 Ziobron’s office at Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.