HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus and Senator George Logan presented Keely Barletta of Bethany with a citation from the General Assembly on Friday, April 20th, to honor her for winning the 25th Annual Letters About Literature Contest.
Each year, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress holds a reading and writing contest known as Letters About Literature for students in grades 4-12. UConn’s Neag School of Education, along with the Connecticut Writing Project and UConn’s Department of English, are the contest’s designated sponsors for the state of Connecticut for the 2017-18 academic year.
HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus joined her Republican colleagues in the House and Senate today to offer an alternative budget proposal that fully eliminates the $321.5 million deficit and restores funding for core services.
“We need to address this budget deficit and the proposal we presented today is a step in the right direction,” said Rep. Zupkus. “We are listening to the frustrated Connecticut residents who are tired of government waste, the bailouts, and the unnecessary taxes they have to pay. Our budget plan prioritizes state spending and focuses on reshaping state government.”
Rep. Zupkus explained the Republican proposal funds the Medicare Savings Program, eliminates many of the governor’s proposals to increase taxes and provides necessary education and municipal aid funding to our local communities.
Republican Budget Highlights
HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus hosted a press conference at the State Capitol on Wednesday to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Rep. Zupkus was joined by lawmakers and advocates from the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s.
Rep. Zupkus said, “April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. We are uniting here in Connecticut and around the world because 200 years is too long without a cure.”
A Bethany resident, Joseph Kelly was one of the advocates to speak about the need to find a cure for the disease. Kelley was a 30-year member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and retired from his job as President of a Wholesale Food company after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He is also an advocate for individuals with Parkinson’s with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the United States and ten million worldwide. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year.
Rep. Zupkus added, “We need to continue to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, not just one month a year but every month and every day. We can find a cure for Parkinson’s, I believe it, and I know if we work together one day this disease will be eradicated.”
Visit www.RepZupkus.com to watch the press conference.