Rep. Betts : ‘Gov. Lamont and Democrats Toll Plans are Getting Desperate’

Posted on May 16, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) slammed Governor Lamont’s latest attempt to make tolls more palatable by promising to raise money for the House Democratic Caucus if they can make a tough vote and support his tolling plan.

“The latest pleas by Governor Lamont’s to either reduce bus fares or by promising money to House Democrats is just another attempt to dangle any carrot he can, to anyone and everyone, in an effort to change their stance on his $1 billion toll plan,” Rep. Betts

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Bristol and Plainville Lawmakers Oppose Controversial Minimum Wage Rate Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORDState Representatives William A. Petit Jr. (R-22), Whit Betts (R-78), and Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by the majority party’s controversial proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

HB-5004, An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage, would increase the state’s current wage of $10.10 to $15 over a four and a half year time frame. As of October 1st, the wage would increase to $11.00 effective

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State Representative Whit Betts Scolds Democrats for Supporting former Governor Malloy’s High Taxes on Community Hospitals

Posted on May 2, 2019 by jpheasant


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During Tuesday’s Appropriations Committee budget meeting, State Representative Whit Betts spoke out in opposition to his Democrat colleagues and their plan to undo hundreds of millions in tax breaks for local hospitals, previously agreed upon in the most recent bipartisan budget.

“I cannot support a budget that continues to use our community hospitals as an ATM for the state,” Rep. Betts said.

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LTTE – We Simply Don’t Have The Money

Posted on April 11, 2019 by jpheasant


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At a time when dozens of new tax proposals include everything from vet visits to youth sports, text books to vegetable seeds, and bicycle helmets to car seats, members in the House and Senate voted to approve salary increases up to 5.5 percent for almost 200 employees.

In addition to the salary increase, these employees will also receive cost of living increases, some will receive additional $2,000 lump sum bonuses, and a few lucky department heads will receive bonuses totaling $18,000 over two years.

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LTTE: Tolls

Posted on April 5, 2019 by jpheasant


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As your elected state representative it is my job to seek out the concerns and opinions of my constituents in Bristol and Plymouth over controversial legislative proposals.

One such issue is the proposal to install tolls throughout Connecticut. Do my neighbors and friends in Bristol and Plymouth support or oppose tolls? If tolls are installed will drivers in the central Connecticut region be financially impacted?

At the Republican sponsored Tolls Informational Forum on March 26th, Rep. Ziogas stated

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Finance, Revenue and Bonding Public Hearing (Friday, March 15th)

Posted on March 14, 2019 by jpheasant


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The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will be holding a public hearing tomorrow (Friday, March 15th) on three significant tax related bills that would have a tremendous impact the residents of Connecticut.

The public hearing begins at 10:30 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave #5100, Hartford.

The three tax bills on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding’s agenda include:

  1. HB. 431:An Act Concerning Property Tax Reform. This bill would create a statewide one mill tax on real

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Taxpayers on Hook to Subsidize $26M Magic Busway Bill

Posted on March 7, 2019 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) testified in front of the Transportation Committee earlier this week on behalf of a House bill that would greatly reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars being used to subsidize the Hartford-New Britain Busway.

Rep. Betts and his fellow colleagues who support HB-5941, An Act Concerning the Operation of the New Britain-Hartford Busway, seek to not only reduce the $26 million in taxpayer subsidization, but also shrink the number of non-peak trips currently

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LTTE: The Special Transportation Fund Raided Once Again!

Posted on February 27, 2019 by jpheasant


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For the nine years I have served in the general assembly, I have been promised and told repeatedly that money placed in the Special Transportation Fund (STF) is dedicated for the specific purpose of repairing Connecticut’s roads and bridges.

As you know, these promises have been broken –  over and over and over again.

I have recently learned that Gov. Lamont is once again doing the same thing. In his proposed budget the Governor has recommended taking out millions of dollars in tax revenue raised

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Toll Results from Poll Questionnaire

Posted on February 27, 2019 by jpheasant


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Thank you to everyone who took a minute to complete my recent poll on whether or not you support tolling in Connecticut.

Over 300 people completed the poll and the overwhelming response from the majority of you said you weren’t in favor of tolls and that the legislature should focus on cutting spending.

No – 86.09%
Yes – 9.60%
Undecided – 4.30%

Some of the other responses included: allow for minimal tolling, only toll trucks/commercial vehicles, place them at the borders, revamp Medicaid, or slightly

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Bristol Lawmakers Honor Police Explorers of the Year at Awards Dinner

Posted on January 24, 2019 by jpheasant


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Photo (L-R): State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato stands alongside Explorer of the Year winners Krystal Santiago, Jake Leone, and Representative Whit Betts during the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 Awards night dinner held at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol.

BRISTOL – State Representatives Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) and Whit Betts (R-78) celebrated the accomplishments of several young men and women Wednesday night during an annual awards event held for those enrolled in the Bristol Police Explorer Post 111 program.

The program consists of youths between the ages of 14 and 21, who either live in Bristol or a bordering town that doesn’t currently have an explorer program available and are interested in the criminal justice field. In order to be accepted, they must submit a formal application and pass a background investigation.

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