Rep. Bocchino Praises Greenwich Hospital for Narcan Donation to Police Department

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


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Greenwich Hospital has generously donated 37 two-dose vials of Narcan to the Greenwich Police Department to help our community combat this growing opioid crisis. There were over 1,000 opioid related deaths in Connecticut last year – an alarming number that will only get bigger if we do not take action now. Thank you to Greenwich Hospital, the Greenwich Police and our first responders for their lifesaving work.

Rep. Bocchino Votes to Approve Energy Assistance Block Grant for Low Income Households

Posted on August 20, 2018 by admin


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On August 17, the Appropriations, Human Services, and Energy & Technology Committees held a joint public hearing for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Block Grant Allocation Plan. As a member of the Energy & Technology Committee, Rep. Bocchino voted in support of the grant. It passed unanimously.

These dollars provide assistance to Connecticut resident, many of whom live in our community, who struggle to pay their utility bills. Specifically, the grant helps those households whose income falls at or below 60 percent of the state median income (SMI, $67,530 for a family of four).

It was important that the committees approved this funding for low income individuals who need access to affordable heat and electricity, especially during the harsh New England winter months.

In addition to receiving energy assistance benefits, eligible households may also qualify for the following conservation services: Weatherization Clean, Tune and Test Heating System Repair/Replacement Performance Measures.

Keeping residents informed of energy assistance benefits available to them is a top priority. Residents can obtain up-to-date information at www.ct.gov/staywarm and/or contact the Energy Assistance Hotline, at 1800-842-1132.

As always, Rep. Bocchino is available at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant or any other state government matter.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. Bocchino is available at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.

Rep. Bocchino Meets with Greenwich Officials to Discuss Sidewalk Installation on Harding Road

Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin


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In 2010, the Selectmen’s Pedestrian and Safety Advisory Board submitted its recommendation to the Greenwich Board of Selectmen regarding potential sidewalk and crosswalk improvements along with potential construction of new sidewalks.

Unfortunately, a section of Harding Road was mistakenly omitted. This section runs from the intersection of Brown House Road to the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.

As state representative for this section of Greenwich, Mike Bocchino met with town officials in hopes of having this sidewalk installed. If the project moves forward, the sidewalk would provide our residents, especially children and seniors, with safe access to the civic center.

You can view Rep. Bocchino’s comments on the project by clicking here or on the video link below.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or comments regarding this potential project at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Bocchino may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Bocchino Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“I think today’s veto session was a waste of time for the taxpayers of this state because while the House did its job by overriding this misguided veto, many Senate Democrats voted to uphold the governor’s decision,” Rep. Bocchino said. “Education is one area where politics must absolutely be left aside for the sake of our children. This bill would have given our local school boards much needed budgetary relief during a very unpredictable time for our state. It was wrong for Governor Malloy and the majority Democrats who voted against this override to put their political interests ahead of our education system.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.

The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.