Posted on January 9, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) was sworn into his second term today at the State Capitol when the General Assembly convened for the beginning of the 2019 Legislative Session, which will adjourn on Wednesday, June 5.
Rep. Buckbee will assume the Ranking Member role of the Internship Committee, and continue his service on the Commerce Committee. In addition to those assignments, he will also begin service on the Energy and Technology Committee.
“We are back in Hartford and getting to work right away,” said Buckbee, “I have quite a few proposals that will be beneficial to New Milford and Connecticut residents. A couple of the highlights of my proposals include a full-time job incentive, so that we can grow and strengthen our state’s workforce. I am also continuing my quest to bring commuter rail to New Milford, so that we have options for those who commute in and out of town daily for work, or on the weekends for recreation.”
Posted on August 22, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
NEW MILFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) and State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) visited MEDinstill, one of the state’s leading medical manufacturing companies, on Monday afternoon. Mayor Pete Bass coordinated the meeting and also invited the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board in order to explore the potential growth within the industry at a local level.
Rep. Buckbee, a member of the legislature’s Commerce Committee, explained, “I want to thank Mayor Bass and the MEDinstill team for taking the time to meet with us. MEDinstill has an important impact on our community. There is an opportunity to extrapolate that positive impact to other industries and regions across the state. The manufacturing of medical parts may not seem exciting on the surface, but MEDinstill is continuously working on products that prevent further harm to patients and their caregivers. They are true innovators and problem solvers, which is exactly the type of talent we should be fostering here in New Milford and in Connecticut.”
Posted on August 8, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
As summer draws to a close and back-to-school shopping starts, I wanted to remind you that “Tax Free Week” is coming up, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending Saturday, August 25.
This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100. Please note: This benefit has been substantially reduced from previous years. Read More
Posted on July 2, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) was informed today that he had officially earned a one hundred percent voting record for 2018. This marks the second year in a row that Rep. Buckbee has earned a perfect voting record and has not missed a floor vote since being elected in 2016.
“I make sure that I am present and participate every time there is a House session and we are considering pending legislation. I am proud to report to the residents of New Milford that I took part in all 317 roll call votes in the House of Representatives this year,” explained Rep. Buckbee. “I have not missed a vote throughout my entire term because I am truly committed to bringing the voice of my fellow residents in New Milford to Hartford and to ensure that our families and hard-working men and women have the quality representation in Hartford that they deserve.”
Buckbee currently serves on the legislature’s Commerce, Childrens, and Internship committees. In addition to his committee assignments, Rep. Buckbee also joined the School Safety and Security Working Group and the Fire/EMS caucus.
Posted on June 25, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – The House of Representatives convened today to consider legislation that the governor had vetoed from the 2018 Legislative Session. The House acted on one law that had been vetoed, which was designed to protect education funding from being cut mid-way through the fiscal year by future governors.
“I proudly joined my colleagues in the House today to reverse the action of the governor and protect the rights of the children in our community to receive a quality education. This common sense provision would have helped sideline education funding from being used as a political poker chip for the foreseeable future. For New Milford, specifically, this would mean greater stability in crafting our local budget because we would have a concrete idea of how much state funding will actually be allocated, as opposed to the status quo of being handed a phantom number from the state,” explained Buckbee.