Buckbee Applauds Committee Action on Black Bear Legislation

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – The Environment Committee recently took favorable action on legislation that will provide greater protection to farmers and property owners regarding the state’s overpopulation of American black bears. According to Rep. Buckbee, the new bill clarifies the situations in which lethal force can be used to remove an eminent threat from one’s property, but does not establish a full hunting system or mechanism.

“This is a good compromise in lieu of fully implementing a hunting season or program.

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Tolls Vote Tomorrow

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Tomorrow, the legislature’s Transportation Committee will likely decide whether to advance a bill to implement tolls in Connecticut. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., and it will likely be shown on CT-N.

I want you to know that I remain opposed to the installation of tolls in Connecticut. Residents and employers simply can’t afford it—especially when combined with the numerous tax hikes being proposed by Governor Lamont and the legislature’s Democrat majority. Yes, they’re considering taxing everything

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Rep. Buckbee Introduces Job Expansion Initiative

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) put forth a legislative proposal that would expand jobs and help increase the membership of the state’s workforce by incentivizing businesses to hire full-time employees. In the event that a business does employ a full-time, new hire, that business will be eligible for a tax credit.

“I believe the creation of a job expansion tax credit and program to be necessary to help our state’s employers by offering incentives for the hiring and retention of new employees. Providing Connecticut’s workforce with more full-time job opportunities would better assist our citizens, their families and the economy within Connecticut. This tax credit would afford businesses the opportunity to take on more employees than they would have considered previous to the creation of this tax credit,” explained Rep. Buckbee.

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Rep. Buckbee’s Military Identification Bill Heard by Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) spoke in favor of a new law proposal that would allow veterans or active military to use their military identification cards to enter public buildings that require one to present a form of personal identification. Currently, a driver’s license is the standard form of proving one’s identification, but not all veterans have a driver’s license.

Rep. Buckbee said, “Without question, one’s military identification should be sufficient to enter state buildings and other public buildings that require any individual to show some form of identification. A friend of mine, one of our veterans, was denied access to a building when he produced his military identification to prove who he was. To deny any member of the active military or veteran access to a building after they have shown who they are is just wrong!”

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Buckbee Supports Forest Firefighter Expansion

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo: Sergio Liguori – Northville Volunteer Fire Department, State Rep. Bill Buckbee, Rachel Holmes – Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew, Michael Kronick – West Port, CT Fire Deputy Chief

HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) testified before the Public Safety Committee regarding a bill adding a layer of greater public safety and preserving our environment. Ultimately, the new law will allow the mobilization of qualified forest firefighters within Connecticut to fight forest fires in the most effective way possible. Prior to speaking in favor of the bill, Rep. Buckbee assembled wildfire experts from across the state to show the committee that the intent of the bill is about getting all of the trained firefighters in the state working together.

“Currently, in the event of a forest fire within our state, some firefighters may not legally be allowed to help fight the flames. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection administers training for forest firefighters and state statute requires that those fighting forest fires be employed by DEEP. If this law were to pass, then qualified forest firefighters, regardless of employer, would be able to help fight in the event of an emergency,” explained Rep. Buckbee.

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Buckbee Speaks in Favor of Transportation Initiatives

Posted on February 14, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) testified today before the Transportation Committee on two initiatives that will make a positive impact on the local community. One proposal focused on bringing commuter rail back to New Milford and the other was concerning the registration of all motorized vehicles that operate on roadways.

“1971 was the last year that we had commuter rail in New Milford. Over the last decade, the state has invested over $4.6 billion to rail infrastructure. It’s unfortunate that none of those dollars found their way to New Milford,” stated Rep. Buckbee.

According to Buckbee, there would an influx of roughly 100 to 150 additional riders daily on the Greater Danbury Line if an extension was made to connect New Milford. Riding the train would alleviate the congested I-84 corridor and lessen traffic flows on even smaller throughways, like Route 7. Additionally, studies have shown that younger generations prefer to utilize light rail in areas that it is available to them. State policy should mirror this social trend.

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It’s Déjà Vu, All Over Again

Posted on February 8, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

I do not put party first and never will. It’s not what you’ve put me there to do, and I take this job seriously. I take pride in being bipartisan. I consider every single vote and say:

  • Is it the right thing to do?
  • Is it best for the people of New Milford?
  • Is it best for the State?

I ensure that I have answered these questions before I put forth a legislative proposal. I took an optimistic approach to this session. We were promised a fresh outlook, a new approach on doing business at the Capitol. So far, that hasn’t happened. It’s déjà vu, all over again.

The top proposals coming from the governor and some legislators across the aisle are focused on new taxes and tax increases.

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BUCKBEE SWORN INTO SECOND TERM

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.”

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Buckbee, Miner Explore New Milford’s Medical Manufacturing Opportunities

Posted on August 22, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.”

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Tax Free Week August 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.

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