Cromwell & Portland

No Budget, No Pay; Proposal Would Cut Legislative Pay

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


HARTFORDState Representatives Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) and Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), along with several other House Republican members, have submitted a proposal that would cut pay to legislators, if the state budget is not passed by the statutory deadline. According to current state law, the budget must be passed by the final day of the legislative session.

“Our first priority should be to pass a state budget. It is unfair to state residents and local communities to have to live in fear

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Opening Day

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


Opening Day for America’s favorite pastime is here. The rules of the game are basic and understood by everyone. The old adage ‘three strikes and you’re out’ is universally recognized. During the season, your team will win some, lose some, and in a great year, your team gets to play in October. The common goal, regardless of your team, is to achieve victory.

Rules don’t change mid-game or mid-season. Fair play is expected, otherwise all credibility is lost.

Perhaps Connecticut should take a few hints

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Greater Employment Opportunities for Individuals Fighting Substance Abuse

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


HARTFORD – The state legislature’s Labor Committee moved legislation forward that will help individuals recovering from substance abuse find quality employment opportunities. The legislation, co-sponsored by Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) and State Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), was approved to go to the House of Representatives as a result of the committee’s vote on the bill.

Representative Klarides explained, “It’s important to consider all available resources when it

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