East Lyme and Salem


Toll Opposition is About People, Not Politics

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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Letter to the Editor from Senators Paul Formica and Heather Somers and Representatives Devin Carney, Holly Cheeseman, Mike France, Kathleen McCarty, and Jesse MacLachlan.

Connecticut needs to take bold action to fix our transportation system. Better transportation is a key to economic development, job growth and better quality of life.

At the same time, residents are struggling. They have been asked to pay increasingly more in taxes while services have been cut. The state keeps taking more, and providing less.

Connecticut has to change. Creating a new way to tax people through tolls is not the answer. Connecticut needs to prioritize.

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Rep. Cheeseman Shares Re-Cap of Discussion at Salem Town Hall

Posted on April 10, 2019 by admin


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I want to thank all of the residents who attended my office hours in Salem last night on a gloomy, rainy evening. We discussed a wide range of issues, from tolls to the legalization of retail marijuana, to paid leave and the topic of greatest concern – the high cost of living and doing business in Connecticut.

Regarding tolls, I presented the Prioritize Progress plan, which would provide $65 billion over 30 years for needed transportation improvements without the need for tolls. To learn more, please visit www.cthousegop.com/prioritize.

I explained my opposition to retail marijuana. You can read my public hearing testimonies here. I would like to add that I learned just this morning from an article in the CT Post that under the taxing proposal being considered, most of the revenue – rather than going towards addressing the opioid crisis, addiction treatment or other pressing issues – would go to cities like Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport; not to our local communities.

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Rep. Cheeseman’s Public Testimony Regarding Retail Marijuana

Posted on April 10, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) submitted testimony to the Judiciary Committee on March 22, 2019 in opposition to Senate Bill 1085, which would legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis and allow for erasure of criminal records for convictions based on the possession of small amounts of cannabis. She also submitted testimony on the same day to the General Law Committee, on which she serves as Ranking Member, in opposition to House Bill 7371, which would regulate the retail sale of cannabis. Please find her full testimonies below:

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