Posted on April 10, 2019 by admin
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.
On paid family leave, I shared how closely I am looking at the three proposed bills on this issue. As a working mother, grandmother and daughter of a 92-year-old father, I fully understand the need to take time off work to handle family emergencies. However, I am concerned about the cost of these programs and their sustainability in terms of funding and the burden they will present – particularly on very small businesses that may not be able to sustain the loss of a key employee for twelve weeks – as the proposed plans would apply to all business with one employee or more. I plan to continue watching the legislation closely and work to ensure that any plan raised for a vote help workers utilize a necessary benefit in a sustainable and affordable manner, and does not inflict any hardship on our struggling businesses.
Finally, the cost of living and working in the state of Connecticut is ever-increasing. The need to avoid further tax increases on our struggling residents and businesses, and make the state budget reflect fiscal reality, has never been greater. I will continue to work towards this each and every day on behalf of the people who came last night, and all my constituents.
Again, thank you to all who came to my Salem Office Hour. I look forward to hearing from all of you about your interests and concerns going forward. If you were unable to attend but would like to connect with me on these, or any other state government related issue, please contact me at Holly.Cheeseman@housegop.ct.gov or 1-800-842-1423.