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Rep. Will Duff Votes to Protect Education Funding

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representative Will Duff (R-2) voted on Monday to override a veto Governor Dan Malloy made on a law, Public Act 18-35, that would have prevented future governors from making cuts to education funding in the middle of a fiscal year.

 

It was a key legislative priority for Rep. Duff to support this policy because many towns in the 2nd Assembly District have been targeted for mid-year funding holdbacks by the governor the past two years. The law had received great bipartisan support when it was initially considered by the General Assembly during the regular legislative session.

Rep. Will Duff expressing major disappointment said, “Stopping the governor’s mid-year cuts to our state education grant was a widely popular proposal amongst the legislators and the residents in my District, especially in Newtown. The bill created budget stability and predictability for our small towns and local schools and school administrators. It’s frustrating to know the will of the people was thwarted today by the Senate Democrats, who walked lockstep with the governor today.”

Today, when the bill was reconsidered in the House, it received a super majority vote of 103-33 to override the governor’s veto. However, when the bill was considered by the Senate it was only passed by a simple majority of 19-10, meaning the requisite super majority, or two-thirds, of the chamber needed to override the action of the governor was not met and the veto was sustained.

 

 

 

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Reps. Duff & Harding Hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ Event to Help Local Veterans

Posted on June 21, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD — State Representatives Will Duff (R-2) and Stephen Harding (R-107)  in conjunction with Veterans Services of New England are hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ event to collect items to benefit local veterans in need.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Bethel Municipal Center on 1 School Street in Bethel.

What: Stuff a Humvee Veterans Collection
When: Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

There will be a ‘Humvee’ on the premises to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries that will then be donated to local Veterans in need. The Veteran Services of New England is a registered Connecticut not-for-profit, Veteran Service Organization* (VSO).

The Veteran Services of New England assist those in the reserves, active duty, prior service members and their immediate families, includes providing employment, mental health, recreational rehab assistance and other services associated with the transition from military service to the next phase of life and beyond.

“We can never forget the great sacrifice that our brave men and women in the Armed Forces gave so that we can enjoy our daily freedoms. I appreciate those selfless sacrifices and believe that it is our duty to at least provide some basic needs and services to our most vulnerable veterans, this Humvee collection is one small gesture for our veterans,” Rep. Duff said.

Rep. Harding said, “I know that our local community has great appreciation for our military who protect our freedom here and around the globe. This initiative is a great way to support these brave men and women who do so much for us.”

 

Some of the needed items include:

 

Personal Care:

  • Deodorant, men’s and women’s
  • Razors, men’s & women’s
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • “Depends” type products
  • Vaseline and hand lotion
  • Medicated foot powder
  • Nail files/nail clippers
  • Cough drops
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Combs/hairbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact solution/eye drops
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Individual tissue packs
  • Band aids
  • Wet Ones type hand wipes
  • Q-Tips
  • Dry shampoo
  • No-rinse wipes (for adult personal hygiene)

Clothing:

  • NEW packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
  • NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear

Food Items:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Cases of individual bottled spring water
  • Gallon size spring water
  • Regular “ground” coffee
  • Nonperishable canned goods
  • Packages of hard candies
  • Instant coffee and hot cocoa
  • Powder drink mixes
  • Chewing gum

Miscellaneous:

  • New household cleaning supplies
  • Non-prescription reading glasses (“Readers”)
  • Can openers for nonperishable foods

 

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Rep. Will Duff Hails Bethel Solar Project

Posted on June 1, 2018 by jdooley


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BETHEL- State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) along with State Sen. Toni Boucher attended a ribbon-cutting today at the Town of Bethel’s capped landfill to celebrate the completion of the solar photovoltaic (“PV”) facility hosted by Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company.

The Town partnered with Ameresco to develop the solar PV project under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Ameresco will operate and maintain the system for the term of the contract to ensure optimal energy production.

Bethel’s solar farm is comprised of more than 2,900 photovoltaic panels totaling 947.7 kW DC and designed to generate over 1.2 million kWh of renewable electricity each year. The solar farm is connected directly to the local utility distribution system. The annual CO2 emissions reduction of 934 metric tons is equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road and annual electricity usage of 140 homes.

According to Ameresco, renewable energy projects like this one directly benefit the Town of Bethel. With 100% of the solar system’s energy generated used to power Bethel’s town buildings and operations, through virtual net metering, the Town’s consumption at key buildings is offset. Furthermore, it demonstrates the Town’s commitment to sustainability.

“What a great way to cut down on CO2 emissions and spur local interest in energy conservation,” Rep. Will Duff, who is a member of the legislature’s Energy and Technology committee said, “This solar PV project will now bring the Bethel landfill into state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection compliance permitting the town to be supplied by green renewable power.”