Rep. Livvy Floren Discusses the Upcoming Legislative Session with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders”

Posted on December 7, 2018 by admin


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Rep. Livvy Floren (R- Greenwich, Stamford) sat down with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders” on November 28, 2018 to discuss the upcoming legislative session and the challenges that await the new General Assembly. Rep. Floren believes balancing the budget, controlling state spending and staying under the $1.9 billion bond cap are top priorities.

Wright Tech and UCONN/Stamford “Get It”

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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Wouldn’t it make sense for high schools and colleges to more closely align their program offerings with the demands of the modern economy? Students would have better job prospects upon graduation, companies could select from a larger and better prepared pool of candidates, and schools could boast a greater return on investment for their graduates.

J.M. Wright Technical School and UCONN/Stamford embrace this strategy, and it pays dividends for those who attend. Their location within a major Connecticut city not only provides an enriched educational experience, but also the opportunity to network, intern and seek employment with a diverse group of centrally located businesses and organizations.

High school students interested in fields such as hospitality, culinary arts, digital media, healthcare, finance, construction and automotive repair will find programs that suit their professional ambitions. Entertainment companies like Blue Sky Studios, ESPN and WWE draw countless applications from Connecticut residents. In response, Wright Tech offers a four-year Digital Media program to give students a leg-up in the job market. Similarly, UCONN/Stamford offers a Digital Media degree with concentrations in web design, 2D and 3D animation, digital game design and digital media strategies for businesses.

As a state legislator and former teacher, my reason for supporting these two schools is simple: The business climate is evolving, our educational system must also evolve, and it must evolve at every level. Wright Tech and UCONN/Stamford “get it.” Rather than requiring high school and college-aged students to pursue traditional academic degrees that may not support their career goals, they are encouraging their students to follow their passions and invest themselves in unique programs.

UCONN/Stamford has taken things to the next level. Last fall, UCONN/Stamford – the largest of the regional campuses with 1,700 undergraduate and 600 graduate students – opened a dorm building where 116 apartment-styled units are available to house up to 350 students. They attracted so many first year students that an additional 100 beds were opened this year to meet the residency demand.

The economic benefits of having a fully-functional college campus in Stamford are abundant. Local businesses will enjoy the influx of residential students who frequent their location during the academic year, and new teaching positions will become available as existing programs expand and new ones are added.

Recent college graduates are drawn to the allure and opportunity of cities like Boston and New York. Now, with new companies and intriguing career options springing up in Stamford, Wright Tech and UCONN/Stamford will be at the center of it all. This synergy may be the key to attracting and keeping young people in our state.

This educational paradigm offers an evolved, modern, and dynamic model for the future.

Rep. Floren Praises Greenwich Hospital for Narcan Donation to Police Department

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


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Combating the opioid crisis in Connecticut is a group effort. This week, Greenwich Hospital donated Narcan kits to the Greenwich Police Department. Narcan is a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of opioids during an overdose. Thank you to Greenwich Hospital, our police officers and all first responders for their great work.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, Rep. Floren wants to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, you may contact Rep. Floren if you have any questions at (800) 842-1423 or at livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Floren Praises the Passage of Bond Package for Greenwich Affordable Housing

Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin


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CT State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the approval of a bond package, which will assist the Greenwich Housing Authority with their work on the Armstrong Court project.

“Since 1946, he town’s housing authority has been an effective and successful producer, owner and management of housing options for low and moderate income people, residents and seniors and this loan is a real boost to the ongoing effort on our part to increase our affordable housing inventory,” Rep. Floren told the Bond Commission during a meeting on July 25, 2018.

 

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Floren may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Floren Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Governor’s Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“Education has always been a priority for me as a parent and legislator, and I was thrilled that the House was able to override the governor’s decision,” Rep. Floren said, who was unable to attend today’s veto session due to an urgent family medical issue. “With that said, I am disappointed the Senate was unable to do the same. Many towns across Connecticut were blindsided last year by the cuts to education funding. It is unfair to put our students and educators in this predicament when they rely on us to give them the funding they need. I hope the General Assembly reconsiders this legislation in the near future.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.

The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.

Rep. Floren, CT House Passes Compromise Budget for FY 2019

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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Budget Restores MSP, Fully Funds Education, Excludes Tolls

HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.

The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.

“‘I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have,’” Rep. Floren said, quoting President Thomas Jefferson. “The plan we passed today is not the be-all-end-all of budgets, but it brings us one step closer to economic recovery, and that is a win for the State of Connecticut. Our problems will not solve themselves. We must work hard to resolve them as a state. Assisting our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, investing in education, and avoiding further tax increases are the priorities that matter to us, and this budget sets those priorities. However, we must keep pushing for more fiscal reforms in the future. We cannot stop here.”

S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

Click below to watch Rep. Floren’s comments on the bond bill, H.B. 5590, which passed the House and Senate unanimously shortly before the budget vote.

 

Click below to watch Rep. Floren on “Meet the Leaders” with David Smith – May 8, 2018.

 

 

Update from Hartford

Posted on May 5, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There are only five days left in the 2018 Session, and we have a lot of work to do. With that said, I am happy to report that we made progress this week in the struggle to provide stability and sustainability to the State of Connecticut.

Revised Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released our second balanced budget proposal for FY 2019. Our plan does the following:

  • Pays down unfunded liabilities
  • Fully funds teachers’ pension plan and retired teachers’ healthcare fund
  • Adds to the rainy day fund
  • Fully restores Medicare Savings Program
  • Provides assistance to the most vulnerable, including those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Accomplishes the above without introducing new tax increases

Republican Revised FY 2019 State Budget Proposal

Toll Bill Blocked for this Session

After months of Republican opposition, the Speaker of the House has decided not to call for a vote on tolls because he no longer has the votes.

Tolls are just another tax on Connecticut residents, and I do not support their installation. With that said, I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the toll debate in the future, but we will be ready.

I will keep you updated as these final days of session unfold. Until then, please contact me at (800) 842-1423 or livvy.floren@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding state government.

 

Best Regards,

Livvy

Rep. Livvy Floren, 149th district

Rep. Floren Urges Passage of Bill Concerning Prescription Drug Costs

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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CT State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford), member of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, urged her colleagues to vote in favor of H.B. 5384, An Act Concerning Prescription Drug Costs. The bill would provide more transparency to consumers when it comes to the pricing of prescription drugs. Rep. Floren believes this legislation is particularly important due to the evolving landscape of the pharmaceutical industry, and the growing number of mergers and acquisitions.