Special Session and Local Construction Updates

Posted on June 23, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather, finding some time to relax, and have had the opportunity to reunite with friends and family as the state, city, and town begin to reopen.

Please see below for a few important state and local updates.

Special Session & the Bond Bill

The last day the legislature was in the Capitol building before the stay-home-stay-safe order took effect was March 11. Since the 2020 regular session did not run its full course, we will need to reconvene for special session in the very near future.

During even-year session, like 2020, our primary task is to make adjustments to the second year of the biennial state budget. Recognizing the urgent need to address this issue and then some, I, and many other legislators, signed a petition to request a special session to debate the state budget, disburse federal COVID-19 relief funding to municipalities, and to review the executive orders that have been issued during the public health emergency.

In light of recent events, the governor has asked us to convene to discuss police accountability and voting by absentee ballot. We expect this to occur mid to late July.

One of the few items to be voted on by the House before the pandemic began was H.B. 5518 (Public Act 20-1) – also known as the “Bond Bill.” This comprehensive legislation adheres to the governor’s “debt diet” without imposing starvation – an example of intermittent fasting. This bond bill proves that restrained and strategic borrowing can be a useful financial tool to help Connecticut prepare for success in the future.

Here are some of the highlights of the bond package.

  • Remains within the 90 percent debt limit and the $1.9 billion hard bond cap

  • Restricts new authorizations, and either reduces, delays, or cancels prior authorizations that were not already in process or were no longer necessary

  • Preserves school construction reimbursement

  • Preserves municipal funds like the Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) and Town Aid Road (TAR)

  • Maintains competitive local grants like the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), the Urban Act, and the nonprofit funding pool

  • Provides $200 million for infrastructure improvement and repairs

Local Construction Updates: Armstrong Court & I-95

Armstrong Court now has 18 beautiful new townhouses awaiting Greenwich families – the first phase of the neighborhood’s transformation. I was honored to be there for the ribbon cutting with members of the Greenwich legislative delegation, our first selectman and selectwomen, and many others. Thank you to the Greenwich Housing Authority and so many others for making this possible. If you have not already, please take a moment to read the article by Ken Borsuk of Greenwich Time about this exciting new chapter for Armstrong Court.

Lastly, please click here for an important announcement from the Connecticut Department of Transportation regarding scheduled work at Exit 4 on I-95 southbound in Greenwich. The work is scheduled to begin next week.

As always, please reach out to me if you have questions, comments, ideas, or concerns regarding state government.

Email: Livvy.Floren@housegop.ct.gov

Warm regards,

 

 

 

State Representative Livvy Floren

149th General Assembly District

Greenwich & Stamford