Public Forums May 21st and 26th

Posted on May 13, 2022


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As your voice in Hartford, I want to hear from you! Please join me in East Haddam and East Hampton to discuss the recently concluded 2022 legislative session and other state issues that matter to you.

Saturday, May 21st

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

East Haddam Grange Hall

488 Town Street, East Haddam

Thursday, May 26th

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Community Room

East Hampton Public Library

105 Main Street #1, East Hampton

Budget Recap

Posted on May 13, 2022


Budget adjustments for the fiscal year ending in 2023  were released around 4:30 a.m. Monday, May 2nd and taken up later that day in the House of Representatives. The budget passed the General Assembly with a near party line vote.

Overall, the package will increase spending by 6.4% over the previous year adding $1.4 billion to the budget. Much of the spending involves one-time allocations setting up fiscal cliffs, and election year gimmicks to support favored constituencies.

Only modest tax relief

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Rep. Haines Supports Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Posted on April 30, 2022


HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) voted in favor of HB 5417 “An Act Concerning Juvenile Justice and Services, Firearms Background Checks, and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.” Reforms in the legislation include expedited arraignment and services for juvenile offenders, electronic monitoring in certain circumstances, expanded juvenile crime reduction programs.

“The recent spike in juvenile crime and car thefts exposed gaps in our justice system that led to repeat offences and increasingly

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