Posted on April 24, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Many constituents have reached out to express their concerns about proposals to install tolls on Connecticut highways including I-91, I-84 and in some proposed bills, potentially any other “limited access” road.
Last week, I hosted a regional forum in East Hampton featuring Transportation Committee Ranking Members Laura Devlin and Henri Martin to discuss transportation funding, proposed tolls legislation and present an alternative.
The Senate and House Republican proposal will finally receive a public hearing in the Finance Committee this Friday. You can testify, telling committee Democrats that Connecticut CAN’T AFFORD TOLLS.
Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin
I would like to say thank you to everyone who attended our informational forum on tolls featuring Transportation Committee Ranking Members State Representative Devlin and State Senator Martin. I would also like to thank to State Representatives Carpino and Green for co-hosting the event.
Our state has a poor history of maintaining the Special Transportation Fund (STF). We might not have swept money out of the fund, but we have diverted revenues and prevented money from going into the fund. In his budget, Governor Lamont proposes to do more of the same, shifting new car sales tax revenues into the general fund. The Governor’s plan makes the STF insolvent and relies heavily on borrowing against potential future toll revenues.
Posted on April 15, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) has announced that she will be hosting a legislative update to provide residents the opportunity to hear the latest updates from the State Capitol and ask questions. The major topics discussed will include school regionalization, taxes and tolls.
The event is free and open to the public. Rep. Haines encourages residents to attend this meeting, as it is an opportunity to discuss major issues that are shaping the 2019 Legislative Session.
Monday, April 29th
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
East Haddam Municipal Complex
1 Plains Road, Moodus
Posted on April 10, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Saturday April, 27th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications. There are opportunities to dispose of your unwanted medications in East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester. Studies have shown that drug abuse often starts with family members having access to unused opioids, inadvertently left in the family’s medicine cabinet. Please check your medicine storage areas to see if there are any unused or no longer necessary medications and avail yourself of this opportunity for safe disposal.
Drug take back day continues to grow, nationwide during the 16th take back day 4,770 police departments participated offering 5,839 sites with over 457 tons collected for proper disposal. Read more HERE.
Saturday, April 27th
10am – 2pm
Senior Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road
Medication Drop Box
Police Department, 20 East High Street
Medication Drop Boxes
Resident Trooper, 127 Norwich Avenue
State Police Troop K, 15a Old Hartford Road
Posted on April 1, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) lauded the approval of her proposed legislation, HB 5644 ‘An Act Concerning the Depreciation Schedule for Commercial Construction Equipment’ in the Planning and Development Committee on Friday, March 29th.
“Construction equipment is not depreciated under a similar percentage scale according to age like all other business equipment but is instead given a value based on similar machines listed for sale,” said Rep. Haines. “If a farmer or a quarry bought a backhoe to use in their commercial business, it would be depreciated on a scale but if the backhoe was bought by a builder, it would not.”
Posted on March 29, 2019 by admin
As part of the 2019 Connecticut Trails Day Weekend, State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) will host a recreational hike and picnic with the East Haddam Land Trust at the Harris Property open space on Sunday, June 2nd.
Sunday June 2nd 4:30 p.m. 112 Shanaghans Road, East Haddam
The hike will take place on Sunday starting at the “Haines Ranch” and will continue along the Harris Property trails and return to ranch for a picnic. Hikers are encouraged to pack water, sunscreen, bug-spray, other hiking materials and a picnic dinner. Farm fresh beef hamburgers and light refreshments will be served.
Posted on March 27, 2019 by admin
In a recent poll I sent out to constituents, over 80% who responded were opposed to the DOT study proposal which called for 82 tolls. The proposed installation of tolls on Connecticut highways would have a major impact on our community.
Join me for an informational forum on the plans put forward by Governor Lamont and other proposals before the legislature.
Posted on March 18, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
As your voice in Hartford, I want to hear from you! Please join me for an Office Hour in East Haddam at the Public Library on Wednesday, March 27th. Come and share your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns about issues facing the legislature in 2019.
Wednesday, March 27th
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.
East Haddam Free Public Library
18 Plains Road, Moodus
As always, if you have questions or concerns about state government please do not hesitate to contact me at…
Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
As your voice in Hartford, I want to hear from you! Please join me for a Coffee Hour in East Hampton at Island Coffee Traders on Wednesday, March 27th. Come and share your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns about issues facing the legislature in 2019.
Wednesday, March 27th 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Island Coffee Roasters 37 East High Street, East Hampton
As always, if you have questions or concerns about state government please do not hesitate to contact me…