Rep. Kennedy Supports Bill to Find Way to Recycle Smoke Detectors

Posted on March 18, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD- State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) today supported a proposal in the Environment committee which looks to find a solution to the recycling and disposal of radioactive smoke detectors.

The legislation, SB 1001, An Act Concerning the Recycling and Disposal of Smoke Detectors, would have the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) submit a report to include: 1) best practices for residents of Connecticut to dispose of or recycle residential some detectors, 2) any hazardous

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State Rep. Kathy Kennedy: State Tax Hearing on March 15

Posted on March 14, 2019 by jdooley


 

Dear Neighbors, 

On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal will be in front of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. As you may know, the governor is looking to increase revenues by implementing 53 tolls throughout the state and expanding the sales tax to include new items and services. 

Here are just a couple of services and items that will now fall under the sales tax: 

  • Legal services
  • Accounting services
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Rep. Kennedy Opposes CT Toll Plans

Posted on March 6, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD – State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (Milford & Orange) today submitted testimony opposing legislation that would bring a state-wide tolling system to Connecticut highways.

The Transportation committee held a public hearing on two bills: the first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.

Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year budget proposal, has proposed 53 toll gantries. According to one of the proposals, the final number of gantries and the cost of each electronic toll would be determined by an unelected state transportation authority with no input from the state legislature.

In written testimony, Rep. Kennedy told the committee that not a day goes by that I don’t hear from a constituent expressing their opposition to tolls in Connecticut.

Rep. Kennedy mentioned how she supports a 30-year prioritized transportation plan called Prioritize Progress which does not increase taxes or include tolls and stays under the new state bonding cap and provides flexibility in setting transportation priorities.

“The proposed implementation of tolls is yet another way we are taxing our Connecticut residents who are already struggling to stretch their weekly paychecks. It has been stated tolls are necessary to repair our heavily traveled roadways which are in need of upgrades and maintenance.  However, they are simply not a magical solution,” said Rep. Kennedy. “There is the potential that businesses will suffer with the implementation of tolls as residents will likely look for alternate routes to travel to avoid paying a toll thereby taking them away from stores, restaurants and other places of business they may have once frequented.  There is the impact on a family that travels throughout the state on weekends for their child’s sporting events and other school wide events.  There is the daily cost to commuters who travel our highways to get to work.”

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Rep. Kathy Kennedy: Tolls Public Hearing March 6th

Posted on March 4, 2019 by jdooley


Tolls Public Hearing

The legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday (March 6) will hold a public hearing on two different bills that would bring highway tolls back to Connecticut. 

The first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.

Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year

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State Rep. Kennedy Announces Public Hearings on Forced Regionalization

Posted on February 26, 2019 by jdooley


 

School Regionalization Update

On Friday, March 1 at 1:00 pm in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building there will be an Education Committee Public Hearing on the school regionalization bills.

I am a member of the Education committee and plan to be in attendance for the hearing.

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Kennedy, Klarides and Ferraro Disappointed By Lamont Tax Plan

Posted on February 25, 2019 by jdooley


HARTFORD- House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) today were disappointed with Governor Lamont’s budget proposal which is a direct attack on middle class families with massive tax hikes on Milford and Orange families.

The governor’s budget proposes to raise taxes by $1.28 billion in the first year and $1.76 billion in the second year of the two-year budget cycle and also moves to shift 25% of the teachers’ pension cost on

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Rep. Kennedy: Tree Removal along the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in Orange, Woodbridge and New Haven.

Posted on February 15, 2019 by jdooley


State Rep. Kathy Kennedy announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will doing tree removal operation will be performed on Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) northbound and southbound in Orange, Woodbridge and New Haven on Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17, 2019. Work hours will be 6 a.m. to noon.

The project consists of cutting dead trees, high limbing and clearing signs between Exits 56 and 59. This work will be performed by state forces.

LANE CLOSURE INFO
Motorists can expect

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Local Lawmakers Deliver Student’s Valentines for Vets

Posted on February 14, 2019 by jdooley


State Representatives Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, Kathy Kennedy, and Nicole Klarides-Ditria teamed up with local students to make Valentines for Veterans. The students made hundreds of handmade valentines for the veterans and the lawmakers delivered them to veterans at the West Haven VA on Valentine’s Day.

The schools that participated included:

Beacon Falls:
Laurel Ledge Elementary School

Derby:
Bradley School

Orange:
Turkey Hill School

Milford:
Mathewson Elementary
Calf Pen Elementary

Seymour

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Reps. Kennedy, Ferraro Host Milford Office Hours

Posted on February 14, 2019 by jdooley


MILFORD – State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Kathy Kennedy held office hours on Wednesday night at the Milford Library, where residents were able to ask questions about issues impacting the state.

The hour question and answer style office hour was dominated by the topic of reinstituting tolls. The lawmakers explained that Democrats have proposed a bill that would call for tolling everyone and an additional bill to creating Transportation Authority.

Last year, the Department of Transportation conducted

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Rep. Kathy Kennedy: Lighting Repairs along Interstate 95 in Milford, Orange and West Haven

Posted on February 1, 2019 by jdooley


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that an illumination repair project will be performed on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound between Exits 39A and 42 in Milford, Orange and West Haven, Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3, 2019. Work hours are 6 a.m. to noon.

This work is being performed by state forces.

LANE CLOSURE INFO

Motorists can expect lane closures to occur on Interstate 95 Northbound and Southbound in Milford, Orange and West Haven between Exit 39A (US 1, Boston

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