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CT Early Childhood Alliance Names Rep. Lavielle a 2018 Children’s Champion

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Gail Lavielle as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of health development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.

“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Fay, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An Act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.

“The earliest years are the best time in a child’s life to build a strong foundation for physical and mental health and lifelong learning abilities,” said Rep. Lavielle, who is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee. “That’s why education and services for young children are such an integral part of my work in the legislature. Children who are well prepared both intellectually and emotionally to enter school progress the fastest, and are best equipped to learn new material, make friends, and take advantage of educational and professional opportunities as they grow older. I thank the CT Early Childhood Alliance for its recognition, and I am honored to be named a Children’s Champion. I am grateful to this distinguished and caring group of professionals for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of the children of our state.”

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.

Rep. Lavielle Votes to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Preventing Mid-Year Cuts

Posted on June 27, 2018 by rjoslyn


HARTFORD – State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) voted on Monday to override Governor Dannel Malloy’s veto of Public Act 18-35, which would have prevented future governors from making cuts in the middle of a school year to Education Cost Sharing funds allocated by the state budget to individual municipalities.

Although the House voted 103-33 to override the governor’s veto, the effort failed to achieve 2/3 support in the Senate, which allowed the veto to stand.  The legislature also failed to override vetoes on several other pieces of legislation that passed in both chambers earlier this year, as Senate Democrats sided with Governor Malloy.

“Before the governor’s recent decisions to withdraw education funding for districts in the middle of the school year, we had never seen this happen, and the impact was severe for many districts,” said Rep. Lavielle, who is Ranking Member of the Education Committee. “It was clear to many of us that the legislature must not allow this to happen again. Contrary to what the governor said in his veto message, this bill was not about how funding is distributed among towns. It was about timing and ensuring predictability and stability for school districts, towns, and local taxpayers. While I was pleased that we were able to override the veto in the House, it was very disappointing to see many Democrats in the Senate, where the bill had originally passed unanimously, reverse their prior votes to sustain the governor’s veto. Killing this bill showed tremendous disregard for the importance of education, and it was a slap in the face to everyone in local government trying to manage town and school finances effectively. The issue is not going away, and I am determined not to let it rest.”

All seven of the governor’s vetoes were sustained in the General Assembly’s special session on Monday. “These bills were designed to help taxpayers, school districts, and towns, and I will continue advocating for them,” said Rep. Lavielle.

Rep Lavielle Update: Public Information Meetings on Two Norwalk Bridge Construction Projects

Posted on June 22, 2018 by rjoslyn



Public Information Meetings on Two Norwalk Bridge Construction Projects

The CT Department of Transportation has released dates for two upcoming public information meetings scheduled for next week that will serve to inform local residents about planned construction projects to repair the I-95 bridge over Strawberry Hill Ave. and the Stroffolino Bridge over the Norwalk River.

In the spring of 2019, work is anticipated to begin to repair elements of the Stroffolino Bridge, which takes traffic on Rt. 136 over the Norwalk River from East Norwalk into South Norwalk.  The DOT has scheduled the public information meeting regarding this project for June 25, 2018, at 7pm, at Norwalk City Hall.  Follow this link to the DOT’s website for further details about the project and the meeting.

As has been reported, the bridge carrying traffic over I-95 on Strawberry Hill Ave. is also scheduled for rehabilitation, beginning Spring of 2019. The DOT scheduled the public information meeting regarding this project for June 28, 2018, with discussion beginning at 6:30pm, at Norwalk City Hall.  Follow this link to the DOT’s website for further details about the project and the meeting.

You may consider attending these public information meetings if the construction projects could affect your commute or your neighborhood or if you would like to learn more about plans for the repairs.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you would like to speak with me regarding a DOT project or any other state issue.