Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) joined with members of the non-partisan Legislative Prayer Caucus to celebrate the annual Capitol Prayer Network Breakfast on April 30th. Rep. Simanski played guitar and sang the hymn “How Great Thou Art” with attendees from across the state.
Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last month, Democratic members of the Transportation Committee voted in favor of three-toll related proposals. Final passage of these bills (by the House and Senate) would begin the process of placing electronic toll gantries on our highways. The Governor’s constantly evolving proposals include as many as 50 gantries on I-84, I-91, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, other proposals would allow tolls to be expanded to any other limited access highway such as Route 8, making us one of the most heavily tolled states in the country. Concurrent with the ongoing tolls debate, the Democratic majority has testified that they have “diverted” millions of dollars from reaching the Special Transportation Fund, the site where any toll money should go.
If you are opposed to a driving tax, join me and let your voice be heard. Please spread the word and reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the governor and majority party that tolls are the answer to our transportation related issues.
On Saturday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a Rally Against Tolls on the North Lawn of the State Capitol.
Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD—State Representative Simanski (R-62) on Thursday said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against a controversial proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.
“This bill will be another nail in the coffin for our state’s reputation as a place to do business,” said Rep. Simanski. “If we want jobs and opportunity we need businesses small and large. Businesses are not the enemy and small businesses create the majority of our new jobs. This legislation will decrease the number of entry level jobs available and have a disparate impact on our cities and new workers trying find employment.”
Posted on May 2, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – Appropriations Committee members State Representatives Bill Simanski (R-62), Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Carol Hall (R-59) voted no on the biennial state budget put forward by House and Senate Democrats in Committee on April, 30th.
“The budget passed by Democrats in the Appropriations Committee will require significant tax increases,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “Increasing spending over the next two years will further grow our deficit and require citizens to pay more of their hard earned income. The budget will make our state even less affordable.”
The budget passed by Democrats in the committee spends an extra $118 million over Governor Lamont’s proposed budget and will grow the cost of government by about $1 billion over the previous biennial budget.
Rep. Simanski commented, “This budget repeats many of the mistakes of the past and continues our bad habits. I am disappointed that this budget sweeps money from the Passport to Parks program to unrelated projects such as an environmental impact study for a Middletown fire training school.”
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 such as Rt. 8.
Last week, I attended a regional forum in Enfield 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, and tell the committee that Connecticut CAN’T AFFORD TOLLS.