Rep. Sredzinski Construction Update: Scheduled Closure and Detour of Rt. 25 in Monroe Postponed to Next Week

Posted on August 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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The CT Department of Transportation has announced that the scheduled closure and detour of Rt. 25 in Monroe has been postponed and moved to next weekend.  The closure will be from Aug. 10 to 13, instead of this weekend as originally scheduled.

As required for the project to replace two culverts and raise the roadway along that stretch of Route 25, the project contractor will close the road from 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, to 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.

While traffic will be detoured onto Pepper Street and Old Newtown Road, truck traffic will not be permitted on local roads and instead be detoured to routes 111 and 34. This is the first of three weekend closures planned this year, but those additional dates have not been finalized.

Access to all businesses in that area will remain available during the road closure.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have further questions about DOT projects or any other state issue.

Rep. Sredzinski Signs Petition to Call a Special Session and Stop Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study

Posted on July 24, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Rep. Sredzinski Signing Petition to Convene Special Session

HARTFORD – State Representative JP Sredzinski (R-112) signed a petition this week to request a special session for the purpose of prohibiting the expenditure of taxpayer funds to study and evaluate the establishment of tolls in Connecticut.

Last week, Governor Dan Malloy issued an Executive Order directing the state Department of Transportation to prepare a plan implementing tolls and study its impacts. He is requesting to borrow $10 million for the study from the Bond Commission, which he chairs.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways. This past spring, the legislature refused to consider a similar study costing only $5 million.

“In an effort to prevent expenditure of taxpayer money on something so unnecessary, I am joining my colleagues in attempting legislative action to explicitly prohibit using taxpayer money to study tolls,” said Rep. Sredzinski.  “To proceed with a $10 million toll study when the legislature refused to consider a similar study – that only costed $5 million – this past spring, is to ignore the public opposition against another layer of revenue collection on the people of Connecticut.  While the governor has the power to issue executive orders, as he did to commission the study, the legislature still has the power to block funds in response.  We have to protect taxpayers and commuters from a plan that would make Connecticut even less affordable.”

Rep. Sredzinski Calls on Bond Commission to Remove Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study from Agenda

Posted on July 18, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative JP Sredzinski (R-112) today urged the State Bond Commission to remove from their agenda an item bonding $10 million to study the impact of electronic tolling on Connecticut highways. The agenda item would borrow money to pay for the study and is a request from Governor Dan Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission and decides which items are on the agenda.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways.

Rep. Sredzinski offered the following statement in response to the announcement.

“The governor has again displayed how totally detached he is from Connecticut’s reality and the State Bond Commission must not enable his fantasies. We have seen studies about the impact tolls would have.  We have seen the proposals toll proponents are pushing in order to raise the most amount of money possible.  It is unconscionable to ask Connecticut taxpayers to pay for another study that studies how the state can extract even more money from them.  Ultimately, the study will find that tolls will make life for commuters and their families even less affordable.

“The $10 million price tag on this particular study is suspicious enough – plans I had seen before the legislature costed only $5 million to study tolls. Why is this one so expensive?  Further, asking for millions of borrowed dollars is particularly brazen, considering Governor Malloy and his administration will be gone in January and the legislature could look completely different.

“The state needs to be studying how to lessen the tax burden on our residents, not add an additional fee. If you think that tolls are a magical solution to the deep fiscal hole our state is in, fine!  Show us your proposal and we can debate it.  Don’t ask for $10 million to study it.  However, without decreasing the gas tax and making an honest effort to lower the laundry list of taxes and fees Connecticut taxpayers endure every day, I cannot fathom even exploring the concept of tolls.”

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25.

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

Posted on June 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative JP Sredzinski (R-112) voted on Monday to override Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of a bill prohibiting future governors from making cuts to education aid in the middle of a fiscal year.

Although there was enough support in the House to override the governor’s veto, the override effort failed to achieve 2/3 support in the Senate and was ultimately unsuccessful, meaning Governor Malloy’s veto will stand.

Public Act 18-35 was legislation intended to impede a Connecticut governor from withdrawing Education Cost Sharing funds already promised to a municipality for the school year. The bill was a key legislative priority for Rep. Sredzinski because Monroe has been targeted for mid-year funding holdbacks by the governor in recent years.

“Our current governor has gotten into a destructive habit of irresponsible spending on pet projects, then withdrawing funding from local school districts to make up the difference for the spending – this new law was intended to put a stop to these unprecedented actions,” said Rep. Sredzinski.  “Making unanticipated mid-year cuts to municipalities causes chaos for town officials who must scramble to plug the holes in their budgets left by the cuts.  This means making cuts to school districts and scaling back core government services that families rely on, and relying on property taxpayers to make up for the rest.

“I am disappointed that there are still legislators who vote in lockstep with Governor Malloy in spite of the impact his cuts have had on schools across the state. Our current governor’s use of his executive powers is irresponsible and without precedent.  The legislature should have acted to take this power away from this governor as well as any future governor,” said Rep. Sredzinski.

The veto was sustained in a special session of the General Assembly after the Senate fell two shorts of the 2/3 support needed to override, although the House override effort successfully passed on a 103-33 margin.

Monroe Town Hall Forum with Rep. Sredzinski & Sen. Kelly

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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MONROE State Rep. JP Sredzinski (R-112) and State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21) are holding a post-session town hall meeting on Thursday, May 24 at Monroe Town Hall. They will discuss legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session, including the status of the state budget.  See attached flyer for further details.

 

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to speak to the legislators can contact Rep. Sredzinski at jp.sredzinski@housegop.ct.gov or Sen. Kelly at kevin.kelly@cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Sredzinski Votes for Compromise Budget to Protect Local Education, MSP Funding

Posted on May 10, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative JP Sredzinski (R-112) on Wednesday praised the passage of a budget adjustment plan for the 2019 fiscal year.  The budget plan, which passed on a bipartisan vote before the end of the 2018 session, is the result of negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to make adjustments to the budget passed last October.

The Republican budget plan was called for a vote earlier in the day, but was defeated.

Rep. Sredzinski emphasized the budget adjustments fulfill several of his key priorities for the session, including the protection of ECS funding for Monroe & Newtown, fully funding the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) for seniors, adding money to teachers’ healthcare accounts, and increasing funding to the Special Transportation Fund. The budget adjustments do not contain any tax increases, a critical requirement Republicans insisted on.

“With Connecticut stuck in this ongoing fiscal crisis, it is critical we support our seniors and students, which is why Republicans led the push to restore cuts made to MSP and preserving ECS funding,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “This budget was a compromise with the majority party, so it does not do everything I would have liked. However, our state needs to have a balanced budget in place and we need to continue the progress made in the historic budget we passed last year.”

The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years.

Republicans were able to negotiate several provisions from their original budget proposal into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million.

Among the provisions in the compromise budget are:

  • $5 million for emergency placement for Department of Developmental Services patients
  • Reduce Energy Efficiency Fund sweeps by $10 million
  • $9.5 million for cost of living increases for private providers

 

Republicans also were successful in including some provisions for long-term structural changes, such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities, and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.

Republicans also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.

“The budget we passed last year showed the progress Republicans can make in Hartford given more power, and this year our goal was to build on those achievements and keep the state moving in the right direction – even while working in the minority,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “These are all encouraging developments for families and business in our state. I am eager to continue working in the coming months to finally open our state for business again.”

The new budget adjustments go into effect at the beginning of FY 2019 on July 1.