Posted on April 24, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors
HAVE YOUR SAY: AN ALTERNATIVE TO TOLLS
Democrats who control the legislature have spent three months promoting their desire to add new tolls to Connecticut’s highways, acting as though it’s the only solution to fund improvements to Connecticut’s roads and bridges. They passed three tolls-related bills out of the Transportation Committee, and we await the result of their efforts to meld those bills into one final piece of legislation. Meanwhile, I’ve advocated for an alternative called Prioritize Progress, and this 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
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please join me on Wednesday May 1st 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Jim’s Pizza (124 Poquonock Ave., Windsor), Saturday, May 4th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Three Brothers II (58 Rainbow Rd., East Granby) and Monday, May 6th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Kent Memorial Library (61 Ffyler Place, Suffield) for Legislative Updates. As your State Representative, it is very important for me to know your concerns. Join me to discuss the budget and other legislative issues or questions you may have related to state government!
You are welcome to attend any of these events regardless of your town of residence.
Posted on April 18, 2019 by admin
ENFIELD – State Senator John Kissel (R-7) and State Representative Carol Hall (R-59) hosted House and Senate Republican ranking members of the Transportation Committee, State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31), to discuss legislation proposed by Governor Lamont and legislative Democrats, and to present an alternative transportation funding plan that does not rely on tolls or tax increases.
The event held at JFK Middle School on Tuesday, April 16th, was co-hosted by State Representatives from across the region; Bill Simanski (R-62), Tami Zawistowski (R-61), Kurt Vail (R-52) and Tom Delnicki (R-14).
Posted on April 17, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors
The proposed installation of tolls on Connecticut highways would have a major impact on our residents, our businesses and our community. All of the proposals that have made it out of the Transportation Committee include tolling on I-91, I-84, I-95 and Rt. 15 and potentially any other “limited access highway” with the goal of raising $1 billion.
Join me for an upcoming regional forum on the plans put forward by Governor Lamont and other proposals before the legislature.…
Posted on April 15, 2019 by admin
WINDSOR – State Representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Tom Delnicki (R-14) in conjunction with State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134), House and Senate Ranking Members of the legislative Transportation Committee, are inviting the public to attend an informational forum on tolls.
WHERE: LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor
WHEN: Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Posted on April 3, 2019 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors
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.
All of the proposals that have made it out of the Transportation Committee include tolling on I-91, I-84, I-95 and Rt. 15 and potentially any other “limited access highway.”
Join me for an upcoming regional forum on the plans put forward…
Posted on April 1, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – On Friday, March 29th State Representative Tami Zawistowski’s (R-61) proposed legislation, HB 5123 ‘An Act Prohibiting the Use of Eminent Domain for Certain Commercial Purposes’ was approved by the Planning and Development Committee.
If enacted, the legislation would prevent state and local governments from seizing private property for certain commercial uses by private entities. The bill takes aim at the use of eminent domain for commercial purposes such as the seizure of private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London which resulted in the demolition of private homes to make way for economic development which ultimately did not materialize.
“This legislation is long overdue,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “It has been over a decade since the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. New London decision which allowed for the seizure of property for private commercial purposes. Since the decision in 2005, forty-four states have amended their eminent domain laws. It is time for Connecticut to do the same. I am hopeful that this legislation will continue to move forward.”
Posted on March 28, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representatives Bill Simanski (R-62), Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Carol Hall (R-59) voted against an arbitration award for state Assistant Attorneys General on Wednesday, March 27th.
“These agreements are putting the cart before the horse and growing our fixed costs before we have passed the budget,” said Rep. Simanski. “We are continuing to struggle with the ripple effects from the 2017 SEBAC agreement and the expansion of bargaining units. We are locked in to these labor agreements…
Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – On Wednesday, March 21st, State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) voted against three proposed bills in the Transportation Committee that would install tolls on Connecticut highways including I-84, I-91, I-95, Rt. 15 and potentially any other limited access highway.
“I am disappointed, but I am not surprised that the committee voted to approve what amounts to a nearly one billion dollar tax increase. Residents have recognized that tolls would have a negative impact on the cost of living and increase traffic on our backroads,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “This session we have seen a clear pattern of targeting middle class and working families with tax increases from the Democrat majority in the legislature and the new administration. Each of these proposals would put tolls on I-91 and I-84 directly impacting commuters, businesses and families across north-central Connecticut.”
Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) stopped by the Suffield booth set up at the Capitol for Agriculture Day speaking with Suffield Town Clerk Kathleen Dunai and Main Street CT CEO and former Suffield Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon.
Rep. Zawistowski shared, “It was a pleasure seeing Suffield agriculture represented at the Capitol. I am lucky to represent a community that does such a good job preserving and growing our agricultural heritage.”
‘Ag Day’ put on by the…