Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. Please Join Us in Newtown for a Pre-Session Legislative Update

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  2. Sen. Formica Urges Lawmakers to Override Governors Veto of the Bipartisan Medicare Savings Program Fix

  3. Naugatuck Town Hall Meeting on Friday, January 26th at 6:30pm

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  4. Sen. Formica Participates in Youth at the Capitol Day

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    State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) participated in the 7th annual Youth at the Capitol Day Forum hosted by Connecticut Voices for Children on Tuesday, January 16.

    Youth at the Capitol Day brings together current and former foster youth advocates, Department of Children and Families representatives, and policymakers. Discussions focus on issues experienced by youth in foster care including transitioning between foster homes, group homes, and other residential placements.

    “The children and young adults who spoke out about their experiences in foster care demonstrated a great deal of strength and bravery in sharing their stories,” said Sen. Formica. “I hope they can find peace and healing by speaking out, and I hope their stories will be able to help others. It’s difficult to legislate a system that is so dependent on love and emotion to be successful. But conversations like these are an important step to informing the legislature about the policies that need our attention so we can improve the system.”

    Sen. Formica (pictured in the attached) was a featured speaker at the “Legislative Champions Respond” panel alongside State Senator Len Suzio (R-Meriden), co-chair of the Children’s Committee. Sen. Formica asked questions of current and former foster youth and advocates regarding their opinions about the adequacy of foster parent training and community supports. He also discussed the legislature’s efforts to review recommendations on how to improve the system, such as notification time between transfers and reporting procedures and resources for children when they need questions answered and social workers cannot be reached.

     

  5. Hope you can join us on Thursday, January 25th for a Legislative Update at 6:30pm

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  6. Sen. Martin, Rep. Petit Discuss General Assembly with Plainville High Students

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    Plainville – Today, State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and Representative William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) spoke to students in all of Plainville High School’s American Government classes. They discussed the state’s legislative process and how it impacts the lives of Connecticut residents.

    “I believe one of the best ways to engage young people in government and politics is to explain how it impacts them,” Sen. Martin said. “It’s easy to think only about the federal officials that occupy so much of our media and social media. Young people need to know that what happens on the local level has a more direct effect on their lives. Becoming involved locally is a way that they, as individuals, can affect change.”

    Dr. Petit noted, “What a great morning spent speaking with our Plainville High School students. I was very encouraged to be among such bright, inquisitive young folks. It is my hope that through our visit, and sharing our own personal insights and experiences as lawmakers, that they will have gained a better understanding of how our local government works. We discussed how decisions in Hartford could have a direct direct effect on them and their families. We hope that perhaps some will even be inspired to become involved.”

    Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.

    Rep. Petit serves the communities of New Britain and Plainville.

  7. PHOTO BRIEF: Sen. Martin, Rep. Petit Meet with Constituents at Bolo Bakery
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    Sen. Henri Martin (second from left) and Rep. William Petit (second from right) discuss state legislative issues with constituents at Bolo Bakery in Plainville.

    Plainville – On Tuesday, State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative William Petit (R-22) met with constituents at Bolo Bakery in Plainville.

    “We had a nice turnout and I always appreciate the opportunity to listen to people’s ideas and concerns,” Sen. Martin said. “Their input is appreciated and important for me to properly represent their interests in Hartford.”

    “Thank you to those who took time out of their busy mornings to come and speak with us, and share concerns,” said Rep. Petit. “With the legislature preparing for the upcoming 2018 session, I appreciate hearing directly from residents about which issues they feel should be a priority.”

    The monthly constituent coffees give residents a chance to meet directly with elected officials to discuss state policies and legislation.

    Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.

    Rep. Petit serves the communities of Plainville and New Britain

     

  8. Look at Transportation Spending Before Asking for Tolls, Higher Taxes

    Governor Malloy’s Transportation Commissioner James Redeker took his Chicken Little routine on the road recently. In each community, he proclaimed that the Special Transportation Fund sky is falling and only tolls and tax increases can save us.

    Governor Malloy set the stage for Redeker’s appearances last week when he announced the indefinite suspension of nearly 400 repair and improvement projects. It seems he intends to maximize commuters’ pain as a way to lower their resistance to giving the state even more money than they do already.

    Many of my Democrat colleagues are ready to join the Governor and commissioner on the toll train. They have been laying the track for several years. They readily point to surrounding states suggesting that we are ignoring a vast funding resource.

    Before we start spending that imaginary toll money, I think we should look at how we spend the money we have.

    A 2016 study by the Reason Foundation found that Connecticut ranked 44th in cost effectiveness for highway performance. To that end, Connecticut spends nearly $480,000 for each mile of road in the state. The national average is just over $160,000 per mile.

    I’m sure we can all agree that the condition of Connecticut’s pothole riddled roadways don’t seem to reflect that high price tag. Last I checked, the streets were not paved with gold.

    So, if we aren’t paying a high price for superior quality, where does all the money go?

    The Reason Foundation said that administrative costs significantly contribute to the price. Connecticut spent more than $83,000 per mile in administrative costs compared to $10,000 per mile nationally.

    However, even if we subtract the administrative costs, Connecticut still outspends the national average by more than $250,000 per mile.

    During the last seven years, Connecticut spent $567 million on a new busway that costs $17.5 million to operate each year. It spent more than $1 billion on the as yet to be finished Hartford to Springfield rail line, which is expected to cost $27 million each year to run.

    Contrast the fact that the $155 million the state bonded in 2016 for the Springfield line would have covered almost all of the costs for repairs needed for the Metro-North New Haven Line.

    The busway and Springfield line were part of the Governor’s 30-year, $100 billion transportation plan. A plan he began to implement without an established way to pay for it.

    How can the administration and legislators go to Connecticut taxpayers, hat in hand, and ask for more money when it doesn’t responsibly spend the money it has? How can they proclaim that tolls are the answer to the state’s transportation funding when a comprehensive study on tolls has not been done? And above all, how can they do it with a straight face?

    Before we consider tolls, Connecticut needs to take an extensive look at how transportation projects are prioritized and how the cost of those projects are calculated. We must also look at the projected costs for projects compared to the final price tag. What changed and why? How do we make the process more efficient?

    Connecticut taxpayers are paying top dollar for a transportation system with more than 57% of all state and local roads in poor condition. Another 22% of roads are in mediocre condition.

    Throwing more money into the Special Transportation fund before we examine and resolve our spending issues is the height of irresponsibility. We have a lot of work to do before we can consider asking Connecticut taxpayers to step on the toll train.

    State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) is Co-Chairman of the legislature’s Transportation Committee. She represents the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

  9. Senators Formica attends the 7th Annual Youth at the Capitol Day
  10. Join me in Montville – Town Hall Meeting

    Please join me for a town hall meeting in Montville this week. Local state lawmakers will be available on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:00 pm to discuss state issues including the upcoming legislative session. More details below.

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