Boucher reports 100% voting record for 2017

State Senator Toni Boucher looks on as Senate Republican President Pro Tempore addresses the media about his request to go into special session to vote on a state budget.

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26)  announced she has earned  a 100% Senate voting record for the 2017 legislative session and special sessions. “This was an especially difficult and long year for our part-time legislature,” Boucher said. “Juggling the responsibilities of families, full-time jobs and the longest legislative session in our state’s history was difficult. However, the need for elected officials to advocate for legislation to serve the best interests of Connecticut taxpayers has never been more important.” Boucher’s voting record was classified as 100% in a report from the Connecticut General Assembly Senate Clerk. Senators voted more than 470 times … Read more

Easton Democrat to run for state representative

The battle for Connecticut’s 135th Congressional District has a new participant. Easton Democrat Anne Hughes plans to challenge incumbent Adam Dunsby to represent the 135th Congressional District, which consists of Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Hughes, 52, grew up in Fairfield, where civic engagement was an important part of her life from the early years. “I’m from a very engaged family,” said Hughes. “We started a recycling initiative in my neighborhood when I very young. We would go around the neighborhood and pick up people’s newspapers and bottles, load them into our van and bring them to the recycling … Read more

Hwang is critical of Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal

Senate Republican Assistant Majority Leader Tony Hwang (R-28) released the following statement regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal: “The assortment of burdensome and job-killing tax hikes that Gov. Malloy has announced should challenge every taxpayer to take action. Gov. Malloy’s following budget changes unfairly punishes Connecticut residents: Does not restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program Makes cuts to municipal aid Rejects the new Education Cost Sharing formula that fairly distributed funding for the first time in decades to schools based on need, population, poverty and other factors Penalizes job creators with tax increases, while the national effort is focused … Read more

Redding GOP endorses Dunsby for re-election

The Redding Republican Town Committee has officially endorsed State Representative Adam Dunsby as its candidate for re-election to the State House of Representatives in this November’s election. The endorsement was announced following a vote in the Town Committee’s monthly meeting on Feb. 5. Dunsby, who was first elected in 2016, represents the 135th House district, which includes Easton, Weston and the majority of Redding. He serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Education Committee and the Environment Committee. During his first term he achieved a perfect voting record, casting a vote on every one of 417 roll call … Read more

Boucher calls Governor’s tax and toll proposal a sham

As E-ZPass has grown, there are fewer cash-only lanes.

Transportation Committee Co-Chair Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) said Governor Malloy’s transportation tax and toll proposal is a sham that will only create more problems for the state. “This is emblematic of the other proposals this administration has put on the table to solve the state’s budget shortfalls. And just like those, it will fail to achieve the desired results,” Boucher said. At a press conference Jan. 31, Malloy called for a seven cent increase in the gas tax, a $3 fee on all tire purchases, and tolls. The Governor’s plan did not state how much tolls would be, how many … Read more

Boucher objects to push for electronic tolls in Connecticut

Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) will discuss recent developments with the Connecticut State Budget on Thursday, Oct.12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road.

On Monday morning, a dozen Democrats from the House of Representatives promised to put forth a bill that would pave the way for electronic tolls on Connecticut highways. The Department of Transportation would create tolls, and the revenue generated would fund transportation projects. Tony Guerrera is the House chairman of the Transportation Committee, and has been pushing for tolls for some time. “I promise you, if we do this, Connecticut will thrive,” Guerrera said in a press conference. Without tolls, it would be possible to see fare hikes in public transportation to cover the projects. In early January, the state … Read more

Malloy joins governors suing federal government over tax bill

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy, and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that they are launching a multi-state coalition to sue the federal government to challenge the new GOP tax bill that eliminates the full state and local tax deductibility. They say this provision effectively preempts the states’ ability to govern by reducing the ability to provide for their own citizens and unfairly targets them and similarly situated states in violation of the constitution. “The GOP tax legislation gave massive handouts to the wealthiest one percent and stuck middle class taxpayers with … Read more

Easton Democrats call for censure of President Trump

The Easton Democratic Town Committee has voted to support the pending resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives censuring President Donald Trump for racist language and expressed intentions concerning American immigration policy. “We condemn a president who willfully espouses an immigration policy based on racial discrimination. Easton Democrats, and, I hope, all Easton residents, cannot allow the president’s words and the racist philosophy promoted by them to go unchallenged,” said Easton DTC Chair Adam Halberg. The Easton DTC further urged all town committees in Connecticut, both Republican and Democratic, to join in condemning the president’s words and intentions. “This is … Read more

Boucher: Look at transportation spending before asking for higher taxes

Traffic is detoured at many sites along Route 59, including at the intersection with Sport Hill Road. Alternate routes are advised. —Nancy Doniger photo

Gov. 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. Malloy set the stage for Redeker’s appearances 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. … Read more

Allie-Brennan qualifies for election funding

Raghib Allie-Brennan

Raghib Allie-Brennan, a declared candidate for state representative of the 2nd District, announced Monday morning that he has raised enough money to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program. Allie-Brennan qualified less than 12 days after announcing. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support this campaign has received in the past week and a half,” Allie-Brennan said. “As someone who firmly believes in keeping special interest money out of politics, qualifying for public financing will allow me to focus on what matters most: finding realistic solutions to the challenges Connecticut residents face, and explaining my position to voters.” To qualify for … Read more

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