Sen. Kelly, Local Lawmakers Sworn-in for New Term

January 10, 2019

Sen.Kelly with Reps. McGorty and PerilloShelton lawmakers including State Representatives Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and State Senator Kevin Kelly took their oath of office on Wednesday, commencing the 2019 legislative session.

The lawmakers will be entering a “long session”, which will run from January 9th to June 5th. During the long session, the lawmakers are able to propose legislation and will be tasked with framing a two-year state budget.

“In times of hardship, Connecticut has to learn to live within its means. Just like our families do on a daily basis, we have to make budgets that prioritize our core needs over wants,” said Sen. Kelly. “This year, I’ll be working to continue efforts to protect core services without overburdening our families with new expenses. I look forward to working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to mitigate our state’s growing tax burdens and high cost of living. Together we need to focus on creating stability, growing jobs and protecting aid for the most vulnerable. I will also be working to protect funding to help seniors age in place and developing policies to reduce the costs of health care to make care truly accessible to all people. I look forward to tackling these challenges and hearing from the constituents I represent. If you want to share your input during the session, please don’t hesitate to contact me at kevin.kelly@cga.ct.gov or calling 860-240-8800.”

“Ensuring that the state budget isn’t balanced through tax increases is the top priority in our agenda,” said Rep. Perillo. “Over the past eight years, Governor Dan Malloy and legislative Democrats failed to restore our state’s economy. We have a new administration coming in and I hope Governor Ned Lamont’s approach to tackling the budget crisis and attracting businesses is much different than his predecessors.”

Rep. McGorty added, “We are already starting to see many legislative proposals coming from the other side of the aisle that are looking to raise taxes and place tolls throughout our state. Shelton residents can trust that we will be fighting against tolls and tax increases. We will be working on legislation that will decrease taxes and will keep residents and businesses here in Connecticut.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, residents can expect lawmakers to debate hot button issues such as tolls, sports betting, and the legalization of marijuana.

The lawmakers encourage residents to follow the legislative action by visiting the General Assembly’s website, www.cga.ct.gov, and signing up for their email updates. Residents can find Reps. Perillo and McGorty’s websites by visiting cthousegop.com and Sen. Kelly’s website can be found by visiting ctsenaterepublicans.com.