Senator Guglielmo Appointed to Group to Study Municipal Mandates

February 16, 2006

State Senator Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, has been appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to serve as a member of a newly created task force that will conduct a comprehensive study on state mandates and their effect on Connecticut’s municipalities. According to Sen. Guglielmo, the 16-member group will meet regularly over the coming months and provide Gov. Rell with a series of recommendations later this fall.

“Relieving our cities and towns of unnecessary and costly mandates is a great way for the state to provide financial relief to our municipalities,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with other members of this working group to come up with ideas and recommendations that will help towns from spending precious resources on outdated state mandates.”

According to Sen. Guglielmo, the working group consists of a bi-partisan mix of business, community and legislative leaders. He said that Connecticut currently has hundreds of state mandates currently on the books that he said may not be necessary once reviewed.

“This is about not only streamlining state government but municipal government as well,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “The legislature has passed many laws that have appeared to have minimal financial impact at the time they were enacted. However, those types of mandates tend to add up over the years and when cities and towns are fighting tooth and nail to keep expenditures down, any type of relief we could provide to them I believe would be helpful.”