That’s a Wrap! 2018 Legislative Session Review

May 15, 2018

That’s a Wrap! 2018 Legislative Session Review

The 2018 Legislative Session has come to a close and it was a busy session for me. As Co-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee I worked on several pieces of legislation that will not only help our judicial system operate more effectively, but legislation that will help Connecticut families and victims of domestic violence. I also worked with my colleagues to pass a bipartisan budget that directly benefits towns and families in North-Central Connecticut.

The bipartisan budget contains no new tax increases, restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program, provides $16 million to the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare Fund, and preserves a $200 property tax credit that supports elderly and working families. In fact towns in North-Central Connecticut have already begun to see the benefits of this budget. As a result of the General Assembly’s approval of the budget the following nearby towns have received an increase in state aid for 2018 and 2019:

  • Enfield: $2.79 Million
  • Somers: $343,390
  • East Granby: $168,252
  • Granby: $463,736
  • Suffield: $479,143

I also spoke out against a few bills this session, legislation that would have put more mandates and taxes on businesses and families.

Some “bad bills” that were defeated during the session include implementing tolls on Connecticut highways, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and paid family medical leave. All of which would have negatively impacted families and businesses.

After this busy session I want to not only thank my staff, but my family as well. My wife and sons are always very supportive during this time. They understand the work we do in Hartford has a direct impact on the lives of many families throughout our region.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about the legislation that we passed during this session – please reach out to me at 860-240-0531.