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CT has a Balanced Budget Under Threat by Lame Duck

Connecticut’s the only state in the USA which is operating without a budget at this point…

With lots of hard work the Republican budget was finally presented, voted upon and PASSED!

This Balanced Budget is under threat by our Lame Duck Governor because it doesn’t Add Tolls and increase spending to his crony friends whose salaries are paid by the CT Taxpayers.

Even before the Balanced Budget was passed by the CT House Malloy was grumpily fussing that he was going to VETO the Republican Budget!

Why would he VETO a Balanced Budget that Saves the Taxpaying citizens of CT money??

The Only Answer is because Malloy does NOT CARE ABOUT CT Taxpayers!

#MalloysMess is growing bigger because he & his party #DemocratsHurtingFamilies are only interested in making themselves RICHER at our expense – Look at how much the democrats rant and rave about cuts to the C.E.P. which gives MILLIONS of Dollars to the candidates and the democrat machine so they do not have to meet the people in person to answer questions in an open debate. That’s just one example

 

Copied & Pasted Facebook Post Below Highlighting of items was done by me to point out items to pay attention to

9/16/17
5:05AM

WE DID IT!

Good Morning, Friends!

As many of you will soon wake up and read this, I am just getting home and finally into bed.

After nearly 9 months of researching, calculating, debating, and finally negotiating, the GOP budget prevailed and therefore has been officially adopted, in a bipartisan manner, by both the Connecticut HOUSE AND SENATE!

A very special thank you to those courageous Democrats who joined us tonight by passing a historic budget for the citizens of our beloved state. I am so grateful to everyone who sent texts, made calls, and created social media posts in order to spread the word over these past two very intense days. This has undoubtedly been an experience that I will never forget. The fight isn’t over, however, but please know what an immense honor it is to be fighting for you and your family.

Now, let’s get our Governor to sign this budget before October 1st.

Please call & tell him to SIGN it!

Phone (860) 566-4840 
Toll-Free: (800) 406-1527
TDD: (860) 524-7397

FY 2018/2019 Budget Summary

No New Taxes & Reduces Taxes 

No increase of the sales tax

No secondary home tax

No cell phone tax

No increase to the cigarette tax

No new tax on nonprescription drugs

No new restaurant sales tax

No increase to the pistol permit fee

No increase to the hotel tax

No new fantasy sports tax

No income tax increase

Restores funding for the state’s property tax credit in its entirety to all families and individuals

Eliminates Social Security income tax and phases out tax on pension income for middle class families

Increases Education Funding

Increases education funding and includes a new ECS formula to fairly distribute aid as well as a council to analyze and make any necessary changes to the new formula within the next year.

Municipal Support and Mandate Relief

Flat funds or increases funding for all municipalities over the biennium.

Stabilizes municipal aid and does not ask towns and cities to pay for teacher retirement costs. Also includes significant municipal mandate relief.

Funds Core Social Services

Restores funding for core social services and programs that benefit people most in need.

Fully funds day and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reopens Care4Kids, etc.

Prioritizes Transportation

Prioritizes the state’s transportation needs and stabilizes funding without tolls or new taxes.

Implements the Republican Prioritize Progress transportation funding plan and stabilizes the state’s Special Transportation Plan.

Supports Seniors

Lowers taxes for retirees by eliminating tax on social security for middle class families and phases out pension income tax for those with incomes below a specified threshold.

Helps seniors age in place by restoring and increasing funding for core programs and supports such as Meals on Wheels, the personal needs allowance, non ADA dial a ride, and the CT Home Care Program.

Funds State Parks & Tourism

Enhances funding for state parks/tourism without raising taxes by implementing a new Passport to Parks program and dedicating a portion of the current hotel occupancy tax to a new Marketing, Culture & Tourism account.

Reduces Size of Government

Implements 10% reductions to certain agency accounts, overtime savings of 10%, a hiring freeze on non-24-hour non-union positions, and makes cuts to the legislature such as reducing the number of legislative committees.

Includes Structural Changes

Changes include a spending cap, bonding cap, municipal mandate relief, and other long term savings. Implements pension reform beginning in 2027 after the recently approved SEBAC contract ends.

Recommends rolling forward the FY 2017 holdbacks except for core services that this budget seeks to protect such as grants for mental health and substance abuse, early childhood programs for low income citizens, and youth service bureau funding. Implements 10% reductions to certain agency accounts.

Education

This budget includes a fully revised Education Cost Sharing Formula that takes into account factors regarding CCJEF and Meskill court decisions, enrollment, poverty and wealth. This budget dedicates $33.6 million more to education in FY 2018 and $136.6 million more in FY 2019.

Once fully implemented, the state will be spending $678.7 million more on education funding under this proposal, which also allows for a committee to study and revise the new formula if deemed necessary within the next year. In 2018 all towns and cities will either be held harmless or gain more ECS funding.

Municipal Aid

Flat funds or increases funding for all municipalities over the biennium • Does not require municipalities to assume any costs associated with teachers’ retirement. • Recommends mandate relief to help towns manage their budgets and identify savings for local taxpayers. • Preserves or increases Education Cost Sharing base grants to municipalities (detailed below) • Recommends eliminating the general revenue sharing and car tax portions of the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account (0.5% of the sales tax going to municipalities).

Transportation

• Implements “Prioritize Progress” to provide $62 billion to transportation over 30 years without new taxes or tolls.

• Does not sweep any funding from the Special Transportation Fund.

• Contains multiple policy changes to make the Special Transportation Fund solvent and prevent it from entering deficiency. Will move transportation related revenue into the STF to make solvent through 2022 and beyond.

Tax Reductions

• Exempts all Social Security as of January 1, 2017 for single income tax filers with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) below $75,000 and for joint filers with an AGI below $100,000.
• Phases out the tax on pension income for tax filers with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) below $75,000 and for joint filers with an AGI below $100,000 beginning in 2019.
• Phases in federal exemption of estate tax as governor does
• Lowers lifetime cap on gift and estate tax beginning in 2020 as governor does

Changes to Other Tax Proposals

• Does not raise or expand the sales tax

• Does not have a restaurant tax

• Does not increase cigarette tax, hotel tax or tax on digital downloads

• Does not tax nonprescription drugs

• Rejects proposed pistol permit fee increase

• Restores the $200 property tax credit for ALL qualifying families and individuals. (approximately 874,000 middle class and working poor families).

Social Services

• Provides required funding to reopen programs under Care4Kids

• Fully funds day and employment services for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

• Restores funding for core social services, including but not limited to:

Meals on Wheels (increases funding)

* mental health and substance abuse treatment

* SAGA, a lifeline for many of CT’s residents who are disabled and unable to work

* School based health clinics, rape crisis, community health services, family resource centers

* Does not annualize holdbacks for domestic violence shelters and services for those with disabilities, employment opportunities for blind and deaf

* Restores funding for regional mental health boards and restores mental health services

* Does not reduce burial benefits for the indigent

Seniors

• Rejects cuts to the CT Home Care Program
• Restores the personal needs allowance
• Social Security income tax exemption and phases in pension income tax exemption
• Restores full Meals on Wheels funding
• Restores funding for non ADA dial a ride and adds more funding
• Phases in Social Security income tax exemption for middle income households

Veterans

Restores funding for veterans’ headstones and burial expenses

Hospitals

• Does not allow municipalities to tax local hospitals and preserves the small hospital pool.
• Accept the hospital settlement agreed to by the Connecticut Hospital Association
• Phases out the hospital tax over time beginning in FY 2020.
• Increase Medicaid rates which protects hospitals from changes on the federal level

Parks

In an effort to stabilize the state’s protection and administration of our natural resources, this budget recommends the establishment of a new Environmental Conservation Account funded with a $5 annual State Parks Pass. This fee will be assessed on motor vehicle registrations. In return, all cars with a Connecticut license plate will be allowed access to state parks and forests without a parking fee. This will allow DEEP to operate in a more business-like fashion.

Tourism

Acknowledging the multiplier effect that tourism has on our economy, the budget proposes to transfer 1.5% of the current hotel occupancy tax to a new Marketing, Culture and Tourism account. This is not a new tax as Democrats have proposed. All current tourism appropriations made from the General Fund are eliminated and all future funding will be made from the new account on a competitive basis. This results in a tourism funding increase and more stability.
Funding is also provided to maintain Connecticut’s rest stops making our state more attractive to visitors.

Reduces Size of Government

• Requires that state agencies shall have no more than one deputy commissioner and have no more than one executive secretary.
• Implements overtime savings of 10%
• Hiring freeze on non-24-hour non-union positions
• Legislatives savings: cuts legislative franking, reduces legislative committees, and reduces sessional staff.
• Implements 10% reductions to certain agency accounts.

Public Safety

• Increases funding for Fire Training Schools
• Provides funding for resident troopers at 85% where the governor eliminates funding
• Preserves funding for Cold Case and Shooting Taskforce
• Provides additional funds to the Chief Medical Examiner beyond the governor’s proposal
Labor This budget proposal includes the savings from the SEBAC deal since it has already been passed by the legislature. Republicans originally proposed an alternative path to labor savings that would have achieved greater savings and allowed us to restore more funding to key programs. But since Democrats approved the labor deal our hands are now tied and the state is locked in to the SEBAC deal. Since the SEBAC deal was approved, our budget was also modified to remove the savings that could no longer be achieved such as savings associated with moving services to nonprofit providers.

The budget also implements pension reform beginning after the SEBAC deal ends in 2027 to achieve $270 million in savings over the biennium from the following changes to state employee benefits: requiring workers to pay the national average towards their retirement benefit, eliminating COLAs until the fund balance of the state employee retirement system is deemed healthy by national standards, eliminating overtime from calculation of final average salary, ceasing the current practice which allows higher paid employees to receive a larger portion of their final average salary as lower pain employees, commonly referred to as a break point.

New Education Cost Sharing Formula:

• Creates council to analyze education funding to make recommendations for the General Assembly to enact changes to the funding formula presented below if they so choose. Increased funding to towns as outlined below will be effective immediately upon passage. If another formula is not developed by the council within a year the following new formula will go into effect for future years.
o Fully functioning formula that factors in current enrollment
o Contains foundation grant of $9,638 based on academic research on the cost of educating a child in CT
o Provides a weight of 30% for students that receive free and reduced priced lunch. Contains an additional weight of 5% for those communities that have more than 75% of its population eligible for free and reduced priced lunch
o Provides a weight of 15% for English language learners
o Provides an additional 3%-6% for communities that have a Public Investment Community Index (PIC) over 300 which costs $9.4 million (For the top 5 towns, we provide an additional 6%, for the next 5 towns, we provide an additional 5%, for the following 5 towns, we provide an additional 4%, and for the last 4, we provide an additional 3% ).The PIC index measures the relative wealth and need of Connecticut town’s by ranking them in descending order by their cumulative point allocations for (a) per capita income, (b) adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, (c) equalized mill rate, (d) per capita aid to children receiving Temporary Family Assistance benefits, (e) unemployment rate
o The proposal weights net equalized grand list at 70% and median household income at 30%
o When the proposed ECS formula is fully implemented, the state will be spending $678.7 million more on ECS
o This proposal recommends flat funding municipalities that would have received a reduction in ECS funding as a result of the formula (primary driver, enrollment declines) in FY 2018. It then would phase in reductions to municipalities over a 10 year period beginning in FY 2019.
o For a municipality that is due to receive an increase due to the formula, this proposal recommends phasing in the increase over a 10 year period beginning in FY 2018 with towns seeing 5% of their new full funding under the formula in FY 2018 and 15% of their full funding in FY 2019. Thereafter towns would receive 10% increases annually until 2028 at which point they would be fully funded under the new formula.
o The budget provides an increase of funding of $33.6 million in FY 2018 and $136.6 million in FY 2019

Special Education

• Similar to the Governor, this proposal seeks to transfer the portion of the ECS grant that is attributed to special education (approximately 22%) and combines the $447 million with the current excess cost account and an additional $10 million creating a combined pool of $597.6 million
• The distribution of these funds will range from 2.5% to 52% and will be distributed based on the equalized net grand list of municipalities similar to the Governor
• Unlike excess cost, the distribution of these monies will be based on previous years’ expenditures rather than a town waiting until the expenditure of a child hits 4.5 times of their per pupil

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If You Ain’t thought of Murder, You Aint Been in Love @ Bluebird Cafe

#Artful8ths – to celebrate the end of summer I’m resharing my friend Paul’s video enjoy  

 

Cross Posted Item from another Tillett for CT project

Today my #Artful8ths post is sharing a video of a friend;

Paul “PEZMan1963” Z.; who has left CT )0;}

 
PEZ; as he is affectionately known by many, left only partly due to the high cost of living…
Like many who have left CT he was sick and tired of getting his pockets picked by our elected officials and the crazy government overreach. 
 
#MalloysMess has chased many friends and family out of CT
 

CT’s loss has been a #Win for the Music & TV world 

PEZ transplanted to Nashville and is on his way to #FameAndFortune 

So one day I’m going to get a Signed Copy of his “Gold Record” when he hits it big…

(0;} Then I can brag #IKnewHimWhen {;0)

All Rights Reserved 2014 – 16 Tillett for CT campaign Treasurer C. Wrotnowski B.Tillett Co-Treasurers Approved by Mrs Theresa Tillett


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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FRONT STREET SHOOTOUT – Commentary

Another Hartford young man arrested for illegally possessing a gun after a shooting.

I have some questions and comments as a result of Kevin’s May 7th article. What I do love about We the People Hartford site is that regardless of what side of an issue Kevin does make you think about what is happening around us.

Unlike the “so called professional journalists”, he both listens to the public that are giving tips or their own commentary. Kevin also discusses his findings with those who are commenting.

That’s one thing that is great about Citizen Journalism, the majority of them are down to earth people and more than willing to talk to and with their readers.

Another great thing about Citizen Journalists is that many of them tend to have the breaking news that the “professionals” won’t bother to look into or cover for various reasons.

That being said I disagree with the title of the article in that a “Shoot Out” requires at least 2 people shooting, but there was only one person illegally armed and shooting at a defenseless car and an unarmed woman the way that Kevin’s article reads. So the title should have been “Suspect Arrested for Front Street Shooting”.

Thankfully the young woman who was the target of this young man’s anger was not another fatality for the crime stats of Hartford. I do wonder whose house was this gun found at? Was that person the Legal Owner of that gun or was that person also in possession of a gun illegally?

I am for people having the choice to exercise their right to self-defense and protecting their family from harm but it’s angry young men like this that create problems for LEGALLY Trained, Permitted & Armed people.

Why did he decide that it was ok to try to shoot (only 7 of 12 shots hit that huge target?) a car because he was angry with the driver?

What does that say about our society and community; where a person can grow up thinking that it is ok to escalate a verbal argument into threatening a life and destruction of property?

How much worse is it going to get with so many police officers retiring in Hartford? Will there be an increase in the gang-related shootings and crimes in our cities?

This young man was wrong in what he did; but was he carrying the illegal gun because he was unable to afford to get a gun legally? I do not know anything about this young man so I do not know;  would he have been able (prior to this incident) to attempt to get the training that is part of the requirements to obtain a pistol permit?

What can be done to make our cities safer for the citizens that live there? Our police and fire departments are understaffed with more about to retire. Will more citizens be arming themselves illegally because the powers that be have made the basic human right to self-defense out of reach for the poor, blacks and minorities in our state?

How is the pending Bankruptcy going to affect the police and firemen and public safety for the people in Hartford?

Those are just a few of the questions and thoughts that Kevin’s article and the public comments have sparked for me…

What are your thoughts and questions?

Full article and community commentary can be found on We the People Hartford news site Kevin Brookman Editor & Lead Investigative Reporter


Hartford Police officers were dispatched to 24 Front Street this morning on the report of shots fired.

Upon HPD’s arrival, officers located a 2010 Ford Fusion with multiple bullet holes in it parked at the entrance to the Front Street parking garage. The victim detailed to officers that she had been involved in an argument with here “friends” boyfriend. The boyfriend removed a firearm from his waistband and fired 12 rounds at her vehicle. He apparently needs to spend more time at the range,  since only 7 of the 12 rounds actually struck the vehicle.

Based upon the victims information , the suspect was identified and HPD contacted him. The suspect and his girlfriend agreed to return to the scene where HPD conducted a felony motor vehicle stop and the suspect was placed under arrest.

The suspect, identified as Austin Treadwell, 28, of 20 Front Street, Apt 318 was arrested and charged with numerous charges, including carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm, Reckless endangerment 1st degree, Weapons in a Motor vehicle, Criminal Possession of a high capacity magazine, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

Treadwell had apparently disposed of the weapon, a 40 caliber pistol in East Hartford before returning to the scene. The weapon was recovered through the efforts of HPD.

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Friday Night Fun Texas Hold’Em in Enfield CT

Relax after a long work week with the Enfield Republicans who are hosting a night of Card playing Texas Hold’Em style!

Come on out enjoy good food good friends and have a general good time.

Have any questions email the Enfield RTC Chair MaryAnn Turner at MaryAnnTurner@cox.net or call Kevin Fealy at 860-745-4649

MaryAnn Knows How to Throw a Party so don’t miss out!

Texas Hold'Em Party 5-5-17 Enfield CT

5-5-17 Texas Hold’Em Party Enfield CT $50pp starts 6p

Costs: $50 per person

Location: 5 Peerless Way in the cafeteria of the Peerless Tool building

The doors open at 6pm

The Texas Hold’Em Game will begin at 7p

You may get lucky and win one of the many prizes before the night ends.

This fundraiser is open to the public, come on out and have some fun while supporting a good cause.

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Coalition Building – Can we work together?

Can the Right and the Left build bridges and coalitions to be able to make the state and maybe the country a better place?

Can we find common ground to start from to solve some of the problems we face?

Map of CT Divided into 5 Congressional Districts

Map of CT Divided into 5 Congressional Districts

 

Can Conservatives, Republicans, Unaffiliated, Independents, Democrats & Liberals find the common ground & work together to solve the many problems in our state and country is a question that I’ve been mulling around since last week when 2 democrats showed up at a conservative meeting in late Feb that was accidently posted publicly comparing it to the town hall meetings where the “Indivisible” group members were in a “Lovefest” with the democrats vs the Bullying that was done at the republican town hall meetings….

I have friends and family that are democrats as well as republican, libertarian and unaffiliated like most of us do and when it’s a one on one discussion even if we do not agree 100% on the issues we can talk civilly and agree to disagree on some items all of the people I know agree that the destruction of property that is being shown is just plain wrong.

One thing that I have noticed is that my right leaning friends know more about many of the issues but my left leaning ones do not. In fact it seems that my left leaning friends are surprised to hear about some of the issues because they’ve not been told about the items which are the problems because the media many times do not cover an issue in full or at all…

Many times the issues that the right side groups have are not spoken about in the media or if they are the media has such a warped coverage that it’s more “propaganda” than actual news coverage…

While the leaders of the right have no real outreach into the public their message and information is not getting out to the public but the leaders of these left-wing groups have the megaphones of the liberal left-wing media newspapers, television news and radio.

One question is why is only the left-wing given the ear of the public that the right just does not have? Where can people go to get educated on both sides of the issues?

How can people work together when the proper information is not put in front of them so that Informed Decisions can be made by the public? When people have both sides of an issue we can talk about what the problems are and how we can solve the problems.

What are your thoughts about what can be done to correct this problem? Leave your thoughts below in the comments.

Other important questions you should ask yourself is “Who Benefits from an Misinformed or Under-Informed Public?” and “Why are the media going along with this?”.