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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed the bipartisan bill that restores funding for a program that helps more than 100,000 seniors and disabled residents pay for Medicare-related expenses and stay in their homes.
That’s the bad news.
What’s the good news?
The good news is that lawmakers have the power to override his veto.
The good news is that WE have the power do what is right for thousands of Connecticut seniors and disabled residents.
I will continue to keep you updated on this developing situation.
Please spread the word and contact me anytime atTony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov or at 800 842-1421.
Sen. Tony Hwang will host a Job Skills Forum at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Edmond Town Hall is located at 45 Main Street.
The free forum will bring together job skills and career services experts who will offer advice to area residents on how to find success in their job search efforts.
Sen. Hwang said, “This event is about helping people. People who are out of work. People who want to pursue new careers. People who are simply looking for advice, support and assistance as to what resources are available to them. We are bringing that support to Newtown. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors and join us on Thursday, Jan. 25.”
Forum participants will include:
- Stephen Romano, Regional Job Center Director for the Connecticut Department of Labor
- Tom Long, Vice President, Communications and Development, The WorkPlace
- Scott K. Wilderman, President/CEO of Career Resources, one of the nation’s leading non-profit workforce development organizations.
- James Rascati, partner and director of organizational services at Behavioral Health Consultants in Hamden.
Watch Sen. Hwang’s video invitation here:
*Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport .
On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com
He can be reached at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and at 800-842-1421.
Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) released the following statement regarding comments reported to have been said by President Trump regarding immigration from certain parts of the world.
“I denounce and condemn Trump’s recent immigration comments in the strongest of terms. For me, it’s personal. I am an immigrant. My parents escaped Communist China as teens and lived under martial law in Taiwan. We came to America and we realized the American Dream. Our country was and continues to be built by immigrants. Our diversity and inclusivity makes America the greatest country in the world. When our President says such hurtful and disrespectful things, it minimizes our standing in the world and nationally you have to wonder, ‘When is the next group going to be singled out and maligned?’”
Hwang, who has been a consistent and outspoken critic of Trump’s past documented insults of women, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and the disabled, said the President’s latest comments are unacceptable under any circumstances. He said those words perpetuate the potential cycle of bias and prejudice that if unchecked, could lead to violence against fellow Americans.
Hwang said the President’s comments can be used to start a public conversation on diversity, tolerance and kindness.
“It’s a teachable moment,” Hwang said. “Let’s seize this opportunity to educate and to dialogue in a respectful way. We cannot and we will not, let ignorance win.”
Good news for seniors from the CT State Capitol:
Your voices were heard!
On Jan. 8, state lawmakers passed a bipartisan plan to restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program.
We are doing what is right for seniors throughout Connecticut
This bipartisan plan restores funding for Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of low-income seniors.
It restores funding for Medicaid coverage to disabled people on Medicare.
This action will provide predictability and stability while giving peace of mind to Connecticut seniors and our most vulnerable residents.
Listen to my radio interview on WICC – AM 600
Watch my video from the General Assembly here: http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/2018/01/watch-medicare-savings-program-funding-restored/#.WlZLja6nHIU
I will continue to advocate for policies and organizations in Hartford and our communities which protect seniors, the disabled, our children and our vulnerable and at-risk populations.
At the same time, I will work tirelessly with Democrats and Republicans state and federal legislators in a bipartisan manner to address the state’s budget deficit.
We will work to create a Connecticut ecosystem that is predictable, sustainable and transparent.
We must stay vigilant about our state finances and pension liabilities.
I will make the tough choices and control state government spending in a responsible way.
NO… to EVERSOURCE’s Energy Rate Increase Request
By State Senator Tony Hwang
The region’s largest utility provider is proposing a multimillion dollar rate hike over the next three years.
If approved, this would cost Eversource ratepayers, on average 6.79 percent more, in a state that already has some of the highest electric delivery rates in the country.
The three-year rate request lists a $255 million increase for year one, followed by a $45 million hike in year two, then $36 million more in year three.
I am opposed to the proposed increase request and I continue to demand greater responsiveness and respect to and for the consumer.
I will fight for our consumers.
We need policies which keep Connecticut residents in Connecticut, not drive them out.
Our vulnerable residents.
Our working families.
And our millennials – our future workforce and our future job creators.
I spoke out against double digit health insurance rate hikes last year.
And I spoke out against the suggested Home Heating Oil tax.
And I spoke out against the proposed 30 % UI energy rate hikes in 2016.
And now I’m speaking out against these proposed Eversource rate hikes as well.
These hikes, if approved, will add an extra $150 a year to people’s electricity bills.
I urge consumers to join me in urging that state of Connecticut regulators to turn out the lights on these proposed hikes.
When you contact state officials, ask them where predictability has gone.
Also, ask them where transparency has gone.
Without predictability, sustainability and transparency, we have an unfair situation which hurts Connecticut families. How does an elderly person on fixed income, struggling families and our most vulnerable population endure that outrageous cost increase? They cannot and we need to protect them.
My larger objective is to find alternative solutions in creating a more sustainable, renewable and affordable energy ecosystem into the future, rather than the current business model of escalating costs and placing undue cost burden onto consumers.
This is madness and it has got to stop. Current energy costs in Connecticut are the highest in the nation. These potential hikes are unacceptable and unaffordable.
But in the meantime:
Please spread the word to friends and neighbors as to how they can weigh in.
Are you tired of rate hikes?
Join me in speaking out and contact the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)
1) Send a brief email to Pura.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov saying “NO” to rate hikes
2) Attach my email: Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and I will hand deliver to the state agency
3) Put PURA Docket No. 17-10-46 in the subject line.
Public Hearings for testimony are scheduled for:
• Jan. 24, 6 p.m., 10 Franklin Square, New Britain.
• Jan. 30, 6 p.m., Government Center, Stamford.
• Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Branford Fire Department, Branford.
• Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Council Chambers, New London.
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