Toni Boucher, Republican state senator representing CT’s 26th district, which includes Ridgefield, earned a failing grade on her environmental scorecard from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) in 2017. While she may have some appreciable past accomplishments, Sen. Boucher’s recent voting record does not reflect the interests and commonsense values of her constituents.
Boucher’s least defensible environmental vote is her “Yes” on legislation concerning the diversity of base load of the Millstone Nuclear Plant (parent company Dominion Power). Although SB-106 and SB-778 were defeated during the regular legislative session, the Millstone/Dominion legislation continued to be fought out with even less transparency during the “special session” that followed. Dominion Power threatened to close the Millstone plant if Connecticut did not provide access to specific ratepayer funds to subsidize its profitability, according to the 2017 CTLCV scorecard report. Boucher sided with Dominion Power over the needs of the State and Connecticut residents, and voted “Yes” on the new bill that emerged from the special session, SB 1501 (now Public Act 17-3).