Malloy activates state’s severe cold weather protocol

In anticipation of temperatures over the next couple of days that are forecast to be bitter cold with negative wind chill factors at times, Gov. Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s severe cold weather protocol beginning today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Friday morning. This is the first time this season that the protocol has been enacted. “Winter weather conditions are … read more

Medicare Savings Program: Cuts frustrate elderly, disabled residents

Trick or treat? The bipartisan budget signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Halloween contained one hidden surprise for elderly and disabled residents who rely on the state’s Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). Tucked in the more than 900 pages of budget legislation was a provision that rolled back income eligibility levels for the programs, which use Medicaid funding to … read more

State budget won’t impact school solar projects

The new state budget’s plan to cut funding for the Connecticut Green Bank shouldn’t affect town plans to put solar panels on the roof of Branchville Elementary School, or Scotts Ridge Middle School and Barlow Mountain Elementary School down the line, said Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment member Dwayne Escola. “The ZREC funding is secure, as in the end … read more

A seismic shift? Frey, Boucher back budget and wait for Malloy to sign

A roughly $18 billion-a-year state budget — put together by Republicans in the legislature, and passed with help from moderate Democrats — has the committed backing of Ridgefield’s State Rep. John Frey and State Sen. Toni Boucher. It awaits action by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy — a veto, or possibly compromise talks with Republicans. “Connecticut just turned a page — … read more

Rep. Frey welcomes bipartisan passage of state budget

State Representative John Frey (R-111) expressed cautious optimism at the passage of the Republican budget through both chambers of the General Assembly early Saturday morning. It was a historic day after three Democratic State Senators broke ranks and voted for a Republican budget amendment which passed the Senate earlier that afternoon by a 21-15 vote, and the House passed the … read more

No state budget? Schools, town carry on

The long-festering state budget stalemate has some Connecticut school districts considering drastic steps — staff cuts, delaying the start of school — but Ridgefield did not expect much state money. “The district continues to move forward as planned for the 2017-18 school year focusing on our targeted initiatives in professional learning, technology and special education,” Superintendent Karen Baldwin said Tuesday, … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Republican budget is a new direction

In a recent column about the state budget, I noted that Republicans have proven they are ready to lead the state in a new direction. During the legislative session, we proposed three no-tax-increase budgets that reduced state spending and made important changes to the way municipalities and education are funded by the state. Unfortunately, Democrat leaders in the legislature have … read more

State’s $20-billion budget stalemate frustrates Frey

“It’s really rather pathetic. Here we are mid-July and not only no budget, but no budget in sight yet,” said State Rep John Frey. “There’s been nothing scheduled. There’s no serious talk going on between the parties.” Speaking on July 19, Frey bemoaned the lack of discussion between “any of the four caucuses” in the legislature — Democrats and Republicans … read more

Trickle-down effect: State budget struggle creates hiring freeze in Ridgefield

What’s the worst that could happen to Ridgefield if a state budget doesn’t get approved? According to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, not that much. “The bad news is that Ridgefield doesn’t get a lot of money from the state of Connecticut; the good news is that Ridgefield doesn’t get a lot of money from the state of Connecticut,” he told … read more

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