Griswold Lawmakers Somers and Skulczyck Host Successful Pre-Session Legislative Update
This article was published on: 01/29/18 5:59 PM by Mike Minarsky
HARTFORD – State Representative Kevin Skulczyck (R-Griswold) and State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) held a joint legislative update in Griswold to meet with residents prior to the upcoming 2018 session to discuss a vast array of district related topics. Lawmakers fielded several questions on the recent municipal and educational cuts made by Governor Malloy and the impact they’ll have on the current level of services as a result. Rep. Skulczyck thinks Governor Malloy is intentionally pitting the big cities against the smaller municipalities. “Don’t for one second think that these cuts aren’t intended to be a form of punishment against those towns who have chosen to do things the right way,” Rep. Skulczyck said. Residents additionally voiced their concerns over a proposal to construct a 55,000 square foot gun range in the middle of Pachaug State Forest to be utilized by the Connecticut State Police. Last year, area residents overwhelmingly opposed this plan and those in attendance during the legislative update echoed that sentiment. “As I’ve said many times, we will not sit idly by as our beautiful state park has a significant portion of it removed for something more than 95% of the residents don’t want in the first place,” Rep. Skulczyck said. “There is no question that as a state we can and must do better,” said Sen. Somers. “There are many inefficiencies that exist right within our government that can save taxpayers money. For this upcoming session I will focused on our state’s economic survival – we must get our finances in order to be able to keep Connecticut residents here and attract new families.” The state’s bonding commission, state employee pensions, and structural reform were other topics discussed during the legislative forum. Senator Somers stressed the importance of changing the mentality of government and how we go about doing things in order to get Connecticut back into the black. She stated that funding bankrupt cities, bad projects and unlimited overtime calculations on retirement benefits are just a few of the cost saving ways the state can begin to make significant changes.