Rep. Skulczyck and Sen. Somers Tackle Residents’ Concerns During Office Hours

This article was published on: 03/31/17 6:35 PM by Mike Minarsky

State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (center), Sen. Heather Somers (left), and First Selectman Robert Sirpenski field questions from Voluntown residents during legislative Office Hours

HARTFORD – State Representative Kevin Skulczyck (R-45) wrapped up this session’s Office Hours with co-host State Senator Heather Somers (R-18) at the Voluntown Town Hall, where the lawmakers discussed current legislative issues facing their district.

The face-to-face setting allowed both Skulczyck and Somers to address residents’ questions about Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) cuts, teacher’s pensions, state employee pensions and crumbling foundations.

A specific budget item of concern amongst area residents was the overall increase to the state’s pistol permits fees. Currently the initial fee for first time permits is $140, per the governor’s proposal, that amount would more than double to $370. In addition, five year renewals would also increase from $70 to $300.

“Voluntown is a unique place due to its size and population and needs to be treated uniquely,” Skulczyck said. “Seventy percent of the Voluntown is owned by the state and unlike many other municipalities the highest taxpayer in town is a resident, not a business.”

“Tax increases affect towns differently, Voluntown is a distinctive place due to its size and population and needs to be treated uniquely,” Skulczyck said. “Seventy percent of the town is owned by the state and unlike many other municipalities the highest taxpayer in town is a resident, not a business.”

“The passion of our residents reminds us of how much we need to do to reform our government from the top down. Those who showed up understand our state will only get better when we stop policies that simply ask us to pay more in taxes,” Sen. Somers said.

Earlier this month Rep. Skulczyck met with his Sterling constituents whose concerns echoed the majority of topics Voluntown residents expressed.

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