HB 5002 Passes out of Committee, DOT Update, and More!

April 5, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

House Democrats have made it a top priority during this legislative session to address the issue of childcare affordability. HB 5002 focuses on making childcare more accessible and affordable for families through long-term strategic investments. This is a significant measure that could positively impact many families in our community.

I am proud to support this proposal, as childcare plays a crucial role in nurturing the growth and well-being of our children while also strengthening the economy by supporting parents and guardians. By improving accessibility and affordability, we are investing in our community's future and providing relief to individuals striving to balance work and family life.  

This bill is about more than just numbers; it's about making a tangible difference in the lives of families who deserve access to quality, affordable childcare.

Together, we can ensure that this legislation reflects the needs and priorities of the families it aims to serve. 

Reminder - Early Literacy Roundtable April 16
Reminder -  on April 16, State Representative Comey and I will hold an Early Literacy Roundtable. We will discuss the importance of developing children's literacy skills, and how that will positively impact their future. Hope to see you there!
Small Business Money Essentials Webinar April 11

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) is offering a webinar on April 11 from 11 AM - 12 PM.

During this session, CTSBDC will cover crucial topics including business credit, financial statements, and actionable strategies to enhance your financial health.

Click here to register. 

Register Now: Small Business Money Essentials (ecenterdirect.com)

Reminder - April 13 is Household Hazardous Waste Day 
In January 2018, the State of Connecticut became one of the first states in the nation to restrict the use of insecticides called Neonicotinoids or “Neonics” for short. This class of chemicals has been proven to be especially harmful to the world’s pollinators.

The Westport Public Works Department encourages residents to take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Day on April 13, and safely dispose of any Neonicotinoids containing insecticides. The event will be held at the  Greens Farms Railroad Station Parking Lot #1 on New Creek Road from 9 AM - 2 PM. 

If you have products that contain one of the following chemicals on the label, you are encouraged to help save our pollinators and bring the following products to Household Hazardous Waste Day:

  • Imidacloprid
  • Clothianidin
  • Thiamethoxam
  • Acetamiprid
  • Dinotefuran

For a complete list of products containing Neonicotinoids please consult the following link: http://www.xerces.org/pesticides/understanding-neonicotinoids

In order to accommodate for Household Hazardous Waste Day, Greens Farms Railroad Parking Lot #1 on New Creek Road will be CLOSED from Friday, April 12 at 7 pm through Saturday, April 13 at 5pm. Any vehicles remaining in the parking lot during this time will be towed at the owner’s expense - please plan accordingly. 

Click here to learn more. 

Public Information Meeting on Saugatuck Railroad Bridge in Westport 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will conduct a virtual public information meeting concerning the mechanical and electrical rehabilitation of the Saugatuck Railroad Bridge carrying Metro North Railroad over the Saugatuck River in Westport on April 16, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.

The virtual public information meeting is being held to provide the public and local community the opportunity to offer comments or ask questions regarding the proposed project. The meeting will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. A question and answer (Q&A) session will immediately follow the presentation, which will be recorded. For instructions on accessing the meeting and ways to provide comments and ask questions, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/DOTWestport301-177.

Renters’ Rebate for Elderly and/or Disabled
The State of Connecticut's Renter's Rebate program is now open! This program provides income-based reimbursement for seniors aged 65+ and/or individuals with disabilities who collect Social Security income.

If you have questions related to the Renters' Rebate Program please call the program hotline at 860.418.6377.

DOT Update for Norwalk 
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced the start of a pavement preservation program to improve the existing wearing surface and extend the life of the pavement on Route 15 and Interstate 95 in Orange, Woodbridge, New Haven, Darien, and Norwalk starting on April 8. Route 15 project limits extend from mile point 39.55 to 47.11 in Orange, Woodbridge, and New Haven.  Interstate 95 project limits extend from mile point 10.68 to 16.08 in Darien and Norwalk. Traffic signal detection systems will be upgraded at two intersections in Darien and one intersection in Norwalk.
Nighttime lane closures on I-95
  • Weekdays from Exit 10 to 16 between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Nighttime lane closures on Route 15

  • Exit 56 to Exit 59 between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. 

Lane closures on I-95 and Route 15 Ramps

  • Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Construction will require various ramp closures on I-95 and Route 15 and detour traffic starting at 8:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:00 a.m. the following day. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized when needed to guide motorists through the work zone. Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions and seek alternate routes. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and concerns you may have - I can be reached at Dominique.Johnson@cga.ct.gov, or through my office phone - 860-240-8585.

Have a great weekend! 


Dominique Johnson
State Representative


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