Over the last few weeks and months, many individuals and families have emailed, called, or simply stopped me in the grocery store to share their stories of struggling with rising costs of basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing and healthcare.
Cue the action item alarm - you have an opportunity to get involved in your community! The Town of East Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public information session to present the Town's Draft Affordable Housing Plan on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6PM in the Community Cultural Center Auditorium (50 Chapman Place).
With the work of the legislative session now in full swing, I want to encourage you to not only be active participants - but critical thinkers! Over the coming weeks you'll see story after story and whether it's examining each bill moving through the legislative process, digging into the details of the Governor's budget, or spotlighting existing state programs, ask the questions you need answered to better understand what's there and sometimes more importantly, what's not.
As I write and edit this edition of “Currey-ently…,” it is almost 5PM and we are halfway through the joint public hearing for one of House leadership’s priority bills, HB5003. This proposed bill that directly impacts and benefits our schools and our communities as well as an overwhelming majority of districts across the state. It comes with bipartisan support and will require an investment in our students, educators, and all those working towards a brighter future for our state. I’ve included some highlights below, but want to stress how important it is that we are all taking the opportunity to educate ourselves on what it means to take action, and possibly even more important, what it means if we don’t. The time is now.
On February 2, 6PM-7:30PM, the Manchester delegation of legislators including House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, State Representatives Jeff Currey, Geoff Luxenberg and Jason Doucette, and State Senator MD Rahman will host a legislative forum open to the public at the Whiton Library, located at 100 North Main Street in Manchester.
As we end a work week where some attempted to jam 5 days of work into 4 (which may actually make some sense, but that’s a discussion for another day), I want to thank all who have reached out over these first couple of weeks of the legislative session.