Serving the 49th Assembly District
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
When the 2014 legislative session convened in February our mission was to encourage economic growth, help working families, invest in our children, and adopt a balanced budget with no new taxes. When we adjourned May 7th we achieved these goals.
The Budget - Good News for Windham
By balancing the budget without raising taxes and staying under the spending cap, our state was still able to make many investments and provide additional funding to our municipalities. Cities and towns get an additional $70 million in education aid, Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and other grants in aid. This will help provide property tax relief to taxpayers in Windham, who will benefit from approximately $33 million in state aid, including an additional $1,146,993 in grants in aid I worked hard for this year as your State Representative.
Walnut Street Parking Garage
Windham received more good news in the form of funding approved for a four-level parking garage on Walnut Street. A total of $8 million in state funds will mean help with the parking situation in downtown is on the way. The garage will have 270 parking spaces and a facade making it look more like a building than just a concrete structure, and will be built on the location of an existing surface lot.
We also passed legislation that makes strong commitments to education, protects the environment, and improves our transportation infrastructure by increasing funding for state roads and bridges. To spur economic development we increased the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, and passed several other job creation initiatives. Details of this legislation are contained in this newsletter.
Thank you all for your e-mails, letters and phone calls during the 2014 Legislative Session. It continues to be a great honor and privilege to serve as your state representative.