Meet the Candidates

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES ARE LINKED BELOW

Town Council

Liam B. Sweeney – D –  – 06107

Beth Kerrigan – D –  – 06119

Dallas Dodge – D –  – 06119

Leon S. Davidoff – D –  – 06117

Ben Wenograd – D –  – 06119

Shari Cantor – D – – 06117

Ryan S. Langan – R –  – 06107

Chris Williams – R – – 06107

Mary M. Fay – R –  06107

Julie Krug – R –06117

Chris Barnes – R –- 06107

BOE

Cheryl Greenberg – D – – 06119

Lorna Thomas-Farquharson – D – – 06110

Deb Polun – D –  – 06117

Jay Sarzen – R –  – 06107

Robert Levin – R – – 06117

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Budget Battle


Throughout the state budget process, CEA members have been strong advocates. In just the last three days, more than 4,000 emails were sent by CEA members to their representatives and state senators. Here’s what happened at the Capitol yesterday:


Democrats were expected to pass their budget.
In the State Senate three Democrats—Paul Doyle, Gayle Slossberg, and Joan Hartley—all voted for the Republican budget. As a result, the Republican budget proposal passed by a vote of 21 to 15.
In the House, six Democrats voted with the Republicans to adopt the Republican budget as the amended budget—Pat Boyd, John Hampton, Lonnie Reed, Kim Rose, Danny Rovero, and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (McCarthy Vahey, later switched and voted against it). It passed 77 to 73. The governor has said that he will veto the budget.

A bi-partisan budget–different than the one passed yesterday–could be a good solution for Connecticut, but only if it does not attack public education, students, teachers, and essential collective bargaining rights that protect employees.

What does the Republican budget do as to collective bargaining and education?
It imposes a 2% increase in teacher contributions to the retirement fund, which would cost the average teacher $1,500 per year.
It does not impose a cost shift of teacher retirement responsibilities onto towns.
It ends collective bargaining for state employee pensions, imposes changes in their pensions after 2027 (when the current labor agreement expires), and starts counting those savings in the proposed biennial budget. For example, the budget banks $270 million in savings in the next two years based on savings that are projected to occur after 2027. And that assumes that ending collective bargaining as to state employee pensions withstands a legal challenge.
Allows towns to override arbitration decisions with a 2/3rds vote of the local legislative bodies (i.e., two out of three selectman, six out of nine city councilors).

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Legislative Budget Forum

Dear WHEA Members,
On Thursday night, there was a public forum at Charter Oak Elementary with the four state representatives for West Hartford.  It began with a short recap on the state budget situation, then each rep spoke for two minutes, and then the public was invited to speak.
Here is the link:
Bottom Line:  All four of our reps are opposed to Governor Malloy’s Budget Proposal.  The debt shift and the cuts to West Hartford are crippling.  Best case scenario is 16 layoffs and a big tax increase for WeHa.  Worst case scenario is no tax increase and 100+ layoffs.  (Unless the state arrives at a solution by mid April)
Many ideas were proposed on Thursday night.  The next few months will involve difficult negotiations at the state level.  The town must still move forward with its budget process without knowing how the state will resolve its budget and how that solution will affect West Hartford.
Please write or call Governor Malloy’s office to express your opposition to his budget proposal and to provide your ideas on how to address the state’s financial problems.  The phone number is 860-566-4840.

Public Forum Tonight (Gov’s Budget)

Tonight from 7 pm to 9 pm, there will be a public forum at Charter Oak Elementary to discuss the Governor’s Budget and its impact on West Hartford with our four Legislative representatives to the State General Assembly (Senator Beth Bye, and Representatives Fleischmann, Verrengia, and Slap)
They need to hear that the budget that Tom presented last night will have significant classroom impacts.  There will be many layoffs as a result of tightening and there will be significant increases in class size.
We need to advocate for preserving the legacy of fine education in West Hartford and provide them with compelling arguments against accepting Governor Malloy’s Proposal.  (30% pension debt shift to towns, cuts to our ECS grant, etc..)
Just be aware that our legislators did not create the budget proposal.  Governor Malloy did.
Also, if you did not already see it on Tom’s message, there is an electronic suggestion box that you can use to make budget related suggestions directly to administration.  The email address is .  budget@whps.org.
Hope to see you at Charter Oak tonight.
Ted Goerner