Bonding bill is what the state needs

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Bonding is an investment for the future of our state, and these interim modifications to last year’s biennial bond bill (S.B. 842) are just that.

These adjustments were made after three full days of testimony by department commissioners who sought budget changes. Weeks of deliberations and decision-making meetings were conducted in a bipartisan manner under the leadership of my colleague and friend, state Rep. Betty Bouckus.

The bond package (S.B. 29) represents a real-time road map or blueprint of what could be done and what could be spent. The plan takes care of deferred maintenance of state-owned and state-occupied properties and other real assets. It funds education with special emphasis on the State University-Community College system and across-the-board school security. It provides for an increased affordable housing inventory and a low-income home equity initiative. Additionally, it continues to modernize technology by upgrading and integrating programs across state agencies.

The money invested will decrease duplication and increase cost savings over time.

Essentially, what the bond package does is pay it forward for generations to come. It is essential that we continue to be educational leaders and invest in our State-University-Community College system. The package also protects generations to come with increased moneys toward school security. Both these causes are critical to the future of our state and our children and I supported them wholeheartedly.

The goals of the General Bonding Sub-committee have been met: accountability, transparency, prioritization of needs, debt management, and responsible borrowing. This was a truly bipartisan effort that created a thoughtful and cost-effective document.

 

Livvy Floren
Greenwich

 

The author is the state representative for Greenwich’s 149th District.

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