Gerratana Kick-Off 6/14 at Tools….CCAG To Hold Victory BBQ….City Can Save Big With Health Partnership Plan….

Campaign 2012
Gerratana For State Senate:  Campaign Kick-Off Is Thursday, 6/14 at Tools
The re-election campaign of  State Senator Terry Bielinski Gerratana will hold a campaign kick-off on Thursday, June 14th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tools Bar & Grill, 136 Main Street in New Britain.

Senator Gerratana

Gerratana, endorsed and nominated at a May 21st convention, is seeking her second term in the Senate where she is the Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee.  She was elected in a February 2011 special election to fill the seat formerly held by Don DeFronzo. The 6th Senate District includes Berlin, a portion of Farmington and the City of New Britain.  Gerratana for State Senate is participating in the Citizens Election Program. The suggested donation for the June 14th kick-off is $25. The maximum individual contribution is $100.  Michael Baczewski is Treasurer of the Gerratana for State Senate committee, 674 Lincoln Street, New Britain, CT 06052.
125 Democrats Nominated For Justice of the Peace: New Term Begins In January
The Democratic Town Committee completed nominations for the 2012 Election on May 29th by nominating a slate of 125 Democrats to a new four-year term that will begin in January 2013.
The slate, most of whom were re-nominated from the existing Democratic roster, will be elected in the November 6th Presidential election. All Justices of the Peace are required to be sworn in at the end of the year for the new term at the Town and City Clerk’s office.
The Good Fight Continues:  CCAG 5th Annual Victory BBQ June 16
The Connecticut Citizen Action Group will hold its 5th annual BBQ June 16th at the headquarters of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A on 111 South Road in Farmington.
The event, hosted by state and local progressive leaders,  will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the labor union headquarters.
Members of the host committee from New Britain include DTC member Dr. Frank Gerratana, Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski, David Pudlin, Terri Reid, Phil Sherwood and Common Council President Mike Trueworthy.  The suggested minimum donation to the BBQ is $25.  To rsvp or for more information contact Jeff Schwartz 860-233-2181 extension 313. E-mail:
From the Chair:
City, Schools Can Save “Significant” Money Via Health Care Partnership
When State Comptroller Kevin Lembo talked with city officials last winter he came bearing potential good news that the city could gain hundreds of thousands of dollars for its municipal and schools’ budgets without a new tax or cut to services.It may sound too good to be true but it is real and obtainable as the city grapples with the threat of cuts and layoffs and the need to adequately fund public education.  There is a way for cash-strapped New Britain government to realize significant dollars it doesn’t have now.The new money — potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars — wouldn’t be part of  state aid allocations but would come from savings of the CT Partnership Plan,  a new state law that allows cities and boards of education to join the state health plan effective July 1, 2012.
In effect in more than 20 states throughout the country,  the partnership plan, adopted after a three-year legislative effort by House Speaker Chris Donovan, utilizes the power of pooling employee groups to lower insurance premium costs, which have been a rising cost item for City Halls and Boards of Education in recent years.In rolling out the CT Health Partnership in March,  Lembo said his analysis found that 50 municipalities, including New Britain, would receive lower premium rates under the partnership for health insurance. “Over 50 municipal employers analyzed so far would receive lower premium rates under the CT Partnership Plan — 30 percent of those with rate reductions greater than five percent,” declared Lembo who prior to being elected Comptroller in 2010 was the State Health Advocate.

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Opponents of the partnership, including former Mayor Stewart and former Ald. Lou Salvio, have complained that adoption of the health partnership would be a state takeover — a false and ridiculous claim that distorts the issue and continues a status quo of rising health premiums.  The partnership takes over nothing, but restructures good health coverage in a way the reduces the costs.”Our initial analysis of more than 50 municipal employers revealed significant savings of five to eight percent in some cases — real money for municipalities seeking local property tax relief,” stated Lembo.

The O’Brien Administration and the city’s labor unions are apparently on board with the idea and ready to implement it.  To date the Board of Education has yet to commit to the idea.

To achieve the savings in the partnership plan both school and municipal labor force need to be part of it. The Board of Education needs to give the idea fair and serious consideration.

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“In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.”

Journalist H.L. Mencken  (1880-1956)

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