The Madison Democratic Town Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Hammonasset Room at Madison Town Campus. We welcome all who would like to attend and learn more about the local Democratic party in Madison, CT.
Vote YES for Madison’s Town & School Budgets!
It is critical that voters turn out tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th, to support this year’s budget for our Town and public schools! We need the community to support this budget in order to maintain an exceptional education experience for our kids – low turnout could result in cuts! The Town budget includes critical capital needs for the schools as well other important services. Voting will take place at your regular polling location, either the Madison Senior Center (District 1 at 29 Bradley Road) or The Brown School (District 2 at 980 Durham Road). Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more details on the school budget, please visit the Board of Education Website. Unfortunately, the Town Budget is not available on the website but can be viewed at the Madison Town Campus or in the last edition of The Source.
Remember LOCAL MATTERS!
Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the First Congregational Church on the Guilford Green in the downstairs community room. From 10:00-11:00 am, CTSI will host special guest U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal who will speak on the challenges facing our democracy today. From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, there will be individual team meetings focusing on three issue areas: immigration, the environment, and legislative/GOTV initiatives. All are welcome to attend.
U.S. Healthcare Policy
The Branford Forum will be hosting Jacob Hacker, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, who is an expert in the area of U.S. healthcare policy.
The U.S. has been on the forefront of medical innovation for many years. However, our distribution, financing, and regulation of healthcare remain suboptimal, with huge implications for our health and our economy. How do we heal our healthcare system and reap the benefits enjoyed by developed countries? Join us for a stimulating conversation about how to address these problems.
Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee, and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, he is the author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, written with Paul Pierson (2016, paperback 2017); Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, with Paul Pierson (2010, paperback 2011); The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006, paperback 2008); The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002); and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (1997), co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also co-author, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005) and has edited three volumes—most recently, Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century, edited with Ann O’ Leary (2012).
On May 22, BYO Madison is cosponsoring the movie “Bag It”, a movie about plastic pollution, with the Country School at 7:00PM to be shown at the school, 341 Opening Hill Rd, Madison. Speakers will include activist school children, a sea captain, and the CT Sierra Club.
BYO Madison is a group of Madison residents who are passionate about ending plastic pollution. According to the EPA, the US uses 380 billion plastic bags each year, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. Single-use plastic bags are one of the top five pollutants in Long Island Sound. These bags kill wildlife on land and water, enter the human food chain, add tons of plastic waste to landfills, and are a drain on energy and resources used to produce them. The BYO movement seeks a ban on these single-use plastic bags and asks that people bring their own reusable bags to stores when they shop.
The goals of BYO Madison are to 1) Increase the use and distribution of reusable bags in order to reduce our town’s plastic waste; 2) Pass an ordinance prohibiting single-use plastic check-out bags; 3) Place a small fee on paper bags (probably $0.10 or $0.15) in order to create an incentive to bring reusable bags. This type of hybrid ban has been shown to be the most effective; several CT towns/cities have already passed similar bans.
Madison residents are encouraged to visit BYOmadison.org to sign the petition with your support for this ban.
The Friends of Peggy Lyons will be hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, May 30th
at the Madison Country Club from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Please join us as we kickoff Peggy’s campaign for First Selectman!
LINK HERE FOR TICKETS.
Join us for the regular meeting of the Madison Democratic Town Committee on Monday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hammonasset Room at Madison Town Campus. This meeting is especially important because we will have the opportunity to hear from all of our Democratic candidate nominees for the 2019 municipal elections. See you there!
Public Information Sessions – Academy Community Center Design Committee
In its April 8 report to the Board of Selectmen, the ad hoc Academy Community Center Design Committee concluded that Academy School is indeed feasible for conversion to a community center; that the concept could be achieved with minimal structural changes with an estimated cost of just under $14 million; that the design provided by Colliers international and QA+M Architects could address many of the unmet space needs in Madison; that Academy School is well suited for use as a community center; and that a community center could provide social, recreational, educational, and commercial programming not currently available in Madison.
At the upcoming Public Information Sessions committee members, Colliers International, and QA+M Architects will present their design concept for a community center, including a breakdown of cost estimates for both construction and operational costs. Architect Tom Arcari will present his architectural renderings of the building exterior, including a plan for accessibility, and interior use of space for flexible, multi-purpose programming. Also, the Committee will draw comparisons with other community centers; and will outline their exploration into potential sources for offsets of construction and operational costs. Opportunities will be available for members of the public to ask questions of the Committee and the professional consultants.
Another information session is being held on Wednesday, June 12 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center on Bradley Road.
March with our candidate for First Selectman, Peggy Lyons, and fellow Madison Democrats in the annual Madison Independence Day Parade. This year’s theme will honor the 100 year Anniversary of the American Legion. Wear your favorite blue shirt and meet us in the Citizens Bank parking lot between 10:00-10:15 AM. The parade starts at 11:00 AM and it takes a little over an hour to walk the parade route down Main Street to the Surf Club. We will provide banners, signs, American flags, and treats to hand out along the way.