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West Hartford Senator Snags Coveted Committee Assignment

by Christine Stuart | Nov 27, 2013 11:43am
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Posted to: State Capitol, West Hartford

Christine Stuart file photo West Hartford Sen. Beth Bye was appointed co-chairwoman of the powerful Appropriations Committee on Wednesday by Sen. President Donald E. Williams Jr.

Bye will fill the vacancy left by Sen. Toni Harp, who will become the first female mayor of New Haven in January.

“Beth brings passion and an incredible work ethic to the position,” Williams said. “She’s also committed to a collaborative approach. Succeeding Toni Harp is no easy task but I know that Beth will do a terrific job.”

Bye, who currently co-chairs the Higher Education Committee, lobbied hard for the job.

“I am honored that Senator Williams has placed his trust in me to oversee this incredibly important position,” Bye said in a statement. “The state budget is really a statement of public policy priorities. Toni Harp leaves a great legacy as co-chair of Appropriations and I’m excited to meet this challenge and follow in her footsteps.”

Bye will co-chair the committee with state Rep. Toni Walker of New Haven. The committee is responsible for proposing and negotiating the spending side of the state budget.

Williams said he will announce other revisions to committee assignments at a later date.

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posted by: art vandelay | November 27, 2013  11:56am

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Senator Joan Hartley would have been a much better choice.  No way would the Democrats ever choose a fiscally conservative Democrat to co-chair this powerful committee.  Hold onto you wallet folks.  The spending spree is in high gear.

posted by: Chien DeBerger | November 27, 2013  12:43pm

Oh my!

posted by: Ms2676 | November 28, 2013  7:45am

Senator Bye, please advocate for more money to education and mental health services.

posted by: StanMuzyk | November 29, 2013  4:40pm

The state Democratic leadership loved a better liberal spender in Sen. Beth Bye and that’s why Sen. Donald E. Williams, Jr., did not select a more fiscally prudent Sen. Joan Hartley. More deficit spending appears to be on the horizon.