Who should I call?
It is very important that you only contact your own legislators. You will be asked to provide your zip code and your call will only be tallied if they represent you. Don’t worry if you don’t know their number; you can click here to get their contact information.
What will happen when they answer?
A legislative assistant will answer the phone. They will want to know that you are one their constituents and why you are calling. The reasons why you support a bill are less important to the person answering the phone. They are keeping tally of the number of people who support/oppose an issue. You will want to state your name, zip code and your position clearly. If you want to talk to your legislators, you will need to tell the person who answers the phone that you want a response. Note: If you are calling your state senator it is better not to ask for a response, as it requires the extra step of putting you in the response database before you can be tallied.
What should I say?
“Hello, my name John Smith. I’m a constituent from Killingly, zip code 06239. I don’t need a response. I’m calling to say that I want you to continue to support the tax exclusion on teacher pensions and for the state to continue to fund our health insurance premium account. Thank you. “
What if I don’t want to call
You can also write or email your senators. Many legislators have a “contact me” form on their website: be sure to fill it out completely. When contacting them it’s fine to give more information but you should still strive to keep your message brief and to the point. If you choose to email them directly, be sure to include your address in your message (so they can verify you are from their district.) Feel free to use the message below:
Dear (legislator’s name)
Thank you for the 25% tax exclusion on my 2016 retired teacher pension income and the 50% exclusion for 2017, both approved by the Governor and Legislature. This exclusion is a fairness issue and a sound economic decision for our state.
I also appreciate the assurances from the Legislature that our health insurance premium account will remain solvent. When I was an active teacher, I contributed 1.25% of my salary to this fund, and now I rely on it to defray my insurance costs. The state’s dwindling contributions to this fund is depleting reserves and is projected to be in jeopardy by 2020. Retired teachers have shared the burden of helping to keep the state’s budget stable.
Thank you for your commitment to all retired teachers’ welfare.