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“It’s a Bipartisan Issue”: Davis, Ritter Agree to Address Crumbling Foundations in Special Session

June 7, 2017 By Staff
“It’s a Bipartisan Issue”: Davis, Ritter Agree to Address Crumbling Foundations in Special Session

The 2017 legislative session is headed to overtime so the government can pass a two-year budget. An agreement on Wednesday ensured crumbling foundations in eastern Connecticut will be addressed.

“This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue,” House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) said. “It’s a bipartisan issue.”

Those were surprising words coming from the Democratic majority leader after a contentious session, but represented a win for State Rep. Chris Davis (R-Ellington) and other state legislators in eastern Connecticut after the legislature agreed to take up the issue of crumbling foundations in the special session.

The Hartford Courant summarized the issue of crumbling foundations, and how it impacts eastern Connecticut residents, in May:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said as many as 34,130 homes are at risk for failing foundations. At least 522 homeowners in 23 towns have filed complaints with the state Department of Consumer Protection stating that their concrete foundations are failing.

According to a state report in early January, a mineral known as pyrrhotite was present in the concrete aggregate used for the foundations that are now crumbling, and was partly to blame, as was the amount of water used in installation.

…Legislative solutions on the table for homeowners include $5 million for testing foundations and a grant program to fund up to $150,000 or 75 percent of the cost to replace a crumbling foundation administered by the Capitol Region Council of Governments.

The push by Davis and others ensures the legislature will debate action on crumbling foundations before the 2017 session comes to a close.