Sample letter by Michael Maturo
PUT THE MONEY BACK INTO PEGPETIA AS THE LAW DEMANDS
My name is Michael P. Maturo and I am writing on behalf of the Cable Advisory Council of South Central Connecticut where I volunteer as Chairman.
To support technology education in Connecticut schools, deliver local news and emergency information in Connecticut towns and cities, and guarantee Connecticut citizens access to local government and exercise of Constitutional freedoms, we’re asking you to restore $3.6 million in educational funding to the State Account for Community Access and Educational Technology (PEGPETIA) administered by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA.) This separate, non-lapsing, account, established by the legislature in 2007 CT Gen Stat § 16-331cc (2012) is funded by a 0.25% gross earnings tax on cable and satellite television consumers services bill.
Earlier this year, the entire fund was gutted by an obscure provision in Section 29 of the deficit mitigation legislation, Public Act No. 13-184, sweeping all the funds into the General Fund, defeating the intent of the legislature, defrauding taxpayers, and robbing television consumers of the specific benefits designated for the extra tax on their cable bills.
Restoring the PEGPETIA funds matters to voters in our franchise district because the program:
Offers hands-on technology skills to learners of all ages, providing a competitive advantage in a job market that gets tougher every day.
Delivers emergency information, local news about community services like Public Health programs, religious organizations, and community events at a time when solid local news coverage is rapidly shrinking.
Brings working families in our towns closer to the academic activities of our schools and school boards.
Guarantees hardworking citizens in our franchise area with media access to government meetings (Boards and Commissions) and local State Legislator forums so that citizens of every background can participate in government and exercise their constitutional freedoms no matter what the schedule demands of their jobs may be.
Is paid for by people most likely to benefit – Connecticut's cable television consumers.
Please take action today to restore the $3.6 million to the State Account for Community Access and Educational Technology (PEGPETIA) and give television consumers what they paid for.
Michael P. Maturo
Cable Advisory Council of South Central Connecticut
P.O. Box 248
Northford, CT 06472-0248