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:

 

 

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.


Sincerely,



Michael P. Maturo

Chairman

Cable Advisory Council of South Central Connecticut

P.O. Box 248

Northford, CT 06472-0248