Newtown's state Representatives have testified in favor a bill they say will provide more financial stability to the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard. JP Sredzinski and Mitch Bolinsky appeared Tuesday before the Veterans' Affairs Committee to talk about House Bill 5358. The Act Concerning the Leasing of Military Facilities would allow the state's two Horse Guard units to lease surplus stall space and use the revenue to offset costs associated with supporting their own herds.
Sredzinski said that funding has been a major issue in recent years due to a struggling state economy. Since many of these stables are left empty, he says it would make make good sense to lease them out to private citizens at a cost which would offset the revenue needed by the Horse Guard.
Bolinsky said the bill represents a unique opportunity and is truly revolutionary. He says this would help the Horse Guards to become self-sustaining and vibrant assets. He praised retired Major Gordon Johnson and others for advancing the business model.
If the bill is voted out of committee, it will then be sent to the House and Senate floors where it will need to pass by a majority vote to then travel to Governor Malloy for his signature.