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Rep. Harding Demands Malloy Funds For Residents Storm Relief Efforts in 107th Instead of Tolls Study

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – Last night, Governor Malloy announced he will be imposing his power of executive order to request the Department of Transportation conduct a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing electronic tolls.

In his statement, Gov. Malloy said “During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation.”

“I would like to call on the Governor to utilize the 10 million dollars and help those in the 107th District who were devastated by the tornado in May,” Rep. Harding said. “These funds would be utilized far better by those in desperate need of help and support as opposed to studying an issue that would take countless dollars out of the pockets of hard-working residents who are already overtaxed.”

According to the Governor’s executive order, DOT will conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve funding requests submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items that are included in the bonding meeting.

To read the Governor’s executive order click here.
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Rep. Harding Achieves 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 9, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has once again earned a one hundred percent voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the House of Representatives for 2018.

Each year, the House Clerk’s Office releases the data on members’ votes during the Regular Session. Achieving perfect attendance is quite difficult, with only 20% of legislators able to do so in any given year.

“It is the utmost honor to represent and serve the local community in which I was raised,” Rep. Harding said. “I take this commitment seriously and always work to ensure the 107th District is represented on every single issue.”

Rep. Harding represents the towns of Bethel, Brookfield, and Danbury in the General Assembly. He is also the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee while also serving on the Judiciary, Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in January, 2019.

Rep. Harding Disappointed in Results of Veto Session

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) and his fellow lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week for a special veto session to override a bill to protect educational funding recently vetoed by Governor Malloy.

The legislation, HB-5171, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, would protect ECS funding by preventing the Executive Branch of Connecticut’s state government from making recessions or other reductions during the fiscal year. Passage of this bill would ensure funding that had previously been promised to a municipality isn’t removed.

“State educational funding for our local students should never be used as a tool for political gamesmanship. This bill would have prevented any governor from doing what Governor Malloy has done in recent years by threatening crippling rescission cuts to our local education,” Rep. Harding said. “I am upset that the Senate did not have enough votes to stand up for our students throughout the state and pass this important measure.”

Due to the bill originating in the House it had to be voted on their first before moving to the Senate for another vote. When voted on, House members voted in favor of the legislation 103-33, receiving the two-third’s margin required. Despite passing 19-10 in the Senate, it wasn’t enough to override the governor’s veto.

The ECS formula which is set by the legislature takes into account town wealth, student count with high need students, and other weighted factors in order to determine how much districts will receive on a per-pupil basis.