Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury


Rep. Harding Provides Toll Study Update

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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I have recently joined 70 of my House colleagues in requesting that we be called back into special session to override Governor Malloy’s 10M in wasteful spending for a tolls study.

I join my colleagues in demanding the Speaker of the House along with leadership in the majority party call us back into session in order to address this matter.

As I’ve said before, if we are going to spend $10,000,000.00, I feel that it would be far better spent right here in the 107th District helping assist those who have suffered inconsolable damage during May’s tornado rather than spending money that we don’t have to take more money out of our residents pockets.

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.