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Legislators Hosting Greater Danbury Transportation Forum

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DANBURY – To better inform the greater Danbury region on status of area state transportation issues, State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107), Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), David Arconti (D- 109), Fred Wilms (R-142) Gail Lavielle (R-143), and Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) will be holding a State Transportation Forum on March 5th in Danbury with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker.

The purpose of the forum is for the legislators to give greater Danbury residents an opportunity to present their suggestions and voice their concerns about transportation needs for the region and state.

WHAT: Danbury Transportation Forum
WHEN: March 5th, 2018 7:00pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Danbury City Hall, Council Chambers at 155 Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury

In the last two months, the DOT has proposed raising rail and bus fares 21.28 percent over the next 3 years, significantly reducing rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury Lines. Additionally, the governor has cancelled over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide and introduced a proposal to bring tolls back to the state, raise the gas tax 7 cents over 4 years and implement a new ‘tire tax’.

The legislators want to hear from you. If you are unable to attend the event please call 1.800.842.1423 and ask to speak with your legislator.

Reps. Harding & Duff Holding Food Drive in Bethel

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BETHEL – With the cold winter months upon us, Stephen Harding (R-107) and State Reps. Will Duff (R-2) are holding a food drive in the month of February to benefit the Bethel Community Food Pantry and the Bethel families’ in-need.

The Bethel Community Food Pantry (BCFP) is a non-profit, community-based, 100 percent volunteer-run food pantry in downtown Bethel. The BCFP provides free food and hygiene items to Bethel residents in need year around.

People who are in-need can visit every other Tuesday and choose their own non-perishable food plus bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and, when available, meat and dairy products. The BCFP also offers items not covered by food stamps, such as toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant and laundry detergent.

“Please join us in helping the men and women throughout our communities who are most in need by donating a non-perishable item,” Rep. Harding said.

Rep. Duff said, “It’s important to remember that, even after the holidays, as most folks transition back into their normal routines, there are members of our Bethel community who need our help. Bethel is such a caring community and this is one way we take care of our own.”

Boxes will at the following locations for food donations beginning February 5th – February 26th.
• Bethel Town Hall at 1 School Street
• Bethel Public Library at 189 Greenwood Avenue

Suggested Donations:
• Cereal
• Jell-O
• Spaghetti Sauce (bottled)
• Pudding
• Canned Chicken
• Baked Beans / Canned Beans
• Vegetable Oil
• Instant Oatmeal
• Jellies and Jam
• Gift Cards

For more information, please contact the State Representatives at 1.800.842.1423.

Danbury Legislators Talk CT Issues

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DANBURY- State Reps. Stephen Harding (R-107), Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2) and State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) hosted an informative pre-session legislative update on Monday night to discuss the upcoming General Assembly session which begins on February 7th.

Monday night’s pre-session town hall-style meeting provided the Danbury community with an open forum to freely ask questions to their elected lawmakers. The Danbury legislators talked about the state of Connecticut’s budget and how the current economic climate in the state needs to change and stop the chasing away businesses and state taxpayers.

“It was great to hear from our constituents on Monday evening and to address their questions and concerns,” Rep. Harding said. “They all deserve a prosperous and fiscally responsible Connecticut and I look forward to continuing to be their voice in Hartford.”

“These discussions allow us to show taxpayers how we are fighting for them in Hartford. We will continue to push for an end to more and more taxation as the answer and instead fight for policies which improve the quality of life here in Danbury,” said Rep. Will Duff. “Many thanks to everyone who came out tonight! I heard you loud and clear and will continue to work tirelessly on your behalf at the State Capitol.”

“On the budget, we need to govern by holding the line on taxes and spending and show true leadership and courage,” said Rep. Michael Ferguson. “The General Assembly needs to delicately balance our government’s role in providing a safety net for our most vulnerable against the obligation to reduce the financial burden on the taxpayers and businesses in our state.”

“I appreciate the insight this event provided about what issues really are important to the residents of Danbury,” Sen. McLachlan said. “We will certainly look into issues like government inefficiency at the DOT; the high energy costs Connecticut residents pay, and state employee pensions and compensation. State government must become more nimble, more efficient, and less expensive. High taxes and the high costs of living are driving people out of Connecticut and the legislature must take action to stop it.”

State Representative Stephen Harding represents the 107th district communities of Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury.

Rep. Harding and Fellow Danbury Legislators to Host Pre-Session Update

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HARTFORD – State Reps. Stephen Harding (R-107), Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), and State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) are inviting Danbury residents to a pre-session legislative update on the General Assembly session which begins on February 7th.

The pre-session legislative update will be held Monday, January 22nd 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Danbury City Hall located at 155 Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury.

Please join the Danbury Legislative Delegation as they discuss the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session, ask any questions you have about potential legislation, or bring suggestions on how we can work together to make our state a better place to live.

The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Reps. Harding, Ferguson, and Duff at their State Capitol offices at 1-800-842-1423 or email, Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov, Michael.Ferguson@housegop.ct.gov, and William.Duff@housegop.ct.gov. For Sen. McLachlan please email him at Michael.McLachlan@cga.ct.gov or call 1-800-842-1421.

Danbury Legislators to Host Pre-Session Update

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DANBURY- State Reps. Stephen Harding (R-107), Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), and State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) are inviting Danbury residents to a pre-session legislative update on the General Assembly session which begins on February 7th.

The pre-session legislative update will be held Monday, January 22nd 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Danbury City Hall located at 155 Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury.

Please join the Danbury Legislative Delegation as they discuss the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session, ask any questions you have about potential legislation, or bring suggestions on how we can work together to make our state a better place to live.

The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Reps. Harding, Ferguson, and Duff at their State Capitol offices at 1-800-842-1423 or email, Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov, Michael.Ferguson@housegop.ct.gov, William.Duff@housegop.ct.gov. For Sen. McLachlan please email her at Michael.McLachlan@cga.ct.gov or call 1-800-842-1421.