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Rep. Wood Update: Memorial Day Weekend 2018

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Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is a list of some important events happening in our district this weekend to commemorate this national holiday and the heroic actions of those who fought in the name of our freedom.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2018

 

Rowayton

Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 12 p.m.Memorial Day Parade steps off from the Rowayton Community Center

 

Darien

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade from Goodwives Shopping Center, continuing down the Post Rd. to Spring Grove Cemetery, where a ceremony is conducted.  Post 53 Food Fair – held at Tilley Pond – follows the parade

 

Norwalk

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade from Veterans Memorial Park in East Norwalk to the Town Green on East Avenue

 

I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend.

Rep. Wood: You Are Invited to a Post-Session Update in Darien

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Dear Friends,

I would like you to join me for a post-session town hall on the evening of Monday, May 14th in the Community Room at the Darien Library from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.

I will answer questions from any interested constituent about state issues and how they affect our community, including the 2018 legislative session, updates to the state budget, legislation that became law, and other issues you are interested in.

Darien

Monday, May 14th, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd. Darien

 

If you are unable to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact me about any issues that interest or concern you at terrie.wood@housegop.ct.gov or by calling 800-842-1423.

Rep. Wood Update: Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse

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This week in the legislature, both chambers of the General Assembly voted to pass a bill that would discourage the practice of “dual arrests,” a law enforcement practice where police arrest both a man and a woman (or both individuals involved) when responding to a domestic violence call.

According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, dual arrests have been shown to negatively impact the safety of victims by decreasing a victim’s willingness to call police for assistance in domestic violence situations.  Dual arrests also have financial consequences for the family, traumatize children, and overburden our courts.

It’s disheartening to hear of so many cases where women and men tolerate abusive situations because they are worried about the repercussions. There should never be repercussions for seeking help. That is why law enforcement exists – to protect the innocent and bring justice to those who break the law.

This bill takes a strong stand against domestic violence. I am proud to support it, and look forward to seeing it become law.

Please let me know if you have any questions about dual arrest legislation or any other issue related to state government.

Rep. Wood to Discuss State Issues with Constituents at Town Hall Forum on May 14th

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DARIEN State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141) invites her constituents to attend a post-session town hall with her on the evening of Monday, May 14th in the Community Room at the Darien Library from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.

She will answer questions from any interested resident of Norwalk or Darien about state issues and how they affect her district, including the 2018 legislative session, updates to the state budget, legislation that became law, and other issues attendees would like to hear addressed by their state representative.

 

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to speak to Rep. Wood may contact her at Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov .

Rep. Wood and Legislative Colleagues Detail Plan to Balance the Budget & Make Connecticut Fiscally Sustainable

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HARTFORD  State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) joined her Republican colleagues in rolling out a budget adjustment proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 ahead of a meeting of the Appropriations Committee.

 The proposal aims to eliminate Connecticut’s $200 million budget deficit without raising taxes while maintaining funding for transportation, Education Cost Sharing grants, core social services, and tax breaks for seniors, retirees, and working families.  More dollars are also dedicated to repaying the state’s unfunded liabilities, including the State Employees’ Retirement Fund, the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, and the Teachers’ Healthcare Fund.

 Rep. Wood will continue to advocate for further structural changes to state government and reduce funds that had been allocated to bailing out the city of Hartford.

“Unfortunately, our state is running out of options to control costs and pay down unfunded liabilities without drastically cutting services,” said Rep. Wood.  “Income tax receipts were better than expected, but my concern is that the good news could encourage some of my colleagues in the legislature to go on a spending spree.  We cannot let this happen.  Any additional revenue has to be used to ensure Connecticut’s fiscal sustainability for the long-term while protecting local education and making necessary investments in transportation.”

Rep. Wood emphasized the prioritization of transportation funding in the budget adjustment proposal by fully funding the Special Transportation Fund (STF) and preventing rail fare increases not already in statute from being implemented in 2018 or 2019.   It protects funding for local transit districts for the entirety of the budget cycle without calling for any new taxes or tolls.  In the proposal, funding is eliminated from the planned expansion of CT FastTrak to UConn and used to enhance existing infrastructure.

 Lawmakers have until the 2018 legislative session adjourns on May 9 to complete and pass a budget plan.