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You can help stop Governor Malloy from vetoing this budget

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The early hours of Saturday morning brought historical bipartisan action on a state budget.

After the Democratic leadership failed to get enough support to pass their budget which included a $1.5 billion tax increase on state residents, three Democratic Senators and five Democratic Representatives joined with Republicans to pass the GOP no-tax-increase budget in both chambers.

Apart from imposing no new taxes on state residents, this budget eliminates the $3.5 billion budget deficit while restoring the education funding to cities and towns that Governor Malloy has threatened to eliminate by executive order effective October 1st.  It also preserves essential services to our most vulnerable citizens.

Most importantly, this budget makes important structural changes to our way of budgeting, putting our state on a more stable economic footing – something essential to retaining employers and promoting economic expansion.

Governor Malloy has threatened to veto this budget bill, which would put us right back where we were before.

Please learn more about this budget by clicking here: BUDGET INFORMATION.

If you agree that this budget is an effective way to address our state fiscal challenges, please contact Governor Malloy’s office at 800-406-1527 and ask him to sign this bipartisan budget.  Vetoing this budget is not a solution and only prolongs our challenges.

Best regards,

Terrie Wood

State Representative – 141st District

Wood Joins AARP in Hosting Anti-Fraud Forum

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Join State Representative Terrie Wood and invited guests from AARP’s Fraud Watch Network for an informative presentation on the “Con Artists’ Playbook.” Rep. Wood will also explain major acts affecting seniors that passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. For more information, call 860-240-8700 or email Terrie.Wood@housegop.ct.gov.

Norwalk Citizens’ Police Academy Set for September

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I want to make you aware that the Norwalk Police will, once again, host the popular six-week long Norwalk Citizens’ Police Academy course.

I loved taking this course two years ago and I learned so much about how the police hire, train, work and handle the difficult and varied challenges they encounter. The course gave me a fuller understanding and deeper appreciation for the work our dedicated police officers do upholding the law and protecting us.

This year, the course begins on Thursday, September 14, and is scheduled to meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The program will last six weeks and includes a tour of police department headquarters, meetings and discussions with veteran officers, demonstrations on techniques and training methods used by the department and a ride-along with an on-duty officer, among other things.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.  For more information, or to register, please contact Norwalk Police Lt. Terry Blake at 203-354-3074.

Hartford Current – Watershed Moment with State Union Contract

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Our Connecticut State Legislature is poised to make a truly historic choice; either dig our state out of a $5 billion biennial fiscal abyss responsibly or, once again, allow the state unions to reap asymmetrical benefits that significantly exceed both the private sector workforce and state employees from any other state in the country.  One of the most critical opportunities to change our state’s fiscal trajectory is here right now, with the renegotiation of our state union workers contract.

The state legislature has the responsibility of setting sound fiscal policy to help grow our state’s economy and stimulate equitable employment opportunities for all workers within Connecticut; not just reward those in state unions. There are currently 45,000 state union employees (and 45,000 retirees) representing 2.4% of the entire Connecticut workforce.  These union members serve within the departments of education, transportation, public safety, health, social services, consumer protection and motor vehicles et al., as well as staff all six constitutional offices.    Read More →

Wood Denounces “A Bad Deal for Connecticut” as SEBAC Labor Agreement Passes the House

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State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) voiced her dismay at Monday’s House approval of the state employees’ union concession package due to its insufficient savings and structural changes and its extension of the current union contract until 2027.

The concession package, negotiated by Governor Malloy and union leaders, was ratified by state employees earlier this month and now is tentatively scheduled to go before the Senate on July 31.  Analysts have predicted the plan could save approximately $1.5 billion over the next two years by increasing pension contributions, creating a hybrid/defined contribution plan for future state employees, increasing healthcare co-payments, and realizing other labor savings.  The deal also restricts the state’s ability to lay off workers until 2021.

House Republicans, including Wood, highlighted some of the structural change in the concession package as “steps in the right direction” that they supported, but denied the notion that the deal solved Connecticut’s fiscal crisis and indicated it could lead to funding cuts and tax increases in the future. Read More →