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Devlin & Kupchick: Taxpayers Take Biggest Hit from Gov. Budget

Posted on February 21, 2019 by jdooley


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A lot of work still to do

HARTFORD- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) listened intently and with hope to Governor Ned Lamont’s first state budget address and pledged to work with him to improve the plan.

Governor Lamont outlined several proposals to raise taxes across all sectors of the state, including expanding the state sales tax to hundreds of previously exempt items including accounting, interior design, real estate, dry-cleaning, barber shops, beauty shops, veterinary services, parking, sports and recreation instruction, medications, sugary beverages, haircuts, liquor bottles, vaping and Netflix(R), shifting a large part of the teachers’ pension costs (25%) onto local municipalities and installing highways tolls to charge all vehicles – not just tractor-trailers.

“There are several elements of the Governor’s proposed budget with which I agree, specifically private-public partnerships to better serve to state’s needs,” said Rep. Devlin. “But I am deeply concerned about the impact of teacher and education costs shifted to our town and, in the area of tolls, the governor simply outlined two bad choices. A choice between truck-only tolls, which might be considered illegal or tolls for cars and trucks, with state drivers getting a possible discount.”

Rep. Kupchick said, “This budget, as written, includes taxes on nearly everything and will hurt middle class families. No one person or business is left harmless. I will share the impact on my town and business community with the Governor and expect him to keep his word to work with both sides of the aisle on this budget proposal in the coming months”.

Both Kupchick and Devlin empathizes that it is important to understand that this budget is merely a starting point for discussions and negotiations and any budget that they could eventually support must provide adequate funding for public education and prioritize the needs of families in Fairfield.

The Connecticut Education Association immediately after the budget address came out against the governor’s plan to shift pension costs onto cities and towns.

Although, Gov. Lamont talked about getting $2 Billion in state union concessions in his address, the state union minutes after the speech issued a statement that they will not negotiate any state employee givebacks.

The Internet link to Governor Lamont’s budget: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/2019-Legislative-Proposals

State Rep. Laura Devlin: Informational Tolls Forums to be Held

Posted on February 15, 2019 by jdooley


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You’re Invited!

Dear Neighbors,

Recently, I conducted a poll through this e-newsletter to see where residents stand on the issue of tolls coming back in Connecticut. Of the 250 responses received, 78% voted against tolls, 18% were in favor and 4% were undecided. I also received many comments and questions showing the need for more information. This is consistent with feedback we are getting from across the state. 

In response, as ranking members of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, State Senator Henri Martin (R-31 Bristol) and I will be hosting a series of informational forums on tolls. The first two are scheduled for Fairfield and Norwalk and you, along with members of the public, are invited to attend.

Informational Forum on Tolls – Fairfield

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there will be a Fairfield informational forum on tolls at the Fairfield Board of Education Administration Building.

Informational Forum on Tolls – Norwalk

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. there will be a Norwalk informational forum on tolls at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center.

These informational toll forums will allow for residents to share their concerns, get their questions answered about tolls, and discuss potential alternatives.

The Transportation Committee is expected to hold public hearings on toll-related bills later this month at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  

The Fairfield Board of Education Administration Building is located at 501 Kings Hwy. East in Fairfield.

The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center is located at 99 East Avenue in Norwalk.

I hope this information is helpful.

State Rep. Laura Devlin

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Transportation Leaders to Hold Informational Hearings on Tolls

Posted on February 15, 2019 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD–  State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134 Fairfield/Trumbull) and State Senator Henri Martin (R-31 Bristol/Plainville, Thomaston, Harwinton and Plymouth), House and Senate Ranking Members of the legislative Transportation Committee are inviting the public to attend  informational forums on tolls in Fairfield and Norwalk.

  • The Fairfield informational forum on toll will be at the Fairfield Board of Education Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

  • The Norwalk informational forum on toll will be at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Investing in and improving Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure is a priority among all lawmakers. One proposal before the legislature is to implement tolls across the state, a proposal that has raised many questions. Both informational toll events will allow for residents to share their concerns, get their questions answered about tolls, and discuss potential alternatives to tolls.

 The Transportation Committee is expected to hold public hearings on toll-related bills later this month at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  

  • The Fairfield Board of Education Administration Building is located at 501 Kings Hwy. East in Fairfield. 

  • The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center is located at 99 East Avenue in Norwalk.

For more information, contact State Rep. Laura Devlin’s office at 1.800.842.1423.