Posted on July 15, 2019 by jdooley
Fairfield – State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) have announced that they will be hosting a Pints and Politics event on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00pm at Local Kitchen (85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield).
The event will allow residents the opportunity speak with the legislators and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol in a relaxed setting. The lawmakers will discuss the issues and debates shaping the 2019 legislative session, including municipal…
Posted on July 12, 2019 by jdooley
FAIRFIELD – State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) in cooperation with Operation Hope finished their annual ‘Town-Wide Diaper Drive’ Saturday June 22 with the help of Al DiGuido, owner of Saugatuck Sweets and his organization, Al’s Angels at Saugatuck Sweets collecting a total of 2,145 diapers and pull ups.
Both Reps. Kupchick and Devlin worked with Operation Hope on a month-long diaper drive for in-need Fairfield families.
Operation Hope Executive Director, Carla Miklos said, “We appreciate these donations, which will help local families who struggle with limited resources. Diapers are not just about a lack of resources, but are also a public health issue. Thank you to the daycare centers that collected them and the parents that filled the bins!”
Rep. Devlin said, “A big thank you to the Fairfield community and to Al DiGuido for coming together and helping out our local families. One of the biggest expenses of raising any child is the cost of diapers. This drive was meant to ease the heavy financial burden of baby diapers.”…
Posted on June 27, 2019 by jdooley
TRUMBULL- Trumbull State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) hosted a “Coffee Hour with Your Legislators” event at Chip’s Family Restaurant in Trumbull on June 24th.
During the evening meet and greet with diners the three Trumbull state representatives listened to Trumbull residents who shared their concerns on a variety of issues. The issues discussed included the additional tax burdens on Trumbull residents anticipated by the new state budget passed by the majority party and agreed to by Governor Lamont.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to talk on Monday night and share their thoughts on the state of our state and new laws coming out of Hartford. Meetings like this are important, to hear directly from you, and have a dialog with our constituents. We discussed many issues, including that the threat of tolls in Connecticut continuing to be a key concern. Let’s not let summer distract us from a possible debate on tolls,” said Devlin.…
Posted on June 20, 2019 by jdooley
TRUMBULL- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and David Rutigliano (R-123) joined forces with the Trumbull Memorial American Legion Post 141 in collecting worn, faded and tattered American flags during their Annual Flag-Collection Drive and participated in the VFW Flag Day ceremony retiring the old flags on June 14th.
The legislators had collection boxes stationed around Trumbull for town residents to turn in their American flags for retirement.
“I want to thank Post 141 for allowing me to share in…
Posted on June 11, 2019 by jdooley
TRUMBULL- Trumbull State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) will be co-hosting a “Post-Session Coffee Hour” on June 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Chip’s Family Restaurant in Trumbull.
All three state representatives serve a portion of Trumbull and want to hear from their constituents. Trumbull residents are encouraged to join their legislators and talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to the Town of Trumbull or state government.
Posted on June 5, 2019 by jdooley
HARTFORD — Today the House passed, in concurrence with the Senate, Senate Bill 26 – An Act Making Permanent the Moratorium on the Approval of Programs at Independent Institutions of Higher Education. The legislation that would make permanent the moratorium that permits independent institutions of higher education to create up to twelve new programs per year without approval from Connecticut’s Office of Higher Education (OHE).
Connecticut is one of the few states that requires some institutions of higher education to submit new curricula for program approval to OHE. Most independent institutions of higher education in the state are now operating under a moratorium that exempts up to twelve new courses from the approval process of the OHE.
“Both Sacred Heart and Fairfield Universities are strong assets to our community and our state. This legislation will enable them to remain at the cutting edge of offering programming that will provide strong opportunities for students to stay in Connecticut by best meeting the needs of businesses in our state,” said Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134). “I was happy to do my part in supporting this legislation.”
Posted on June 4, 2019 by jdooley
HARTFORD – State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) and her House Republicans Monday rejected the Democrat budget that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.
Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass Through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.
The budget passed without a single Republican vote. Overall, taxes were raised by $1.75 Billion over the next two years.
Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending, shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.
“Every consumer, every taxpayer gets hit up in this budget,’’ State Rep. Laura Devlin said. “This budget increases spending, increases taxes and requires more borrowing. And to make it even worse, it ignores the will of Connecticut voters who overwhelming voted in favor of a Constitutional Transportation Lockbox by diverting money due to be deposited in the Special Transportation Fund”
Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley
HARTFORD- State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) & Brenda Kupchick (R-132) strongly supported a proposal in the House of Representatives which would provide municipalities with the ability and option to increase financial incentives for Connecticut’s first responders.
“I fully support our local first responders and what they do to keep us safe. Any tax relief would be helpful,” said Rep. Kupchick.
“Providing this option could permit financial assistance to volunteer firefighters and help departments with…
Posted on May 21, 2019 by jdooley
FAIRFIELD- State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) & Brenda Kupchick (R-132) in cooperation with Operation Hope are hosting their 4th annual Diaper Drive to help our Fairfield neighbors in need.
Diapers are incredibly costly and are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. At present time, Operation Hope does not have enough diapers on hand to meet the demand of the community.
Both Kupchick and Devlin are asking Fairfield residents for help by donating a package…
Posted on May 10, 2019 by jdooley
Will cripple CT businesses
HARTFORD- State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) & Brenda Kupchick (R-132) on Thursday voted against a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“We need to understand that this minimum wage proposal doesn’t create a single job, but rather heaps yet another economic burden on already-struggling businesses throughout Connecticut and risks losing jobs,” said Rep. Devlin. “The questions surrounding this proposal for the most part went unanswered and not-addressed,…