Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin
BROOKFIELD – State Rep. Steve Harding (R-107) is hosting a coffee hour this Friday at Jester’s Coffee in Brookfield. All interested constituents are invited to join him to discuss the major issues of the 2019 legislative session, including the state budget.
This event is open to the public and the coffee will be self-service. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still…
Posted on April 5, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding and area lawmakers hosted a Tolls Informational Forum on Monday in Danbury to talk to residents about the negative impacts tolls will have on Connecticut and an alternative transportation funding plan that doesn’t require tolls.
Rep. Harding said, “Tolls will have a damaging impact on the economy in Connecticut and especially in the greater Danbury region. We need to stop asking residents and businesses to pay more and start prioritizing where we are spending money.”
Posted on March 29, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding on Wednesday voted against a union deal to increase the pay and give bonuses to lawyers at the state Attorney General’s Office.
The two-year pay deal for lawyers working for the Attorney General’s Office will cost taxpayers $5 million. This includes stipends for department heads in the amount of $6,000 in the first year and $12,000 in the second year.
“When we are facing a $3 billion dollar deficit and the governor has proposed cutting funding to local education and critical services, I question where the legislature’s priorities lie,” said Rep. Harding. “We need to be far better stewards of money from the hard-working taxpayers of this state.”
Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin
Tomorrow, Friday, March 15th, Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal will be in front of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. As you may know, the governor is looking to increase revenues by implementing 53 tolls throughout the state and expanding the sales tax to include new items and services.
Here are just a couple of services and items that will now fall under the sales tax:
– Legal services
– Accounting services
– Real estate activities and agents/brokers
– Veterinary services
– Barber shops and beauty salons
– Sports/recreation instruction and industries
– Renovation and repair of residential property
– Non-prescription drugs
– Bicycle helmets
– Child car seats
– Vegetable seeds
– Safety apparel
The governor’s budget proposal also looks to eliminate the following:
-The sales tax-free week
-The increased exemption for social security income
-The exemption for pension and annuity income
For the full list click here.
Posted on March 8, 2019 by admin
DANBURY – State Representatives Stephen Harding and Rich Smith in conjunction with State Senator Henri Martin and State Representative Laura Devlin, House and Senate Ranking Members of the legislative Transportation Committee, are inviting the public to attend an informational forum on tolls to discuss alternative plans to tolls and the impact tolls may have on our local communities.
WHERE: Danbury City Hall, 55 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT
WHEN: Monday, April 1st, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Posted on March 6, 2019 by admin
The legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday (March 6) will hold a public hearing on two different bills that would bring highway tolls back to Connecticut.
The first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.
Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year budget…
Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin
On Friday, March 1st, the Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on several bills including proposals to force the regionalization of public schools.
Senate Bill 738 would regionalize schools based on the state’s Probate Court Districts.
Senate Bill 457 would require any school district with a student population of fewer than two thousand students to join a new or an existing regional school district.
I strongly oppose both proposals. If you want to express your thoughts…
Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) wants to ensure that all those in our local community are able to recover from the devastating storm that hit last May. He has proposed three new bills to legislative leaders that would protect homeowners in Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury who suffer property damage as a result of weather.
The first, House Bill (H.B.) 6595, would require mortgage companies to release to homeowners at least a portion of any funds they have received from an insurance company in connection with a claim for property damaged, provided that the homeowner has hired a contractor to repair the damage. Far too many residents have not been able to even start work on their property due to their mortgage company’s restrictions on the release of any portion of funds. This bill was referred to the Banking Committee.…
Posted on January 31, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – Yesterday January 30th, the co-Chairs of the Legislature’s Bioscience Caucus met with their main industry counterpart, BioCT, to discuss the strategic plan developed since the last legislative session, and announce specific goals for the coming session. Alongside co-Chairs State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), State Senator Christine Cohen (D-12), State Rep. Stephen Harding (R-107), and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) was BioCT President & CEO Dawn Hocevar and Dr. Mark Adams, Director of Microbial Genomic Services at Jackson Labs.
The Bioscience caucus is a group of legislators committed to working with industry partners to create smart policies that encourage growth in one of Connecticut’s strongest business sectors. With some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, insurance and genomics companies, and several prestigious Colleges and Universities, Connecticut is poised to be a leader in one of the most forward-thinking industries. The Bioscience Caucus is dedicated to ensuring Connecticut takes hold of that opportunity to foster continued innovation and economic growth in the state.
The Strategic plan includes five key areas that would make Connecticut the ideal partner for new businesses in the bioscience sector. These include (1) Marketing and Branding, (2) Business Development & Recruitment, (3) Attracting Investment Capital, (4) Infrastructure Improvements, and (5) Workforce Development. Details for each of these key areas can be found in the attached Executive Summary of the CT Bioscience Strategic Plan.
Posted on January 14, 2019 by admin
DANBURY – Elected officials and non-profit leaders from all over Fairfield County met at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury on Friday to work on closing the opportunity gap in Southwestern Connecticut. State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) participated in the forum’s table discussions.