Taxes on Bicycle Helmets and Child Car Seats?

Posted on March 14, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

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.

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Lawmakers to Host Toll Informational Forum

Posted on March 8, 2019 by admin


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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.

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Tolls – Public Hearing – Wednesday, March 6th

Posted on March 6, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

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

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Forced Regionalization? Speak Out

Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

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

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Rep. Harding Prioritizing Storm Recovery

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


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Proposes New Legislation to the General Assembly

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.

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Legislature’s Bioscience Caucus, Industry Partners Announce Strategic Plan

Posted on January 31, 2019 by admin


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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.

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Rep. Harding Participates in Nonprofit Legislative Forum in Danbury

Posted on January 14, 2019 by admin


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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.

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Rep. Harding Sworn In to Third Term

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


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Receives Legislative Committee Assignments

HARTFORD — State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) joined legislative colleagues today, on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to his third term at the State Capitol. He will serve for two more years as the House Representative for the 107th General Assembly District of Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury.

“I am very excited to be returning to Hartford for my fifth Legislative Session,” said Rep. Harding. “As a Connecticut resident,

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Rep. Stephen Harding Invites Constituents for Coffee

Posted on January 2, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Steve Harding (R-107) is hosting a coffee hour on January 17th at the Brookfield Panera Bread. All interested constituents are invited to join him to discuss, one-on-one, the issues that are expected to shape the 2019 legislative session, the state budget process, and ideas for new legislation.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Panera Bread, 143 Federal Road, Brookfield

This event is open to the public and the coffee will be self-service. If

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Rep. Harding Volunteering this Holiday Season to Help Less Fortunate

Posted on December 19, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD- In preparation for the holiday’s, State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) will be participating in The Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign by ringing bells to help raise money for less fortunate families across the state.

WHEN: Friday, December 21st
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: CVS Pharmacy, 14 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield

Monetary donations of any size are appreciated and all proceeds collected during the three bell ringing events will be donated directly to The Salvation

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