Roadwork on I-84 in Danbury

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is anticipating lane closures between Exits 1 and 8 on I-84 Eastbound and Westbound in Danbury starting Tuesday, April 30th, to allow for nighttime bridge maintenance.

Construction will occur between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, until Friday May 17, 2019. The project consists of bridge deck and asphaltic plug joint repairs. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilize to guide motorists through the work zone.

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Rep. Harding Hears Concerns of Constituents

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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BROOKFIELDState Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) met with constituents this morning at Jesters Coffee in Brookfield to discuss the status of the state budget and other important issues currently being debated up in Hartford. The conversation included an update on tolls, fighting new tax proposals, and finding ways to keep more people and businesses from leaving Connecticut.

If you were unable to attend the Coffee Hour, but still have questions or comments to share with Rep. Harding, please

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Keep in Touch with Your State Government

Posted on April 26, 2019 by admin


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It is important that constituents keep in touch with their state legislators so that we may properly represent you, your needs and your interests. You can reach me, your State Representative of the 107th House District, by emailing Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov or calling my office at 1-800-842-1243. If you would like to get your voice heard more widely on a particular issue that is important to you, here is a list of contact information for all of the legislators representing Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury:

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Rep. Harding Invites Constituents to Coffee Hour

Posted on April 22, 2019 by admin


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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.

WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Jester’s Coffee, 331 Federal Road, Brookfield

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

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Rep. Harding, and Area Legislators Say Tolls will Hurt Greater Danbury Economy

Posted on April 5, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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Rep. Harding Votes Against Significant Pay Increases for Attorneys in AG’s Office

Posted on March 29, 2019 by admin


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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.”

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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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