Rep. O’Dea: “Expect to Pay More for Groceries Beginning October 1st”

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), Deputy Republican Leader-at-Large, calls Democrats’ 7.35% tax on prepared meals a direct burden on the middle and working class residents of Connecticut. This tax was included in the 2020-2021 budget passed this year on May 4th without a single Republican vote.

“When Governor Lamont proposed a grocery tax earlier this year, it was not a popular idea. Nevertheless, Democrat legislators found a way to sneak it into the budget that passed

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Rep. O’Dea Receives 100% Voting Score from CBIA

Posted on August 17, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) received a 100% 2019 voting score from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). Scores were determined by a member’s votes on key issues that supported Connecticut employers and promoted job growth. Legislation important to the business community addressed manufacturing careers, certain environmental issues, and the state budget, to name a few.

“I firmly believe that the only way Connecticut can recover is to dramatically

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Coffee Hour at Orem’s Diner – Friday, June 21, 2019

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin


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This Friday, June 21st, State Rep. Gail Lavielle and I will be at Orem’s Diner in Wilton to discuss major legislative topics including the state budget, minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, regionalization, the opioid crisis, tolls, and more.

Here are the details:

Who: State Representatives Gail Lavielle and Tom O’Dea

What: Coffee Hour/Legislative Update

Where: Orem’s Diner, 167 Danbury Road, Wilton

When: This Friday, June 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

This is your opportunity to discuss

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Rep. O’Dea to Host Post-Session Legislative Update – Monday, June 17

Posted on June 15, 2019 by admin


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The 2019 legislative session has ended and there is much to discuss. Major items this year included the budget, a $15/hour minimum wage, a new 0.5 percent payroll tax to fund a state-run paid family and medical leave program, the ongoing tolls debate, the opioid crisis and more.

This Monday, June 17th, I will be hosting a Post-Session Legislative Update at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This is your opportunity to discuss any issues we covered this

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Rep. O’Dea Lauds Passage of Two Bills Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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Bills Advance to Senate

HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), Deputy Republican Leader-at-Large, voted for and celebrated the passage of two bills addressing the opioid crisis – H.B. 5524, An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl, and H.B. 7190, An Act Extending Good Samaritan Protections for Persons or Entities that Include an Opioid Antagonist within a Cabinet Containing an Automatic External Defibrillator. Rep. O’Dea has signed on as a cosponsor to both

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Rep. O’Dea Provide Toll Update on Todd Feinburg Show – April 11, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin


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CT State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), a member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, joined WTIC News Talk host Todd Feinburg on April 11th to discuss the latest on tolls. Rep. O’Dea says the math on Gov. Lamont’s latest proposal does not add up. The governor’s plan calls for rates similar to legislative Democratic proposals and projects the same revenue, but his plan calls for about 50 tolling locations as opposed to

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Rep. O’Dea Talks Tolls On-Air with Todd Feinberg – March 26, 2019

Posted on March 29, 2019 by admin


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On March 26, CT State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), a member of the Transportation Committee, joined WTIC News Talk host Todd Feinberg to discuss three tolls proposals recently approved by the committee – S.B. 423, H.B. 7202 and H.B. 7280. Rep. O’Dea and fellow Republican members voted against the bills citing multiple concerns:

  • The cost to install and operate tolls

  • The cost to bill individuals who do not have EZ passes or those with unreadable license plates

  • A provision deeming the

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Rep. O’Dea Votes Against Three Toll Proposals

Posted on March 22, 2019 by admin


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Bills Approved by Committee Along Party-Line Votes

HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), a member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, voted against three toll proposals. Despite opposition from Rep. O’Dea, as well as House and Senate Republicans, the bills made it out of committee along party-line votes.

“In addition to safety concerns, one of the main reasons we dismantled tolls in the 1980s was because it placed an unfair burden on commuters. This holds true

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State Legislative Update at Orem’s Diner – March 28, 2019

Posted on March 21, 2019 by admin


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On Thursday, March 28, I will be hosting a State Legislative Update with Rep. Gail Lavielle at Orem’s Diner, 167 Danbury Road, Wilton, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Governor Lamont’s budget proposal, released on February 20, contains several items worthy of discussion:

  • Expansion of the sale tax to currently exempt goods and services including legal and accounting services, home renovations, winter boat storage, veterinary care, non-prescription drugs, and more

  • New taxes on bottle deposits, plastic bags,

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Public Hearings – Tomorrow, March 15

Posted on March 15, 2019 by admin


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Tomorrow, the Finance, Revenue & Bonding and Planning & Development Committees will hold public hearings about bills that would have major consequences for Connecticut taxpayers, businesses, students, parents and our local communities as a whole.

Finance, Revenue & Bonding – Tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., Room 2E

S.B. 877: An Act Concerning Revenue Items to Implement the Governor’s Budget

This bill deals with the implementation of the Governor’s budget plan, namely the taxes that will be used to fund it.

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