Rep. Smith Votes Against Controversial Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


HARTFORDState Representative Richard A. Smith (R-108) said on Thursday that the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against a controversial proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 over a four and a half year period.

Cheering was displayed in the House Chamber both when House Democrats cobbled together to roll out a ramshackle bill (H.B. 5004) late Wednesday, providing neither Republicans nor the public adequate time to review a proposal that will drive state spending hikes and trigger cost increases for businesses small and large, and when it was passed this morning – a reaction deemed inappropriate according to House Rules.

“I wonder if we will hear those same cheers as businesses continue the exodus out of Connecticut? I wonder if my Democratic colleagues were cheering when the reports came in that we lose 3,400 jobs in the first quarter of the year? Should we cheer that we have only recovered 80% of the jobs lost starting with the 2008-2010 recession, making us the only state in New England to not have reached full recovery, while Massachusetts is currently experiencing a 600% job growth spurt,” asked Rep. Smith, who said that he respects the differences shared across the aisle but found this behavior to be disrespectful.


Rep. Smith Hears Constituent Concerns Regarding Paid Family Medical Leave

Posted on April 29, 2019 by admin


Paid Family Medical Leave (FML) is a program that allows employees to take paid time off in order to heal from an illness or care for loved ones and close family friends. Current proposals to implement this type of program in Connecticut call for it to be funded by a 0.5 percent payroll tax, which based on the answers from a recent online survey, the majority of my constituents say they cannot afford.

Of course, if the 0.5 payroll tax is not enough to fund the program, the Commissioner of Labor can increase the amount deducted from your paycheck. Under the current proposal, if more than two percent of the labor force uses the program, it will become insolvent, thereby requiring the tax to be raised.

All private-sector employees in Connecticut would have to contribute to this state-run trust fund from which qualified employees on leave would draw their salary for up to 12 weeks. Concerns regarding the sustainability, cost of administration, and potential fraud and abuse of the program have majority leaders at odds even with their own caucus as to how to make paid FML happen.


Southwestern Connecticut Residents Learn the Facts About Tolls at Recent Informational Forum

Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin


Hosted by Rep. Smith and Colleagues  

DANBURY – House and Senate Republican ranking members of the Transportation Committee, State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Henri Martin, were invited to Danbury last week by their colleagues, State Representatives Richard Smith (R-108), J.P. Sredzinski, Mitch Bolinsky, and Stephen Harding, to present a transportation funding plan to their constituents that does not rely on tolls or tax increases.

“I am grateful to Rep. Devlin and Sen. Martin for coming out to my district to meet with my constituents,” said Rep. Smith. “Please contact me at 1-800-842-1423 or if you have any further questions regarding tolls, our alternative plan, and the future of transportation in Connecticut.”


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Tolls Informational Forum: Monday, April 1st

Posted on March 29, 2019 by admin


My colleagues, and Ranking Members of the Transportation Committee, Rep. Devlin and Sen. Martin want you to know the true facts about the toll plans proposed by Governor Lamont and the Democrat majority party. They are taking a tour around the state to hold informational forums that discuss the plans and answer your questions. Reps. Bolinsky, Harding, Sredzinski and I have asked them to make a stop in Danbury to meet with all of you.

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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Route 37 Closure in New Fairfield

Posted on January 16, 2019 by admin


Eversource will be conducting some emergency tree removal work on Route 37 Northbound and Southbound in New Fairfield this weekend.

As a result, Route 37 will be closed between Warwick Road and Route 39 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19th.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Please drive safely through this vicinity and seek alternate routes if necessary.

Rep. Smith Participates in Nonprofit Legislative Forum in Danbury

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 Richard A. Smith (R-108) participated both in table discussions and as a panel member.

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Route 7 Closure in New Milford

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that there will be “rolling” closures on Route 7 in New Milford from 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15th to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16th to allow for a permitted oversize/overweight vehicle move.


The vehicle, which will be carrying a transformer weighing 476,700 pounds on a specialized 12-axle trailer, must be escorted by the Connecticut State Police using jumper bridges at several small crossings.


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Rep. Smith Sworn In To Fifth Legislative Term

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


Receives Leadership Assignments

HARTFORD — State Representative Richard A. Smith (R-108) joined legislative colleagues today, on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to his fifth term at the State Capitol. He will serve for two more years not only as the House Representative for the 108th General Assembly District of New Fairfield, Sherman, New

Milford and Danbury, but as the House Republican Policy Chairman as well.

“I am honored to be back in Hartford, starting my ninth

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Rep. Smith Receives Committee Assignments and New Leadership Position

Posted on December 19, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – On Tuesday, December 18th State Representative Richard Smith (R-108) was promoted by Minority Leader Themis Klarides as Co-Chairman of the House Republican Policy initiative, Rep. Smith was elevated from his current role as an Assistant House Republican Leader. In addition, Rep. Smith was appointed to serve on the legislature’s Labor Committee, Housing Committee and Judiciary Committee.

The new assignments will take effect on January 9th at the start of the next legislative term.


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