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.
Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin
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 Richard.Smith@housegop.ct.gov if you have any further questions regarding tolls, our alternative plan, and the future of transportation in Connecticut.”
Posted on April 2, 2019 by admin
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.
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.
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.
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.
The closures will be located…
Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin
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…
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.
Posted on October 18, 2018 by rjoslyn
October 18, 2018
Voters Should Reject “Lockbox Ruse”
Every state relies on its transportation network to drive economic development and maximize quality of life. For this reason, insufficient transportation funding and mismanagement of spending on projects presents a major roadblock to Connecticut’s economic recovery.
The unacceptable state of our infrastructure has a direct impact on all residents, making commuting a nightmare while constraining existing businesses and dooming many newer ones.…