Rep. Wood: “7.35% ‘Meal Tax’ Will Hurt Connecticut Families”

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – The Department of Revenue Services issued a clarifying statement regarding the new “meal tax” this week. State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) expressed opposition the measure, saying it will hurt Connecticut families who already struggle to make ends meet, pay ever-increasing food costs, and ever-increasing taxes.

Part of the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019, the “meal tax” adds an additional 1% to the cost of many items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that the new 7.35% tax will also apply to many food items that have not previously been taxed when sold in grocery stores. The policy also results in a tax increase on all food items sold by restaurants and eating establishments.

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Local 9/11 Remembrance Events

Posted on September 5, 2019 by admin


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Nearly 3,000 people – comprising of citizens from 78 different countries around the world – were killed in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. In 2009, Congress named this day a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Please find a list below of local 9/11 remembrance events, which are great opportunities for our communities to come together, honor and remember these victims as we continue to combat terrorism and secure freedom for our

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Mental Health First Aid Training in Darien

Posted on August 30, 2019 by admin


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With the start of another school year upon us, I felt that this was a good time to let you know about an opportunity to take a Mental Health First Aid course in Darien on Friday, September 27th at Darien EMS. This course is designed for the general public, as well as those involved in any of the healthcare and first responder fields. I’ve taken the course myself twice and found it to be both informative and helpful. The instructor, Dawn Roy, is widely well-regarded and an excellent teacher.

This

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Reps. Wood, Lavielle, House Republicans Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, Passage of 19th Amendment

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141)Gail Lavielle (R-143), and fellow House Republican members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

The Republican Party played a leading role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent (R-California) introduced language in Congress that would become the 19th Amendment. Sargent’s proposal was not successful in the beginning, but following four decades of rejection by the legislature, the U.S. House of Representative finally passed the resolution on May 21st, 1919, followed by the U.S. Senate two weeks later on June 4th – 100 years ago today. It was ratified on August 18th, 1920 once Tennessee became the 36th state to sign on. Over 70 percent of the states to ratify the amendment were led by Republican legislatures. Of those states, twelve had already given women the right to vote before the amendment went into effect.

Republicans were also the first major party to advocate for pay equity – a torch carried by Connecticut House Republicans to this very day.

Today, at the state Capitol as the 2019 session draws to an end, women on both sides of the political aisle commemorated this historical day by wearing white.

“Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s right to vote,” said Rep. Wood. “For decades thousands of women and men fought courageously for this right for all women in our country.  I’m grateful to my mother, grandmother and father for keeping this history and privilege alive while stressing the importance of participating in our democracy by always voting.  Today, I remember with respect and gratitude  all who advocated for this right that we enjoy today.”

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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As the mother of three children, I know the time and energy that parenthood demands. I’ve also cared for aging family members and understand the emotional and physical toll it takes. For those working a full-time job, the stress can be overwhelming. While navigating the responsibilities of taking care of children, looking after an ailing family member, or both, we’ve all asked ourselves: How do I balance it all?

Paid family and medical leave (PFML) is a viable solution to this dilemma. Republicans in the House and Senate recently proposed an efficient, sustainable and equitable PFML solution. Unlike the costly state-run program proposed by the Democratic majority (Senate Bill 1), this program would not have involved a 0.5% payroll tax on Connecticut’s workforce.

Employees would have had the option to purchase private sector family and medical leave insurance through new insurance regulations. They would have been able to choose a plan with the appropriate coverage, price and duration that they need. Coverage would be available for caring for grandparents, grandchildren, sibling and spousal-type relationships.

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Rep. Wood Named “Capitol Caregiver” by AARP

Posted on May 31, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien) was presented with an award on Wednesday from AARP Connecticut Volunteers Peter and Kathy Eder of Darien acknowledging her work advancing policies in 2018 that supported in-home family caregivers of parents, spouses and children with disabilities.

“I am honored to receive this 2018 AARP Caregiving Champion award,” said Rep. Wood, member of the Human Services Committee. “Connecticut’s dedicated caretakers make it possible for their loved ones to live independently in their own home, which greatly improves the quality of life for so many. Anything we can do to help them in their efforts is a worthwhile cause in my book.”

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Reps. Wood and Lavielle Collecting American Flags in Need of Retirement

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) is hosting two flag drives this year – one in Darien and one in Norwalk with State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) – from May 28th to June 13th, during which constituents can drop off worn and damaged American Flags to be properly and honorably disposed of.

WHEN: May 28 – June 13, 2019

DROP-OFF BOXES WILL BE LOCATED AT:

Darien Library
1441 Post Road

VFW Post #6933
205 Noroton Avenue

Darien Town Hall
2 Renshaw Road

Rowayton Library
33 Highland

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Memorial Day 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend. Please consider attending one of these local events to honor the sacrifice so many Americans have made to ensure our freedom.

Rowayton Civic Association Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26th at 12:00 p.m.
Rowayton Community Center to Downtown Rowayton
Ceremony to be held at Veterans’ Cannon after the parade,
followed by a cookout at the Firehouse.

Darien Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Goodwives River Shopping Center

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Rep. Wood Congratulates Stamford Hospital Physician on EMS Award

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


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Joined by Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Executive Director of Darien Post 53 & Deputy Chief of Stamford EMS Joe Larcheveque

HARTFORD – In honor of National EMS Week, Officials from the CT EMS Councils, EMSPro, CT Department of Public Health, and legislators from across the state gathered at the State Capitol today to award emergency responders who have gone “beyond the call.” State Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien), as well as Executive Director of Darien Post 53 & Deputy Chief of Stamford EMS Joe Larcheveque and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, were in attendance to congratulate Dr. Dorothy Turnbull of Stamford Hospital for her lifetime of service to EMS.

Dr. Turnbull received the Dr. AE Hertzler Knox Award. The intent of this award is to recognize and commend an individual whose work has made an extraordinary, significant and lasting impact on the EMS system in Connecticut. A graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania with 43 years of experience, Dr. Turnbull is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has also served as the Medical Director of Post 53 for more than 30 years.

“I thank Dr. Turnbull for her life-long dedication to medicine, and for all she has done for the patients of Southwestern Connecticut,” said Rep. Wood. “The emergency room can be a daunting place, so I am very proud of the high-quality care being offered to my constituents, knowing they can rest assured that they will be in excellent hands.”

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Rep. Wood Heralds Passage of Bill to Increase Employment Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to study and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. State Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien), who co-sponsored and voted in favor of the bill, hopes to see it pass through the Senate as well.

“House Bill 7093 serves as a critical step towards successfully supporting our individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in becoming more independent and

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