Saying there is much more to accomplish, State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) announced today she is running for a third term to the Connecticut State House in the 134th Assembly District, representing the towns of Fairfield and Trumbull.
“Yes, I plan to run for re-election. I’ve worked very hard to represent the residents of Fairfield and Trumbull and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to fix Connecticut’s fiscal crisis. I hear from neighbor after neighbor that they can no longer afford to live in our state and I stand ready to continue to fight for them,” said Rep. Devlin.
Devlin, in her second term, has been an outspoken critic of Governor Malloy and the majority party’s disastrous progressive fiscal policies. Laura, with her Republican colleagues and five brave House Democrats, along with three Democratic Senators, said ‘NO ‘to the same old partisan party politics and well-funded special interests and instead stood up for the best interest of our state, by stopping a budget plan, which would have increased a litany of state taxes and slash education funds for Fairfield and Trumbull.
“I am very proud of the progress we were able to make this last session – halting proposed taxes on restaurant bills, hospitals, cell phones, income, and second homes, for the type of smart fiscal reforms – putting in place spending and bonding caps, municipal mandate relief, and votes on union contracts,” said Rep. Devlin. “The same old ideas of taxing our way out of our fiscal crisis were finally replaced with new, smart, sound approaches to begin the process of turning our state around.”
In the end, Devlin along with the rest of the Fairfield and Trumbull legislative delegations were able to get almost all of the proposed taxes out of the final state budget and nearly restore state funding to education.
Devlin added, “Connecticut is served so much better when we work in a bipartisan way – that’s what’s finally started happening in the legislature. Now is not a time to go backwards.”
Among her accomplishments, Rep. Devlin supported bi-partisan landmark legislation, to curb the opioid epidemic in our state and supported the creation of a new cancer relief fund for our state’s firefighters who develop certain kinds of cancer on the job. With large bi-partisan support, Laura also worked to pass the first positive change to the affordable housing law (8-30g) in 20 years.
She also fought for an affordable statewide transportation plan with a real ‘Transportation Lockbox’ that could NOT be broken in to, and which prioritizes existing transportation infrastructure.
Rep. Devlin argued putting state tolls back on Connecticut highways were not necessary if we were realistic with our transportation plans.
In her first–term, Devlin was particularly strident in her opposition to the 2015 tax hikes, which were a “last straw” in General Electric’s (GE) decision to move out of Fairfield.
Laura serves on the legislature’s Transportation Committee (all laws pertaining transportation and motor vehicles), she is head House Republican on the Government Administration & Elections Committee (election laws) and also serves on the powerful tax-writing Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.
Devlin, a former member of Fairfield’s RTM, is a small business owner and former Metro North commuter.
Laura has lived in Fairfield for over 20 years with her husband and two grown children.