Simanski, Witkos Meet with CT REALTORS® at State Capitol

May 8, 2015

HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Simanski (R-62) and State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8) met with local CONNECTICUT REALTORS® during their annual Realtor Day at the State Capitol. On Realtor Day, realtors from all over the state come together to meet with legislators to share their views and opinions on the issues that affect their business.

Members of CT Realtors® who spoke with Simanski and Witkos expressed deep concern that the current economic climate in Connecticut, and in particular, high taxes, is forcing people to sell their homes and leave this state, taking with them, their tax dollars and discretionary income which contributes to and invests in our state’s economy.

“I appreciate the concerns which were shared by the group today and I echo those concerns about the direction our state is headed in,” said Rep. Simanski. “I encourage this group and all members of CT REALTORS® to reach out to their lawmakers on any proposed bills that they feel are helpful or harmful to their industry at any time, not just on advocacy days at the State Capitol.”

“Connecticut needs to start making serious changes in the way we approach the state budget and taxes. I completely understand the concerns shared by realtors and I hope that the majority party will join Republicans in our efforts to reduce burdens on families, individuals and employers. I always welcome feedback from constituents including the realtor community and their visit to the Capitol was another great opportunity to further the dialogue about strengthening our state,” said Sen. Witkos.

Referencing the Republican alternative budget plan, the Blueprint for Prosperity, Rep. Simanski said, “My Republican colleagues and I have proposed a budget that does not increase taxes and provides the immediate tax relief that people and businesses alike are desperately calling for. I am hopeful that these proposals are given consideration by the majority party so that we can begin to turn Connecticut around and give residents hope for the future and a reason to stay.”

CT REALTORS® was organized in 1920 to protect the rights of property ownership and elevate the standards of real estate practice. Their public advocacy includes working with state and federal lawmakers to protect the rights of real estate owners, and improving the business climate for their more than 15,600 members statewide.