“Inaction in Hartford is inexcusable.”

July 11, 2017

(Please read and share my op-ed which appears in today’s Meriden Record-Journal.  Send me your comments at[email protected].  Thank you!)

Inaction at our State Capitol has left our state without a budget.

We are now subject to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s draconian executive order.

The order will irreparably harm the most vulnerable citizens of Connecticut.  

  • Fragile people.
  • The developmentally disabled.
  • The mentally ill.
  • Frail elderly.
  • Urban youth.
  • People living paycheck to paycheck.

The lack of action by the legislature has raised the level of uncertainty for towns.

Local leaders have no clue what their state aid will be.

Property taxpayers have no idea whether they will soon see higher taxes, and schools are left in the dark as to whether their funding will be slashed.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street creditors can clearly see that Connecticut is paralyzed.

This could further harm our state’s bond ratings, which were already downgraded in the spring. Another downgrade will increase Connecticut’s costs to borrow money and make it even more difficult to dig ourselves out of this fiscal mess.

Having noted all this, I want the taxpayers I represent to know that Senate Republicans and I have unveiled a comprehensive, line-by-line state budget.

Our plan:

  • Has been vetted by nonpartisan analysts.
  • Protects vital services for our most at-risk residents.
  • Protects funding for towns.
  • Protects non-profit organizations.
  • Protects funding for hospitals.
  • Protects services for seniors.
  • Has been praised by Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO for going “much further toward eliminating inappropriate practices related to public employee pensions” and being “less punitive to towns and municipalities.”

On June 29, I showed up at the State Capitol ready to do my job and vote on this budget.

I was not given the opportunity.

The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives decided to not sign an emergency certification, thus preventing the Senate from voting on a plan.

The Speaker instead wants to raise Connecticut taxes by nearly $1 billion.

With each day that passes, more and more Connecticut residents will feel the negative impacts of the legislature’s failure.

You elected me to:

  • Prevent another job-killing state tax hike.
  • Improve the jobs climate in Connecticut with more pro-business legislation.
  • Be a strong voice for victims of violent crime and their families.
  • Bring predictability and stability to municipalities.
  • Protect social services.
  • Keep core functions of government in operation.
  • Make structural changes to the way your hard-earned state tax dollars are spent.

I continue to stand ready and willing to vote on a comprehensive, sustainable budget which steers Connecticut in a new direction.

You can read our plan in detail at NewDirectionCT.com .

Please contact me with questions at 800-842-1421 or [email protected].

You can also contact your state legislators today with a message.

They work for you, after all.

Tell them,“Inaction in Hartford is inexcusable. It is a dereliction of duty.”

It might be interesting to hear their response.