We are all different - we come from different places with different perspectives and we have had different experiences that have shaped us - but I believe that despite our differences, we all have a lot in common.
We all want to feel safe in our communities, we all want to feel productive - and appreciated and rewarded for our hard work, and most importantly, we all want to ensure a nice life for our children and our families.
Unfortunately, it’s getting harder to achieve those things in Connecticut.
The residents of Connecticut deserve better! We should:
Be able to send our children to good schools with academic excellence as their core goal.
Have the freedom to decide how to spend our hard earned money.
Feel safe in our communities.
Have the freedom to run our businesses without excessive interference from the state government.
Connecticut has so much going for it - amazing people, a beautiful coastline, art, history, lobster rolls - but it’s too expensive. According to CNBC, Connecticut is the 8th most expensive state to live in - and the monthly energy bill for a family in Stamford may be twice what a family would pay in Wilmington, Delaware, just a short car ride away (if you can afford the gas!) (Article can be found here.) WalletHub measured the tax burden by state, taking into account property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes, and there are 43 states in the US with lower tax burdens than Connecticut saddles their residents with. (Article.) Is it any surprise that people who can leave and move elsewhere are? And that those who can’t are suffering? Connecticut’s state budget has continued to balloon bigger and bigger. The overtaxation of our families and the overspending by our state government needs to STOP. Since 2011, Democrats have voted to raise taxes in CT by a cumulative $5 billion. The people of Connecticut deserve better.
Education is the key to opportunity, and all children should have access to quality schooling with a commitment to academic excellence. We have some great schools in Connecticut, but a lot of them could do and be better. Children should be graduating with all of the tools they need to succeed in the next chapters of their lives, and with healthy minds and bodies. Schools and parents should work together so that each student can reach their own potential. Curriculum decisions should not be made in Hartford based on political agendas - this is not the path to great schools that graduate young adults who are prepared to thrive.
Connecticut was once a place where small businesses could thrive, but workplace mandates and regulations enacted over the last several years have changed this. We need to change it back. Let’s remove the impediments that small businesses face in Connecticut and make Stamford, once again, the City That Works. Roadblocks and red tape should be rolled back, so we stop losing our entrepreneurs and businesses to other states that don’t impose such a high cost on doing business.
Crime has increased over the last several years, as the Democrats in power have prioritized criminals over victims. America is a safe place to live because we have built our society around the rule of law, and we have systems and structures in place to preserve and protect that. While we must always guard against the imperfections in the system, I believe strongly in supporting our police force and increasing the ties between them and our communities.