ELLINGTON- State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) recently toured Merrill Industries, a premier packaging business located in Ellington.
Merrill Industries founded in 1973, moved from West Springfield, Massachusetts to its current location in 1985. Merrill manufactures packaging for a wide-range of industries from medical to Colt firearms.
Rep. Davis said, “Our local and state economies rely on the success of small businesses, especially our small manufacturers. Merrill Industry has a solid business model and is planning to grow. As a state, we need to look at them for insight on how we can grow our economy and create more jobs. I will continue to fight for our small businesses and work to create policies that will move Connecticut towards becoming a business-friendly environment.”
HARTFORD- State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) spoke to Connecticut retailers and merchants this morning about the state budget at their Annual Awards lunch in Hartford. The President of the Connecticut Retailers and Merchants Association (CRMA), Timothy Phelan, moderated the informal hour-long panel discussion and questions and answers section.
“Retailers and merchants are small and large businesses that employ thousands of people in our state,” said Rep. Davis. “The budget that recently passed the House and Senate made sure to protect businesses and residents alike from an increase in the sales tax, a new cell phone tax, and tolls. We are now negotiating with Democrat leaders to find common ground and to override the Governor’s veto. Continuing to operate under the Governor’s executive orders is bad for employers and residents alike.”
Starting October 1st, 140 new laws went into effect, but a state budget is still not in place after the Governor vetoed a bipartisan budget late last week. The state budget is now still being carried out by executive order by the Governor, which means our communities will suffer from his drastic education cuts.
Under Governor Malloy’s executive order, 85 communities will lose their state education funding and 54 communities will see their aid reduced. For our towns, East Windsor will lose over $30,000 and Ellington would lose over $7 million in education funding, along with additional municipal aid cuts.
We still have a chance to override the Governor’s veto and restore a bipartisan balanced budget plan before the Governor’s planned cuts impact our school districts. The bipartisan budget I supported makes real structural changes and restores education funding to East Windsor and Ellington.
Highlights of the bipartisan budget include:
• No increase or expansion of the sales tax.
• No income tax increase, cell phone tax, or secondary home tax, while maintaining the property tax credit at its current levels.
• Eliminates Social Security income tax and phases out tax on pension income for middle-class families.
• Rejects the Governor’s shift of teachers’ pension cost onto municipalities.
• Fully funds day and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Changes including a spending cap, bonding cap, and municipal mandate relief package.