Posted on February 8, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
To the Editor,
I do not put party first and never will. It’s not what you’ve put me there to do, and I take this job seriously. I take pride in being bipartisan. I consider every single vote and say:
I ensure that I have answered these questions before I put forth a legislative proposal. I took an optimistic approach to this session. We were promised a fresh outlook, a new approach on doing business at the Capitol. So far, that hasn’t happened. It’s déjà vu, all over again.
The top proposals coming from the governor and some legislators across the aisle are focused on new taxes and tax increases.
The state House is your house. The House of the people. So let’s compare it to a real life situation. The current financial situation of your home could drastically change if the furnace is burning too much fuel. The roof is leaking. The bills are piling up and you need to feed your family. It’s an overwhelming scenario, right?
One way to go about it, mirroring the logic of the majority leadership in Hartford, would be the following:
So, what’s a better way to handle this? Step back, and figure out where you can cut spending. Allocate dollars to make repairs as quickly as possible, and most importantly figure out a way to plan ahead for these things.
The legislature must do the same. We must find ways in which we can provide incentives for people to live and work here. I have proposals submitted this session that will help achieve that goal by:
The seal of CT has a saying in Latin that says, “Qui transtulit sustinet,” and it means, “He who is transplanted sustains.” This current over-taxation of our residents is not sustainable and nor will new and increased taxation. We will not sustain, nor remain. We can fix this but we must do it together and not divided by a letter next to our names.
As always, if you have questions about our state government, please contact me. I work for you, and I never forget that.
State Representative, 67th District