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Opinion by Rep. Sampson – “Ignore the Distractions. This is why we need change.”

Posted on September 26, 2018 by admin


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Campaign season is now upon us and with it will come loads of rhetoric, accusations, and promises. Mostly, it will come with plenty of distractions. Hartford Democrats have nothing to offer, no ideas on how to fix our economy and they can’t bring themselves to acknowledge their path has been a disaster. So, be prepared to see through the ridiculous claims and false attacks meant to distract from the record.

This month, I thought I would recap just some of the policies that have been adopted in our state over the last few years to paint a picture of where we have been and where we should go. It’s no secret that Connecticut’s economy, like many of its residents, has gone south.

I suppose passage of the two largest “Malloy” tax increases in state history had something to do with it. Perhaps it was the shameful ten-year extension to 2027 of the SEBAC deal Democrats passed on a party-line vote last summer seeing the writing on the wall that they may not be in charge next January.

Possibly, it’s the excessive regulations that crush small businesses and eliminate jobs. Let’s not forget the union stewards who were recently exposed by public auditors for receiving taxpayer money for union work on taxpayer time, or the deceased professor paid by UCONN for months and months before he was discovered missing. Everyday, there is seemingly a new story about how our tax dollars were wasted – or worse.

Maybe, a contributing factor is the constant increase in healthcare premiums attributed to both our state and federal governments meddling in what was certainly an imperfect, but at least functioning system. I hope no one forgets former President Obama’s promises that you will get to keep your doctor and your plan, or that huge savings -$2500 per family were on the horizon.

We all know it turned out a little different. This past year Democrats, fearful of an Obamacare repeal in Washington, put it right in our Connecticut law. Worse, they tried to claim this was a “woman’s health care” bill for the purpose of their nonsensical claim of a Republican “war on women.”

There was also the CTFastrak to Nowhere, a first-rate example of government waste and mismanagement that we will continue to pay off for many years to come. At this point, the Fastrak might as well go to Florida!

Most recently, Governor Malloy, while repeatedly emphasizing the need for money to fix our roads and bridges, circumvented the legislature to spend $10 million on a tolls study! I have an idea – how about spending the $10M on the roads and bridges.

Few people disagree that these choices were mistakes and that the result of such fiscal mismanagement has left our beautiful state struggling for a new path. Every mistake made in Hartford pushes us one step farther from a turn around. Phony transportation lockboxes, misleading healthcare policies, a disdain for the rule of law and a blatant inability to control spending are just some of the reasons why people have lost all faith in Hartford.

There is no doubt that our state needs a new direction and that requires new leadership. Ultimately, we need to remake Connecticut into a more attractive place for everyone to live, work, start or run a business, raise a family, and retire. The answer is a smaller, more transparent, and more responsive government that spends less, taxes less, and encourages ambitious entrepreneurs to take risks and create jobs. Growing our economy is the way forward, and the only way to pay off our obligations.

I am hopeful for a new path forward after the election and that the next legislative session will be more promising. I promise to do my part.

As always, you can find me at www.repsampson.com.