The Limits of Governing by Spleen
I am launching an online campaign to see what the commuting public thinks of border tolls. "Since the Governor is determined to make transportation a top
priority this session, it is more important than ever that the people of Connecticut contact their elected officials and make sure that their opinion on this
issue is heard," said Boucher. This online survey and petition comes on the heels of a Republican lead plan announced this week that would fund the future
of Connecticut's Transportation Networks for the next 30 years. The plan called "Prioritize Progress" uses existing financial means and does not tax or
toll commuters and does not increase the state debt. "I am asking residents and commuters to weigh in on the issue to get their ideas and move forward
in a thoughtful and constructive way,"added Boucher. "An online survey and petition are outreach ideas that take minimal time from busy constituents, but are
valuable when making these big policy changes."
Letter to the Editor, Jan 29th, 2015. Regarding our State Assembly representatives.
We send our legislators to Hartford to be our voice and it is time for Enfield’s two State Representatives
to step up and do the jobs they were elected to do for the taxpayers of Enfield. Three legislative proposals for the 2015 General
Assembly session would provide immediate tax relief to Enfield residents, and eliminate the current inequitable and discriminatory
funding practices for CREC magnet schools and special education mandates. SB 560 would shift funding responsibility for special
education mandates where it belongs – Governor Malloy and the CT General Assembly. The Governor and General Assembly (Representatives
Alexander and Kiner) have continued to pick the pockets of hard-working Enfield taxpayers by requiring cities and towns to pay for very costly, Cadillac-type
special education programs, which they created but took no responsibility for funding. Enfield’s special education spending is now over $13 million
dollars and growing. Left unchecked, special education funding could force the Town Council to increase taxes by 2-4 mills per year. This cost
is unsustainable and could bankrupt Enfield taxpayers.
SB 561 and SB 564 would shift magnet school funding responsibility to the people who created these competing public education
facilities – Governor Malloy and the CT General Assembly (again, Representatives Kiner and Alexander). State legislators created CREC magnet
schools to compete with local public schools for students, and force Towns like Enfield to use local property taxes to pay tuition to these competing
schools. At the same time, Governor Malloy and Representatives Kiner and Alexander borrowed more than $1 billion to construct competing magnet
schools, and take state funding away from Enfield for its own public schools’ renovations. The net effect is that every year local
property tax dollars- meant to pay for Town services like snow plowing, libraries, trash collection & recycling, and Enfield public education - are
sent to Hartford to pay for operating costly CREC magnet schools. It’s quite like taxation without representation because there is no Enfield
taxpayer input on CREC school management.
Senator Kissel has expressed his support to require that Governor Malloy and State Legislature pay the full cost for these
state government programs, not Enfield taxpayers. It’s time for State Representatives Kiner and Alexander to go to work for Enfield taxpayers, and
actually do something to stop the sucking sound of Enfield tax dollars fleeing down interstate 91S.
Enfield Republicans - Interested in local Government?
We always need people to fill openings on boards/commissions, we encourage you to contact us. The
Enfield Republican Town Committee meets every 2nd Thursday at 7 PM in the Town Council Chambers. All are welcome.
Contact Town Chairman, Mary Ann Turner at 860-745-4649 or e-mail email@example.com for more information and an application.