Connecticut- Help is on the way!
On May 12th, Connecticut Republicans will determine who will become the Republican nominee for Governor in 2018.
This decision is critical for the future of our state. We need a leader with a proven track record of success and a pro-growth, Republican vision for the future in order to bring Connecticut out of its death spiral.
For the last 40 years, the Democrat-controlled state legislature has recklessly spent the Connecticut’s tax revenue. In 1991-92, the state budget totaled $7.6 billion. The 2016-2017 budget clocked in at $19.76 billion. Even after adjusting for inflation, this explosion in government spending has been devastating to our state’s economy.
I have a plan to stop the run-away spending in Hartford and roll back the unnecessary burdens on the hard-working people of Connecticut. For the past 15 years, I’ve had great success in doing just that for the people of Danbury. As Mayor, I’ve put people over politics to stabilize taxes, cut unnecessary red tape, speed up the permit process, and watch our businesses flourish. We do everything we can to keep money in the pockets of the people who earned it. In fact, we’ve been so successful that 24/7 Wall Street ranked Danbury the 2nd best city to live in the country.
Since the implementation of the state income tax, Connecticut has become less affordable, competitive, and livable. Our residents and businesses must choose between suffering, or moving out of state. More than 235,000 people have left our state, taking $13.7 billion in taxable income with them. This trend seems to verify the old adage, “you can’t tax your way to prosperity.”
By rebuilding state government and lowering the income tax until it is eliminated, we will provide working people the relief they need to raise families. As we start to show the country how serious we are about getting our fiscal house in order, that stability and predictability will prove to prospective job creators that Connecticut and our workforce are the right fit for them.
In Danbury, I’ve led our city through changing economic landscapes. By putting people over politics, Danbury is growing while the rest of the state is losing population. Our economy is diverse and resilient. I have kept taxes down, crime rates low, and continuously balanced our budget. We continue to thrive while the rest of Connecticut lags behind. I know that Danbury’s success can be the model for Connecticut’s future.
I’m asking for your vote on May 12th. I am the only candidate in this race with the pro-growth, Republican vision and the proven leadership skills needed to bring Connecticut back from the brink. It’s time to put our state, and our home, back on track. It’s time for Connecticut’s Comeback.