To the Editor:
Connecticut's greatest days lay ahead.
The author Carl Sandburg once wrote: “I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.”


This also applies to Connecticut.
It is easy to see there are challenges and struggles before us. I know the concern about the future of this state and the frustration about the economy and lack of jobs. But I firmly believe that the greatest days for this state and its people lay ahead.
We cannot afford petty politics that pick economic winners and losers. We cannot afford Governor Malloy's approach that calls for a “shared sacrifice.” Instead, our leaders should focus on policies that foster real economic growth. We should focus on policies that allow all of us to prosper together rather than suffer together.
There are ways to make our future more secure and to ensure that our greatest days lay ahead. First, our government must stop raising taxes. In 2012 the General Assembly raised taxes by $1.9 billion. Second, and related to this, we need to control spending and spend no more than we take in. Hartford leaders must learn to live within its means and trust that the people of this state are the true economic engines that power it. It may not be easy for state government to do less, but we come from the tradition of “Yankee ingenuity” where we, as a people, find a way to make due and prosper with what we have.
Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent or unaffiliated, most people want a chance to succeed. When state government allows us to succeed, ultimately everyone has a chance to share in our prosperity. A business that is allowed to grow and thrive is able to hire more employees, serve more customers and gain more profit, thereby providing greater tax revenue for our schools, public safety and transportation.
We are too great a people not to believe in great things. We should be proud of who we are and we should be confident and optimistic about our future. We should expect more. I'm Michael Casey and I'm running for State Representative. I hope you can see, like I do, that Connecticut's best days are ahead.
Michael Casey