By Pam Staneski
Connecticut is a beautiful state with many extraordinary attributes. We are also a state with challenges — a looming budget deficit of over $4 billion dollars and growing unfunded liabilities. Unfortunately, the last several years “fixes” used to address these challenges (negotiated deals with bargaining units, reducing state services, passing two of the largest tax increases, and the Governor’s favorite — mid-year holdbacks) have only contributed to the current mess.
We need a State Senator who will advocate for our towns. I have done just that. As a State Representative, I have promoted policy that would require a super-majority vote on any unfunded mandates on municipalities, fought the Governor’s move to saddle towns with huge teacher pension payments, and supported legislation to end mid-year adjustments to municipal aid — all costs that contribute to increasing property taxes which hit our seniors and working families the hardest. As your State Senator, you can count on me to continue that advocacy.