To the Editor:
On July 17, 2015 ValleyNewsNow.com published a 938 word Op-Ed titled “We Have a State Budget” authored by State Representative Philip Miller. This opinion piece heaped endless self-praise on the virtues of the fiscal year 2015-16 budget, rationalized the supposed benefits of this budget, and admonished us for questioning the wisdom underlying this fine piece of legislation. The budget was first of all, “balanced” and secondly, would act as the foundation for future economic growth in both the 36th District and the State of Connecticut. Bravo!
What a difference ten months make! Fast forward to May 2016, the current year’s budget deficit ballooned to more than $250 million; the 2016-17 budget was reduced $930 million dollars because of overspending and unrealistic revenue projections. Did not Representative Miller tell us, with great fanfare, the State’s budget was balanced and our long term needs addressed? Rest assured he said, there was no need to worry, the record tax increases would solve our economic and budgetary problems. Anyone stating otherwise was just “posturing”.
The current year’s deficit remains in place and the cuts in the 2016-17 budget did irreparable damage to individuals through the loss of their jobs, curtailed services to those most in need, and threw municipal budgets into turmoil. Representative Miller supports budgets reliant on revenue increases based on people smoking, drinking, and gambling at ever increasing levels while further reducing peoples’ eligibility for local property tax credits.
How did Representative Miller get it so wrong again?
It is time we elected an individual, Bob Siegrist, to Hartford who will vote for the interests of our district and not simply follow the marching orders of the Governor and House Democratic Leadership. Bob is an independent voice who will vigorously represent our interests in the 36th House District of Essex, Haddam, Deep River and Chester. He has the courage to address the systemic problems that plague our State.
This November, join the movement to bring fresh voices to Hartford and elect Bob Siegrist as our State Representative for the 36th District.
Vincent A. Pacileo, III