To the Editor:
Art Linares and Bob Siegrist have the conviction to standup for the changes needed to put the Connecticut state budget back on track. Too many of our state legislators speak about instituting change or making meaningful improvements to the budget. These same legislators come to the eleventh hour and join the lemmings in passing a budget lacking any foresight or respect for non-partisan revenue predictions. Art Linares did oppose the most recent budget due to a lack of substantive institutional changes. Bob Siegrist has spoken out against that budget and provided meaningful solutions to the current budget problems.
Art Linares has been a voice advocating positive change and a more holistic budgeting process. Bob Siegrist will be another voice addressing the long-term budgetary issues that have caused Connecticut to earn the dubious title of the having the highest per capita government debt. Both will represent our district by ensuring our tax dollars are treated with the same consideration we give our individual household budgets.
We continue to hear about the “new economic reality” Connecticut is facing. Well, that reality is not new; it started in 2008. It’s time we have state representatives that recognize a “new” reality in less than eight years and not hide behind a tricky phrase as an excuse for their inaction. Linares recognized that change early on as evidenced by his votes in the Senate. Siegrist has been living the economic reality and understands the challenges. Both are grounded in reality and understand what needs to be done to improve our prospects for the future.
Art Linares and Bob Siegrist are our best choices for making the changes needed in our state government. Join me in voting for Art and Bob on November 8.