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Wilton Letter: Rep. Lavielle Understands State's Economic Woes

State Rep. Gail Lavielle.
State Rep. Gail Lavielle. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Please send letters to wilton@dailyvoice.com. 

To the editor:

If anyone still thinks our current Democratic legislature is serving Connecticut residents well, consider this sobering fact: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, population growth in New England from 1983 to 2013 was 15 percent, while the rest of the country grew by 41 percent.

A key reason? The region’s high taxes. Connecticut now ranks among the Tax Foundation’s “10 worst business climates.” Young people can’t find jobs here, families struggle to afford the cost of living, and our seniors often have no choice but to leave. 

We need to change course. State Rep. Gail Lavielle understands this, and is one of the few voices in Hartford making a difference. Gail has consistently supported “no new tax” spending plans, and efforts to address the state’s unfunded liabilities. Perhaps most impressive has been her outspoken efforts to stop the annual “shell game,” in which money is shifted from one pot to another, as a way to hide the state’s real budget shortfalls.

The transfer of Metro-North related revenue to the general budget has led to significant underinvestment in the critical commuter rail system and is a prime example of this.

Lavielle has a complete understanding of our state’s economic woes, and offers solid solutions for improving our increasingly dire situation.  Walter Kress

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