Stewart Joins GOP Officials In Bashing Budget Plan That Holds The Line On Property Taxes: Tercyak Hits Mayor’s Hyprocisy
Tim Stewart, who falsely claims to have held the line on property tax increases in recent years, went to the State Capitol on Wednesday to join other Republicans officials in criticizing the new Governor’s proposed budget.
The Malloy budget, praised by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and Democratic urban mayors, reportedly provides enough state aid to minimize property tax increases with level funding for education dollars. In other words, it is the reverse of prior Rell administration budgets that cut local aid to New Britain and required Democratic legislators to fight to restore state aid for the city. As Mayor Stewart resorted to personal swipes against New Britain legislators for not delivering enough aid. Conversely, Stewart backed or at best was reticent about Rell budgets that would have given far less to the city. And every year he has opposed property tax relief measures that would reduce the over-reliance on property levies.
Touting the GOP line on the budget today, the “My Agenda Is You” Stewart joined the chorus against a proposal that would help the municipal government he leads to minimize the property tax burden. Malloy’s starting point for state grants to New Britain in 2011-2012 totals $85.4 million. The amount is slightly less than this year, but keeps educational grants level at $73.9 million — a better starting point than the budget priorities of the Rell years.
Stewart’s partisan posturing on the state budget reinforced the conflict between being both a mayor and a state senate candidate. It was the Senate candidate more than “Mayor” Stewart who announced he was showing up to grandstand with the GOP Wednesday, knocking a budget that gives New Britain a boost to hold the line on property taxes.
State Rep. Peter Tercyak (D-26) pointed to Stewart’s hypocrisy on the state budget and property taxes.
“It’s interesting that Mayor Stewart spent his day at the Capitol doing press conferences when he still won’t commit to resigning as mayor. Stewart refuses to commit to resigning as mayor and plans to double dip, holding both jobs and taking two taxpayer-funded salaries while leaving both of the groups he would represent without strong leadership. Case in point – Mayor Stewart spent his time today advocating against the Governor’s budget, a budget that focuses on creating jobs and provides cities and towns with the resources they need to avoid having to raise property taxes. Stewart’s claims of fiscal responsibility fall on deaf ears if he’s advocating for a state budget that will force increases in New Britain’s property taxes.”
Thursday 2/17 Reception For Berlin Democrats: L.G. Wyman Among The Special Guests
(This post corrects an earlier one with an incorrect address. The location of the Berlin event is 68 Sherry La., Kensington)
The Berlin Democratic Town Committee is holding a fundraising reception on Thursday, February 17th at the home of Mark Neumann from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, 68 Sherry Lane, Kensington. Joining Neumann as hosts will be Steve Horowitz, Brian Lynch, OD; Michele Imossi, DC
and; Joseph Treadwell, DPM
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Berlin Mayor Adam Salina, State Representative Joe Aresimowicz, State Representative Cathy Abercrombie and State Senate Nominee Terry Gerratana will be special guests. Suggested contributions are $25 Supporter, $50 Friend and $100 Sponsor. A Berlin Democratic Town Committee event. You may reply to Mark at 860.930.6823 or email@example.com
State Chair DiNardo Lauds Key Parts of Malloy Budget Plan
State Chair Nancy DiNardo praised a budget plan released by the Malloy administration as “an honest budget that protects those in need, and helps us build for the future. This budget asks us all to sacrifice, but asks no group to bear an unfair burden.” Stated DiNardo: “Republicans will look to tear apart the Governor’s plan, and will push a slash and burn approach, just like we saw in New Jersey with Governor Christie. They’ll argue that tearing down the core of the state and putting our future at risk is the right approach. It’s not. If our Republican colleagues want to live in a state where its services are gutted and job creation is an after thought, they should move to New Jersey.”
Governor Malloy’s budget is built on a set of principles that will put Connecticut on the path toward fiscal stability, and ultimately, sustainability.
§ Its main focus is job creation.
§ It’s balanced honestly – no gimmicks.
§ No new base spending in the general fund.
§ It preserves the safety net.
§ It protects local services by actually increasing aid to cities and towns.
§ It asks shared sacrifice of everyone, not too much from anyone.
Governor Malloy’s budget focuses on jobs.
§ “First Five” program to provide incentives for up to five projects that commit to creating not less than 200 jobs.
§ Over a billion in capital investments in state’s transportation infrastructure.
§ $130 million on supportive and affordable housing projects.
§ $15 million each year for statewide tourism marketing.
Governor Malloy’s budget protects local services.
§ Cities and towns will have more revenue to avoid property tax increases.
§ Level funding for ECS.
§ Sales tax sharing.
This budget requires a shared sacrifice.
§ $1.5 billion in taxes of which 81% paid by individuals; 19% by businesses.
§ $1 billion in savings from state employees.
§ $8 million in spending reductions.
§ EITC Credit worth 30% of the filer’s federal income credit.
§ Proposes a new economic development strategy by consolidating 6 economic departments into the Department of Economic and Community Development.
§ Reduces administrative overhead and directs more money to teaching in state’s CSU/community college system.
§ Reduces number of budgeted agencies from 81 to 57 – a 30% reduction
The Malloy budget will now be taken up by the General Assembly and will be subject to hearings and revisions through the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees in the coming weeks.
Spottswood Church, NAACP Celebrate Anniversaries With “Bells of Harmony” Concert
Saturday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
The New Britain branch of the NAACP and Spottswood AME Zion Church will celebrate the anniversaries of their founding at a concert this weekend featuring “The Bells of Harmony” from Syracuse, New York. The concert will be held Saturday, February 19th (Snow date February 26) at 6:30 p.m. at Spottswood Church, 25 Crestwood Lane.
This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the national civil rights organization and the 108th anniversary of Spottswood AME Zion Church
Ticket Prices are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door For tickets contact
Brian Riley @ 860.518.6252 or Lucretia Holley @ 860.826.1300
CALLING ALL DEMOCRATS: The Special Election Is February 22
Join The Family, Friends and Neighbors Campaign For Row A Democrats Now!
Terry Gerratana for State Senator in the 6th District including Berlin, New Britain and part of Farmington
Robert Sanchez for State Representative in the 25th Assembly District in Voting Districts 5,6,7,8 and 9 in New Britain.
Join the Democratic Family, Friends and Neighbors Campaign in one of the following ways:
1. Make phone calls to get out the vote
2. Make your vote count by absentee ballot if you will be out-of-town or unable to get to the polls
3. Put up a lawn (snow) sign for Terry Gerratana
4. Canvas, distribute literature in your neighborhood
5. Volunteer for Election Day (Poll Standing, Calling, Rides To Polls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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