State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy


Dan Carter: Too much of our economy is controlled by federal government

Under the policies supported and advocated by Barack Obama, Dick Blumenthal and Dan Malloy, our economy is virtually at a dead stop. Wages are flat, we are not creating jobs to meet the demands of Americans who are ready willing and able to work, and too much of our economy is controlled by the federal government. Through common sense tax policies, aimed at helping businesses of all size grows, we can unleash the power of American workers, entrepreneurs, inventors and business owners.
Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website CarterForSenate.com Aug 8, 2016

Tom Foley: Tax credits are spending; oppose $400M job expansion credits

Tom Foley and John McKinney traded barbs in a lively debate Sunday. McKinney, the state's minority Senate leader, voted for an increase in cigarette taxes to fund tax credits to support the state's film and television industry, and supported increases in taxes on petroleum to pay for new Metro North railcars. "It's called leadership," McKinney said.

"Raising taxes is leadership? That's how you would lead as governor?" Foley said. McKinney supported a bill that allowed United Technologies Corp. to use $400 million in unused tax credits in exchange for guarantees that the company would expand and hire more workers. Foley opposes the deal and says the package increases state spending. "John is using career-politician talk. He is saying tax credits are OK," Foley said. "Tax credits are spending."

"Tom, it's not spending not to tax someone," McKinney said. "Now you are talking like a Democrat."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial debate Aug 10, 2014

Maggie Hassan: Invest to keep economy moving forward post-Recession

We are out from under the greatest burdens of the recession. Now, we must keep our state and our economy moving forward, and for New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through.

That starts with advancing the priorities that support innovative economic growth and help businesses create good jobs, the kind of jobs that will strengthen and grow our middle class.

To build an even stronger workforce, we must keep more of our young people here in New Hampshire. We took an important step in that effort working together through the budget. We restored higher education funding and made it possible for our universities and community colleges to freeze in-state tuition.

With bipartisan support, we increased funding for travel and tourism promotion, we put in place our first permanent director of economic development since 2008, we modernized our corporations act, and we doubled and made permanent our research and development tax credit.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

Tom Foley: AdWatch: Malloy's policies drive jobs out of state

[Foley's TV ad is running in NYC] on Fox News Channel NY and NY1, but it is unlikely to make an impression--beyond generating stories like this one. The ad buy was minimal, a few thousand dollars. "This is definitely not a huge buy," Foley said, laughing. "This is about as small a buy as you can have and still be a buy."

Foley said he was trying to have some fun making a serious point about Connecticut's economic competitiveness under Malloy. The governor always is quick to note that this state's tax rate is attractive compared to NY and NJ, but Foley said it could be a lot better. "I was just trying to make the point that while Gov. Malloy and his policies are driving jobs and young people out of the state, here you have a neighboring city where the same thing is about to happen," Foley said.

Source: Connecticut Mirror AdWatch on 2014 Connecticut Governor race Nov 11, 2013

Heidi Heitkamp: Quit playing blame game & pass Balanced Budget Amendment

Democrats are failing to slow the nation's growing $16 trillion debt because they won't agree on budget and tax reforms in the Senate, Berg said.

Berg said a new, comprehensive federal budget was the best strategy for reining in the growth of the nation's budget deficits, and that the Democratic-controlled Senate has not approved one in more than three years. "If we're going to solve a family problem, or a small-business problem, the first step is, you need a budget," Berg said. "We need a budget that comes to closure, so people can see we're going to balance it."

Heitkamp praised a budget plan she said was put forward by Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma. She also backs a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution, she said. "I think the path forward is, quit playing the blame game. I think it's atrocious we don't have a budget, but I think that the reason why we don't have a budget is because both political parties refuse to solve the problem."

Source: Connecticut Post on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rick Berg: We need a budget that comes to closure, and reins in deficit

Democrats are failing to slow the nation's growing $16 trillion debt because they won't agree on budget and tax reforms in the Senate, Berg said.

Berg said a new, comprehensive federal budget was the best strategy for reining in the growth of the nation's budget deficits, and that the Democratic-controlled Senate has not approved one in more than three years. "If we're going to solve a family problem, or a small-business problem, the first step is, you need a budget," Berg said. "We need a budget that comes to closure, so people can see we're going to balance it."

Heitkamp praised a budget plan she said was put forward by Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma. She also backs a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution, she said. "I think the path forward is, quit playing the blame game. I think it's atrocious we don't have a budget, but I think that the reason why we don't have a budget is because both political parties refuse to solve the problem."

Source: Connecticut Post on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Christopher Shays: OpEd: Spent $200M on "Bridge to Nowhere"

Shays questioned McMahon's conservative credentials in light of her big spending, $50 million, during her 2010 Senate race. McMahon chided Shays for voting for earmarks like the notorious Alaska bridge project. "$50 million pales in comparison to the 'bridge to nowhere' that you voted on as a congressman for $200 million," McMahon said, continuing, "You voted to raise the debt ceiling 8 times. You voted to raise the tax on gasoline. I don't think your record speaks to a conservative Republican."
Source: Connecticut Day on 2012 CT Senate GOP primary debate Apr 19, 2012

Dan Malloy: Vision for economic revival, not just recovery

Today, I am challenging the legislature and business leaders across the state to join me in committing to build nothing less than a full-scale economic revival. Not a recovery, a revival. When I speak of a vision for an economic revival, what do I see? Source: Connecticut 2012 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2012

Jack Orchulli: Enforce the constitutional spending CAP backed by facts

They proclaimed with fanfare a $300 Million budget surplus for fiscal 2010. Instead, I would have said that, with $ Billions of extraordinary funds received and only $300 Million left, the fiscal 2010 results are a disaster and are of major concern! Their rose colored, self-serving proclamation evaporates when the unvarnished facts are known about the 2010 budget:I will sound the alarm to enforce the constitutional spending CAP: it's time to put an end to deceptively bad practices:
Source: Connecticut 2010 Senate campaign website WeBackJack2010.com Nov 1, 2010

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