September 25, 2008

Hamzy calls for action on growing state deficit

Press release from state Rep. Bill Hamzy, a 78th District Republican:

State Representative William A. Hamzy and other Republican legislators today called for quick action by the Connecticut General Assembly to resolve a $300 million state deficit that continues to grow and could reach crisis proportions in the near future.
“It comes as no surprise to me that the state is now facing one of the worst deficits it has seen in many years,” said Representative Hamzy, R-78th District. “We did our homework during the recent 2008 legislative session and based on the information we put together at the time, concluded that unless we adjusted the second year of the 2007-2008 budget, the state was probably headed for a serious budget deficit before the year ended. Unfortunately for the people of Bristol, Plymouth, and the rest of the state, the majority Democrats chose to make no changes in the budget and went home.”
House and Senate Republicans offered an alternative budget in April that would have reduced spending by $163 million and helped avert the budget crisis that is now upon us, Representative Hamzy said.
The growing deficit was confirmed by independent budget analysts during a fiscal forum convened Thursday by state House and Senate Republicans. The forum also included both budget experts from the governor’s office and revenue analysts. Several Democrats also took part in the forum, which their leaders declined to attend.
Dwindling revenues and the refusal by the state legislature’s Democrat leaders to make budget adjustments earlier this year are leading to what could become the most serious fiscal problems the state has faced in almost a decade, Representative Hamzy said.
The state legislature’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis has noted the deficit could grow to as much as $1.2 billion in 2010.
“With Democrat legislative leaders continuing to reject our call for quick, decisive action to eliminate the deficit, it is clear to me that they intend to continue doing nothing until after the November elections - when they will push through major tax increases rather than make prudent reductions in state spending and implement an early retirement incentive program for state employees that would save us more than $160 million in payroll costs,” Representative Hamzy said. “With the state already in an economic downturn and unemployment on the rise, imposing another round of tax hikes on our overburdened taxpayers and on small businesses would result in a full-blown recession that could take years to end.”
“If we move quickly to schedule a special legislative session to pass the measures we proposed in April, we can begin lowering the projected deficit before it gets out of hand and becomes a major fiscal crisis,” Representative Hamzy said. “Connecticut taxpayers need answers now. They want us to act responsibly and be accountable for the actions we take to lower the deficit.”
The data presented at the forum clearly demonstrates that from real estate sales to income and sales taxes, revenues from virtually every sector of the state’s economy have dropped significantly, said House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-142nd District. He noted the budget numbers do not reflect any portion of the recent Wall Street meltdown that began September 15th and is expected to ripple through Connecticut’s economy as well

The forum revealed that revenues are seriously lagging:
Investment income is off 41 percent.
Real estate conveyance taxes are down more than 40 percent.
Gambling revenue is down 4.3 percent.
Car sales taxes are off 10.8 percent.


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Contact Steve Collins at scollins@bristolpress.com

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoopie Hamzy the "do nothing" republican should wake up these local yokel republican cry babies. The ole no it alls should have someting to say right T.J. Did the republicans tell the lackey Hamzy what to say ? C'mon guys you have all the answers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bill Hamzy for looking out for us!

Anonymous said...

Thank God for campaigns and elections.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Bill. Good job as usual.

Wright is Wrong said...

Hamzy and the Republicans in the Legislature are the only things standing between ctizens of Connecticut and financial ruin.

Anonymous said...

LOL Bill Hamzy didn't write this. The lackey just is doing what the house republicans told him to.
Yeah phonies give him the credit for doing what he is told.

Anonymous said...

Good little soldier Bill do what they tell you!

Anonymous said...

Just goes ta show ya. These republicans on here will believe anything as long as a republican said it.

Anonymous said...

How is this financial decline going to affect the state's ability to pay for approximately 70% of $130 million required for Bristol's new school construction projects?

Too many pie-in-the-sky dreamers with too many "visions" tripping out with imaginary dollars running Bristol these days.
What are they inhaling?

Anonymous said...

Bill is like Pakutuxney Phil: Only comes out once a year.

Anonymous said...

Hamzy criticizers are showing their ignorance here. Hamzy is not a lackey in the CT GOP, he is much higher on the totem pole than that. He is smart, dedicated, and he is ALWAYS working for all of us.

Don't vote for Hamzy, and what will you get? Do you know her name? Do you know anything about this Mary Kay saleswoman who says she doesn't know what the word "grant" means? I do, and I'm sure we would ALL be embarassed if she were elected.

Anonymous said...

4:20 Yes he is a republican lackey. And dummy he didn't write the press release himself. The house republican staff did. You are really niave or just a plain ordinary dumb republican loyalist.

Anonymous said...

To4:20 I know a lot about Hamzy. Do you ? If so name some of these things he's done in 10 years!

Anonymous said...

What has Bill's opponent done besides sell make up? She has a reputation in PTA of not accomplishing a thing. She sure isn't capable of writing her own press release. ("What's a press release?")

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for an answer from you phonies. What has Hamzy done? Can't hink of anything or just can't think?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure none of us has memorized his accomplishments. But you can find a good deal of information at: www.housegop.ct.gov/members/hamzy.asp
It's easy to find his biography and pages listing work he has done on our behalf.

I hope the Democrat-controlled House will forget about political bickering long enough to listen to his suggestions about the state's deficit. They don't seem to care much about CT's financial situation.

Anonymous said...

5:05 How about one? You can surely think of one!

Anonymous said...

You can add Colapietro's, Ward's, Chris Wright, and Denski's IQs together and they barely equal Hamzy's.

Hamzy has a JD (he has a law degree and is an attorney) Colapietro is a high school flunky who the UAW put into power.

Anonymous said...

I guess you ain't smart enough to answer the question. It does't have to take an IQ like yours for even that.

Anonymous said...

We're not low life and low IQ like you . we never said he was dumb, just lazy. And so called smart people like you that are worthless don't even rate an IQ cause you like people as long as they are republicans even when you can't think of a thing he did. I guess smart people with JD that don't do anything are awesome at least in your eyes.

Anonymous said...

Gee do I sense the same old Colapietro haters on here? Like you always say. Whats he got to do with this string? You clowns are really obvious and I must say funny !

Anonymous said...

I'll take "street smart " over another Hamzy any day !

Anonymous said...

Hamzy is as smart as any of the top Democrats that tell Colapietro when to eat sleep, s___, etc.

Hamzy subscribes to the House GOP fiscally conservative ideology, agend, etc.

He is right and he is right for Connecticut!

Anonymous said...

Hey 11:30 you phony ask Hamzy if he is smarter that the other R's . He'll tell you yes but they still tell him what to do . Just like you faceless fakes trying to convince the whole world should think like you. Thank god they don't and that proves they are smarter then you.

Anonymous said...

Give me the street smart too.

Anonymous said...

7:45 - and even at that, they are able to look down at you and realize that stupid is as stupid does - and you did - stupid....

Anonymous said...

Bills' opponent isn't "street smart" or smart in any other sense of the word, nor does she tell the truth, nor does she get anything done. Bill's easily got my vote.

Anonymous said...

I'll take street smart over these whiners any day !

Anonymous said...

Paxatuny Bill . I like that , I wonder if the republicans will add that to their name calling list ? LOL Their name s are getting old.

Anonymous said...

Gee imagine a person with a JD can't even write his own press release!

Anonymous said...

A law school graduate unable to write a press release? That's just plain silly.

Now, a cosmetics saleswoman unable to write a press release (or a bill)? Could very well be. At least it's believable.

Anonymous said...

The phony holier than thous are at it again.They think that the educated are the only ones that should be considered for anything. Can you imagine these phony educators writing this trash ? I'll take a person who hasn't even gone to school over these self enowed jerks! "Go street smart" anytime!

Anonymous said...

A do nothing with a JD ? For ten years ?

Anonymous said...

9:53 "that's just plain silly" BUT TRUE

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, there's only one know-it-all, uneducated, jealous Hamzy-hater who constantly uses the word "phony"...

Often people who are guilty of something unjustly accuse others of the same shortcoming. This talk of Hamzy "doing nothing" is an example. Why don't you turn over a new leaf and get to work, like you always promise at election time?

Anonymous said...

12:03 Why don't you "phonies" tell me who you are and I'll tell you who I am. And while you're thinking (if you can) tell us the one thing that the love of your life (Hamzy) has done? I know you can't . That's why I agree with the person who calls you a phony. It suits you well!

Anonymous said...

Bill worked hard to get Jen's law passed that allows for people to testify by remote link to avoid being murdered by their estranged former spouses. This was in response to what happened in Terryville a year or 2 ago. I just saw the his own Democratic peers voted him the most admired and respect legislature across the aisle in this months Connecticut Magazine.

What has Jacki Denski done? Name one thing, I named one of Bill's accomplishments.

I know you will say something utterly useless and just call everybody a "phony" whatever that is???

Anonymous said...

What about the fact the state is facing a huge deficit next year??? What is Jackie's anwser?

Anonymous said...

"What's Hamzys or yours?"

Anonymous said...

You dummy a "phony " is you ! 3:05 I guess you know now what a phony is. And talk about unintelligent? Ha That's calling the kettle black !

Anonymous said...

OROTF "Connecticut magazine" You mean John Rowlands magazine. You phony

Anonymous said...

Geladino put him up to it.

Anonymous said...

Well, so far we're at Hamzy 1, Denski 0. "What's a deficit?"

Anonymous said...

9:22 Only in your tiny little mind !

Anonymous said...

So I was right!! You would come back with something utterly useless and just call me a phony! I believe the defenition of a phony is would be some one trying be something they are not, right?? Kind of like wearing a toupe' when you are actually are bald. Just trying to get some direction on this word "phony" so I can better understand how useless your comments actually are.....

Anonymous said...

Gotcha, Tom!!!

Anonymous said...

to you the phony 9:24 I'm not Tom but if it makes you feel good call me Tom. A phony is a person like you who doesn't have the courage to say anyting to anyones face. A coward who hides and snipes. You sir are one of them.

Anonymous said...

I think it is really hypocritical to be callng people a "phony" and accusing them of not saying things to people's faces, anonymously. Besides it has no validity to the question on hand. You ask what has Bill Hamzy done, I give an example and you fire back some useless comment while not even coming up with a Denski accomplishment.

I bet you will call me a "phony" again or say something along the lines of "well I am made of rubber and you glue what you says bounces off me and sticks to you." That was soooo fun to say in 3rd grade, too bad we are adults now. Why don't you try to be one and just anwser my question, what has Denski accomplished???

Anonymous said...

10:57 You are still a phony!

Anonymous said...

10:57 third grade is still your mentality ! You "phony" What'e the matter can't take your own crap ?

Anonymous said...

10 years of one thing? A person with a J.D.? What did you say yoou did?

Anonymous said...

The 'Punxsutawney Bill' JD speaks again for the Republican losers. By the way , just for all this is the correct spelling.

Anonymous said...

Still nothing from you about Denski and her accomplishments! Just the same old "phony" response from a person that really has no true intelligent response. I will ask again, name one thing Denski has done?

Try saying something besides calling me a name, but maybe that is the best you have on Denski. Your silence on her accomplishments is very telling to me and others on this blog. I think it might be because she has none!!!!

Anonymous said...

3:09 Your so smart nothing from you about anything! Too bad we weren't as bad as you we could poke fun at you too. But we don't know how ugly you really are!

Anonymous said...

"3:09 Your so smart nothing from you about anything! Too bad we weren't as bad as you we could poke fun at you too. But we don't know how ugly you really are!"

Not sure how my appearance has anything to do with Denski accomplishments, maybe you can enlighten us as to the connection of how I look and her inability to do anything??


So still no accomplishments for Denski. Again it must be because she has none!!! Just give us one please....


Go Bill!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm let me see !!!! 10 years of bragging rights and all you can say is Jens law. Not much of an accomplishment for ten years. And Hamzy doesn't call for anything unless the house republicans agree or write the press release. So much for a "nice guy". I agree he is a nice guy and your such a critic answer what Hamzy did before being elected ? You are grasping at straws. And as far as name calling you guys should talk. You started it . All we are doing is giving you fakes a taste of your own medicine. Doesn't it stink ?

Anonymous said...

3:52: All you asked for was one accomplishment and it was given...Jen's Law. You were also provided with Hamzy's web page so that you could read more.

So, what is his opponent's one accomplishment or relevant experience or education or character quality or even personality trait that might recommend her to the voters?

Yeah, I know, I'm a phony-lackey-crybaby-jerk-fake-coward for asking.

Anonymous said...

Still nothing on Denski? There are many others, just waiting for one thing from you. I think Jen's law might be important to people in domestic abuse cases. Come on give me one thing Denski has accomplished, there has to be something?? Or maybe not....

Anonymous said...

Isn't she on the council in Terryville? Must be something she has done since she was elected?

Anonymous said...

10 Years = 1 Bill ! And being you're such a critic what have you done for your community ? Or Are you just a Hamzy lackey ? (groupie)

Anonymous said...

I bet you think the anwser to the current budget shortfall is to raise taxes and spend more money. Take a look around you and realize we are a state that is going to be hugely affected by this financial crisis. The cash cow of Fairfield county is the epicenter of this current disaster. Raising taxes is not the anwser this time, but I am sure that is what you would like to do. That is what Herbert Hoover did back in the 1920s and we ended up in a huge depression, ever heard of it?

What is Jacqi's anwser to the current budget crisis? I bet the defict reaches a billion dollars by the end of the year. Super Scary!!!!

Anonymous said...

Not going to answer the question?

Anonymous said...

Why should I answer your question when you are yet to answer mine?

Still waiting on a Denski accomplishment.....

Anonymous said...

What's wrong can't answer? And can't take someone picking on one of yours? It's ok for you right ? You can't answer that's clear. So why should I answer your questions and you don't answer mine? Dish it out but learn how to take it. And still waiting for Hamzy's prior to being elected. We know what he did in 10 years.

Anonymous said...

"What's a grant?" That was Denski at a council meeting. Meanwhile, she and her fellows at the council table lost a $350,000 grant for the waterwheel park by letting it expire.

So there you go: Hamzy brings home money, while Denski loses it and doesn't even know what it is.

Gee, which of the two would do a better job in Hartford? Could Denski even find her way there?

Anonymous said...

8:51 There you go again lying ! The waterwheel Grant was found in a cabinet left there by Jan Krampitz the republican mayor. Can't you guys ever tell the truth ? Oh and Hamzy didn't get that money for them. Nice try !

Anonymous said...

Easy choice ! Anybody that would do something. Not the "do nothing representative!"