October 14, 2008

Bristol needs more state aid, Wright says

Press release from Chris Wright, Democratic state House candidate in the 77th District:

CHRIS WRIGHT BACKS PROPERTY TAX REFORM AND INCREASED STATE AID FOR CITIES AND TOWNS LIKE BRISTOL 

Chris Wright, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 77th District, says property tax reform and a need for increased state aid to cities and towns like Bristol is a major legislative priority for him.

“Cities like Bristol can only rely on property taxes and state aid as they struggle with higher energy, health care and other costs,” Wright said. “Increasing state aid to local towns must be a priority when the legislature convenes in January.”

“A good place to start is for the state to live up to its promise to fund at least 50% of the education costs for Bristol and other towns,” Wright said. “If the state provided full funding of the Education Cost Sharing grant, the property tax burden on our city’s taxpayers would be greatly lessened.”

Wright explained that, unlike cities and towns, the state has a greater ability and with it, the responsibility, to raise revenue from various avenues, including taking advantage of federal funding. Towns like Bristol are saddled with the property tax as a main revenue source.

Wright also suggested that cities and towns should get more revenue from the state’s two casinos. “The state gets millions from the casinos and after taking its cut, the state parcels out the rest to municipalities,” Wright said. “It’s time to re-examine how that funding is distributed with an eye towards sending more of that money to cities and towns.”

Wright emphasized that local education, elderly and veterans’ tax relief and early reading programs in schools need to be fairly funded by the state.

“The limited revenue stream that is available to Bristol and other cities calls for increased state funding in order to provide local property tax relief,” Wright said. 

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30 comments:

wright is wrong said...

According to Wright property tax reform consists of raising income taxes on business and corporations to pay for the education, public works and public safety budgets bloated by the greedy unions that endorse Chris Wright.

Anonymous said...

I agree, 9:34, Wright's plans will end up hurting businesses and causing lay-offs. Higher taxes and unemployment...a recipe for disaster right now.

Anonymous said...

What a DEM! Lets raise taxes on all the small business owners and force them to leave the state! What a smuck!

anyone but wright said...

October 14, 2008 11:09 AM:

Comrade Wright is for tax payer funded health insurance and now he wants to pay bloated city budgets with more income taxing.

Not only will he drive small to mid-size businesses to look at greener pastures (other than CT), he'll drive the big companies out as well.

Anonymous said...

Chrissy The state has a budget defiict.

We need reps in Hartford who are going to stop the blank check to cities and towns.

Little Chrissy, you'll be no match for the Reps from Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford.

Keep dreaming about how much influenece you'll have over public policy.

Anonymous said...

There is an old saying that "it is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and prove it.

Chris once again keeps proving again and again that he lacks the life experience and work experience to hold this type of office.

Bristol needs more in a leader.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to see the small and mid sized businesses run out of the state and I don't want to see my taxes go up, so how do we balance the burden?

Anonymous said...

As hard as this may sound. It is time to cut spending, prioritze projects and give the tax payers a much needed break.

We as individuals are all cutting back and we need government to do the same. If that means reducing a few services or holding off on a few things then so be it.

Wright is missing the point here.

Anonymous said...

Bristol needs to live within ots means and not depend so much on state aid. Chris Wright is wrong on this issue.

A new slogan Wright is Wrong!

Anonymous said...

Did daddy wright this for you?

Anonymous said...

Chris save yourself further embarassment...shut up!

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares what you cry babies think anymore. Boo Hoo !!!!I should have said "you republican cry babies"

Anonymous said...

9:45, are you incapable of making a real arguement? Why do you waste our times with such stupid comments? Give it a rest with these childish "phony" statements.

Anonymous said...

The proof is in the pudding. You phonies are the ones calling names and whining. Now I guess it's true, you CAN dish it out but can't take your own trash !! Too damn bad !! Get used to it. Remember though you jerks started it. Boo Hoo

Anonymous said...

I can take it and dish it out, but you never seem to say anything of value on here! Just the same old stupid stuff and acting like an 8 year old. I mean grow up already, I really hope you aren't somebody in a position of authority as that would be really scary.

Let me guess your response: Boo Hoo!! You are a phony!!

By the way what is a phony again? Still not clear on your definition, but I am sure you will say something becoming of a Senator....

Anonymous said...

Chrissy, now now all Republicans are not bad and neither are all Democrats.

You are, but not all Democrats.

Anonymous said...

You got it wise guy boo hoo and you are a phony!

Anonymous said...

Steve, please, is there any way to cut out the phony-crybaby-boohoo-jerks-no real comment stuff? I agree with 3:08. It's getting really old. My kids would be timed out for saying this kind of thing all the time.

Steve Collins said...

As I posted earlier this week, as of December 1, I'm not going to allow anonymous comments that are not rational, thoughtful and reasonably well-written.
At the very least, somebody who wants to write "boo hoo and you're a phony" will need to register with a screen name.
I think it will help weed out some of the junk and make it simpler for those who are reading to ignore commenters they've identified as useless.

Anonymous said...

9:08 Tell your friends to stop and I will. Remember you guys started it? Now your whining. It was ok as long as it was you being wise!

Anonymous said...

You have to be able to fight back while saying something of value though?? Just saying phony and boo hoo is very childish and is something an 8 year old would say, not an adult, just reflects poorly on yourself not the people you are trying to argue with...

Anonymous said...

You are a losing phony and that's the kind of arguement a phony gives. Try adding some substance yourself instead of moaning about everything unless you're a republican. Remember you reap what you sow! Ya know ask and ye shall recieve ?

Tired Taxpayer said...

us16
"You are a losing phony and that's the kind of arguement a phony gives. Try adding some substance yourself instead of moaning about everything unless you're a republican. Remember you reap what you sow! Ya know ask and ye shall recieve ?"

So you are saying that it is okay to act like a child because you are a Democrat? Again I really hope you are not in the position of authority as that would be embarrassing to all of us.....

Anonymous said...

So you are saying that it is okay to act like a child because you are a Democrat? Again I really hope you are not in the position of authority as that would be embarrassing to all of us.....

October 17, 2008 12:51 PM

You forgot already ? You republicans started it and like I said a few times you stop and we will too. But it shows that you still keep doing the same old stuff. You just can't take the trash you give out. STOP IT OR TAKE IT !!!!you aren't going to have your own way .

Anonymous said...

You don't think the unions would push for us to elect a Senator like that, do you?

Anonymous said...

Hey know it all do you think you could get elected to anything the way you are? I doubt it!

Anonymous said...

9:33 I have been elected several times, and it was not the unions' doing.

Anonymous said...

9:30 says you !!!

Anonymous said...

9:33 There's only two republicans in office right now . Are you a has been ?

Anonymous said...

Oops I meant 10:40 .