October 15, 2008

Fitzgerald calls for spending cuts

Press release from 77th District state House candidate Jill Fitzgerald, a Republican:

Jill Fitzgerald Says: Now, is the Time to deal with Budget Deficit 
Promising to lead by example in the face of worsening economics for Connecticut families and workers, House and Senate Republicans today proposed across-the-board spending cuts to eliminate the projected $300 million budget deficit and highlighted government spending and Capitol projects the state cannot afford.
 Republican House and Senate leaders cited numerous examples of Capitol projects and budget items - from $1.7 million to print laws, to expensive statues, $255,000 in new signage and wasteful special legislative sessions – that should be eliminated because of the deficit.
 Jill Fitzgerald a candidate for state representative for the 77th district, said that there are essentially only two ways to fix a deficit of this magnitude, either raise taxes or cut spending, and added that she is committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes.    
 Fitzgerald added, " As I go door to door, Bristol residents are worried and are asking me what we can do to help the economy. These wasteful spending projects need to be halted. Bristol families have tightened their belts now its time for state government to do the same."
 Every state budget office and fiscal entity - Republican, Democrat or non-partisan - agrees that Connecticut faces mounting deficits. Whether the examples cited by Republicans are symbolic or significant their message is clear: spending must be cut.
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39 comments:

Jill is Right! said...

This is the right message and the right policy. It's also a clear contrast from her opponent, a tax and spend, bleeding heart liberal.

Anonymous said...

it is the right meassage, also the message that mayor ward has been pushing for the last year.

Anonymous said...

And like all the republicans the cry is always to cut but they don't have the courage to say what !

Anonymous said...

But a message he didn't adhere to at budget time.

Anonymous said...

Just what is a rookie legislator, a republican at that, with NO experience at ANY government level, going to be able to accomplish?

Shows how out of touch she really is.

Better off pushing Bristol issues where she might be able to accomplish something.

All she can do is go along with Hamzy.

Anonymous said...

Its a good thing someone told Hamzy to tell her about what he was told.

Anonymous said...

Gee, maybe she sounds like Hamzy because they both believe in fiscal responsibility.

Anonymous said...

What cut has Artie made?

Anonymous said...

Jill being led by Hamzy is far better than Wright being led by Nicastro.

wright is wrong said...

Stopping spending increases and cutting unnecessary projects are the only ways to reel in an out of control state government controlled by the ultra-liberal, neo-socialist Democrat majority.

Vote for Fitzgerald!

Anonymous said...

I'm a dem on the democratic town committee. I'm voting for Jill because I know she is doing this for the right reasons and can easily relate to the issues that we are faced with.

I know I'm not the only dem town committee member voting for her.

Anonymous said...

Why don't Father Hamzy and Sister Jill say what they would cut? Afraid someone will get mad at you ? Maybe you'll wait till after the election !

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter if they are D, R, or I's.

Just cut the wasteful spending.
A perfect example is that stupid school project which Bristol is pursuing that spends an EXTRA $30 million dollars to build 2 new schools, rather than fix the 4 old ones at much lesser cost.

This bloated project does
not count the extra infrastructure to service the new schools, nor does it count the extra land not reimbursed by the state to accomodate frivolous extracurricular "playtime" activities,
nor does it count extra busing to service the schools,
nor does it count the extra expenses to decommission the older schools,
nor does it count future state grants and incentives to future buyers(if any) for the older buildings.
So let the abandoned infrastructure rot before our eyes!

This city is killing it's taxpayers to service a runaway education bureacracy with a "consumptive" ideology. Time for long overdue spending freeze, and taxpayer REVOLT.
Time for taxpayers to insist on fiscal conservation and conservation of longstanding resources.

Time to hold public education accountable for its education practices and development policies.

No other country in the world spends more on public education that the USA. Compared to other countries the USA ranks at the bottom of countries (even third world countries) for perfomance of its students in math and science.
One look at the priorities of this bloated Bristol project, and its not hard to understand why.

Coral the kids in oversized facilities, supply some pretty green fields so it looks like a "country club", use precious taxpayer dollars to provide "playtime" rather than additional math teachers or required instruction time in math and science. Average out the individual failures by the virtue school conglomeration and increased facility size.

A tried and true formula used for years, by education administrators all across the USA.
Now, coming to our city wrapped up in a pretty little bow by an incompetent city council and mayor who are keen to service the construction industry.
Public education in the USA is about the cement contracts.

Anonymous said...

October 16, 2008 11:56 AM:

Wow that's really interesting. Is the consensus on Wright is that he is an imbecile as well?

I certainly think so.

Anonymous said...

“Jill being led by Hamzy is far better than Wright being led by Nicastro.”

October 16, 2008 11:04 AM,

Nicastro or really any of the elected officials of Hartford from Bristol have not had any involvement in Wright’s campaign from what I can tell, which is less than I can say for Fitzgerald who is attached at the hip to Hamzy and Burns… or her husband… does she do anything without someone there to back her up if she slips up? Chris at least isn’t afraid of people and goes out on his own, and he has even come out speaking in opposition to the other dems of Bristol with the same-sex marriage issue. At least he has a mind of his own sometimes.

Anonymous said...

“I'm a dem on the democratic town committee.”

October 16, 2008 11:56 AM,

I’m glad that you have the gall to come out and say that you are a member of the dtc, yet don’t have the guts to put your name to it. I’m guessing you’re just another one of Fitzy’s blogging monkeys trying to play it off like you’re a democrat. Just like all those people who suddenly said that Chris had “lost their vote” because he called Fitzy out on not putting republican on anything she does. Sorry, but anyone that was going to vote for Chris in the first place would high five him on telling her to tell the people what she really is instead of trying to just play off this “People Person” act. A people person who won’t talk to anyone without someone who actually knows what they’re talking about behind her ready to step in on the “tough questions”… sounds like what we need in Hartford to me… another puppet for the sorely outnumbered Republicans.

Anonymous said...

12:04

Afetr the election it won't matter.
It is like Halloween, the politicians put on a different face.

Anonymous said...

1:40pm - tsk, tsk - you sound as though your scivies are too tight -need to make a super quick stop-over at Wal-Mart and return your BVDs for bigger sized boxer shorts before you burst....

Anonymous said...

Yawn

Anonymous said...

2:25 What is so wrong about being supported by your spouse? Ron Burns and Bill Hamzy are good people who have done alot of good for their community. Frank Nicastro also has the best interests of Bristol at heart, and if you ask him he will tell you all the good he has done for this city and the state. I just wonder if Frank knows anything else besides being a politician?

Anonymous said...

Chrissy don't get testy!!!!

Anonymous said...

1:40 is right on target about where to start cutting. The Confederacy of Greed has got to be dealt with. Cut the school projects, and get busy reforming binding arbitration. While we're at it, let's start holding teachers accountable. It's unpardonable that they get full time pay, work part time, and our kids are learning so little.

Tired Taxpayer said...

Just need to slow down the rate of government growth and work towards rebuilding our economy through private enterprise and not state spending. There is so much to cut, maybe we could get rid of the color mailers for our elected officials to tell us what they have done. I wonder how much that costs? Maybe we should be giving tax breaks to manufacturers rather than to Hollywood? Who cares if some movie is made in CT, I would rather see people employed in more stable jobs. That is just a start...

Anonymous said...

10:42

Get a job, be a teacher!

Anonymous said...

2:28 I am a DTC member and I choose to remain anonymous because there are many DTC members that are relentless about badmouthing people that don't live and die by THEIR beliefs.

Anonymous said...

No thanks, 6:49, ripping off the taxpayers is not an honorable profession.

Anonymous said...

4:13

Couldn't YOU teach aand NOT rip off the taxpayer?

Anonymous said...

I believe the teachers are overly compensated.

Anonymous said...

"it is the right meassage, also the message that mayor ward has been pushing for the last year.
October 15, 2008 9:44 PM"

--If that's true, then Ward is correct too.

"Jill being led by Hamzy is far better than Wright being led by Nicastro. October 16, 2008 11:04 AM"

--I don't believe Nicastro is/will be "leading" Wright. Nicastro is a relatively conservative Democrat and Wright is apparently an ultra-liberal leftist. No the far left of the Democrats in Hartford (Leader Donovan for example) will be/are leading Wright.

Anonymous said...

9:19

Then why are some towns in connecticut hiring teachers from other countries?

It it such an easy job, why aren't there more qualified people applying?

Why aren't you applying for this "overcompensated" job?

Anonymous said...

We're certainly remiss for leaving out the school administrators. That's where a great deal of the waste is; most school systems are way too top-heavy. It's also where the "Confederacy of Greed" is nurtured.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 5:32, if I didn't have to join the union.

Anonymous said...

10:24 You can always leave ! You'll only be missed by your republican cronies.

Anonymous said...

10:28

Inane excuse!

Anonymous said...

Specifics Jill, specifics.

Anonymous said...

Jill what would you like to cut ? Please tell us !

Anonymous said...

8:17 You are right but you get what you dish out so if you can't take your own wise cracks do us all a favor and leave or stop whining behind the scenes where anonimity is like you useless.

Anonymous said...

Does Jill understand what she is told to say?

Anonymous said...

Keep at it, Jill. We need you in Hartford.