Welch for State Senate Addresses Budget Deficit Mitigation Plan
BRISTOL, CT – Welch for State Senate released the following Statement on Proposed Deficit Mitigation Plan:
Senate Democrats passed a deficit reduction plan that fails to recognize the gravity of Connecticut’s financial situation and unfairly shifts the State’s inability to control its spending onto private institutions such as Bristol Hospital. Before addressing the Senate’s failure, Welch reiterates his aggressive but necessary plan to address State budget woes:
1. Stop government self promotion. We all know government is there and we have a constitutionally protected press to inform us of government’s successes and failures. Thus, we ought to stop all spending by the State which promotes itself, its members or its programs. This includes items such as 500 mail -- those postcards from legislators promoting their supposed achievements. It also includes costly promotion of government programs. If a program is good and necessary then the people will know about it. If people do not know about it, then it probably is not good and necessary.
2. Reduce corporatism and leftism. We must cut legislators’ pet programs on both the left and right that were once used to push an agenda and garner votes. An example of this is Connecticut’s Commission on Asian Affairs, which may be a good idea on the West coast, but not here and not now.
3. Right size all major State departments. The State needs to reduce its bloated departments by 5-10% starting at the top. The Senate Democrat plan tried to do some of this, but not enough.
- Adjust State employee benefit programs. New State employees should have 401k plans with a 5% match, like the rest of us, not pensions. The State should also move to Health Savings Accounts, not its current Cadillac plans. Such a move will not only save the tax payers money, it will also work to reduce the overall cost of healthcare in Connecticut. There was a day when State workers were paid less than private counterparts and State benefits were incentives. That is no longer the case. State employees in all categories out earn private sector counterparts by 48%.
These 4 steps will mitigate the State’s deficit without increasing taxes and borrowing from the next generation.
The Senate Democrat mitigation plan is wrong for Connecticut. The plan borrows money from our children and taxes hospital revenues 5.5%, which will cost Bristol Hospital close to $1 million and drive up the cost of healthcare. The plan also increases entitlements for which there may be no federal money in the future. These are costs we cannot afford.
Today’s debate about fiscal responsibility is also a debate about the proper size and scope of the government. In accordance with President Ford’s warning: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have,” and President Jefferson’s observation: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground”, we must reject the current model of large government and return to a smaller, smarter and more efficient government which ensures greater personal liberties and freedoms.
Jason Welch seeks to be the Republican nominee to the State Senate race for the 31st District, which includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth and parts of Harwinton.
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