Press release from state Senate hopeful Jason Welch, a Republican in the 31st District:
BRISTOL, CT – Jason Welch unveiled today his plan to relieve burdens placed on municipalities by state unfunded mandates. He referred to his plan as “the Three Bucket Plan”.
Welch said: “The solution to the problem of unfunded mandates is common sense. We do not need a task force. We need action. A lot good people have already done the heavy lifting here, such as the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, which made the case for eliminating or postponing unfunded mandates back in February of 2009. Hartford not only failed to act on CCM’s recommendations, legislators proposed more than 40 new unfunded mandates last year, all the while our towns and cities suffered.”
Welch groups unfunded mandates into three categories or “buckets” as he calls them. The first bucket gets filled with those mandates that we keep. He proposes no changes to municipal requirements to comply with those mandates, but rather seeks to reform them. In this bucket go the state’s prevailing wage law for which he wants to raise the minimum threshold to $5 million. Also in this bucket falls the binding arbitration system, which he wants to streamline and provide municipalities with increased abilities to reject certain awards.
The second bucket consists of good mandates that are not necessary. A municipality’s requirement to comply with mandates in this bucket is suspended for 2010 and in following years until the economic climate changes. Into this bucket, Welch places a number of mandates such as, in-school suspension, property revaluation, state prequalification, municipal web postings and continuing education.
The final bucket consists of mandates that ought to be eliminated such as health coverage for adult children and the requirement that municipalities store the belongings of evicted tenants.
Welch reminded that “eliminating mandates does not mean municipalities will no longer provide a particular service or process. It simply means they have the freedom to do what they think is best for their residents. If they get it wrong, I am sure the residents will let them know.”
Welch called for action on his plan now, rather than waiting until November 2, 2010, when the election will be held. 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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