March 4, 2010

Welch takes aims at mandates

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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39 comments:

new but old said...

wow, what novel ideas - where has he been since february '09?

Anonymous said...

Three buckets of mandates. Hard to carry three buckets when you only have two arms. If he's a Republican I suppose he could always use his trunk.

Anonymous said...

Where did he say he came from? Who is he and what qualifies him to know about Bristol? These Republicans on here don't even know where Bristol is. So as they keep asking Tommie what has he done at all for the people lately. Anybody can use the CCM's agenda!

Anonymous said...

Where has he been since Feb. 09?

Where has he been, period!

Anonymous said...

Finally .It sounds like Jason Welch cares for everyone's best interest. And is showing us how he would deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Is that why he's jumped on the stuff he reads in the paper? 6:56 ? Is that all ?

replace the toupe' said...

This guy has more brain-power in his finger nails than Tommie-toupe' has in his head.

Anonymous said...

8:09 Is he another insurance salesman like you? Talk about brain power maybe you ought to stop sitting on yours and use it. I think he's way smarter than you and we know his name.

Anonymous said...

Is that all the Senators have to do ? Mandates? What about all the other issues? Oops I forgot you clowns don't know them.

Anonymous said...

Let your fingers do the walkin er talkin? And where is your brain paower. Seems like he's been in office as long as you've been uselessly whining . So I guess you aren't very amart . And what does your Union guy say to you about your obsession hating Unions and Tommie? You know the one who shaves his head so no one knows he's already going bald. So one leaves his head naked and one puts a rug on. How about you ?

Anonymous said...

Why is it so important that Welch came from Bristol? Tom is from Bristol and he has done basically nothing for Bristol in all the years that he has served. Welch made a choice to move and raise his young family here. We should applaud that. Welch is a smart guy and wants to try and serve the city again he should be applauded for willing to seek public office. The time has come to stop the name calling and focus on the issues. Tom should be able to state his case and Jason should be able to state his case. The voters will then select who they believe will serve them best. The fact that we have a choice is good for everyone. If you don't like Tom or Jason don't vote for them. That is the point of being able to vote.

the toupe' is passe' said...

Tommie-toupe' is a mouth piece for the union bosses and/or lobbyists. Otherwise he has no clue on any issue.

He is the perfect example of a political pawn...a useful idiot.

Anonymous said...

March 5, 2010 8:32 AM:

You have problem with insurance? That's right, you think the government should pay for everything huh? Just like it (via the tax-payers) subsidizes your gold-plated New Departure beenfits. You should be ashamed of yourself. Go crawl back under your rock (where you came from).

Anonymous said...

10:51

And Welsh isn't a political pawn?

For the Bristol elite power group?

Anonymous said...

"For the Bristol elite power group"?

You mean the morons who occupy the seats of the Bristol GOP TC because no one else is interested?

Albeit the Barneses may have some influence on this fellow, I doubt Welsh an attorney with a good mind, will be half the pawn that Tommie-toupe' is. But if you think so that's fine with me.

I really couldn't care less.

Anonymous said...

Blah, Blah, Blah again. If Tommie wasn't from Bristol you complain about that. Why not Jason, the guy who bought Carpenters house . You know the one you jerks said he was fresh from the Republican national committee. Anything new ? I think not . Same old useless you !

Anonymous said...

You guys mean the BIG time insurance salesman?

Anonymous said...

We should applaud a choice of yours? Nice try !

Anonymous said...

You mean 9:07 that he's got more guts than you ? We know who HE is.

Anonymous said...

9:07 You have a good point but you forgot to mention it's not nice to lie! You probably don't vote anyway! Blah,Blah, Blah !

Republican for Colapietro said...

This guy bought Carpenter's house? No wonder Trust-fund-TJ is enamored with him, lots of $$$$, prep school background. This guy is a horrible candidate albeit he's a candidate. Kind of like TJ as town chairman. I guess he's better than most of the GOP's candidates for this seat.
Just another toy to entertain the Barne$es. Glad I'm out of this game!

Anonymous said...

If you're for Colapietro you're the farthest thing from a Republican. Republican: less government, less taxes. Democrat: more government, more taxes. You can't be both.

Anonymous said...

March 5, 2010 11:02 PM:

What's the GOP in Bristol, the Barnes/Krawiecki party (with 39 other supporting groupies)? That's a poor excuse for a political party.

Colapietro's gonna mop the floor with this preppy lawyer anyway. This whole thing is just for his own publicity anyway, not to get elected.

Republican for Colapietro said...

March 5, 2010 11:02 PM:

I don't care what you think or say I am. Go to h___!

Anonymous said...

11:33 You'll be there way ahead of me!

Anonymous said...

11:02 And don't forget less you !

Anonymous said...

March 5, 2010 11:02 PM:

All politics is (sic) local...you simple-minded moron.

Ask the constituency of Bristol if they want to pay more taxes. Most don't. We just don't like YOU and your "leaders".

It's about networking, personality and name recognition. Keep picking dud candidates and you'll never cut taxes or spending.

Anonymous said...

Welch will win. The best is yet to come.

Anonymous said...

Welchs handlers will bring him down.

not a Barne$ groupie said...

March 6, 2010 5:31 AM:

So you are stating that a Republican who might support Colapietro, because perhaps they are or were friends at one time or perhaps that person thinks the Bristol GOP are a bunch of pretensious phonies with their main cause being to suck up to the Barnes family, is going to hell?

You should be ashamed of yourself and please wipe off your nose.

Anonymous said...

If we get a few more people moving into town with 7 kids, 2 new schools won't be enough.

Anonymous said...

Welch has got the right idea...he's got my vote.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry those kids are home schooled . He won't have to care!

Anonymous said...

Bought Carpenters house, works out of town, kids are home schooled.

Does he have any ties,any committment to Bristol?

Positively Right said...

I agree with what Welch is saying. He's a successful guy, a smart guy and probably a really good guy.

I don't believe he has a snow-ball's chance in hell of getting elected, but I'm voting for him anyway.

Anonymous said...

The Republicans, at least most of the leadership, has yet to understand what it takes to get elected in Bristol.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Tom can get this mandate relief going... after all, he wants desperately to be re-elected. If he doesn't come through for us, Jason will. Republican or not, we need some one in Hartford who will work for us.

Anonymous said...

Jason who? And don't think he's a cure all if he's like these phonies on here. "Useless whiners"

Anonymous said...

Positivelywrong is wrong as usual. Surprise us and agree with something good will ya ? "useless republican hack"