DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO REPUBLICAN LEADERS
There they go again – the Republican Town Committee leaders are on the blog with negative attacks on our Democratic elected officials and candidates. What would be more beneficial to the readers and to the voters are actual ideas and plans. Answers that include: what would you do, and how would you accomplish your goals.
Voters on all levels, local, state and federal are tired of partisan politics. Stop the bickering and the negative campaigning and put a plan into action.
If the Republican leaders are not able to put forth their plans for the City, then, at the very least, they have an obligation to write with some semblance of a factual basis.
First, as to Rob Michalik – let’s look at the facts:
From 1999 to 2009, Plainville had the 11th lowest annualized effective tax increase in the state (out of 169 towns). Rob was on the council for six of those years. Also, while on the town council, Rob spearheaded various efforts to save the town money. For instance, Rob pushed the town to purchase its streetlights from CL&P, thereby saving the town approximately $50,000 per year in maintenance costs. He advocated that an Ebay-like auction procedure be implemented for the sale of bonds, which saved thousands of dollars in interest costs. In addition, Rob championed an aggressive delinquent tax program, which has led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes being collected and reduced the tax burden on those who pay their taxes on time. At DEDC, Rob worked primarily on efforts to help small businesses. He worked on the Small Business Express program, which assisted more than 1,000 small businesses in Connecticut (including several in Bristol) and created or retained thousands of jobs across the state. Rob proudly worked extensively in helping to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Fund in the state, which will assist small manufacturers in making the investments in equipment, technology and job training to remain competitive, win new businesses and grow jobs.
Rather than focus on the upcoming election of our state candidates, the Republican leaders attack our three Democratic Council members who all have taken a stand on some very difficult issues; slinging mud and calling them hypocrites. In particular, they politicize the downtown/
Ellen Zoppo-Sassu has offered a compromise agreement that does not involve handing over city money to a private entity, but still gives the City a stakeholder position in the development. Council member Zoppo-Sassu has moved a substantial amount of business forward for the City in her eleven months back on the City Council.
They twist Mary Fortier’s statement about Renaissance being the preferred developer and point out that there is now new proposals at Ten Main Street and other sites. These proposals are not on the seventeen acres and Renaissance is not the preferred developer of those new projects, yet it proves Council member Fortier’s point that private development may stimulate what is being proposed on the seventeen acres.
Lastly they criticize Calvin Brown for describing this as an emotional issue for the City and characterize his stance as absurd. Calvin is 22 years old. He was the highest vote getter in Council District 1 and city-wide. Voters identified with his idealism. It is Calvin’s generation that we need to retain and attract in order to maintain our middle class with young families choosing to live here, buy homes here, and put their children in our schools.
The Republican leaders conclude by stating that we cannot afford more of this “leadership.” That is the key word – leadership. Our elected officials and candidates take a stand on the issues. They make their positions known. We welcome and encourage public participation and input. We are willing to engage in meaningful debate. There is too much at stake for negative politics and sitting idle. It’s time to put words into action!