This letter is written by Phil Sengle:
The state is in debt again after the largest tax increase in history. We are one of the worst states in which to keep and do business. Our unemployment rate is high. But we keep sending the same people, affiliated with the same party to Hartford, spending more of our money and expecting things to change. Why are we in denial? Don’t let party loyalty drive us over a cliff. Having one party control in Hartford is a formula for disaster. We are seeing the evidence. Look at the $700 million mid-state busway which is a colossal waste. Just as with the federal government, we can’t keep on this path. We are going broke. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
So let’s try something new. Send someone to Hartford whose motto is “Spend no more than you have” and “If it doesn’t work, get rid of it or fix it.” I recommend to you John Samperi, our candidate for the 35th District State House Seat representing the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and part of Westbrook. He is a small business owner who knows what a budget is and how to balance the books. I know John personally and can tell you that common sense is John’s middle name. His main goal is to make Connecticut business friendly so we have jobs and our children won’t leave. With more business, our tax rates will start to go down. Our current path is resulting in slow death and is unsustainable.
Here is John’s plan for Connecticut: “Reduce expenses by eliminating inefficiencies and redundancies,” “Stop spending on programs or commissions that have little value,” “Be held accountable to the same accepted accounting standards as our towns,” “Enforce the constitutional spending cap,” “Fight to retain the reimbursement for school construction” (rumored to be at risk) and “Protect the property rights of shoreline residents (from state government incursion).”
Now let’s look at what is going on in our capital. While Rome (aka Hartford) burns, our one party controlled legislature fiddles. Instead of figuring out how to pay off our debt, how to stop accumulating new debt, and most importantly of all, how to take Connecticut from business unfriendly to at least business neutral and maybe someday business friendly, here is what they have been doing. Legalizing the slippery slope of medical marijuana, repealing the death penalty, releasing violent felons early, the afore mentioned busway boondoggle, and higher taxes all around. The same crowd will surly resurrect the bills stealing shoreline property rights that were proposed in the last legislative session. Samperi will oppose these measures.
Now what about John Samperi’s opponent, Clinton Selectman Thomas Vicino? Tom is a nice guy – I like him, but what is he likely to do in Hartford? I grant you that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.” However in observing Mr. Vicino on the Clinton Board of Selectman (BOS), I’ve noticed that he votes with the Democrat majority block all of the time. In Hartford I expect he would do more of the same where the “go along” pressure from the majority party will be much greater. That behavior is exactly what has ruined the state economically, chased our children away and makes Connecticut unfriendly to seniors.
We need independent and new thinking in Hartford, not more of the same. If this makes sense to you, vote for John Samperi on November 6th for State Representative in Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.
--- Phil Sengle