By Lindsay Carey
Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor, recently spoke about the current state of Connecticut and what he would do to improve it at a Celebrity Breakfast sponsored by the Southington Chamber of Commerce at the Manor Inn in Milldale.
Foley was presented by Senator Joe Markley, who said that he believes the state is in bad condition and needs new direction.
“I think we’re in a very bad way in the state of Connecticut and if you ask me what the number thing we can do to put this state right is I think it’s to get new competent principal executive leadership and I think that’s exactly what Tom Foley offers,” said Markley.
He said that he believes, if elected, Foley’s background in business can help mend some of the problems in the state. Markley said that he supported Foley when he ran four years ago and has supported him since.
“I know him reasonably well and this is what I know about him –he’s a very intelligent man who likes to get deep down into the problem and figure it out,” said Markley. “He has a background in business and training as an engineer and that’s the kind of mind he has.”
When Foley took the dais, he began discussing the current issues within the state of Connecticut. According to Foley, the two main issues in the state are jobs and high taxes due to increased spending.
He said he believes Connecticut has one of the worst job recovery rates in the country and probably the most challenging fiscal situation in the country.
According to him, Governor Malloy is responsible for the largest tax increase in state history.
“Connecticut squandered that by allowing spending to go up by over $3 billion and 16 percent while he’s been governor,” said Foley.
Foley said that he believes people in Connecticut are beginning to feel what he calls “the big squeeze.”
“Their incomes aren’t right and in some cases they’re shrinking and yet their costs are going up in taxes, people’s electricity bills, so many costs are contributing to the people’s sense that they can’t afford to live in Connecticut anymore,” said Foley.
He too came to the same conclusion as Markley did, that the state needs a change in order to keep people here.
Foley pointed out that Governor Malloy has not introduced any policy changes for his second term, so he predicts that things will only get worse.
“He has no plan to reduce spending the math is pretty becoming that he’s going to have to increase people’s taxes again,” said Foley. “People are going to have to decide if continuing to head in the same direction that has gotten us where we are.”
Foley introduced some of his plans for the state if he is elected governor. He said that he plans to start by taking a half a point off the sales tax and also reduce the car tax in some cities, because he believes taxes are main source of hardship for people in the state.
As a business man, Foley said that he wants to get rid of the business entity tax because he believes it will help small businesses and create jobs.
Foley said that although the business entity tax is not a lot of money, he believes it sends the wrong message.
“It tells people the government is not on your side and you’re creating job,” said Foley. “Ultimately small business people create something like 70 percent of the new jobs.”
Foley said that he is hoping to turn around the job market by supporting small businesses and stablizs the spending in the state.
“Everywhere you turn in Connecticut the government is grabbing you,” said Foley.
According to Foley, the state is currently taking $21 billion to run the state. If elected, Foley said that he wants to keep it at that for the next two years with no increase, which stabilize the state.
“If we stabilize the fiscal situation you’re taking a lot of uncertainty out of the market,” said the businessman. “People are much more willing to invest in capitol, training people if you have certainty about what the future looks like.”
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By Lindsay Carey