To the editor:
In a recent mailer received by Southington residents, State Rep. David Zoni said, “As I look back at the 2015 legislative session, I am proud of the steps the legislature took to grow our state’s economy.”
Let’s follow the steps Zoni, and fellow Democrats under Governor Dannel Malloy, took to grow our economy. Without a single Republican vote, they passed the second largest tax hike in state history, which came only four years after the same group imposed the largest tax hike ever seen. This time around we are subject to a retroactive increase on the income tax, and a reduction of the property tax credit, as well as a tax on carwashes, parking, tap water, websites, surgeries, and an increase on the wedding tax.
Democrats were warned by business leaders and Republicans about the negative effects the Unitary Tax would have on business expansion and retention in our State, but they went ahead with it anyway. As a result General Electric immediately began looking to relocate. Attempts are now underway to correct this mistake, but the damage is done and our reputation for being an unfavorable place to do business continues to grow.
Doing his part to protect our elderly community, Zoni voted in both the Finance Committee and the General Assembly to support devastating cuts in hospital funding, along with the increased surgery tax. This increases costs for everyone, and is very troubling for our senior citizens and all those on fixed incomes.
I don’t see much to be proud of, nor do I see how voting in lockstep with Gov. Malloy has helped to reduce the financial burden on our community or ensured economic growth in our state. Southington residents deserve to be represented by a voice that speaks for their best interests, and not those of the Governor.
John Fusco, Southington