Letter: Markley speaks out about unfunded state mandates

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To the editor:

Your excellent editorial last week—“Show Me the Money”—might better have been titled, “Show Me the Freedom.” As you point out, what matters most is our power to run our town in the way that makes sense to us.

The state should give communities all possible latitude to manage their own affairs.

Let those nearest to us govern, our neighbors and fellow townspeople, not a distant bureaucracy empowered by short-sighted legislators.

It’s all too easy to vote for nice-sounding mandates, and quite hard at times to defend a vote against them. But there’s no reason to think that people at the capitol (in Hartford or in Washington) care more about our community or know better how to direct it than the citizens elected for that purpose right here in Southington.

When candidates come seeking your support this fall, ask them if they will resist mandates—no matter how well-intended—and instead restore decision-making to our local communities, giving our dedicated town leaders the flexibility to maneuver us through these tough fiscal times.

Joe Markley, State Senator, District 16

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