To the editor:
At the recent candidate forum at the library, Rep. David Zoni said that helping senior citizens is a top priority for Democrats. Yet his Democrat party emphatically said “no” to passing a state income tax waiver for Social Security.
If I had the same state income tax waiver that the Democrats gave to state teacher pensions in 2014, my state income tax would be reduced by $600 to $700 dollars. That would pay a substantial part of my annual electric or gas bill.
I don’t think that any tax reform can help senior citizens as much as a 100 percent tax waiver on social security benefits. The Democrats also reduced the property tax credit by $100. How are Democrats helping seniors?
Rep. Joe Aresimowicz and his Democrat Party recently approved all state union contracts negotiations. Some contracts run until 2022. The unions are now shielded from the stress of the coming budget deficits. The unions will get their benefits and wage increases while taxpayers are stressed with increased taxes that are needed to pay for them.
Aresimowicz is employed as a union educator. He sees no conflict of interest with his pursuit of becoming the Speaker of the House. Questionable at best.
Aresimowicz is vocal supporter of vocational schools. I share his enthusiasm to fully fund and grow our vocational schools. However, it appears to me that Aresimowicz is using this bi-partisan supported issue to avoid addressing his and the Democrats’ records of harmful economic decisions and policies.
Any conflict between parties concerning vocational schools may be funding sources. Aresimowicz wants taxes increased, while Republicans apparently see that the needed funding exists in last two multi-billion dollar budget increases. Amazingly, Aresimowicz states that we have a revenue problem, not a spending problem.
William Marcarelli, Southington