I just received Tom Vicino's latest mailer in which he promised to continue the 35th state representative seat in the tradition of Jim Crawford. That alone is a good reason not to vote for Vicino.
Crawford, like Vicino, voted for every taxing and spending initiative that came forward. We do not need more taxes, like the largest tax increase in state history that Mr. Crawford voted for. Our unemployment is greater than 9%. And Vicino, like Obama, is promising more of the same. Crawford voted for every major spending, tax and mandate initiative. He voted for the largest tax increase in Connecticut history.
His campaign message is that because he ran his family's motel part time, he knows how to bring jobs to Connecticut. Check out his record:
He voted for two legislations which forced ObamaCare on Connecticut taxpayers. The new laws move Connecticut further away from patient-centered health care reforms that use the power of the marketplace and individual choice to drive down costs and improve quality.
He voted for Paid Sick Leave Mandate, raising the cost of employment in Connecticut.
He voted for the Malloy Tax Hikes. Though Connecticutís state and local tax burden was already the third highest in the nation, Gov. Dan Malloy's tax increase is the largest in Connecticut history.
He voted for the First Five program which offers financial incentives to businesses pledging to create 200 new jobs in Connecticut. Since the programís launch in 2011, participants are set to receive up to $315 million.
He voted for Bioscience Connecticut which set aside $290 million of tax funds for Jackson Laboratory, a Maine-based company that will pursue genome-based medicine at a new facility in Farmington.
He voted for Creative Accounting to Cover Up State Budget Deficits. The historic Malloy tax increase failed to fully close the Fiscal Year 2012 budget deficit, forcing legislators to act in 2012 to re-balance the budget. They increased net General Fund appropriations by $187.5 million and reshuffled spending across numerous spending categories.
He voted for Forced Unionization of family child care providers and personal care attendants.
He voted for Mandated Project Labor Agreements for public constructions projects, though public construction projects are already notorious for the host of rules and regulations that artificially drive up their cost.
Do we need more of the same? I would rather vote for his opponent, John Samperi.
Al Twarowski, Killingworth