Posts tagged ‘Markley’

November 7th, 2016

State Legislative Endorsements

by Christopher O'Brien
Live in Connecticut?
Given the tax increases we have had already, and the ones still being proposed, you should think twice about voting for a Democratic legislator.
Let’s recap. Frankly, it started before Malloy when an overwhelming Democratic legislature decided to double our fees at the DMV. Then Malloy – after pledging not to raise taxes, instituted the largest and second largest income-tax increases in state history. The gas tax is still one of the highest in the country, and gee… can you find a job?
We all know friends and neighbors who have left. The rest of us are thinking about it too.
But wait… there’s even more taxes to come. Malloy and Democrats are considering a mileage tax! This would require the state – your Big Brother – to install a GPS device that tracks how far you drive. This may be only one step removed from tracking WHERE you drive. And there are other things that may be taxed as well. At the same time, Legislative Democrats are cutting funding to hospitals, disabled, and the poor, while giving money to Sikorsky just for sticking around, a special deal with Pratt and Whitney and ESPN just to stay here, and paying other businesses to move from one city to another. But even more businesses – from large General Electric moving from Fairfield to Boston, to smaller businesses, and even small businesses going out of business altogether.
On the Public Safety front, Connecticut is becoming a more dangerous place overall. Gov. Malloy and legislative Democrats approved an early release program for criminals who did not finish their sentences, or rehabilitative efforts. By our count, these releases have resulted in at least 3 murders and a rape of a child. Feel-good laws have been passed on gun control and human trafficking, but nothing practical which would prevent actual criminals to be stopped in their tracks, or sexual abuse victims to be assisted until after their perpetrators make their own mistakes to be arrested.
We spent nearly $1 billion on a busway from New Britain to Hartford while freight and railways continue to crumble. Parks are almost not opened at all during the summer, and while Democratic legislators claim to not have raised taxes this past year, they did cut disbursements to local towns- forcing towns to raise THEIR taxes instead.
This shell game has to end.
Thankfully, Wolcott has been well represented by two of the most fiscally conservative legislators in the State. Rob Sampson and Joe Markley not only have called out the unjustices in Hartford, they both have independently broken from their “go along to get-along” Republican Party members at times when it counted too.
We proudly endorse Markley and Sampson to another term – and look forward to more like- minded Republicans to join them in Hartford. Hopefully a critical mass will be elected on Tuesday that includes moderate Democrats that know how to get Connecticut back on track.
November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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December 31st, 2013

Town Lawmakers Push for Delay in Gun Registry

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Several Republican lawmakers including Wolcott State Rep. Rob Sampson and 16th District Senator Joe Markley for extending the Tuesday deadline to register assault weapons in response to long lines of gun owners waiting at state police locations to comply with new firearm regulations.The long lines have been caused by a deadline set in April when the state adopted new gun control restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The statute expanded the number of guns prohibited under Connecticut’s assault weapons ban. It gave gun owners who bought the banned guns before the change until Jan. 1 to register to keep the weapons.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that about 25,000 Connecticut residents had registered assault weapons as of Dec. 25.

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June 25th, 2013

Legislators Hold Town Hall Meeting Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Sen. Markley and Rep. Sampson will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in the lower level of Wolcott’s library tonight at 6 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The legislators will be highlighting the bills that passed the General Assembly during this year’s session. The session which includes a two year state budget, ended on June 6th. Gov. Malloy has or is expected to sign most of the legislation into law. The legislators invite the public to give their feedback as well. No RSVP is required.

April 26th, 2013

Markley: Democratics Requesting More Than Malloy

by Christopher O'Brien

By Joe Markley

Back in February, the Governor claimed his budget reduced spending by $1.8 billion. In fact, his proposed budget actually increased state spending by nearly 10% over two years.  All he did was trim the rate of government growth; he made no actual reduction in spending.  In fact, the state will spend an additional $2.9 billion over the next two years under the governor’s proposal.

 

Now the Appropriations Committee has made a bad budget worse, spending approximately $55 million more than the Governor requested.

 

It bears repeating: we need to get our fiscal house in order. The Appropriations proposed budget not only increases spending but is also imbalanced. The majority party wants to redefine the budget cap, which is the height of hypocrisy. The spending cap has been changed repeatedly since it was put into place over twenty years ago, in the aftermath of passage of the state income tax.  In every case, spending has been removed from the cap—it’s a one-way deal, designed to thwart the clear will of the taxpayers.

 

While the Appropriations Committee was making its budget recommendations,

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April 24th, 2013

Foley Still Seeks Ethics Overhaul

by Christopher O'Brien
Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

Tom Foley with Sen. Joe Markley

By Hugh McQuaidPresumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley doubled down Tuesday on an ethics bill the Government Administration and Ethics Committee let die earlier this month after it was comdemned by lawmakers of both parties.

Foley and Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, held an afternoon press conference in the Legislative Office Building, to reiterate the need for legislation to curb conflicts of interest in state government.

 

Foley, who lost a close election to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 and has been positioning for another run next year, testified before the legislature’s open government committee in March in support of a bill prohibiting lawmakers or a members of their immediate family from being paid more than $1,000 from an employer that benefits from state funding.

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February 5th, 2013

Facing Deficit, Malloy Set to Increase Spending

by Christopher O'Brien
Hugh McQuaid, photo

Hugh McQuaid, photo

Based on current spending the state is expected to have a built-in $2.2 billion budget deficit over the next two years, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that the budget he will present to the General Assembly on Wednesday will include a spending increase.

“Yeah. That would be correct,” Malloy said in answer to a question about whether the new budget will increase spending.

“But we are going to present a balanced budget with no tax increases,” Malloy insisted. “And we are going to support programs that are most likely to produce a growing economy in the future.”

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February 5th, 2013

Town Hall Meeting With Legislators Thursday

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

By Chris O’Brien – Wolcott Whisper State Representative Rob Sampson and State Senator Joe Markley will be holding a Town Hall forum Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30. The meeting is being held one month into this year’s legislative session and one day after Governor Malloy is expected to give his proposal to a two year state budget on Wednesday.Sampson has introduced 30 bills for this legislative session. Many of these deal with criminal penalties for using a gun in certain crimes. He has also tackled many fiscal issues, calling for a state spending cap, ensuring tax refunds can be given with checks instead of debit cards, and repealing the state’s real estate conveyance tax.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

Last year, Gov. Malloy enacted the largest tax increase in state history. Yet, while the tax increase was passed in April, the tax was applied retroactively to January 1st, creating some Cosntitutional problems. Sen. Markley investigated whether or not this practice was legal, and foudn out that it was. Both legislators have introduced a proposal that would prohibit the practice in the future.

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December 19th, 2012

After Massacre, Sen. Looney Vows Gun Control Fight

by Christopher O'Brien

Paul Bass | New Haven Independent

As the horrific details of the school shooting rampage in Newtown continued trickling out Saturday, New Haven state Sen. Marty Looney promised a push to strengthen Connecticut’s gun-control laws. Looney (pictured) made that vow in an interview as New Haveners came downtown for a 6 p.m. vigil on the Green on behalf of the 26 students and adults massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman who then killed himself.

The shooting provoked a national outpouring of grief—and an immediate call for a resumption of efforts by gun control proponents to take on the NRA and pass tighter legislation. Looney, a Democrat who’s now the Senate majority leader, cosponsored Connecticut’s assault-weapons ban (with a Republican, then-state Sen. Bill Aniskovich of Branford). The ban passed into law in 1993.

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November 23rd, 2012

Connecticut’s Fiscal Cliff

by Christopher O'Brien

Sen. Joe Markley

By Sen. Joe Markley

You may have heard that our state is facing a ‘gloom and doom’ budget scenario: a $365 million hole this fiscal year, and deficits of over a billion dollars in each of the next two years.

The current budget took effect just four months ago, but already revenue is down sharply, and spending is up.  The causes are clear, and not surprising:

  • People are not buying goods, so sales tax collection is less than expect.  Corporation tax revenue and money received from the state’s casinos have also declined.
  • Medicaid costs have increased by over $260 million
  • Personal expenses, salaries, and overtime for state workers is up over by $10 million

A November revenue report by the Office of Policy and Management and the Office of Fiscal Analysis (the state’s number crunchers) has just announced the alarming $365 million shortfall. As recently as November 1, the administration projected a deficit of only $61 million.

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