The Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Council hosted a legislative candidates’ forum Monday at the Montville Town Hall
Those participating were Sen. Andrew Maynard and Theresa Madonna, 18th District; Sprague First Selectwoman Cathy Osten, 19th District; Sen. Andrea Stillman and Michael Doyle, 20th District; Tony Siragusa, 38th District; Andrew Lavery, 40th District; Ledyard Town Council member Mike France and Preston Selectman Timothy R. Bowles, 42nd District; Rep. Diana Urban, 43rd; RepRep. Kevin Ryan, District 139;
The topics ranged across the issue spectrum, but in response to a request from Chamber board Chair Bill Stanley each candidate listed his or her top priority.
Maynard: reduce cost of electric energy but balance that with protection for providers of power by other means than natural gas.
Madonna: Put people to work; stop borrowing & eliminate use tax on repair of large vessels.
Osten: Job creation & job retention: use the jobs bill, seek out beneficiaries; focus more on agriculture & small business.
Stillman: Continue as a small business-experienced legislator bringing jobs back to CT & pleased to see focus on NL in Deep Water Port study & wants to work on that along with advancement in state educational system.
Doyle: Reduce Spending & reinvest in small businesses.
Siragusa: Reduce high cost of gasoline & provide more state dollars to localities to lower property taxes. Natural Gas not best approach & state shouldn’t fund its expansion.
Lavery: (1) Get people back to work; (2) No more taxes after largest increase in state history; (3) reduce cost of health care; & (4) reduce local property taxes.
France: Need revised tax policy. Business can’t expand in CT due to unpredictability of taxes & regulations.
Bowles: (1) Find another economic driver for E CT (i.e. other than overreliance on casinos, EB & Pfizer); (2) All State Government agencies should have the same regional boundaries.
Urban: Continuing her focus on “Results Based Accountability” in government operations.
Ryan: Create & strengthen economy by implementation of jobs bill & market the bill’s benefits among businesses. Affordable health care. Use community colleges as economic driver for job training for the region.