While my usual routine is to work in Stamford until 5:00 and come home on the 5:47 to Stratford, then driving home from Stratford to Oxford up State Route 8, I did something different today, Monday, March 19, 2012. I left work early, got home at 4:30, had an early dinner, and attended a town meeting in my home town of Oxford with State Senator Rob Kain and State Representative David Labriola. Got a real feel for the agenda in our state capitol in Hartford.
I mentioned I am 100% behind the death penalty, and there is a bill in Hartford to repeal capital punishment in Connecticut. It is necessary to use a death penalty in cases like the Cheshire Home Invasion Dr. Pettite without his wife and daughters. Both the senator and the rep are in favor or the death penalty and are fighting the repeal. They are in favor of Sunday liquor sales and I still maintain the retention of the Blue Laws. They did say the bill was revised to limit Sunday sales from 10 am to 5 pm. A complex education bill and a job creations bill that gives Connecticut based corporations tax breaks if they create a minimum number of new jobs. Kain and Labriola, both Republicans agree with the national Republican conservative establishment that jobs are created when we limit government, government gets out of the way and creates an atmosphere conducive for private sector companies to create jobs. They mentioned that stimulus programs in Connecticut are a necessary evil because the tax structure deters companies from coming to Connecticut and many are leaving (Peter Paul Candy in 2008 leaving Naugatuck, Connecticut and going to the state of Virginia, for example). We have the highest taxes in the United States and we are still in debt. We need lower taxes that encourage residency and business ownership.
I spoke out for the death penalty, against Sunday liquor sales, and for a revision of 8-30g, a state statute that sets minimum quotas for housing affordable to median income earners. The latter has been a hot topic in my home town of Oxford as they want to develop three parcels of green land with two-family town houses and have 20% to 30% priced for median income. I am not against affordable housing, but 8-30g as it is currently written is a final relic of the end of the baby-boomer era. A suburb of Cleveland, Ohio has resorted to tearing down foreclosed houses to increase the value of houses remaining standing. If the housing situation does not rebound soon, some homes in Oxford’s rural sections will drop to median income pricing—I would hate use up green land for town houses and end up tearing down single-family houses. Both Kain and Labriola agreed the law needs to be revised.
All in all, it was a fun experience being at a town meeting and voicing my opinions. I sincerely hope the Twitter generation does not succeed in distancing ourselves from our elected representatives; it makes a big difference meeting with them in person.