Dems caused prob­lem, GOP is the so­lu­tion

The Day - - OPINION -

As the state en­ters its third month with no bud­get, towns and non­prof­its con­tinue to feel the ill ef­fects. Jobs are be­ing lost, ser­vices for the poor are be­ing sti­fled. And where are our lo­cal representatives? If you are state Sen. Cathy Osten or Reps. Kevin Ryan and Em­mett Ri­ley you’re toast­ing and hav­ing drinks host­ing your sec­ond fundraiser in Nor­wich in the past month. The same representatives who made sure they pri­or­i­tized a la­bor deal be­fore pass­ing a bud­get. A deal which guar­an­teed no union lay­offs, 7 per­cent raise over the next five years and a 4 per­cent buy-in to pen­sions, which is more than 2 per­cent be­low the na­tional av­er­age.

Lo­cal Democrats are fundrais­ing for their “Clean Slate” cam­paign look­ing to gain con­trol of the City Council. Clean slate from what? The Repub­li­cans low­ered taxes for the first time in Nor­wich in a decade and be­lieve it or not Nor­wich did not im­plode. City work­ers all got their raises with no con­ces­sions and ser­vices were not dis­rupted. Even our school su­per­in­ten­dent got a 2 per­cent raise. Democrats are right, we do need a “clean slate,” but not in Nor­wich.

We need it in Hart­ford. Philip Brose Nor­wich

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