For Immediate Release
House Republicans, GOP Candidates Roll Out Campaign Platform, Agenda to Rebuild Connecticut
HARTFORD, CT – September 15, 2016 – Gathering on the steps of the Capitol today, dozens of House Republicans and their candidates for State Representative formally launched their platform to rebuild Connecticut and change the direction of the state that has withered under Democratic control and is headed, once again, for massive deficits and potentially crippling tax hikes.
“We stand before you offering a different approach, a cohesive blue print and our core principles that we know will result in a different outcome,” House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said. “It will break the cycle of massive deficits followed by crippling tax increases that have resulted from Democrat control of the legislature for decades, and now, one-party rule in Hartford.”
“Counting today, there are 55 days left for us to make our case to the public. All the members and candidates have been out working hard back home but we thought it critical to gather here on the steps of the Capitol to kick off the high season of the campaign and present our vision for Connecticut,” she added.
Klarides was flanked by dozens of House Republicans and candidates for State Representative who have been canvassing their districts for months. Republicans presented their Common Sense principles and offered voters a view of what a GOP majority in the House would reflect: a five-year Pathway to Sustainability to reduce the size of state government and align Connecticut’s finances with its ability to provide critical services.
The Five-Point platform is straightforward, Klarides said: reduce borrowing, realign state benefits and salaries with the private sector, reduce fraud and waste, reduce discretionary spending, and provide meaningful tax relief.
“House Republicans have offered alternatives to the Democrat budgets and agenda that has created a harsh reality. After each of the last two elections the Governor and Democrats who control the legislature have pushed through the two largest tax increases in history, followed by huge deficits,” Klarides said. “Despite all that, we now face another projected $2.7 billion deficit come January. What do you think might happen next year if the same people are in charge? Voters will have their say Nov. 8.”