BY JOHN MCKENNA
LITCHFIELD – The Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club heard from one of its own on Thursday as the club’s meeting at the Forman School featured longtime Rotarian David T. Wilson, the Republican candidate for state representative in the 66th House District.
Wilson was joined by state Rep. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield – who is pursuing the state Senate seat in the 30th District – in addressing the Rotary Club as the Nov. 8 election approaches. Both focused on the state’s poor fiscal health, and what they believe needs to happen to turn things around and restore prosperity.
“Overspending and borrowing money for pension liabilities and certain operating expenses are among a magnitude of things being done wrong by our governor and the legislature,” Wilson said. “I think a real hard look is necessary to determine where we are.”
Wilson, a financial adviser who has been Litchfield’s town treasurer for 29 years, said he believes his professional background makes him well-suited to serve in the legislature at a time when the state needs solutions.
Making the state more business-friendly by reducing regulations and business taxes is necessary, too, Wilson said.
Wilson is facing Gayle Carr, a Democrat from Litchfield, in the 66th District race. Carr spoke at a Rotary Club meeting in September.
For Miner, the state’s fiscal woes are primarily the result of overspending and wouldn’t be solved by another tax increase.
“The expenditure side has overrun the revenue side, and I don’t think there’s anyone who could argue that higher taxes are the way out of this,” said Miner, who is running against David Lawson, a Democrat from New Milford.
Both candidates addressed the water-quality issues of Bantam Lake, which has been experiencing a major bloom of blue-green algae, a potentially toxic organic material that floats on the surface and resembles pea soup.
The state, according to Miner, needs to live up to its commitment to maintain the health of the lake. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection made that commitment after buying Beverly’s on Bantam Lake four years ago and turning it into a boat launch, Miner said.
“The governor doesn’t care, the (DEEP) commissioner doesn’t care,” Miner said. “DEEP made a 14-point commitment to the lake after buying Beverly’s and has done zero.”