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Breakdown Lane For GOP Candidates At Transportation Forum

December 16th, 2017 · 11 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

 From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:

Republican candidates for governor drove away from a transportation forum Friday without saying how they would stabilize Connecticut’s depleted transportation fund, disappointing an audience of union members and contractors whose livelihoods rely on the state’s ability to maintain and improve its aging infrastructure.

It was an opportunity for a field of candidates with no frontrunner to address a major issue highlighted last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who warned that without significant new revenue the transportation fund would need to curtail rail services, boost fares and suspend capital projects to remain solvent.

Only Joe Visconti, a former one-term West Hartford councilman who has raised no significant funds since opening an unconventional campaign for governor in April, talked about finding new funding, proposing electronic tolls and expressing a willingness to consider limited tax increases.

Nine others glided through their allotted 10 minutes without telling an audience of more than 300 how they would address what the forum’s sponsor, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, views as a crisis: Projections that the state’s Special Transportation Fund will be insolvent by 2022 and unable to support new borrowing for infrastructure even sooner.

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  • Ron Mackey

    This is from The Connecticut Mirror:

    “Republican candidates for governor drove away from a transportation forum Friday without saying how they would stabilize Connecticut’s depleted transportation fund, disappointing an audience of union members and contractors whose livelihoods rely on the state’s ability to maintain and improve its aging infrastructure.”

    “Dave Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general,
    Walker says on his campaign web site he favors charging tolls on out-of-state motorists, something he didn’t mention Friday.”

    “I intended to,” he said. “I told several people afterward. It’s on my web site.”

    “Walker said Connecticut could shift the burden of tolls onto out-of-state drivers by providing offsetting tax credits to state residents.”

    Dave Walker’s approach to campaigning and getting his message to voters is for voters to just go to web site, really? There were 300 union members and contractors at the forum’s sponsor, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, and Walker thinks that these people are going look at his web site to find out his position on transportation, please, this shows how out of touch Walker is voters.

  • Phil Smith

    Disappointing, to say the least.

  • Harvey Weintraub

    No one addressed the issue because no one wants to state the obvious.How are we going to fix our transportation issues?,how else,tolls and higher taxes.The secret is out..

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Why is it in Connecticut that nothing is repaired until it is completely broken down?

  • Ron Mackey

    This is for Jennifer and all the other David Walker supporters. Walker is suppose to be this great financial person who is running for governor who has been on “60 Minutes” talking about deficit and US national debt, well where is his voice on this Republican tax cut that will cost America over one and half trillion dollars with no plans to pay for this debt? The growth of America will never get that big to pay for this tax cut.

    “Senator John Cornyn Defends Tax Provision That Could Benefit Trump, GOP Lawmakers”
    By Lauren Hirsch

    “John Cornyn, the senate majority whip, was pushed by news-makers on Sunday to explain a last minute addition to the final tax bill which could benefit those with real estate income.
    Senator Bob Corker supported the bill at the last minute, after the language was added.

    John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, was pushed by news-makers on Sunday to explain a last minute addition to the final tax bill that could benefit those with real estate income.
    The provision calls for a tax deduction on income made from “pass through” entities, like real estate LLCs, including those with few or no employees. It could thus benefit Senator Bob Corker and President Donald Trump, who both have real estate income.

    As first reported on by the International Business Times, Senator Corker originally voted against the tax bill, but then supported it after the provision was added. He told IBT in an interview he only read a summary of the bill.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/sen-john-cornyn-defends-tax-provision-that-could-benefit-trump-gop-lawmakers/ar-BBGSotq

      • Ron Mackey

        Jennifer, thanks but Neil Cavuto of Fox News, anyways Walker wants to cut spending but in this interview like others he wants to cut and do away with social spending like health care, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, along with pensions and nothing about any of the items in 45′s tax cut plan that the Republicans.

        Jennifer, remember it was always the Republican Party who were always against deficit, debt and spending but President George W Bush (43) never veto any of the Republicans spending for eight years which cause the American finical crisis. This one and half trillion dollar debt will be paid by borrowing money from China. American growth will not pay for those tax cuts to repay China, now America will do what Paul Ryan and the Republican Party has been waiting to do and that is to get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and any other entitlement program.

  • DC Faber

    I am a life Dem but I like Dave Walker. he is a very nice man and I love his understanding of numbers. The talk he did for Better Bridgeport at the library was direct and hard to dispute as he just used the cities numbers. Now would he be the best choice for Governor, remains to be seen. The real issue is the Dems show no one worth voting for yet.
    The problem with the nation Republicans is they have lost their moral footing in regards to Moore and now they have lost their conservative credentials as this tax break gives too much away to folks to need it less while jacking up the debt 1+trillon. At least when Obama did it, he used funds to save businesses which all paid back the government, with interest.
    At least in Connecticut, the Republicans do not trend like national ones and still retain the New England sensibility.

    • Ron Mackey

      DC Faber, I’m in agreement with you but Walker needs to find a way to every day voters in a way that they understand what he is saying. As James Carville told Bill Clinton when he first ran for President was “keep it simple stupid” and it’s the economy, well Walker needs to keep his message simple. With respect to Dave Walker, the federal government did follow his idea about debt when he was in Washington. This tax cut of 45 will force the government to do away with Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid.

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